The INSULA 52′ features a stepped mast positioned on an aggressive coachroof. The roof has a low profile and offers exceptional 360° visibility to passengers thanks to an inverted window surrounding the living area. This same roof is equipped with 4 fixed and rigid solar panels (4 x 400 W for an optimal output) ensuring an exceptional electrical autonomy of the boat. Our catamaran does not have a fly-bridge (weight saving) but has two steering stations with tiller bars on dedicated seats, along the side lines. At the end of each float on the aft deck, a technical access hatch is placed, to have easy access to the steering system.
The skirts are long to simplify the docking of a semi-rigid tender and the disembarkation of passengers.
The mainsheet and its track and cars are positioned on the aft beam of the boat, one of the strongest points of the vessel structurally speaking. The headsail tracks remain on the coachroof to the winches which are ideally positioned to limit friction and feedback, and to optimise the ergonomics of the crew.
The roof of the boat is deliberately set back to allow a large surface area for the trampoline, the latter ending in a powerful beam ensuring the necessary stiffness for the attachment of the genoa and staysail props, as well as the attachment of a retractable bowsprit.
The outside saloon is protected from the sun by the extended roof, making it a welcoming space where owners and guests can share moments protected from the vagaries of the weather.
A special feature of the INSULA52′ is its hybrid and asymmetrical engine. The INSULA has only one propulsion engine (Yanmar Marine), thermal and advanced within the float in order to allow the protection of the propeller by the keel of this same float. Thus, the shaft line is protected in the keel and the mass of the engine and its peripherals is brought forward, close to the centre of gravity of the vessel. This arrangement limits the pitching and rolling moments of the boat and is a real benefit to the comfort and performance of the vessel.
The single propulsion motor is complemented by a secondary electric motor called the “manoeuvring motor”. This small electric motor will ensure the boat’s manoeuvring function when arriving in a port or anchorage. It also allows the boat to navigate in areas where conventional thermal engines are undesirable.
The INSULA 52′, a 3-cabin version of a sailing catamaran:
In its 3-cabin version, the boat is equipped with a large owner’s cabin with a dedicated washroom in one float, and two guest cabins with a shared washroom (and two companionways) on the opposite float. This ergonomic design optimises the volume of the float and the washroom by avoiding narrow volumes and long corridors.
The INSULA 52′, a 4-cabin version of the travel catamaran :
In the 4 cabin version, both floats will be equipped identically. The layout will have 4 companionways, once again, in order to limit the loss of volume in the floats caused by unnecessary long corridors.