Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

Alpha 42 - new innovative performance cruising catamaran

by Des Ryan/ Sail-World Cruising round-up on 1 May 2013
Alpha 42 View from stern .. .
There is a lot of hype around the introduction of a new Alpha 42 catamaran set to be introduced to the world yachting market in the next weeks. Reputed to be very cool looking and forecast to be produced at a very low price, can it really be true?


This cat certainly promises to combine looks, performance, comfort and ease of handling all in one package. Billed as a 'high performance' cruising catamaran, it does have several innovative features which have been absent on production multihulls of this size before.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Alpha 42’s sleek lines is the reverse angle, wave piercing bows – the first on a production cruising cat. The purpose of reverse bows is basically to extend the waterline without adding weight and they reduce pitch.


Other benefits are a much more comfortable motion at sea and reduced windage. Wave-piercers are also easier to steer and maneuver in waves.

The new cat took some teamwork to produce the yacht: She is designed by Gregor Tarjan (a sports car enthusiast), President of Aeroyacht Ltd. in and engineered by Marc Anassis, President of Alpha Yachts.


'This boat is a collaboration between Marc and I,' Tarjan said recently. 'Marc engineered the boat structurally and did the hydrodynamics.

'I’m a yacht designer by trade, and I designed the exterior, interior, and every angle and color. Aeroyacht is the biggest multihull dealer worldwide. I’ve worked with customers from all walks of life, and with different boatyards and their considerations for this market. I selected the best design features of the 11 brands that I represent, and tried to incorporate them into this boat.'


'I basically designed this boat for myself,' Tarjan asserts. 'I can enjoy the performance, and it’s comfortable for my wife and two sons. We have very advanced hull shapes, and the boat is light enough to give you a good, spirited sail. You can sail around the world on it, and it’s a great boat for first-time owners. Half of the people I sell a boat to have never sailed a boat before, and many buyers of the Alpha 42 are couples who are downsizing from larger monohulls.'


The Alpha 42 will undoubtedly deliver class-leading performance, although it’s designed for easy safe handling by a cruising couple. 'A multihull is very different from a monohull,' explained Anassis, who has built more than 850 boats from 31 to 95 feet. 'If you’re caught with too much sail up on a monohull in rough weather – say 35 knots – it will heel and load the mast, but it will ‘breathe’ and relieve the pressure. A cruising cat doesn’t heel and won’t let the wind off, so it has to be very strong…but it also has to be very light.'

Auxiliary power is provided by two 30 horsepower Yanmar diesel engines with sail drives and 2-bladed fixed propellers. Options include 40-horsepower Yanmars and 3-bladed props (for either the 30-HP or 40-HP powerplants).

Buyers can customize their Alpha 42’s interior layout. The Owners Version has a full-length master suite in a 3-cabin, 2-head layout, while the Charter Version sleeps up to 8 in a 4-cabin, 4-head configuration. 'We have an open-plan interior, and this is one of the first boats in the world to have optional side-opening saloon windows,' said Tarjan. An integrated forward trampoline lounge has seating for six, and the optional folding bimini provides full weather protection.


The Alpha 42’s standard rig comprises aluminum spars and stainless steel standing rigging, an integrated carbon fibre bowsprit, a full-batten, square-top Dacron mainsail and a self-tacking, furling jib.

Alpha Yachts has received several deposits from buyers around the world, and the first boat is scheduled for launch in the next few weeks. For more information, visit www.alpha1composites.com and www.aeroyacht.com.

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignNaiadNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

Bavaria Yachts to introduce Cruiser 34 and Nautitech 46
The Cruiser 34 will be on show at the Bavaria Yachts display at the Strictly Sail boat show at Bayside’s Miamarina The Cruiser 34 will be on show at the Bavaria Yachts display at the Strictly Sail boat show at Bayside’s Miamarina, from February 16th to 20th.
Posted on 13 Feb
Unique Transatlantic Sailing Event - Building friendship across oceans
Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, organised to celebrate Canada 150, 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. Sailing in the wake of the great explorers, international friendship and understanding is at the core of this once in a lifetime adventure - The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, organised to celebrate Canada 150, the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
Posted on 10 Feb
Frigid flying – Coast Guard aircrews take on New England Winter
Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. At Air Station Cape Cod, aviation maintenance and electronic technicians work around the clock to ensure the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters are prepared and ready to launch. There is one thing the maintenance crews and pilots cannot control: winter weather.
Posted on 9 Feb
On board interview with Lisa Blair - solo Antartica circumnavigation
So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. After the setbacks of a delayed departure due to gremlins in the electronics, we are delighted to have these answers from her on board. She is well and enjoying her time. Climate Action Now, her Hick 50, left Albany in Western Australia on January 22, 2017.
Posted on 8 Feb
Yachting cartoonist Mike Peyton dies at 96
“The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist” died on January 25, 2017 just five days after his 96th birthday. Mike Peyton, dubbed “The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist”, died on January 25, 2017 just five days after his 96th birthday. A modest, shy man, he eschewed the spotlight and seemed unaware of the esteem which in sailors all around the world held him.
Posted on 27 Jan
Zhik Xeflex® - your shield against cold environments
This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. How do you make a water resistant garment that really breathes, yet reflects your own body heat back to you? Where do you find a compression resistant and extremely insulating filling that is nowhere near as bulky as the Michelin Man, yet gives you that kind of warmth and comfort?
Posted on 17 Jan
Sounds like a boat - Lisa Blair's departure delayed due to electronics
Final preparations of her yacht, Climate Action Now by Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair have uncovered an electrical issue Final preparations and safety checks of her yacht, Climate Action Now by Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair have uncovered an electrical issue.
Posted on 15 Jan
Lisa Blair starts Solo Circumnavigation of Antarctica
Over 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, only two men have sailed solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. Over 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, over 500 have rowed across the various oceans and 12 people have landed on the moon. Only two men have sailed solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. Sydney-based Lisa Blair, 32, intends to become the first woman, the fastest and the third person in history to conquer such a challenge.
Posted on 14 Jan
When whales meet sails
CAMPER helmsman Roberto ‘Chuny’ Bermudez found himself nearly face to face with whale in middle of North Atlantic Ocean. Currently the database for marine mammal strikes is very sparse. We are requesting sailors and boaters help to submit information on current and past incidents, however long ago that may be. By giving a location, date, identification if possible, and any other relevant information you can help scientists better understand where marine mammals are at risk for strikes
Posted on 8 Jan
Potential instability in Atlantic Ocean water circulation system
One of the world’s largest ocean circulation systems may not be as stable as today’s weather models predict One of the world’s largest ocean circulation systems may not be as stable as today’s weather models predict, according to a new study. In fact, changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) — the same deep-water ocean current featured in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” — could occur quite abruptly, in geologic terms, the study says.
Posted on 6 Jan