A cruising catamaran is the perfect platform for family sailing. On Katali, we wanted to have as much room as possible for the areas where most of the time is spent (saloon and cockpit). For this goal, the salon is vast and has no central furniture to restrict movement around the salon.
The galley provides for the most discriminating chef, large areas of Corian counter tops with a molded Corian double sink. A four burner, glass cook top and large oven awaits the chef as well. All cabinets have slide out drawers that provide easy access to the items stored.
In the front of the kitchen is the vertical door opening refrigerator (so easy to use), and the drawer freezer (no temperature loss), on two independent compressors. On the same side, hidden under a lifting counter top, an 8kg washing machine is ready for heavy duty work!
The large chart table allows 2 people to sit down in front of the instruments. There is plenty of room for computers, documents, printer, and why not… charts, and six 220V international outlets to avoid unpleasant electric cables everywhere. Of course, all instruments are centralized here. You can also activate the windlass, and monitor the autopilot. An iPad stand can accommodate a tablet that will be used as, for example, repeater for the external chart plotter (via wifi). Electric panel, VHF, Stereo, water and diesel gauges, and 220V charger/inverter control panel, are all accessible and easily viewed.
We’ve enlarged the glass surface (from initial drawings) to offer maximum vison in all directions. We’ve eliminated the inside/outside “frontier” by using a sliding door disappearing behind the refrigerator, and a vertical window sliding down behind the kitchen’s counter top.
The salon is perfectly ventilated (even with the boat fully closed) thanks to hidden PVC tubes conducting the flow of air from the outside front of the boat to saloon (and bathrooms and cabins). You can completely close the boat for several months and there will be no mildew inside!