Alexander Fortabat presented a new catamaran project for long-distance cruises in tropical and temperate climates
110 square meters (1,180 sq ft) of sail and less than 7 tons displacement are parameters that will enable the boat to make excellent ocean cruises, especially given the large volume of the hulls and the considerable distance between them.
The Balbuzard 45 Open must maintain excellent seaworthiness in all conditions with good bridge deck clearance, aft deck and a thin bow.
As with the Balbuzard 35, the designer proposed an open concept with circulation and ergonomics optimized for family cruising.
The boat has an original layout of the saloon and central cockpit, protected by a rigid bimini with integrated solar panels.
The superstructure houses two protected living areas: on one side the galley and on the other the saloon and navigation station.
Under the living quarters there are two technical compartments, perfectly centered.
Cabins and bathrooms are located in the buildings.
The stations with raised steering wheels are located in the aft part of the superstructures.
The Balbuzard 45 Open, with its hybrid hydroelectric power plant and solar panels, wins on long journeys.
The construction is made of low carbon carbon fiber, using natural materials - wood, linen fiber, cork and bio-based epoxy resin, which make it easy to build.
A DIY construction kit is in the planning stage.
Architect: Alexander Fortabat,
Overall length: 49'3 ″ (15 m),
Waterline length: 45'3 "(13.80 m),
Traverse: 25'3 "(7.70 m),
Displacement: 15,000 lb (6.8 t)
Sail area: 110 m².
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