The Atlantic 48 Catamaran, Zen, represents a fantastic opportunity to step into a turn key, high performance world cruising cat. She has cruised safely from S. Africa to the Caribbean, USA, Central America, French Polynesia and New Zealand and is ready to do that again.
The award winning, Atlantic Catamaran™ pilothouse design layout features a midship cockpit for easy short handed sailing combined with a full visibility pilothouse aft of the cockpit which includes a duplicate steering station with engine controls and instruments. This configuration has recently been imitated by others, yet no one has succeeded in building a better cruising cat than the Atlantic Catamaran™ series.
Fully equipped galley is located in the starboard hull adjacent to the pilot house.
A double cabin is located midships in each hull. A single cabin is forward in the starboard hull. The forward section of the port hull is a large storage locker suitable for sailboards, bicycles or other bulky gear with a convertible single berth. Each hull contains a head with vanity and ample stowage, a separate shower compartment is located aft in the port hull.
And what do the sailors have to say?
Hi there Chris,
I hope you are well! I have been meaning to send you an email to update you on Resolute II - your first Atlantic 48, and to thank you and give you some feedback on your design.
I am writing this from sea, about 70 nm due south of the Galapagos Islands, on the way from Panama to the Marquesas. As i write the boat is rolling along at an average of about 9 knots in 16 knots of wind (9 apparent) at an apparent wind angle 100 degrees. I have up the cruising genoa and full main, and the boat is just loping along.
I am doing this leg (~4,000 nm) on my own, because I have always want to try solo sailing, and this seemed the perfect extended leg (nothing to hit!). One week in, i am enjoying it immensely and feel fresh and the boat (touch wood) is running perfectly.
Just to remind you, Resolute was built at Bongers in 2005, and I bought her in 2010. She has since sailed 34,000 miles, including sailing from Australia to the Caribbean via South Africa. We are now on our way back to Australia. Over 40 different friends have sailed on ocean passages, and 'Ressie' has a lot of friends. Remarkably, I think the boat is in much better condition now than when i bought it, and she is incredibly reliable.
I have been sailing with the World ARC. This time, again, Ressie just romped away from a fleet which includes some very new and serious 55-60 foot monohulls and including Nica, a Finot Conq FC53 by Knierim that was featured in a recent Yachting World - a planing mono that is half racer and half very uncomfortable cruiser. Sailing Ressie seems just so effortless compared to these modern, very complex boats (e.g. Nica has all its lines running under a false deck.)
Anyway, it is this kind of sailing that reminds me of what a truly brilliant design this boat is for long distance short handed blue water sailing. As a single handed cruiser, i just can't imagine a better compromise - this boat is very fast, dry, extremely reliable, safe and extremely easy to handle because of the centre cockpit. As you may recall, Resolute has a bowsprit and a furling genoa, and i absolutely love that cruising cutter rig (c.f. with the code zero options that most cats have). I carry the genoa in much stronger winds, and get the main reefed early and it makes for comfortable and very safe sailing at night.
I could - as you can see - go on. I find it so hard to reconcile, of course, with the designs of the new production cats which are just so luxurious, but awful to sail. I think perhaps the best way to describe it is that the people who are most impressed with Resolute (and most people are once they see the boat perform and then see how simple it is) are the monohull sailors. It is a boat that the mono guys 'get' instantly. They see how seaworthy it is, they love that it doesn't look like a block of apartments, they sit in wonder as we glide past them at sea :).
Hulls, decks, pilot house and major bulkheads are constructed from epoxy resin and tri-axial glass laminate cored with ATC Core-Cell foam.
Topsides are spray painted with AwlCraft "Stars and Stripes Blue" with a white boot stripe.
Decks are painted with a nonskid Awlgrip "White"
Crossbeams are built of uni-directional carbon fiber/epoxy with foam cored epoxy/glass bulkheads.
Cockpit and aft deck covered with Flexiteak decking system (September 2007)
(2) cored epoxy/glass daggerboards in epoxy/glass laminate trunks
Up and down haul controls lead to cockpit
Each hull has a collision bulkhead forward.
(2) Ferris 125 amp Powermax high output alternators (November 2007)
(4) Solar Panels, 120 watt output each
Blue Sky Solar Booster (March 2010)
D400 Eclectic Marine wind generator (2008)
12-volt circuit breaker panel with voltage and amp meters.
(6) Trojan T105 deep cycle led acid batteries, 675 amp hour capacity
Separate starting battery
LED (switched white/red) dome and reading lights (new LED in 2008)
(4) in-line dimmer LED primary lights in main saloon (2009)
Resolux full spectrum fluorescent lights in galley and work areas
Freedom 20 Inverter/charger (2000 watt inverter/100 amp charger) is included to provide AC power from the 12v DC batteries.
