This performance cruising catamaran takes aim at monohull sailors with its simple elegance and sprightly performance
The test boat included the Pulse package, which is the preferred model for private ownership with the base boat going mostly to the charter market. The Pulse line has a taller mast with 130 square feet more upwind sail area, a longer sprit for a larger code 0, carbon fiber steering wheels and the spiffy orange and gray color scheme.
The company’s theme of less is more comes into play in the interior, where there is less furniture and storage and an efficient galley.
“You don’t need everything from your house on your boat,” Windels said. “No one needs a full-sized refrigerator at sea.”
There are three refrigerator drawers, two of which can be called into service as freezers, on the port side of the main cabin. The small U-shaped galley on the port side features two deep sinks and a three-burner stovetop with plenty of counter space on both sides. The oven is located on the end of the U. The overhead cupboards are a bit high, a compromise to keep sight lines open. There is extra storage below the floorboards. The dinette seats eight comfortably, with the nav desk sharing the end seat.
Light and bright are often used descriptors when reviewing boat interiors. The main cabin of the 14 is off the chart in that department with near 360-degree views. Two large opening ports in the forward windows ensure plenty of air flow.
The simplicity extends to the accommodations. The port hull is the owner’s suite, with a large double berth and sitting area aft, and the head forward. In the bow, extra flex space can be used for storage or be a fourth cabin with single berths. Two cabins in the starboard hull each have a head with a separate shower stall and locker space.