Launched by Fountaine Pajot in June 2015, the Lucia 40 is a sailing catamaran which follows the lead of the Helia 44 and Saba 50 and offers a much larger volume than Lipari 41. Lucia 40 mainly attracts small families and cruising couples as it is easy on the pocket and easier to manage, offering the same ease and comfort as any other 50ft tall catamaran would.
DESIGN – INTERIOR & EXTERIOR
Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 catamaran is a product of Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design. For a 40-footer, the Lucia 40 offers a lot more space on board than most other catamarans its size. It has been designed in such a way as to allow for the livability of a much bigger vessel while also keeping the cost of maintenance, insurance, and dockage, etc as low as that of a 40-footer catamaran.
The designers of the Lucia 40 have removed the forward berths of the previous model and installed larger storage lockers in the chest instead. This opened up a lot of space for them to move everything forward, allowing for a large, spacious aft cockpit.
The transom steps that lead to the deck are wide and sturdy and there are ideally-placed handholds that make boarding from the dock or the dinghy easy and less risky.
The cockpit of the Lucia 40 is commodious with its 130 sq. ft. plan, roughly the same space as that offered by Fountaine Pajot Helia 44. The cockpit houses a long portside settee which can easily accommodate up to eight people around a table and even offers a small drawer of fridge underneath the seat for storing drinks. In addition to the main table and the settee, the cockpit of the Lucia 40 features a starboard lounge and a transom seat so that more people, family or friends can be hosted. The entire cockpit is covered and well-protected from the weather by a composite Bimini.
The raised helm station, equipped with a Raymarine multifunction display, is to starboard and can be accessed not only from the deck but also from the cockpit via a couple of steps. The helm seat is comfortable and can easily accommodate two people, allowing each to work without coming in the way of the other. There is also a built-in sheet bin to collect the spaghetti. Although the helm station offers a view of all four corners of the vessel with excellent visibility forward, it is not absolutely ideal as the view of the transom is blocked by the hard Bimini.
The foredeck of the Lucia 40 offers a small trampoline and a lounge in the form of two lounging cushions covering the two chest lockers (one for water tank and one for line stowage each) underneath the sun pad.
The saloon of the Lucia 40 is on the same level as its cockpit and is easily accessed from the cockpit via a narrow, sliding door. The sliding window separating the galley from the cockpit along with the sliding door gives the saloon and the cockpit an impression of one large room.
The saloon has an L-shaped settee around a drop-down table that can easily accommodate six people. The table itself can be converted into a daybed along and a mattress can be added on top of it. Perhaps the best part of the Lucia 40 saloon is how luminous and well-ventilated it is. The windows are all panoramic and continuous, allowing for light to filter in. There are multiple opening hatches to enjoy the sea breeze within the saloon.
The navigation station is angled and enjoys a full, unobstructed view of the outside. However, the navigation station does not have a dedicated seat of its own but rather shares it with the L-shaped settee.
The galley on board the Lucia 40 is cleverly positioned aft so that it is right in between the saloon and the cockpit. The sliding window allows easy and efficient serving of food and drinks not only within the saloon but also out into the cockpit. The galley itself is L-shaped and has smooth countertops. Although the countertop space is not as much as one might desire, multiple drawers make up for it. The galley comes equipped with a stainless steel sink, three-burner Eno stove, and an oven. The drawer fridge and a freezer are installed opposite to the galley to the port side.
The Lucia 40 is available in four different layouts, opening up a number of choices for customers to choose a version that best suits their needs.
The Maestro version of the Lucia 40 has three cabins in total, including a large owner’s suite. Each of the two guest cabins have their own personal bathrooms.
Another layout of the Maestro version offers an option of a shared bathroom for the guest cabins along with a separate bathroom for the owner’s suite. The Quintet version consists of four double cabins complete with their own private en-suite facilities or four double cabins with 2 shared bathrooms. Either way, the Lucia 40 appeals to both charter companies and private sailors.
The entire starboard hull in the owner’s version is dedicated to the owner’s suite. It has an island berth aft with access all around and a desk in the middle. The exclusive en-suite has a separate shower and head. However, there is no door separating the head from the cabin. There is also plenty of storage available throughout the interior accommodations to cater to a family’s need.
Fountaine Pajot’s Lucia 40 is powered by twin 20 HP Volvo Penta diesel engines, located in the engine room at the aft deck. The engine room is spacious and can easily be accessed for maintenance and routine checks. In addition to the standard engines, the Lucia 40 can also be equipped with an optional Northern Light Genset in the port engine room.
The overall length of Lucia 40 catamaran is 11.73 meters with an overall beam of 6.63 meters. It has an approximate unloaded displacement of 9.5 tons. Lucia 40 has a total freshwater capacity of 140 gallons (530 liters) while the total fuel capacity is 79.25 gallons (300 liters).
The price of Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 ranges from $400,000 to $450,000.
In conclusion, Lucia 40 is an exceedingly comfortable catamaran for a family to go offshore cruising on. The best part about it is not its affordable price but the spacious features it offers in the said price such as its spacious accommodations, large protected cockpit, and ample storage space.