Nauticats from Finland
Nauticat Yachts is situated 40 kilometres from the city of Turku in Southwest Finland. The company has been building yachts for more than 45 years and an international chain of experienced dealers takes care of world-wide Nauticat sales and service.
The story begins in late 1950's when the company moulded the first small fibreglass boats. In 1966 the Nauticat 33 was born and the designer of this yacht was the Finnish engineer W. Aarnipalo. The general hull form closely resembled to sturdy Nordic designs often seen battling their way across a stormy Baltic waters. As the popularity of the Nauticat 33 soared and the company grew, a demand for larger boats was the natural result.
The Nauticat 44 & 36 both designed by W. Aarnipalo later accompanied the Nauticat 33. Through international co-operation another motorsailer the Nauticat 38 was born in 1975. Even some motorboats, and a small motorsailer, the minicat 25, were built by the yard and until 1980 also a 7,5 m long keelboat called GT-kryssare was in the product range.
At the beginning of the 1980's the Nauticat 52 was launched. It was the largest yacht to date built by the yard, and the 52 was later replaced by the Nauticat 521 and this exceptional offshore yacht got smaller sisters called 43 and 40. All three yachts came from the drawing board of Sparkman & Stephens. These yachts were the first steps in the direction of pilothouse sailing yachts that were to be introduced later. The pilothouse was lower than earlier, the hulls were more sailboat like and the entrance was in the cockpit and not from the pilothouse sides as earlier.
At the end of 1986 the yard launched an own design that became successful overnight, the Nauticat 35. The boat started a totally new era at the yard, since all yachts starting with the 35 have been designed by Kaj Gustafsson. Now even more attention was put on creating yachts with better sailing performance than earlier and still not losing the traditional Nauticat values as the cosy wooden interior, close warm pilothouse, and safe and good overall performance.
The 35 was the first Nauticat in the range of pilothouse sailing yachts, and she was offered with sloop rigging as standard. Earlier the ketch rigging had been the traditional Nauticat way of rigging the boats. The size and accommodation of the aft cabin on a Nauticat 35 is still in the lead of yachts in this size.
Encouraged by the success of the 35 the yard and the designer Kaj Gustafsson launched the Nauticat 32 in 1990. This was the smallest Nauticat ever built with the pilothouse concept and this yacht became exceptionally beloved all around the world. With various rigging and keel alternatives the 32 has been adapted for different markets and needs.
The new Nauticat 441 is the largest yacht in company's fleet of traditional motorsailers. She is a desirable combination of seaworthiness and classic looks. This yacht catches the attention of the experienced yachtsman in terms of her sumptuous accommodations, safe and fast performance both under sail and engine, and the almost limitless possibilities for semi-customising the Nauticat 441 according to your specific needs make her also very unique in this category of yachts.
The new Nauticat 441 the rudder position has been altered, the deck has been refined, and the beam and length of hull increased whilst retaining the classic Nauticat 44 lines. With regards to the deck moulding, there have been some subtle changes made to the pilothouse, creating a contemporary look. The integrated cockpit area gives greater security at sea, while the addition of extra seating on aft deck on either side of the steering wheel creates a more sociable space. ■
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