Bluewater Sailboat – Outremer 45

Overview

Bluewater Sailboat Outremer 45 G. Danson, is a catamaran with a huge rig, a beautifully carved cabintrunk, and slender, functional bows that can’t help but catch people’s attention. Furthermore, the boat is a superb bluewater cruiser that is a delight to sail, exceeding whatever expectations you could have had after seeing it at the dock.

Elayna, Riley, and Lenny on La Vagabonde, the Internet’s most well-known sailing family, made the Outremer 45, the 51’s younger sister, famous. What a successful marketing strategy that was! The previous 45-footer created by Gérard Danson left some rather huge shoes behind, which this model filled. 

The Outremer promise of quick, safe sailing in comfort is delivered by the 45, a beautiful boat with excellent proportions. Large berths in fat hulls are not as important to the French shipyard as motion and speed of passage. This is a looping catamaran-style ocean-going vessel that takes off fast in mild winds and is a blast to sail in stronger gusts. Similar to a Looping catamaran, this ocean-going vessel takes off fast in moderate winds and is a blast to sail in stronger gusts.

Outremer 45
Outremer 45
  • Length: 14.62m / 48ft
  • Beam: 7.15m / 23.3ft
  • Draft (Boards Up): 0.9m / 3.3ft
  • Draft (Boards Down): 2.05m / 6.7ft
  • Disp. (Light): 8.2T
  • Disp. (Max): 11.1 T
  • D/L: 73.5
  • Mainsail: 67m² / 721 sq. ft
  • Self Tacking Jib: 39 m² / 420 sq. ft
  • SA/D: 26.5
  • Gennaker: 110 m² / 1184 sq. ft
  • Spinnaker: 150 m² / 1615 sq. ft
  • Power: 2 x 30 HP
  • Architect: Christophe Barreau
  • Second Architect: Frederic Neumann

Structure

The Bluewater Outremer 45 G. Danson is a product of the renowned Outremer yard in La Grande Motte in the South of France. Its dedication to performance and safety starts with a design that is not only expertly executed but also incredibly clever, having been developed over the course of almost 25 years of boatbuilding.  The daggerboard trunks are not only extremely sturdy, but the boards themselves are made to separate first, acting as sort of “fuses.”

In order to provide safety in the case of a grounding, the boat’s hulls and deck are made of vinylester with a divinycell core. Below the waterline, the boat is made entirely of solid glass. High-stress parts are covered in carbon, and the bows include many “crash boxes” to reduce the risk of water intake during collisions. The boards are made to break on impact, and the daggerboard trunks are strong. The net result is that this catamaran has undergone extensive time and effort in terms of safety considerations.

This boat is speedy thanks to its thin hulls, but living room suffers as a result. According to Matthieu Rougevin-Baville, the director of sales, these yachts are built to survive 50 years.

Above Deck

One benefit of not maximizing your cabintrunk to create a big saloon is that it frees up tonnes of space topside for things like excellent wide-open sidedecks and simple access to and from the cockpit. A great little anti-skid equipped step is located just aft of the track for the self-tacking headsail, allowing you to climb up onto the cabintrunk to tend the main sail. The Outremer 45 also has plenty of nice features to ensure that you can move around in safety. These features include handrails along either side of the cabintrunk, toerails outboard, and. Unfortunately, I’ve sailed on a few multihulls where moving forward in a seaway of any kind requires a true leap of faith.

The Bluewater sailboat Outremer 45 is not one of them, though.

There is a single helm station with a wheel to port at the back as normal, but it is also possible to add two outboard tillers and a composite bucket seat, similar to, instance, a MOD70 trimaran. They’re really cool, and almost everyone gets them, claims Matthieu.

A fair-sized eating table is enclosed on two sides by an L-shaped bench, the main portion of which extends across the width of the cockpit along the rear edge of the seatback. The dinghy davits on our test boat also acted as mounting for two solar panels. Aft and to either side of the cockpit are the control lines for the daggerboards. Spinlock clutches, Lewmar winches, tracks, and blocks, a Facnor furler for the jib, and a Profurl continuous-line furler at the end of the sprit for the boat’s A-sail were all utilised. The Lewmar windlass may be put (and the chain kept) a little bit farther aft than you typically see thanks to the cabintrunk’s short length, which helps keep weight towards the centre of the boat in an effort to further lessen pitching.

Below Deck

The Bluewater Outremer 45 G. Danson is a nice yacht with tastefully furnished rooms, while not having the enormous quantities of space for lodgings found on those cats more commonly encountered in the charter trade. There are two different configurations: a three-cabin plan where the owner has exclusive use of the entire starboard hull, and a four-cabin version with a fifth cabin in the starboard bow.

When the boat’s huge sliding door is opened, the inboard counter of the L-shaped galley to starboard can be quickly reached from the cockpit, making it a great place to transfer snacks and beverages. The navigation station is directly in front of the galley, and a dinette is located across from it. The way some larger cats have their enormous saloon rooms set up never ceases to amaze me. On the Outremer 45, however, the layout is cleverly designed and leaves plenty of space for everyone.

Performance

In order to purchase Outremer 45 G. Danson, She is propelled by a huge square-top main that has been entirely battened. Larger sails are flown off the bowsprit and a self-tacking solent is at the front. She flows through the water well thanks to her thin hulls and respectable length, and like her predecessor, the low-profile deck house is built to minimise wind resistance. Although the design has evolved from the 45’s earlier iteration, the DNA is still visible.

All of the mainsail’s control lines and the self-tacking sail’s lines return to the helm, where you may also operate the gennaker, code 0 or code D furler: all of these sails have halyards that can be set up to run to the helm as well.

She moves gracefully for a 45-foot boat, and when the wind gusts to 15 knots or more, you can anticipate reaching speeds in the teens. You won’t commonly see these boats at the fuel dock, but as long as you don’t overload her, you will witness speeds of 5 mph and more, even in light breezes.

For instance, the Outremer 45 should reach 4-4.5 knots in a 5 knot breeze, and 15 knots is a realistic goal in stronger winds. If you can handle the excitement and you’re wearing your waterproof pants, you’ll witness surfers at 20 knots and more.

It is possible for the Outremer 45 to point higher into the wind and maintain speed while minimising leeway when the daggerboards are up because the draught is only 85 cm when they are up and 2 metres when they are down.

Quick Notes

The Bluewater Outremer 45 G. Danson is a safe and secure catamaran that is made to be operated by a small crew because she is constructed to sail. This vessel likely dominates the market for lengthy cruises in her category.

It was never going to be simple to design a catamaran to mimic Gérard Danson’s beloved design, but Barreau and Neuman have once again succeeded in creating a catamaran that moves just as well while being more comfortable at the same length-to-displacement ratio.

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