Probably the small cruising cat I like more is the Edel. Funny that I never talked about them here. They are presenting new models, the 33 and the 42 but I think it is really an update of the previous models (the 42 was know as Helios 42).
These are not pregnant or fat cats but fast cats with small windage and a very good cruising interior.
I love then so much that if the Med marinas were not so expensive and I wanted only a boat for coastal cruising with some offshore medium passages I would have seriously considered the Edel 33.
I am not saying that the 33ft is not Ocean going capable and I am sure many have crossed the pond but everybody has their concept and limits regarding what they consider their threshold in what regards bluewater sailing and I would accept that with a 38ft cat and be really confortable with the 42.
But the one that has a price similar to a 40ft boat is the 33ft, not the 42
and it is always like that with cats: they are a lot more expensive than similar sized monos and even if they have more space for size, the same cannot be said in what regards seaworthiness, or at least, it is my opinion.
Back to the 33ft:
Don't miss the 33 slide show here. The boat has a really nice interior:
And regarding the 42 what can we say except that it is a beautiful boat
. The first foto was taken by me in a Galiza marina, some years ago, because the boat looked just right, a perfect cruiser.
This is the old model, the Helios 42:
Take a look at this interesting test sail where several 42 cats are compared with an Oceanis 50. What is the only one that can do better than the Oceanis upwind? The Helios 42, off course
This is the new Helios 42 cruiser, a remake of Helios:
slideshow h42 essential
They say that the boat is made not to be expensive, back to the essentials they say.
But the real new one the one that makes me say UAU!!!
is this one, the new Electric version of the 42. I guess they have preferred to maintain the more traditional old 42 for the more conservative ones and for the ones that like really modern things, they propose the new 42, electrical and all
Take a good look: