By Doug Dukeson from Pacific Motor Yacht magazine for New Zealand Herald newspaper. – July 2013
In recent years, the company has dropped the Trawler Catamarans brand and now markets these powercats under its own name.
Its most recent offering is a new ‘‘antipodean’’ version of its popular Summerland 40. Released in 2010, the model has recently had something of a makeover, driven largely by its Australasian distributor, Multihull Solutions.
Multihull’s Conrad Gair says the layout initially was very similar to that on Fountaine Pajot’s sailing boats and that didn’t always work as well on the powerboats, especially in this part of the world. ‘‘What is popular in terms of layout in Europe isn’t always what our clients want,’’ he says.
He is clearly proud that Fountaine Pajot’s designers have listened and that the latest version of the Summerland 40 incorporates these ‘‘Downunder’’ influences. He is also obviously pleased at how well the new model is being accepted in this part of the world. Showcased at the Sanctuary Cove boat showin May, the new offering instantly attracted four buyers, including one from the Marlborough Sounds. The company had sold only three of the previous incarnation, so the changes clearly work.
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