The power cat can feel like quite a niche product in the UK. The lateral stability, the vast beam, the flat turn, the square bow, the soft ride, the modest power, the long range, the inflated berthing fees - it can all come as a bit of a culture shock to the monohull lover. But if you’re at all receptive to the idea of converting to twin (or tri) hulls, the International Multihull Boat Show (Le Salon du Multicoque) at La Grande Motte near Montpelier is well worth a look.
As you might expect, sail tends to dominate the international fleet but as a well-established event and the world’s largest multihull show, there are still some outstanding power-driven exhibits to tempt the motor yacht aficionado. In addition to a selection of world and European premiers from specialist yards like Fountaine Pajot, Aventura, Bali Cats, Flashcat, Privilege and Leopard (plus the usual set of concept presentations and "projects underway") there will also be a key exhibit from the new Lagoon power fleet.
Represented in the UK by Ancasta, Lagoon was showing its new 40MY, smaller sibling to the multi-award winning 630MY. This simple, user-friendly, multi-purpose motor cruising platform comes with a 22-foot beam, enabling a three or four-cabin layout. You also get a rigid bimini over an external steering station, alongside a large sheltered cockpit and a sunbathing area on the cabin top. As you might expect, it gives more than a nod to the lines and dynamics of sailing cats, but so did the 630 and that could hardly have been better received.
The show ran from April 13-17, 2016, see Multicoque Online.
If next year's show seems too far away, then how about something closer to home? The seventh Portsmouth Multihull Show at Haslar Marina in Gosport runs from June 24-26 and it will also be showcasing a range of cats and trimarans from the industry’s most prominent multihull builders. See Portsmouth Multihull Show for more.