Link 2000 Inverter controller and battery monitor
110v AC outlets are installed in the following places. (1) each head, (1) galley, (1) workbench, (2) nav. Station, (1) port side of pilothouse settee.
(2) welded Aluminum 36 gallon (137 liter) diesel fuel tanks mounted in midship bilge each with deck fill, shut off and gauge (November 2007)
(2) welded Aluminum 22 gallon (83 liter) diesel fuel tanks mounted midships under fwd cockpit seats with deck fill, shut off and gauge (new March 2010)
Total fuel capacity = 116 gallons (440 liters)
(2) epoxy/glass 75 gallon water tanks each with deck fill, vent and gauge (new March 2010)
Sparcraft aluminum alloy mast, deck stepped with two sets of diamonds over single spreader.
Masthead light, masthead VHF, wind instruments
All halyards and reefing lines are led to cockpit.
Boom has internal reefing lines, topping lift and outhaul
Profurl reefing/furling unit for jib.
Bowsprit mounted on cross beam for spinnaker and Gennaker (Sept 2008)
Facnor endless line furler mounted on bow sprit for cuben fiber roller furling Gennaker (November 2007)
OPTIONAL: Custom designed and built marinized Laptop (June 2008)
MS Office (2008)
Nobeltec Visual Navigation Suite with charts for North East USA, Caribbean and Pacific Ocean
Ocens Weathernet weather software configured for SSB and satellite connection
(2) Gyropilot Graphic displays at inside star/port nav desks
SL 25 display in cockpit
(2) NKE autopilots. One mounted on starboard quadrant and one complete spare (Novemer 2007) stored on board
Furuno GD1900C color radar/plotter
Furuno GPS antenna feeds Furuno plotter
Ray Marine Raystar 125 GPS antenna wired for PC navigation. Serial connectors port and star nav stations (July 2008)
ICOM M710 SSB with AT130 tuner and 23’ whip antenna
Pactor II Modem flush mounted at Port Nav station with cables for PC connection
ICOM M504 VHF mounted at starboard inside helm station with control mic mounted at port inside nav station
handheld Standard Horizon VHF HX500S (2009)
Global Fix ACR EPIRB (November 2007)
Raymarine Lifetag personal safety system with 4 personal tags
Iridium/Motorola satellite phone (voice/data cables included) mounted at port inside nav desk with external antenna (November 2007)
Smart Radio 161 AIS receiver (November 2007)
Ericsson W25 GSM broadband voice/data terminal mounted at port inside nav desk w/external antenna
Pioneer DEH-P460MP stereo and with two speakers mounted in main saloon w/CD-IB100 iPod interface
All type 316 Dyform 1x19 SS wire rope
Low stretch Spectra halyards for mainsail and jib, Sta-Set low stretch Dacron sheets and control lines. (all new Nov 2007)
Dyneema running backstays for improved jib shape (Nov 2007)
Anderson Stainless Steel self tailing winches:
electric #52 for mainsheet/main halyard
#52 for jib sheets
#46 for traveller/runner controls
#46 for reefing lines
Harken Mini-Maxi main sheet traveler 10' long
Harken jib sheet tracks
Harken ball bearing blocks
Spinlock rope clutches
(16) Deck hatches, all Lewmar Ocean Series. Accommodation area hatches are equipped with screens.
(7) Opening portlights with clear plexi windows, three in each outboard hull side
(2) An opening port is located adjacent to each double berth
Cowl vents in engine rooms and in each head
(9) Hella fans, three in port queen berth, one in the galley, one each in the pilothouse helmstation and nav area, two in starboard queen berth and one in starboard forward single berth.
Forward cockpit bimini (new March 2010)
Side deck bimini (port and stb) with rain catching capabilities (March 2010)
Aft deck bimini with rain catching capabilities
Custom fabricated SS stanchions and lifelines.
Custom fabricated polished SS pushpits
(4) SS Transom grab rails
Integral swim step on rudder
Dual bow anchor rollers enable two anchors to be easily used at the same time.
Maxwell, Freedom 800 RC windlass with (imperial and metric) rope/chain gypsy and dual direction foot switch and remote helm switch.
Self-bailing lockers for self stowing chain and rodes
Primary anchor is 60 pound Spade anchor with 200’ 5/16th chain and 300’ 5/8th 3 strand nylon rode (November 2007)
Secondary anchor is 60 lb. Simpson Lawrence delta with 25' of 5/16" H.T. chain and 285' 7/8" nylon rode (new/never used 2008)
Third anchor Fortress FX – 55 325' 7/8" nylon rode (new never used November 2007).
