Stunning, Performance - Oriented AfricanCats Fastcat 445
Butterfly is a stunning-looking, 44ft performance-orientated catamaran, designed by Angelo Lavranos and commissioned in Dec 2008.
The FastCat 445 and was designed by Angelo Lavranos based on first principles to be light, strong and fast. With her double-owner layout, she was built with the private owner cruiser in mind, rather than the typical charter-market catamaran. She is well equipped to be a safe, fast, passage-making vessel. Her light but strong design facilitates a maximum payload of 5 tonnes - a very useful feature when living aboard. The cockpit layout allows her to be sailed without ever needing to leave its safety.
Unlike many other production catamarans which are constructed with polyester resin, Butterfly's deck and hulls are epoxy resin-infused, ensuring she remains osmosis free. She also boasts built-in buoyancy chambers and is constructed with tabbed-in fittings that remain silent under way.
One owner since launch, she sailed from Durban in South Africa, round the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Town, then across the South Atlantic to the Caribbean. Due to family commitments the owners have decided to end their cruising days on Butterfly and now this beautifully maintained and lovingly cared for boat is all ready for her new owners to move aboard and sail away.
Butterfly is both strong and light-weight, ensuring she sails fast and safely. This is achieved by the use of an epoxy vacuum resin infusion construction process (the use of epoxy, the premium boat-building resin, ensures the hulls remain immune from water-absorption and osmosis).
The boat was built in two halves using female moulds layered with woven glass fibre mat, a Divinycell core and a final layer of woven mat. The hulls are also reinforced with the Twaron woven mat (similar to Kevlar) for improved impact resistance.
The keels, rudders, mast step and high load elements of the structure are also reinforced with carbon fibre.
Many of her internal furniture fittings are constructed from Nomex honeycomb material - often used in aircraft manufacture (high strength / low weight). The structures then fibre-glassed into position ensuring rigidity and no movement when sailing, making her quiet when under sail - i.e. none of the creaking noises so common to many production catamarans.
The structure of the boat includes sufficient Divinycell foam to make the boat unsinkable. In addition there are 6 (3 in each hull) water-tight buoyancy compartments.
Butterfly's mast and rig were commissined to facilitate transiting the ICW in the USA (total height 64 ft)
LOA - 44 ft (13.4 m)
Beam - 24.5 ft (7.46m)
Draft - 4 ft (1.2 m)
Bridge clearance - 64 ft (19.5 m)
Weight light ship - 14991 lbs ( 6800 Kgs)
Bridge deck clearance 41 inches (1.04m average)
Engine brand - Lombardini
Total power: -80 hp (59.66 kw)
Engine model - LDW1404 2 off
Engine type - Twin in-board diesel
Engine hrs -less than 900 hrs
Each engine has in-line diesel bug treatment, 2 x diesel filters as well as Racor water separators
Each engine has a raw water strainer and anode protection
Each engine control panel has engine hrs meter, charge warning light, engine temperature and oil pressure gauges and electric fuel cut off switches.
Drive type - Sail drive
Propeller - 3 blade folding Autostream
Cruising speed - 7 knots
Fresh water: 2 at 66 US gals each US gals (500 ltrs total)
Fuel tanks: 2 at 66 US gals each (500 ltrs total)
Holding tanks: 2 at 14 US gal each (55 ltrs total)
Number of double berths - 2 x full king size
Note – 3 x additional sleeping berths are available
2 x electric heads and 2 x separate showers with electric pump out
Interior finishes - vinyl foam liner, maple wood veneer, Wilson Art laminate, and 2 pack Awlcraft paint (shade: snow white)
Type of flooring thoughout interior - Polyflor Polysafe Hydro (antislip and waterproof)
Saloon coffee/dining table - dining table can seat 8 when raised and extended; folds and lowers to form a coffee table.
Storage space - exceptional internal storage space including 2 x hanging lockers, 26 x cabinets and 6 x drawers and 12 x shelves. Also 4 x lockable concealed containers for valuables.
Nav station, including chart storage facility, and galley are up on the bridge deck
Interior lights are all LED including dimming facilities, reading lights, and red lights for night sailing.
