The principle which next-generation cruising multihulls are based on is the supply of living surfaces and volumes that can be compared with those commonly found on longer single-hull boats. While this concept is applied in the segment of sailboats for many years, it is increasingly becoming established in motorboats, too, and the new motor-powered catamaran proposed by Fountaine Pajot, the MY 40
, is a clear example ofthis.
And that’s exactly what we have perceived at Duesseldorf Boat Show during her world premiere. Observing the dinette and the aft ~ybridge, without knowing her dimensions yet, our }rst impression was to be compared with a boat of at least 50 feet in length. Climbing on board, feelings don’t change and I realize that the true luxury of this boat doesn’t lie in the materials or the f}nishes it offers (that are mid-level) but in its comfort.
Covered by a T-Top, the Flybridge of the Fountaine Pajot MY 40 stands out for its surface ( 17 m2!) and equipment, a
combination that creates a really independent space. It is equipped with a table and a sofa, both perfect to have a cocktail that can be prepared on the adjacent bar cabinet since the latter includes a worktop with sink, refrigerator and an optional burner.
Forward, we }nd the open-air steering console and a sun pad that can turn into a comfortable seat during navigation. The only little ~aw of this space is represented by the access ladder that is not suf}ciently enveloping when climbing down.
The bow of the MY 40 accommodates an additional, completely covered sunbathing platform. Consisting of two long
reclining seats, it has positively impressed us because it is easy to reach. Despite the large central structure, both sideboard and port side-decks are wide and easy walkable.
The interior dinette includes a spacious U-shaped galley on the starboard side, the steering console and, on the opposite side, a large table surrounded by a sofa and some comfortable upholstered seats. This environment can be compared to a loft, comfortable enough even for a large number of passengers on board.
From the dinette, two separate ladders lead to the night area of both hulls. More speci}cally, the left hull is a perfect
synthesis of the abundance of spaces that this type of boats wants to offer, it is for the exclusive use of the owner and
includes a cabin and a private bathroom. It is a real suite }tted with all amenities, large wardrobes, a work table and a
bathroom divided into two spaces, equipped with a large separate shower box.
The right hull of the Fountaine Pajot MY 40, instead, hosts the guest cabins that share a single central bathroom with
separate shower. The two cabins are both double: the aft one has a central double bed while the forward one is equipped with a bunk bed of excellent size.
The MY 40 is offered with two power options. The standard one consists of two Volvo 300HP IPS 400 engines while the
optional one includes two Volvo 370 HP IPS 500 outboards that are supposed to deliver more power and a cruising speed comparable with the typical performance of a single-hull powerboat.
The base price of the boat, in its Exclusive guise, is EUR 550,000, certainly not exactly cheap for a 12-meter boat but
considerably interesting if compared to the price of a 50-foot single-hull boat, the spaces of which can be found on board the Fountaine Pajot MY 40.
LOA: 12.35 m (14 m with the aft platform)
Width: 6 m
Draft: 1.1 m
Fuel Capacity: 2 x 700 l
Water Capacity: 1 x 450 l
Weight: 13.5 t