(6) 10" docking cleats, 2 bow, 2 stern, 2 springline
(6) 5/8" 3 strand nylon docking lines each 50' in length.
(5) large fenders with covers
(2) inflatable extra large fenders with covers
Auqasignal LED masthead Tri-color and anchor light (July 2008)
Mast mounted steaming light with deck light
Aquasignal LED deck level running lights (2009)
Aft deck floodlights
Varnished cherry cabinet door frames, fiddles and trim.
Odyssey Laminate teak and holly soles in accommodation spaces
Semi-gloss polyurethane finish in accommodation areas.
Ultra Suede fabric settee seats and other cushions.
(4) folding chairs with custom covers (November 2007)
Custom removable berth installed in Port forward hull (November 2007)
Starboard settee seats have a varnished wood table. Settee seats have partitioned stowage beneath via lift out covers in the seat top.
A 37" McConaghy clear coat carbon fiber wheel is mounted to starboard with a 4" flush mount Ritchie SS-2000 compass, engine instrument panels, electronic gear shift/throttle control and sailing instruments (depth,wind,speed) located within easy reach of the wheel.
Extra large chart table with full size chart drawer beneath
Two file drawers
Ample space for additional nav and communications gear.
Extra outlets for laptop computers, printer, etc..
Bimini top, dinghy hoist and dinghy tie downs built into the aft deck (custom dinghy davits November 2007)
Three large flush deck lockers along the forward side of aft deck for stowage.
Aft deck covered in Flexiteak decking system
Custom extra-light (carbon fiber) dinning table with removable legs and storage bag.
Force 10 model, 4 burner propane stove with automatic temperature control oven and broiler. A remote solenoid propane shut-off switch is provided.
(4) 20lb. propane bottles (2x composite new 2009) are located in a self venting locker
Microwave oven installed in the galley over the propane stove.
Galley sink is a deep double bowl polished stainless steel with strainers.
Hot and cold pressurized water delivered by single lever mixer.
Seagull IV X-F1 pressurized drinking water filter mounted at galley sink
In addition manual Whale foot pumps are installed for fresh and salt water with chromed faucets.
Ample drawers, lockers and shelves for storage. Built in trash container.
Spectra Catalina 300 watermaker mounted in Port forward cabin
New membrane June 2010
Spare water pump
A custom fabricated side by side refrigerator/ freezer (7 and 3 cu/ft capacity) is located in the galley, inboard side. Adjustable shelves included in each compartment. Each unit uses a separate highly efficient Danfoss compressor providing redundancy.
Additional portable Engel 12 VDC fridge in galley. This until is used as a water cooler and back up refrigeration system.
Each hull has a sleeping cabin amidships that contains a queen sized berth. A hanging locker, built in dresser, storage cabinet and bookshelf is included. A large deck hatch and two opening ports provide ventilation
Custom memory foam mattress Port queen berth (November 2007)
Each head is equipped with a vanity with polished stainless steel sink with hot/cold pressure water via a mixing lever control. Formica laminate countertop and stowage locker beneath. Two large stowage lockers with shelves for towels, etc. are within easy reach.
Port toilet Raritan 12V Vortex Vac electric head with Smart Flush control plumbed to Y-valve for direct overboard or holding tank with valves for overboard discharge as well as pump out.
Starboard toilet Lavac toilet plumbed to Y-valve for direct overboard or holding tank with valves for overboard discharge as well as pump out.
Semi-gloss polyurethane finish for easy cleanup
Hot/cold pressure water with single lever anti-scald mixer control
Electric sump pump
Isotemp Magic 40 liter (engine heat exchanger) water heater
A hot and cold water pressurized rinse station is installed on the port hull transom boarding platform
Pump for deck washdown is located in the starboard hull forward locker w/50’ hose
Laminate counter with cutout and backing plate for vice
Drawers and lockers below for tool and parts storage
Lockers above for stowage
The entire above water line exterior of the boat is spray painted with Stars and Stripes Blue Awlcraft, new March 2010. Walking areas are non-skid finished with white Awlgrip, new March 2010. White boot stripe.
An external rub rail with solid metal cap is included.
AB 10AL RIB with stainless steel seat/cushion and steering wheel (November 2007)
Yamaha 25 Enduro 2 stroke engine ( March 2009)
Custom dining table with de-mountable legs and storage bag for back deck (built strong and light with carbon fibre)
Manual cloths washing machine (July 2007)
Portable 110 AC ceramic heater (July 2007)
Manuals and specifications for all systems and components
Service logs for all equipment since ownership
Spares are too numerous to list