Natural Mystic is a French built 55′ Standard Outremer catamaran, designed for extended expedition voyaging. Launched in 2004 she was one of the last boats built, before the legendary Gerard Danson RIP, founder of Atelier Outremer catamarans passed away and in her, his spirt forever sails on.
Sloop rigged, with a reefable roller furling genoa and continuous roller furling code 0, as well as 2 spinnakers and giant mainsail with three reef points, she sports synthetic rigging for less weight aloft and consistently averages 10 knots for passages, with her top speed hit, being a too fast 28.8 knots!
Built for performance expedition sailing, her slim hulls are solid fiberglass for impact resistance & the ability to venture into ice, but foam or honeycomb cored construction for lightweight performance above the waterline. Her streamlined profile encloses 3 large staterooms, 2 small staterooms, 2 heads, and workshop. The interior space is less than in a more cruising oriented catamaran, but we still have plenty of room for a fridge, freezer, pizza oven (ok just a stone in our normal oven), Kitchen Aid stand mixer, microwave, Vitamix (absolutely necessary for frozen cocktails and tropical furuit smoothies) and carries plenty of water toys to enjoy all the fun sports nature has to offer.
Powered by twin Yanmar diesel engines, she can hit 10 knots top speed, with both engines full out or cruise ultra efficiently, on one engine at 2400 RPM making 6 knots. Typically she sails much faster then she powers, so we mostly use the engines for maneuvering in ports and anchorages.
Electricity is provided by a large bank of solar panels and wind generator we lovingly call Windy Spins, but she does have a little generator for when mother nature is not cooperating. A 12v Spectra watermaker, keeps us hydraded when away from the dock for months at a time and the water it makes tastes like it came from an impossible freshwater ocean spring.
She transforms from having an ultra shallow draft of 3′ with her dagger boards up to a 10′ draft with them down for increased upwind sailing performance. When sailing off the wind they are alway up, as drag is greatly reduced and more leeway is made towards destinations dead down wind.
I am alive today because of the LighterBro boat, how well she was engineered and built. The storms and hurricanes I have been through would have easily capsized a less worthy catamaran and did sink a few monohulls. Having your boat, that is your also your home, which got you your current business, family and girlfriend also be the reason you are alive to this day, leads a captain such as myself to put a value on it like nothing a person who lives on land can ever really understand. Its not about monetary value even though boats are forever expensive, but that so much work, preparation and continuing maintenance goes into her so she can give back all she can to her captain and crew. When one day you realize, you, just like the ubiquitous sailboat wench are a part of your boat and your boat is now forever part of you.