Watermaker - 15 gals /hr (60 lts) SLCE Aquabase ESW 601 (energy- efficient pressure recovery type)
Reserve Katadyne 35 watermaker included
Hot water tank Isotherm dual spiral 40 lts ( heating from electrical energy and port engine)
Cabin fans x 5
Raymarine chart plotters - internal E120, external E80
Depth sounder and log - Tacktick
Wind speed and direction - Tacktick (with micronet digital and analogue displays)
Auto pilot - Raymarine S2G
Compass, Raymarine fluxgate and Plastimo magnetic
GPS - Raymarine
VHF Radio only Standard Horizon CPV 350
SSB Icom 802
Send and receive AIS Easy TRX (signals integrated into chart plotters)
Radio / CD player (Polyplaner)
Hand held radio - Standard Horizon
Solar panels 3 x Sanyo 210 watts (630 watts total)
Generator - Stand alone Honda EU 2000 (2 kw
Mastervolt integrated invertor charger 4 kw
Each engine has 1 x 100 amp alternator and 1 x 80 amp alternator (4 alternators total)
Each alternator is controlled by a Sterling smart controller
House batteries 2 x 250 amp hr 8D AGM. 2 x 80 amp hr AGM engine start batteries. The start batteries are charged via a Blue Sea automatic charge relay.
In an emergency the house batteries can be switched to start the engines
Battery monitor is via the Mastervolt control panel
There are 8 x 220 volt sockets and 4 x12 volt sockets
Sail drives - Lombardini
Front-opening Isotherm Inox air-cooled fridge/ freezer model
Top-opening water-cooled chiller unit can be switched to either fridge or freezer
2 x stainless steel galley sinks each supplied with hot and cold fresh water as well as salt water
Moulded Corrian work-surfaces and draining recess
Alpes Inox 4 burner stove
Smeg full size oven
Full set of cutlery, plates , glasses, cups, cooking utensils, saucepans, food mixer, blender, electric whisk.
Fully battened main sail 800 sq ft (74sqm)
Furling genoa 420 sq ft (39 sq m) Harkenan roller furler
Flat cut asymmetric spinnaker 807 sq ft (75 sq m)
Fuller cut asymmetric spinnaker 1290 sq ft (120 sq m)
Mast - Southern Spars 59.5 ft (18.11 m)
Bow-sprit - Southern Spars 4 ft (1.22 m)
2 x lockers forward(very large) and 3 x cockpit lockers
3 x 25lbs capacity composite gas storage tanks
Winches - powered primary winch (most sheets and halyards can be fed to this winch) Meissner 48 ST
2 x Meissner 44 ST winches for main sheet control
2 x Meissner 54 ST winches for genoa sheets / spinnaker sheets
9 x rope clutches
10 x docking cleats
2 x Bow pulpit seats
2 x Stern seats
Retractable Swim ladder (retracts inside sugar scoop)
Dinghy - ABS Aluminium 10 ft ultra light ( 2016)
Outboard - Tohatsu 9.8 hp (2014)
Twin helm seat
Cockpit seating for 7 persons
Cockpit table converts to double bed / sun lounger
Cockpit has LED lights including, red for night sailing, table lights, spreader light, sugar scoop lights , underwater lights
Cockpit has fresh water hot /cold shower and salt water shower
Salt water deck wash / anchor chain wash
Large carbon fibre rigid bimini
Cockpit enclosure awnings
Standing rigging, compact strand (Dyform) with PBO side stays
All running rigging is Dyneema
Stack pack (Butterfly monogrammed) with lazy jacks
Primary anchor - Rocna 88lbs (40 kgs) on 300ft of Aqua 70 8 mm high test calibrated anchor (breaking load 7 tonnes) bought in 2014
Secondary anchor - Rocna 35 lbs (16 kgs) with chain and lead weighted line
Windlass - Muir electric 2200 with remote control, capable of lifting 1 tonne
Dyneema netting Trampoline (installed 2013)
Bumpers (fenders) x 10
Fender steps x 2
Dock lines x 8
Carbon fibre davits
Hatches BSI off-shore x 12
Portlights BSI x 8
UV window covers x 5
Sea kayak with paddle
Snorkle marker float
Fishing rod /reel and lures
A key safety feature of the boat is that she was designed to be sailed single-handed without the need to leave the cockpit. Both the fully-battened main sail and the roller-furling genoa can be deployed, lowered and reefed (single line reefing) from within the safety of the cockpit.
Back up auto pilot steering using a linear actuator
Life raft - 6 man Prosaver (serviced 2013)
Life vests – 4 x inflatable Marinepool 275 newton and 5 x non inflatable
Safety harnesses x 1
Fire extinguishers x 3
Automatic engine fire extinguishers x 2
Automatic gas detection shut off and alarm
Jordan series drogue with bridle, reinforced sugar scoops and D ring / cleat for drogue attachment
Hydraulic steering with hydraulic-powered autopilot
Reserve linear actuator powered auto pilot
Emergency tiller bar deployed from starboard sugar scoop
1 x manual bilge pump and 8 x electric bilge pumps
Loudhaler with fog horn
Mast-mounted remote operation spotlight and hand-held 1 million candle power search light
Ship's barometer, clock, air temperature and humidity gauge