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Lavezzi 40
Boat details
Type Catamaran Cabins / Berths 4 / 8
LOA 11.90 m Toilets 2
Displacement 5.8 tons Showers 2 + Deck
Beam 6.50 m Engine 2 x 20 HP
Draft 1.10 m Diesel 250 lt
Main Sail 55 m², Battened Water 2 x 270 lt
Genoa 35 m², Furling Year 2005
Boat overview
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Equipment

Deck equipment: Electric anchor, Windlass,Cockpit table, Cockpit shower, Cockpit speakers, Steering wheel, Dinghy, Outboard motor, Spray-hood, Bimini top

Electronics & Facilities: Electric fridge, Gas oven, Log & Speed, V.H.F., GPS, Wind Instruments, Depth sounder, Radio, CD Player

Lavezzi 40

When production catamarans reached critical mass about a decade ago, they displayed a wide range of innovative ideas. Some of these ideas persisted, while others disappeared. Fountaine Pajot's Lavezzi 40 is a perfect example

The helm station on the Lavezzi 40 is efficient and comfortable. A small windshield provides some shelter without obstructing vision, and all the controls operate smoothly. While the sheets do not all lead directly to the helm, it's only a short walk to reach the double-ended mainsheet or the genoa sheets.

It's easy to enter and leave the expansive cockpit, and the decks are wide with good handholds alongside the cabin. Big lockers forward will swallow the dock lines and fenders, and the anchor windlass can double as a power winch for raising the mainsail.

The interior will look familiar to anyone who has been aboard other Fountaine Pajots. It has a pleasant mix of white vinyl and wood, and the spaces are open and bright. The galley is attractive and convenient, and the cook can easily expand operations to the saloon table. Traditional navigators will consider the nav station small; the table will not accommodate a standard chartbook, so you'd need to move to the saloon table to spread out charts.

The major change in Fountaine Pajot's latest boats is skin deep; they're constructed with a resin-infusion process in which the glass is placed in the mold first and the resin is drawn in by vacuum pumps. The laminate appears to be smooth and consistent throughout the hulls. I prefer larger backing plates on the fittings; the test boat had only oversized washers, but there have been no reports of failures. The long keel on each hull is pseudo-sacrificial. If you ram something at speed, the keel will absorb the damage without breaking the hull, but you'll still have a yard bill on your hands.

The electrical system stores 300 amp-hours in the house batteries and 100 more for engine starting. Wiring is installed neatly and appears to be properly sized. The heads pump into holding tanks that can be emptied by gravity. This is a simple, reliable system for long-range cruisers. Fountaine Pajot continues to excel in engine installation. The twin diesels and their saildrives live in private accommodations aft, where they can work happily undisturbed by daily life aboard yet are easily accessible for occasional visits by the mechanic. Our test boat had optional 27-horsepower engines instead of the standard 18-horsepower. A throttle setting of 3,000 rpm produced 8 knots and a quiet ride. Maneuverability in close quarters was exemplary.

In 10 to 12 knots of wind, I measured 6 to 7 knots of boatspeed to windward and reaching, with easy steering, straight tracking, and pleasant response when tacking. The rudder feel was neutral. Skippers of all heights should find visibility excellent from the wheel, and the windshield does its job well. The motion was easy in the smooth conditions off Annapolis. This builder delivers boats worldwide on their own bottoms, so their seaworthiness is tested.

Fountaine Pajot has extensive experience in voyaging catamarans, and the Lavezzi 40 shows that heritage. This is a substantial cruiser with good performance and spacious accommodations.