Magnifique motor cat
Written by Denby Browning for Club Marine Magazine
The notion of sitting back on soft cushions in the cockpit, sipping a chilled pinot gris as the coastline slowly unfolds in the distance is part of the seduction of cruising.
The reality, though, can be slopping said drink all over clothing and cushions as the skipper turns the wheel and the boat heels … which is probably why catamaran cruising was invented. And, perhaps, why the French do it so well.
Enter the new Fountaine Pajot MY37, a power catamaran that offers all the space you’d expect from a 5m beam, with the stability to ensure we don’t spill our drinks, along with elegant French
Fountaine Pajot was founded in 1976 near La Rochelle on the French Atlantic coast. Its first cruising catamaran was launched in 1983, with power cats added in 1998. The company is represented in Australia by Multihull Solutions. Our test boat was optioned-up close to top-of-the-range, including powerful 220hp Volvo
Penta D3 engines (150hp versions are standard).