The Saona 47 is a luxury cruising catamaran, a product of Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design. Marking its 40 years in production, Fountaine Pajot launched the Saona 47 with all the distinguishing features of the shipyard in April 2017.
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DESIGN – INTERIOR & EXTERIOR
The Saona 47 is particularly known for its characteristic multi-decks, offering three different levels starting from the flybridge lounge or sunbathing area and ending on the aft cockpit with an elevated helm station on the level in between.
The upper deck lounge of the Saona 47 offers great views of the sea and the sky along with the comfort of lounge mattresses and cushions. It is large and spacious and ideal for a family to relax at the end of a tough day.
The helm station of the Saona 47 is unlike many other catamarans as its methodically placed winches and lines allow two to three people to work simultaneously in peace without getting in the way of each other. The helm seat is generously wide and comfortable so the helmsperson does not necessarily have to be alone. The station is also integrated with the lower part of the saloon which means that anyone working the lines or steering the boat is not completely isolated and communication is still possible. The helm station is large enough for all the instruments to be placed neatly with everything also being in reach. The view from the station is good as all corners of the boat can be seen with the exception of the aft port and the sails are also visible through the window in the bimini.
Owing to its large size, the cockpit of the Saona 47 can be termed as the main living area on the boat. It is spacious and comfortable, offering multiple sitting and lounging options. With the L-shaped settee surrounding a large cockpit table and a fridge for storage of replenishments, the cockpit can also serve as the primary dining area. Although protected by a hard-top bimini, the cockpit is airy and bright and comes with a built-in BBQ which is smartly positioned to blow the smoke away from the main area.
Lastly, the foredeck of the Saona 47 is spacious and boasts a long trampoline but it does not have a dedicated sitting area or lounge. The anchor locker in the foredeck is large enough to store not only the anchor but also other equipment and, along with the water tank, is placed in a way to ensure that all the weight is pulled back and centralized.
The Saona 47 integrates the saloon with the cockpit so well as to give an impression of one large, unobstructed area. Despite the cockpit stealing the spotlight in terms of lounging and seating area, the saloon is modern, neat and cozy. The light wood finishing on the furniture helps in achieving an open yet inviting ambiance. It offers spectacular views of the outside with windows all around and multiple, forward opening hatches.
The galley, located between the saloon and the cockpit, is large and L-shaped with easy and simple access to both the living areas. It comes fully equipped with a double sink, a microwave oven, a large gas oven, and a four-burner gas stove along with a two-tier drawer fridge and a multi-drawer freezer. The galley has plenty of storage space in the form of lockers but also underneath the floor, not to mention the island which also serves as an additional countertop.
The saloon itself has a comfortable, L-shaped settee wrapped around a table that can easily seat up to 8 people. The table can be converted into a cocktail table and can also be lowered further down to turn into a bed for additional guests staying over.
The navigation station is angled and its seat is integrated with the settee. The station is fully functional and takes advantage of the full-forward view offered by the windows for a peaceful, indoor night watch.
The Saona 47 is available in two layouts. The Owner’s version has 3-cabins with the entire port hull dedicated to the master suite while the charter version offers 5-cabins with en-suite for each of the four double guest cabins too. The master suite can be termed as the key feature of the Saona 47 as the space that it offers is unlike any other on a catamaran its size.
In the owner’s version, the master suite has a big double bed with access all around. The windows filter a lot of sunlight and the opening hatches ensure ventilation. There is plenty of storage space in the form of cupboards and drawers and the area between the head and the bedroom can also be used as a space for office work. The bathroom is unusually large with a separate toilet and shower. Although there is no door separating the head form the cabin, the shower glass and the toilet door do not let the need for one to be felt. The other two guest cabins offer a queen-sized bed and en-suite facilities each, making the catamaran a particularly habitable one with considerable freedom to have guests staying over.
The overall length of Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 is 13.94 meters and it has a maximum beam of 7.70 meters. The unloaded displacement of the vessel is approximately 14.7 tonnes. It has a total sail area of 77 sq. meters and a genoa area of 52 sq. meters. The Saona 47 has a total freshwater capacity of 700 liters and a total fuel capacity of 940 liters, and is powered by two 40 HP diesel engines.
The price of the Saona 47 varies from $850,000 to $900,000.
In conclusion, the Saona 47 is an exceedingly livable boat ideal for families who want to experience offshore cruising while also entertaining guests and living an upbeat family life. Its spacious offerings, especially the owner’s version, are quite popular amongst those who value leisure over speed and plan on spending most of their time on anchorage.