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The Outremer 5X is the flagship of the Outremer shipyard. An exceptional sailboat, capable of exceptional speeds while offering unequaled safety and comfort. Sleek, fast, comfortable, reassuring, the Outremer 5X has been able to satisfy the most demanding sailors. She represents the very essence of Outremers’ know-how and experience.

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Easy maneuvering

Despite her size, the 5X is designed to be easily sailed by a short-handed crew. The small displacement, the controlled sail area will allow you to handle your 5X with two people in all circumstances. With excellent visibility, and all the maneuvers led back to the helm station, no need for an additional seasoned crewman!

Top-of-the-range finishes

Famous interior designer Franck Darnet has drawn an interior with obvious harmony, through fluid layouts. Materials and colors are of course fully customizable, you will be able to define the atmosphere that suits you. Fine essences or veneers, lacquered furniture and soft foams, mottled fabrics, there will only be limits to your imagination to design the boat of your dreams.

Exceptional steering feel

The Outremer 5X is equipped with no less than 4 helm stations (two steering wheels, and two tillers) for an exceptional steering feel and increased adaptability.

From a wheel steering, maneuvers within easy reach, or comfortably installed in an ergonomic seat, the carbon tiller as a natural extension of your hand, you will keep control of the boat with a short-handed crew in all circumstances.

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« Le voyage de Pom » Domi and Mapie

This is the story of one man’s cruising project, with a very loving woman at his side who agrees to follow him. They retired in 2018 and it was finally time for them to start the blue water adventure on their dream boat: an Outremer 5X.

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Winner of the European Yacht of the Year and the US Boat of the Year, the Outremer 5X is the flagship catamaran of Outremer Yachting . Although well beyond an average sailor’s price range, the 5X catamaran is worth its hefty price tag. This massive 59 footer offers incredible facilities onboard while also strictly holding on to the functions which make it a force on the sea.

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DESIGN – INTERIOR & EXTERIOR

The Outremer 5X is a result of the coming together of recognized designers and builders. With the naval architecture of France’s VPLP, deck layout by Michel Desjoyeaux, interior design by Darnet Design, and the global design by Patrick Le Quement, the Outremer 5X reflects particular attention to details and features which allow it to be as seaworthy and as comfortable as it is.

The optimized deck layout by Desjoyeaux has enabled the Outremer 5X to be maneuvered short-handed. It has is built in such a way that the well-above water clearance of the bridge deck has significantly reduced slamming at higher speeds while keeping the center of gravity low prevents hobby horsing in waves.

The side-decks of Outremer 5X are wide and smooth, with angled daggerboards. All the hatches are flush with the side-deck, so the movement over them is not cumbersome. The balance of the boat can also be optimized with the daggerboards when going downwind, allowing for a smooth sailing experience.

 The foredeck of the catamaran is huge longitudinally, but there is no seating arrangement or benches. Almost all of the space on the foredeck is occupied by two large trampolines, which reduce weight and allows it to achieve the speed that Outremer aimed for.

The coachroof features two outdoor helm stations with stainless steel steering wheels both to port and to starboard. Both the helm stations are complete with engine controls, electronic navigation panels, and steering compasses. Adding on to these two helm stations are two steering stations consisting of carbon-fiber tillers and a space-pod white chair each to port and starboard. The tillers, once again, form the key feature of the Outremer 51 as it allows for a more intimate helming experience.

The visibility from each of the helm stations is excellent, and all four corners of the catamaran are visible while maneuvering. All lines are controlled by electoral winches, which allow for single-handed sailing of the vessel.

The cockpit of the Outremer 5X is spacious and can easily fit up to 15 people. The lounge is comfortable and offers a U-shaped seating on the port side wrapped around a sandwich polyester drop-leaf table. Ample space for storage is available in the form of lockers and space under the seats. The cockpit is protected from sea spray and weather with a hard-top bimini.

 The saloon of the Outremer 5X is spacious and can accommodate 8 to 10 people on the expandable table surrounded by a U-shaped settee. The table has a neat cherry wood finish, which lends the saloon an inviting air. The saloon offers a panoramic view of the world outside through its slightly slanting, vertical windows. It is also well-ventilated with 2 openings hatched forward and 4 openings hatched in the coachroof.

