The living areas on a 40ft catamaran are so vast, it's a real design challenge to make the most of them. In the cockpit and the main cabin, the possibilities are almost endless, especially when compared with the strict limitations aboard a monohull sailing yacht. Then you have the two hulls offering the ideal space for comfortable sleeping area, as Rupert Holmes demonstrates in this Nautitech Open 40 video.

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With a hull the width of a 150ft superyacht, the Nautitech Open 40 designers are naturally drawn to ensuring that the interior and exterior blend seamlessly into each other. The hard top is continuous beneath the mainsail serving as the bridgedeck cabin roof and as the canopy for the open-air cockpit aft.

Down below in the starboard hull, there are two double berths with a heads in between, while there is an option for the port hull to make the entire area into a single owner's cabin with ensuite bathroom.

The steering positions are located at the aft end of either hull rather than on a bridge deck – an arrangement that features on many sailing catamarans of this size. All the sail controls are led aft but visibility to the opposite bow is naturally a bit tricky with the enormous cabin and hard top in the way and relies on being able to see into the cabin and out of the windscreen.


Comparison with the Nautitech Open 40

Take a look at the recent Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 review on as well as the stylish Isara 50 review.

Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.