The new Outremer 51 is the reference blue water sailing Catamaran which has just been named 2018 best multi-hull of the year.
Outremer 51: seaworthy and efficient
The new Outremer 51 is a light boat, also seaworthy and efficient. But it is also built to offer greater comfort at sea. The 51 weighs only 10.5 tons, which is about 50% less than most other comparable catamarans.
As on all Outremer boats, we offer the possibility of equipping the boat with tiller bars. The tiller helm has a special feeling that can not be found on any other boat.
The side decks are wide. So, they allow for easy movement on board. There is a handrail that makes moving forward very safe. Standard equipment includes a self-tacking jib which can be combined with a code zero or a code D, which can be mounted on the bowsprit. A compression beam separates the two trampolines so getting around is easy.
The stowed anchor is easily accessible beneath this hatch. In the beam that separates the two trampolines, there is a footprint to stow the gangway to disembark when docked.
The diesel tanks are located in large lockers at the foot of the mast. This centers the weight, and also provides plenty of room to store lines, moorings or whatever you want.
The mast is very easy to access and the boom is not too high, so it is very easy to access the mainsail. Huge sail lockers are located in each bow. There is space for sails, fenders and all kinds of toys. One can stow paddles, kites and bikes as well.
Like all Outremer boats, the 51 has dagger boards. So, this guarantees exceptional upwind stability, but also more speed downwind. With the dagger boards up, the draft is only 1 meter, with them down it drops to 2.50 meters.
The U-shaped cockpit is very well protected with a rigid bimini that provides complete coverage. It can also be closed with panels for protection from the sun or the rain. The table is large enough to accommodate a dozen people. It easily transforms into a small fixed table to one side. And the largest part telescopes down to transform into a platform for reading or naps with shelter from the sun or rain. It is very pleasant in hottest climates.
The bimini also collects rainwater. The pipes lead the water directly into the tanks.
So, we’ve seen that weight is a very important factor in building a light, high performance boat. However, at Outremer, safety is a fundamental concern and we remain committed to the use of monolithic polyester for the lower hull areas, for its incomparable strength.
Outremer 51: friendly and comfortable
The interior of the new 51 has been firstly completely redesigned. We offer a standard finish in light oak veneer, but as an option you can choose a different type of wood trim. All the furniture is made using foam-core sandwich construction for a perfect weight savings to finish quality balance.
The kitchen was widened and the sink moved to the center so as to create a worktop that is accessible directly from the cockpit. There is a large oven. The hob is slightly off-set to create a work space in the center and there is a lot of storage which will allow you sufficient larder for long crossings.
There is a skylight to light the bathroom below and small practical side niches that hold tray to bring cocktails in the cockpit.
The chart table has been enlarged as well, finished with a Corian top so as to avoid wear over time. Of course it is still facing forward, with a dashboard that can accommodate a large screen and all navigational instruments.
On an Outremer it is very important that all systems are accessible.
The saloon table can also be folded over at the center for easier access on the side. An optional telescoping table goes down to become a watch berth.
The boat comes standard with a 95 liter fridge and can accommodate a second fridge or a freezer next to it.
Owner’s bathroom is really very large and bright, with a large porthole and plenty of ventilation. The starboard hull for guests has two cabins, a separate shower and a large head.
In conclusion, regarding the construction of the boat, an Outremer is very different from most catamarans. Instead of using the roof to distribute the rigging load throughout the boat, we use a structure, a kind of skeleton, which is an integral part of the boat. Which means that the partitions will be laminated directly to the hull, as are all the elements that make up the interior. The small bracings that serve as shelves, the berths and all the intermediate bulkheads reinforce the structure of the boat. So, this makes it incomparably more rigid and solid than the elements simply glued in place that generally constitute the structure of cruising catamarans. For example, the dagger board casing is fused from top to bottom with the laminated partitions on the hull, which make it a one-piece assembly.