The galley of Outremer 5X is also U-shaped and fairly modern with a 3-burner hob, fitted oven with grill, and countertops in Corian. The galley also has storage, bins, dishwasher, and a stainless steel sink. There is also a front opening refrigerator in the galley. The galley is customizable and extra drawers can also be added for more storage area. 

The navigation station has a spacious chart table and an opening for a laptop computer. It is well-equipped with an electric multifunction control panel and a panel for navigation electronics. The seat at the nav station rotates and provides an excellent view of the sails and catamaran.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Outremer 5X is available in 3 cabin and 4 cabin versions.

The owner’s version has one large aft cabin to port and offers a choice between either a longitudinal or transverse double bed. Although there is no access around the bed, the view from the berth is clear and wide, thanks to the large rectangular port light. There is also an opening deck hatch that allows air circulation to take place. The owner’s hull is accessible via a sliding door that gives privacy to the cabin.

There is ample storage space in the hanging locker, a case for the daggerboards, a wardrobe in the companionway along with and an optional washing machine or freezer. The shower room is accessed via a door from the companionway and offers a separate shower and a manual sea toilet.

The starboard hull is designed for guests with a slightly larger aft cabin than the forward cabin and a separate shower and bathrooms. The companionway in the starboard hull also offers space for wardrobe and storage.

The interior of the Outremer 5X is lightweight and easy to maintain. The cherry wood finishing gives it a calming look and is also easy to clean. The floors are foam core sandwich, and the side and lower section is a polyester veneer which does not wear easily.

ENGINE ROOMS

The Outremer 5X is powered by two 75 hp diesel engines with sail drive and 4-blade folding propellers. The engine room consists of a compartment underneath the transom area accessible via a hatch. The engine room is large enough for all maintenance checks to be done easily and without risk.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

The overall length of the Outremer 5X catamaran is 17.98 meters, while the beam length is 8.58 meters. The maximum load displacement of Outremer 5X is 13.9 tons. The sail plan of the Outremer 5X is massive, with mainsail having an area of 125 sq. Meters and self-tacking jib of 74 sq. Meters. The height of the mast is 23.45 meters. The Outremer 5X has a total water capacity of 752 liters, including a water tank that holds about 40 liters. The total fuel capacity is 672 liters, comprising two fuel tanks.

PRICE RANGE

The price of the Outremer 5X catamaran ranges from $1.8 to $2.3 million.

In conclusion, the Outremer 5X is a performance catamaran and offers not only that but also comfort and safety. It is designed to be the fastest boat in its category, and despite being very large, it is still very easy to sail and manage. However, given its hefty price tag, the Outremer 5X catamaran is not everyone’s to enjoy.  

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The flagship of family travel. The dream of many family cruisers. The Outremer 5X catamaran uncompromisingly embodied all the features of a long-range fast cruiser. Designed to safely transport your family anywhere in the world in the comfort of a decent home.

VPLP, the leading design bureau of racing and cruising multihulls and America's Cup winner, was responsible for the overall design of the 5X. Michel Desjoyaux debugged the placement of deck equipment so that it could be operated by one person. Franck Darnet Design is the superyacht interior design bureau dedicated to the comfort inside the 5X. The result is a fast, economical and maneuverable catamaran. The Outremer 5X catamaran can go faster than the wind!

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The Outremer 5X is the flagship of the Outremer shipyard. An exceptional sailboat, capable of exceptional speeds while offering unequaled safety and comfort. Sleek, fast, comfortable, reassuring, the Outremer 5X has been able to satisfy the most demanding sailors. She represents the very essence of Outremers’ know-how and experience.

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Up until now, all the attempts to create big cruising catamarans with superlative performance have been exceptional prototypes (Magic Cat) or have remained restricted to confidential families (Gunboat). With the 5X, Outremer has launched a challenge to the multihull community: build a 60-foot production boat which meets this ambitious specification.

