St Francis 50

by George Day

Blue Water Sailing
September 2006


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There is no question that cruising catamarans have carved out a sizeable niche in the cruising market and for good reason. The new St. Francis 50, built in South Africa, is a good example of why big cats are so popular and why families are choosing to move aboard and sail away in them. The key elements are living space, stability and performance.

The St. Francis 50 was designed by Angelo Lavranos to extend the line of popular cats from the same builder. A luxury cruiser, the 50 is first and foremost a capable passage- maker. Many of the St. Francis– built boats have taken their crews on extended world cruises.

Like many cruising cats of this size, the 50 will turn in very respectable daily runs but is not designed to break the sound barrier nor rattle her crew by flying a hull.

Accommodations below offer a huge, roomy saloon with a dinette that will seat eight. The galley has acres of counter space and the nav station can double as a work desk and chart table.

Four double cabins, two in each hull, will make the crew comfortable. Between them in each hull lies a full head with shower. The quality built into the 50 can be seen in the details from the engine systems installations to fine cabinetry. South Africa has evolved into a leading boatbuilding nation and you can see why in the St. Francis 50.

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