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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » S - Boats starting with 'S' » St francis

 
St francis catamaran
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Description: St francis catamaran
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Author
Leslie2
Junior Member

Registered: April 2001
Posts: 11
Review Date: Sat July 7, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Over the years the name St Francis Marine has become synonymous with the production of quality cruising catamarans. With the introduction of the St Francis 44 their commitment to perfection and continuous product development can readily be seen. The 44 has her sterns extended to incorporate scoops with steps. This has improved her already good load carrying capacity, and offers even greater speed potential. The aft bridge deck and swimming platform has also been raised to reduce wave slap. Other modifications, not as visible, but nevertheless significant, are the use of quadriaxial weave cloth and Isopthalic resin which has reduced her overall weight, while increasing strength.

Other features are the wide flat uncluttered deck area, safe in a se-way, and ideal to laze on. There is even an ingenious gutter running around the coachroof so that fresh rain water can be collected and drained into the tanks.

The large cockpit area, with its own folding table, is ideal for entertaining and safe even for children. There is no mainsheet to get tangled in here, as this is relegated to the top of the coachroof, right in front of the helmsman.

Standard accommodation includes two queen en-suite cabins and two double en-suite cabins with optional bunks in the bows. Fully fitted galley, including microwave, deep freeze and fridge. Spacious saloon and navigation area, with good all round visibility.

The St Francis catamarans have always been known for their excellent sailing characteristics. This boat is no exception. She is capable of doing 8 knots of true wind, and in 20 - 25 knots of wind, comfortably cruises in the high teens.

Sail handling has been simplified by doing away with the running back stays. This has been made possible by moving the capshrouds further aft. This coupled with the roller furling genoa, fully battened main and lazy jacks, well placed winches, makes the ideal boat for shorthanded cruising.

In fact, this has not been overlooked by the charter fraternity, as in excess of 10 St Francis' are to be found successfully chartering in and around the Virgin Islands, mostly run by husband and wife teams.
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