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Dick Newick sensibly maintained that no multihull could be at the same time spacious, very fast and financially accessible. In his mind, it was above all a question of rationalising his non-negotiable approach to pretty trimarans with amazing dynamic qualities, but awfully Spartan, which only a brotherhood of Benedictine monks could build…almost voluntarily. Times have changed; 20 years later, the multihulls which were seen as crazy machines in the 80s met a generation which liked two-figure speeds and stable platforms as their daily fare. At the boat shows, we have certainly seen galloping inflation of the size of multi-yachts, but the number of boats designed exclusively around the radical, 'fast first' equation has not increased much.

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OUTREMER 5X owner’s version, a powerful off-grid bluewater multihull that is fast, safe, and delivers on extreme sensations.   “Wildling” is truly sublime and has been continuously maintained and upgraded to stay in top shape, with 7 sails, rotating carbon mast, electric winches, many high tech features, Lithium batteries and a/c that can run off solar, hydro gen, watermaker, full suite of electronics, low engine hours, etc this Outremer 5X will not lack arguments in its favor. It guarantees almost complete autonomy and exceptional comfort in all types of seas.   This superb and stylish performance catamaran for sale is the desirable 3 cabins owner’s layout, fully equipped for long-distance off-grid cruising.   Autonomy: 1500w solar panels, racing hydro-generator, 100 l/h watermaker, 360A Mastervolt Lithium Ion batteries Sail set: North 3DI Endurance: 3DI 124m2 square top mainsail, 3DI genoa + 3DI staysail, new condition, + Solent Hydranet, code D Delta […]

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They seem preternatural, our navlight giving the dolphins an oily reflection as they launch like dark green torpedoes in unison with our surfs. The fizzing noise when they clear the water helps communicate their effortless speed, while the boat hums as it accelerates into the mid teens. Subconsciously I count the surfs, 6, 7, 8… seconds; psychologically I’m wired, absolutely buzzing. But physically I notice I’m shivering, with numb fingers from being on the helm of the Outremer 52 so long, not willing to relinquish the wheel for a single minute even to don extra layers.

It’s exhilarating. Two days and nights aboard the Outremer 52 in March made for some of the most enjoyable sailing I’ve done in 20 years of testing yachts. That’s not to say this new model is faultless or that it’ll suit everyone – there are of course compromises that come with this performance. Then consider spending a seven figure sum yet still having to wait four years for one.

But there are very few production yachts I can think of that offer this amount of cruising space and comfort coupled with such engaging performance, and arguably no yards that are as successful in doing it as Outremer. Which makes me wonder, could this be my ultimate world tourer?

With its four decades of fast bluewater experience, Outremer (‘overseas’ in French), has been able to tap into the recent maelstrom of multihull demand perhaps better than any yard.

Together with design partners VPLP, Patrick Le Quément and Franck Darnet, Outremer proved with the Outremer 55 two years ago that it could produce a modern, fast catamaran with real wow factor and a particularly bright, open plan main deck layout.

The Outremer 52 is very much in that guise, yet carries the heavy task of replacing the fabled 51 – the 101 of them Outremer built have clocked over 2.3 million miles. That’s a lot of owner feedback. Where the Outremer 51 is minimalist for today’s tastes, the Outremer 52 brings that instant boat show appeal. It sports a large cockpit, which links via retracting bulkhead doors to the galley and saloon, combined with an enormous amount of glazing, but in a more manageable size and layout to the 55.

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‘As a gust ruffles the water you can harness it to catch a wave and really feel the 52 surge’. Photo: Robin Christol

For years we discussed conducting a multi-day test that might better suit Outremer’s ocean-oriented designs and thankfully we were given just such an exclusive opportunity on this freshly launched Outremer 52. It was a long, intoxicating couple of days. I arrived at 11pm and we departed at 4am to catch the best of the breeze for our 90-mile outward south-west sail across the Gulf of Lion

Outremer 52 – the sailor’s boat

Despite the rude awakening, the cold, early start was worthwhile. Once out of La Grande Motte’s marina, which is overlooked by the burgeoning Outremer yard, the full main and genoa were hoisted under headtorch light and we were soon averaging over 9 knots in 15, reaching at 120° true. By first light, the gennaker was unfurled, upping our average speed to 11-12 knots, with heady surfs up to 17 knots.

