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FastWater 52 SailCat

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EXTERIOR Deck/cockpit



The exterior deck layout has wide side decks for easy movement fore and aft, the cabin top incorporates generous overhang forward for shading of the forward salon windows. There are built in steps in the cabin top for access to the cabin top and mast.


The foredeck includes large split trampoline, two sail lockers, windlass locker and below deck anchor storage locker. Mechanical fasteners are kept to a minimum with all stanchions, cleats, anchor rollers, etc. welded directly to the deck. The bow rails have integral seats. There are double life lines with seven gates and integral steps in the forward hulls for boarding. Boarding ramp or ladder access is offered fore and aft, port and starboard.



The cockpit is regarded as an additional living area with synthetic teak flooring, large sliding table with wrap-around seating, storage, dual adjustable helm chairs. There is excellent 360 degree visibility from the helm. The helm includes a large electronics console with room for all navigation instrumentation.


Aft of the cockpit there are four additional storage boxes for gasoline storage tank, damage control pump, hookah and gasoline generator. Each large transom swim platform houses a telescoping swim ladder for easy boarding.


Hardtop/radar arch

The integral hardtop and radar arch is constructed of welded anodized aluminum tube and composite fiberglass. It is multifunctional, providing easy access to the mainsail, excellent space for solar panels, dinghy lift tackle, mainsheet attachment and all electronics antenna.


The cockpit is completely protected with a vinyl/acrylic enclosure and includes U-zip openings with screens, wing doors, sun shades and a glass windshield with wiper/washer at the helm. There is a large overhead visibility window with cover over the helm position.


The underside of the hardtop has built in, opening storage compartments for a workbench, boarding ramp, boarding ladder, bicycles, diving equipment and carts. The hardtop includes an integral rain collection system and twin foldaway boarding ladders.


Engine Rooms

The engine rooms are separate and sealed from the interior; and accessed through a water tight hatch in the deck of each hull. They offer full standing headroom and easy access to the engines, generator, steering, etc. There is integral storage for used and new oil, tools, spare parts and fold down work bench. Air-conditioning is ducted to the engine rooms through a shut off vent. The engine rooms are heavily insulated to reduce engine noises. 


Rigging and sails

Rigging and sails are designed around the criteria of single handed or one couple sailing. All halyards, primary sail sheets, boom brake, and reef lines, lead to an electric winch at the helm. Running backstays and control lines, sprits bridle adjustments and off wind sail sheets, lead to the cockpit. The furling off-wind sail is controlled with port and starboard mechanical winches in the cockpit.


The carbon fiber freestanding man mast simplifies sail handling providing wider sailing angles, easier reefing and unobsctructed side decks. It increases stability and safety with a lower center of gravity and automatic depowering and improves reliability due to the lack of supporting stays. The carbon fiber boom is controlled and supported by a hydraulic vang and boom brake and includes single line reefing.


There is an adjustable bridle for the furling off wind sail between carbon fiber telescoping sprits in each bow. The jib includes a self tacking carbon fiber Camber Spar, lazy jacks and sail cover. The full batten mainsail includes two reef points, lazy jacks and sail storage system.