Catana Catamarans

Catana shipyard

The Catana shipyard, created in 1984, is based in France at Canet en Roussillon.

The company is the world specialist in fast cruising catamarans with an unwavering commitment to continuous innovation and research. Catana produces a range of customised catamarans ranging from 42-90 feet, all designed for world cruising.

Catana is one of the only shipyards in the world to build boats utilising the highly advanced Carbon-Infusion and Twaron processes. Major components including the hulls, bulkheads, deck and furniture constructed in foam-cored sandwich, make Catana Catamarans fast and unsinkable.

Catana is able to offer a premium standard of comfort with the finest in modern fittings while preserving unequalled performance due to innovative designs that optimise weight and hull drawing.
Catanas are the only catamarans successfully bringing together the three hallmarks of the brand: Performance, Safety and Superior Comfort.


  • 1984

    The Catana shipyard is founded in Cogolin in the Var region of France. The first cruising catamarans built here are well ahead of their time.

  • 1986

    80th parallel – Catana’s naval architect Christophe Barreau is the first person to cross the 80th parallel north onboard Diabolo, a Catana 40.

  • 1990-1996

    Success despite the crisis – Thanks to its catamarans’ excellent reputation, Catana’s success continues despite the major crises in the marine industry.

  • 1997

    Catana opens a shipyard in Canet-en-Roussillon, France, and launches its famous 471. A real revolution in the sailing world, the new Catana range is built in a new state-of-the-art shipyard. Twaron aramid fibre is now used instead of fibreglass.

  • 1998

    A high-tech company –  Bruno Nicoletti achieves a great feat on board the Brumas Patagonia, a Catana 44: a voyage around the world via the three capes, the famous “impossible route” of Vito Dumas.

  • 1999

    Recognition in the United States – Launch of the Catana 401. Catana 471 voted “Boat of the Year” in the United States.

  • 2000

    Commercial success – Launch of the Catana 472 and 581: these both have more equipment and luxury features than any other boat, with no loss of performance.

  • 2001

    Industrial development – Launch of the Catana 582, the largest and most luxurious Catana ever built. Catana 401 voted into the top 10 of SAIL magazine in the United States.

  • 2002

    Another successful launch – The new Catana 52 is added to the range.

  • 2003

    Poncin Yachts buy Catana – Olivier Poncin, President of Poncin Yachts, buys Catana and develops the shipyard.

  • 2004

    First Catana Rally – To celebrate its 20th anniversary the shipyard invites its clients to its first Catana Rally in Porquerolles, France.

  • 2005

    First motorised catamaran – Catana presents its first motorised catamaran, the Power 45.

  • 2006

    The Catana 50, a new generation of catamarans – Creation of a Custom department focusing solely on the construction of giant catamarans more than 25 metres (82-92 feet) in length. All these models are designed on plans by the naval architects Christophe Barreau and Frédéric Neuman.

  • 2007

    Giant catamarans – The Catana 50 is a great success and nominated for the “European Yacht of the Year 2007/08″ award. The Catana 87 is a new venture for the Catana shipyard: creating customised giant catamarans.

  • 2008

    Legitimacy -The leading US sailing publication, Cruising World votes the Catana 50 the Best Cruising Multihull of 2008. This recognition on the US market firmly establishes the name and the legitimacy of the Catana brand.

  • 2009

    Infusion – The Catana shipyard starts to use infusion to construct its catamarans, a great asset and one that considerably optimises boat weight.

  • 2010

    New version of the Catana 50 – The Catana 41 gains a foot in length and a new interior layout. It is now known as the Catana 42. The new Catana 50 loses three tonnes and achieves even better performance.

  • 2011

    The revolutionary Catana 59 – After more than a year of research, the new Catana 59 combines many of the latest innovations from the racing world. A catamaran that offers outstanding performance and unrivalled comfort.

  • 2012

    The Catana 70 – Although it has the same design and features the same innovations as the Catana 59, the Catana 70 is an even more incredible high-performance boat.

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