What an introduction to helming this boat! It felt so sporty: direct, with palpable acceleration. As a gust ruffles the water you can harness it to catch a wave and really feel the Outremer 52 surge before the forward buoyancy kicks in and drives those streamlined reverse bows up and through the waves. It quickly instils confidence, while bringing real pleasure.

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The large forward-facing navstation, with its really comfortable swivel chair, makes for a great desk and chart table. Photo: Robin Christol

With the breeze dropping and backing further astern later that morning, we furled the gennaker and hoisted an A2 on a snuffer. Deep reaching in just 12 knots true we could still make a respectable 8 to 9.5 at 150°, but heat up 20-30° and it nudges into double figures and almost matches the wind.

These are such easy, pleasant passagemaking speeds. Three steps down from the helm and you’re onto the single level main deck to check on progress from the navstation, while making a brew as the crew dozes in horizontal comfort.

The owners of this first Outremer 52 opted for a versatile sail set up, choosing a genoa over the standard self-tacking jib, a removable inner staysail and the downwind furling gennaker. Upgrades to help get the most out of the boat also include Incidence DFi filament sails and a carbon Lorima mast. In the early afternoon sun I helmed for another lengthy spell under gennaker, and was again struck by how unwilling I became to leave the helm, only doing so to swap between the wheel and tiller.

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View from the helm, as we plane and surf while I try to log the highest speed! Photo: Robin Christol

Best of both?

Unlike the dual wheel setup on the 55, this has a single wheel to starboard with control lines led to it, but there is also an option for a tiller on the portside. It’s a unique combination on this size craft, but tillers are part of Outremer’s DNA, and still a draw for sailors wanting the big kid, breeze-in-the-hair experience.

Tiller sailing proved a work out, particularly as I was heating it up at the time making a steady 12-12.5 knots at 110° true in 15 knots. It needed both hands firmly on the carbon rod and is perhaps better suited to light wind sailing. To activate the tiller you have to disconnect the steering wheel or vice versa – the Jefa steering is all mechanically linked directly to the rudders hence there is good feedback.

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With the cold spring breeze blowing off the snow-capped Pyrenees, I preferred the option of swinging the pedestal right out and sitting on the leeward bench in the sun with clear views of the tell-tales. It’s a comparable feeling and position to helming a performance monohull, though distinctly more comfortable!

The swing pedestal may not be an innovation, but it’s used to triumphant effect. It’s set back from the coachroof, leaving good space for working the winches and access between side deck and cockpit. The ability to cant it 180° gives the option to stand with views of the four corners, sit out on the side deck or steer from the cockpit. This, together with a bracing perch, which includes an arm for the throttle controls, windlass and autopilot controls inboard, works brilliantly.

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Sailing from dawn till dusk – the Outremer offers multiple positions to enjoy fast cruising in comfort. Photo: Robin Christol

The winch layout is equally superb. Two starboard coachroof winches are used for the headsail sheets, mainsheet and reefing lines. However there are also inboard cockpit winches for daggerboard controls and kite sheets each side under the bimini. All lines have been designed to be cross-sheeted or led to these protected winches. A sheave by the coachroof winches allows you to lead the mainsheet or genoa sheets down to the inboard winches, for example. Couple this with the ability to swing the pedestal inboard, with views forward through the coachroof windows and of the main, and you can steer and trim while completely protected (especially with the fabric dodgers down).

Then there’s another trump feature in the large forward facing navstation, from which you can also stand a watch in inclement weather.

The social boat

Twelve hours after leaving the boat’s French home port we arrived in a tiny little cove on the Costa Brava for a photoshoot along with the 55, raising the daggerboards to anchor in 2m of clear water.

It was time to relax, launch the toys and enjoy the serious amount of real estate. That’s what the luxury side of this premium priced cruiser brings – a speed and space balance, together with easy circulation, light and surround views.

The davits can carry a proper working tender, up to 3.6m; the Outremer 55, for example, had an 3.4m aluminium hulled Highfield RIB (70kg) with 20hp outboard, which is a seaworthy people carrier-cum-recreation craft that can transform time at anchor.

