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THE FOUNTAINE-PAJOT

MAHE 36 Catamaran The two-cabin model. In the three-cabin design, the forward port head is a double berth.

My husband Jeff and I recently had the opportunity—along with several prospective owners—to test-sail the new Mahe 36 Catamaran by Fountaine-Pajot. The Fountaine-Pajot yacht design team of Joubert/Nivelt has combined a sleek silhouette with excellent performance —while also incorporating the latest interior design features from O. Flahault— in the new Mahe 36. The Interior The sheltered cockpit gives way to the main saloon* through sliding glass doors all on one level. The cabin house

By Jean K. Levine Photos courtesy Fountaine-Pajot

provides standing head room with a fantastic panoramic view. The windows are vertical to prevent sun loading, and the open plan gives the feeling of a much larger yacht. Natural cross ventilation is provided by an unusual and well-placed opening port at the foot of the mast and a deck hatch, along with the glass doors. To starboard, facing aft, is the galley. One highlight is the modern countertop made of solid surfacing with molded sink and drain board. Another nice feature is the built-in trash compartment. Our hostess demonstrated the oven by baking ham and cheese croissants, along with a lovely snack tray, which the crew gobbled up with delight. The saloon table is made of a light sycamore wood with bench seating covered in light- colored simulated leather. A key feature for Southern sailors is the additional storage space under the seats allowing room for the air-conditioning installation The Mahe 36 is available in a two-cabin, two-head version, or like the boat we tested, which was the three-cabin, one-head layout. The three-cabin layout has, in the port

* For a discussion on whether the proper terminology is salon or saloon, please see “Letters” in the February issue. 46

March 2008

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