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MODERN MULTIHULLS

                                                                                           An ocean-going
                                                                                              South African
                                                                                           cat designed to
                                                                                            be comfortably
                                                                                         cruised by a small
                                                                                                       crew




                                                                        Admiral 40
                                                                        ners pre-       their first-ever passage—a monu-
                                                                        sented by       mental voyage by any standard:
                                                                        SSCA. This      8,000 nautical miles, non-stop, from
                                                                        time, Lisa      Cape Town to Annapolis. Since it
                                                                        and Gary        was the first 40 for Admiral, it would
                                                                        Eckis were      have its debut at the Annapolis Boat
                                                                        getting seri-   Show. I documented their experience
                                                                        ous about       from “birth” or launch, to delivery
                                                                        preparing       and found myself living it, albeit
                                                                        themselves      vicariously.




      I
      By Nancy Birnbaum                       for long-term cruising. They were            Earlier this year, I was invited
             was first introduced to Ad-      about to head off to South Africa         to do a test sail on their new Cat,
             miral Cats at the 2005 Miami     to oversee the delivery of their very     named Siyasinana, (a Zulu name that
             Strictly Sail Show. While I      own Admiral 40. It so happened that       means “We dance with each other”).
             was doing the walk-through,      after putting their deposit down on          If I could design my dreamboat,
             I met a young couple who         the 38, they were offered first dibs      it would have to be a catamaran
      were about to buy one. I was at the     on the new 40, hull number one.           for starters. Second, it would be
      show volunteering for the Seven            I wrote about their unique             somewhere between 38 and 45 feet,
      Seas Cruising Association, so I did     adventure for the SSCA’s Bulletin,        but would have to be a blue water
      what every good SSCA Volunteer          beginning in Cape Town, South Af-         cruiser. It would be well built, spa-
      does—I signed them up!                  rica, where they got to see the final     cious and comfortable, yet strong
        About a year later, I ran into them   touches being applied to their Cat,       and tough; well thought out, of
      again at a Weather Course for Mari-     to the actual launch, culminating in      course, and designed with lots of

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 Excellent visibility from the helm, opposite, an easily handled sail plan and a
 bright, cozy interior, above, are just a few of the Admiral 40’s qualities that
 will appeal to cruisers


storage space.                            the end the result is an irresistible    a lovely, lighter-toned beech. Siyasi-
   The new Admiral 40 by Admiral          craft.                                   nana is outfitted with warm toned
Yacht Builders, out of Cape Town,                                                  colors such as maroon, burnt orange
South Africa, fits the bill completely.   LIVING ABOARD                            and burnt yellow.
   The Admiral 40 Catamaran is now           Siyasinana is an “owners version,        In the spacious cockpit, the
part of an expanding line of cats at      executive package,” which features       helmsman’s station and comfortable
Admiral Yachts, the others being the      three cabins instead of four with the    double bench are to starboard and
38 and 50. The factory is brand new,      extra space in the owner’s hull for      are well protected from spray peel-
very large and has recently moved         the larger head with separate shower     ing off the bows at higher speeds
from Killarney Gardens to Atlantis,       fore, an office/vanity area amidships    by a removable dodger that spans
located approximately 25 minutes          and additional storage. The “Execu-      the entire width of the house. The
north of Cape Town.                       tive” package basically means “fully-    traveler is on the cabin top and the
   The 40 is the successor to the         loaded,” with all electronics, radar,    mainsheet then runs to self-tailing,
spacious Admiral 38, a popular            SSB, generator, front load fridge and    electric winches. The genoa sheets
mid-sized cruising catamaran with         freezer, washer/dryer, sails, working    also run port and starboard to cars
four models that range from the           gear, fold down flats screens at the     and self-tailing winches.
“Daysailer” to the “Executive.” The       nav station and in all cabins, twin         The saloon is quite spacious with
40 is available in the “Sailaway” and     Yanmar 29-horsepower diesels, heat/      the galley immediately to port as you
“Executive” models. David Bird, CEO       air conditioning and more.               enter, the nav station just inside the
and his dedicated team at Admiral            Each new owner can choose their       sliding door to starboard. It offers a
Yachts, in pursuit of excellence, are     own, personal choices of colors,         swing-out stool, which tucks conve-
constantly improving their product,       woods and materials from rosewood,       niently out of the way underneath.
in tooling, methods or layout, so in      pear wood, and rich dark cherry to       The large, curved dinette is forward

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                                                                                                            No cave-like
                                                                                                            interiors here: the
                                                                                                            new Admiral 40
                                                                                                            has a galley with a
                                                                                                            view and beautiful
                                                                                                            joinery throughout




                                                                                                              for the test was
                                                                                                              CEO David Bird.
                                                                                                              When it was
                                                                                                              time to furl the
                                                                                                              jib, David showed
                                                                                                              us all a trick that
                                                                                                              only someone
                                                                                                              as intimate as
                                                                                                              he is with his
                                                                                                              product could
                                                                                                              know. Wrapping
                                                                                                              the jib sheet and
                                                                                                             the reefing line
                                                                   and second head       around the electric winch, David
                                                                   fill the port hull.   demonstrated with panache.
                                                                   Counters are             Under power, the 40 can really
                                                                   finished with         fly with the relatively small Yanmar
                                                                   Surinno (similar      engines and they offer great maneu-
                                                                   to Corian) in the     verability as well as speed. This was
                                                                   galley, heads and     apparent as we threaded our way out
                                                                   cabins.               of the crowded docks of Miamarina
                                                                       The construc-     and into the Bay. With her throttle
                                                                   tion is of hand-      open wide, she can do greater than 8
                                                                   laid FRP laminate     knots yet will cruise comfortably at
                                                                   with a vacuum-        6.4 knots at 2,500 rpm.
                                                                   bagged balsa core
                                                                   and a tabbed          BWS THOUGHTS
                                                                   hull/deck joint.         Admiral Yachts seems to be doing
                                                                   Careful attention     something right. They fly owners
                                                                   to every detail of    to their production center in South
                                                                   construction is       Africa, put them up while their Cat is
                                                                   visible behind the    finished and offer them a captain for
                                                                   scenes, such as in    the trip home. All this for an excel-
     to starboard. Lisa opted to remove       the lockers. First-rate craftsmanship      lent price overall.
     the dinette table and instead use a      was also evident in the bulkhead              The Admiral 40, like its predeces-
     hand-crafted wooden rectangular          supporting the deck-stepped mast           sor, the 38, is a comfortable cruising
     table in order to make it “more like     and the extra heavy-duty chainplate        home that can also perform. It is
     our living room.” It really does serve   structure.                                 tough enough for the open ocean,
     to open up the large space making it        Sailing Siyasinana around Bis-          easy enough for “newbies” like Lisa
     ever so welcoming.                       cayne Bay in a fair breeze allowed         and Gary to take their first passage
        In this owners version, the master    us to get a feel for how easy she is to    on, yet fast enough to get you where
     stateroom, desk/vanity and large         handle. Lisa was proud to show us          you want to go in a hurry. Most im-
     private head occupy the starboard        all how easy it was for her to raise       portantly, Admiral will get you there
     hull, while the double guest cabins      the considerable mainsail. Along           in comfort and in style.

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