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The helm setup is superb. The swing pedestal allows you to stand. Photo: Robin Christol

The Outremer 52’s cockpit is the social heart of the boat, linking with the saloon and galley to create one zone. The crew of the 55 joined us, showing how 8-10 can sit around the table alone. The cockpit enclosure is a must-have option on this size boat to get the most out of this layout in colder climates, but removes completely to open it out.

The decor is simple but practical. The addition of lightweight removable outdoor furniture provides versatile stools, while a step box seat helps enclose the cockpit in the port quarter. A similar approach is taken with the lighting and sound system – on the test boat, for example, the addition of domestic style LED lamps and portable Bluetooth speakers avoids the need to hard wire such systems in. Keeping furnishings minimal helps emphasise the large open living area, with the focus on natural light and the environment around.

I particularly like the forward vertical windows, which minimise glare yet provide horizon views while standing in the saloon, and their four opening sections which help provide excellent natural ventilation. The polycarbonate panels (lighter than glass) are all individually glued and then bolted so can be replaced.

The bluewater boat

With the bulkhead doors fully retracted, the galley connects seamlessly to the cockpit.

The galley’s double bin with its sweep-in top and a separate chute directly through to the sea for compostable goods/peelings are pragmatic features clearly born from liveaboard feedback, as is the space for a herb garden. That said the huge single sink wastes water, where a second or 1.5 style draining sink would be more practical. The layout of the hob is also somewhat awkward, as only one person comfortably can use this or the worksurface at the same time. A solution might be to swap the sink to that outboard position.

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The winch layout makes shorthanding easy and facilitates trimming from inboard as well. Photo: Robin Christol

Galley stowage is quite spread out when you include the essential tall locker to starboard and the useful tins and dry goods storage below the saloon sole. And the extra freezer aside the 130lt fridge should perhaps be included as standard on this type of craft. But the space is all used well.

We raised anchor that evening, motoring the short distance round to Cadaques to pick up a buoy for the night, and opted for the more intimate saloon table for dinner.

Once down in the hulls it’s a similar layout to the 55, in that you can choose three or four cabins with the main decision concerning the adaptable forward port cabin. This involves five different options, the most popular being a combination of desk, folding bunk and stowage.

In terms of finish, it’s a lot of Alpi beige veneer – nice and bright, but a wipe clean look that says more volume production than seven figure pricing. This is arguably the Outremer 52’s main payoff: the accommodation is kept simple and relatively easy to reproduce in favour of keeping weight down and speed up. The effort and labour goes into the structure and foam sandwich furniture.

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‘The galley connects seamlessly to the cockpit’. Photo: Robin Christol

Living aboard

Despite the comparatively narrow hulls, accommodation is plenty comfortable enough to live aboard long-term and with abundant natural light. The aft berths are queen size (1.6m wide), with shelving and alcoves inboard, which I found really practical for storing books, water, and personal items. Reading lights with dual power USB ports in them proved equally useful.

Stowage is abundant, particularly below the aft berths, while space below the sole boards has been maximised and includes trays to keep items out of the bilges. Those choosing a full owner’s hull also get a bank of wardrobes, with room for a washing machine, plus a vast bathroom and shower area forward.

In a sensible use of space, the portside separate heads and shower areas are shared by the two cabins. However, the shower area is a sparse cubicle, so drying it – and towels – could be an issue. Equally there’s no sliding door on this side, so no privacy between that and the aft cabin.

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Space, light and ventilation, together with surround horizon views from standing (1.98m headroom) are formidable. The compact saloon area to starboard suits cosy family breakfasts or off watch napping. Photo: Robin Christol

The access to systems for maintenance or diagnosis is a discernible improvement over the 55. The batteries and solar controllers are below the forward saloon settee, for example, while plumbing is neatly installed with intelligible manifolds colour-coded.

Outremer’s sister company Gunboat helped it to add stiffness, using full carbon bulkheads below the mast, sliding doors, and traveller bench aft. The weight savings gained help allow for all the additional glazing on the Outremer 52. It’s the same in the hulls, where modern structures allow for much less inhibitive bulkheads and therefore a more open feel compared to Outremers of yesteryear.

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The three cabin version includes masses of stowage and a sizeable heads area

Weight is key to sound insulation of course, so when you strip as much as possible you have to accept the acoustic penalty. In the silence of a night time anchorage for instance the noise of a water pump activating sounded like a chainsaw in the aft cabin (mounted on the bulkhead directly behind the headboard of the aft berth), and you certainly know about it when the heads flush or there is anyone on deck above. I also found the creaking noises of the vast hull window in the aft cabin of the test boat disconcerting.

Despite these irritations, however, I still felt highly confident in the boat’s structure – to perform to this high ability you know it’s been built strongly in the areas that really matter. These are proven catamarans built to circle the globe for decades.

Easy speeds

After a late lunch stop in Cala Culip cove, we departed Spain for the return leg. With no wind inshore we elected to motor out to the east for over 20 miles to try to hook into the forecasted southerlies, preferring the use of one engine (for less wear and tear) at 2,000rpm for 7.4 knots.

The test boat had an optional 2,050W of solar panel power feeding a battery capacity beefed up to 2 x 6,000W of lithium ion. Veteran Outremer sales manager Matthieu Rougevin-Baville feels that this, together with high power alternators and a short period of occasional engine use to keep the batteries topped up, is still the most prudent power generation method for bluewater cruisers.

Remember that Outremer has already built a fully electric 45 for Jimmy Cornell and a 5X made from 50% flax fibre for Roland Jourdain, so its eco skillset is there.But it deems its focus on making its production yachts as efficient as possible, thereby minimising the need for engine use (the largest cause of C02 emissions), as still the most sensible for ocean cruising.

Just when I feared a long motor back the wind showed up right on cue, increasing from 5 to 17 knots in a couple of minutes and bringing with it a nice following swell (and the accompanying dolphins). The gennaker was unleashed and we were straight into full-bore deep reaching for the next eight hours straight.

‘This is what it’s all about!’ I noted after helming for hours in 16-20 knots breeze from our aft quarter. When you connect a gust with a wave, you feel the acceleration, then the rudders bite and give you that control as you bear away and the apparent wind shoots forward. You play the wave, watching with anticipation as the speedo rises.

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Queen size berths in the aft cabins show there’s volume enough in the hulls. Photo: Robin Christol

Most good waves saw the log rise from 11 or 12 to the late teens. Our top speed was 20.5 knots, a record we chased well into the darkness of that night.

Even at 3am with less than a mile to run to the marina, I was still revelling in the last small surfs, selfishly clinging onto the wheel. It’s addictive sailing alright.

Size or price?

The Outremer 52 costs over €1.5m with options. That’s premium pricing, but something Outremer can do thanks to insatiable demand. It has already sold 69 boats, so you can’t currently get one till the end of 2027! Is this model a victim of its own success already? And despite opening a new facility just for the Outremer 52 production line, will it be able to maintain quality at this volume?

A friend commented that for the price of the Outremer 52, why not go for the 55? The logic being if you have that money maybe you can afford the larger version (from €1.6m).

Sailing alongside us for part of our test sail, the 55 was consistently a notch quicker on passage and offers that bit more entertaining space and payload carrying potential. But for me, the crucial difference between these new models is that the Outremer 52 is just that bit more manageable – less weight, less loads, less sail area, winch sizes etc. And it’s set up for easier short-handing.

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I’ve spent a lot of time looking at cars recently, searching for something small enough to zip into town, large enough for load and people carrying, sporty to drive yet economic to run. My conclusion? There’s no such thing. Nor is there with boats – except this comes pretty close to offering all the values I’d want. The Outremer can delight on the helm and tick off ocean miles easily at high average/double digit speeds – speeds that could help you avoid weather systems. Then it can tuck into the shallows. While you may be able to tell I revelled in sailing this cat, that’s not to say it would suit everyone. Were money no object, perhaps this might be my ultimate bluewater boat, but in all honesty, I’d probably choose something smaller... the 45 (or next version of it) perhaps! Niggles include the galley layout which could potentially be improved, as could the finish and noise insulation. Nevertheless, this has the space, speed, and style to bluewater cruise for years. Coupled with the sail handling layout, living area and emphasis on natural light and ventilation, the Outremer 52 offers reaching fun and the ability to enjoy single-figure windspeed sailing. In short, it sets a new bar for bluewater cruising.

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