“Amaris” is hull No. 6 of the Outremer 49 series. She’s an owner’s version layout: the port hull is dedicated entirely to the owner and the starboard hull has two staterooms; one at each end with a head and separate shower stall in a passageway between the staterooms. Décor is tastefully neutral with American cherry wood complimenting white surfaces and off-white upholstery. She has enough options and equipment to comfortably cross oceans and cruise for extended periods of time “off grid” while retaining the simplicity and ease of maintenance knowledgeable cruisers recognize as critical to a successful cruise.
Important features include:
Carbon tillers with bucket seats plus steering wheel
Rigid bimini top
1040 watts of solar power
Silentwind wind generator
Yanmar 220V 6KW engine flange generator
Dessalator 100 duo watermaker
Mainsail, jib, furling gennaker, and code zero
Clothes washing machine
Four burner gas cooktop
“Amaris” did an Atlantic circuit with her original French owner and also cruised in the Med. Her current owner purchased this boat in July of 2013 and sailed across the Atlantic that winter. “Amaris” has sailed the Windward and Leeward Islands each winter and then stored on the hard each summer. “Amaris” is now dry stored at Spice Island Marina in Grenada and ready for her next owner.
The Barreau-designed Outremer 49 has become the benchmark yacht for couples and families who wish to cruise the world on a performance cruising catamaran. When 95% of the multihull market is filled by poor-sailing charter designs, it’s refreshing to know that a cruising catamaran can sail well while still being a comfortable liveaboard. It takes a good design which includes: daggerboards (for shoal draft, reduced wetted surface, and good windward performance), adequate bridgedeck clearance, a powerful and easily managed sail plan, strong but light construction, and narrow hulls.
The success of this design/build is evident by the number of these boats that have voyaged across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as the two-year backlog of orders for a new Outremer 51. This boat works. And, just like the Gerard Danson era Outremers, this Barreau design stays true to the mission of performance, safety, and simplicity. Where it improved on the older designs is in livability. The large cockpit flows on one level, through a sliding door, into the salon/nav/galley area where ample vertical windows provide all-around views and exceptional light. The hulls are just wide enough aft for a queen sized berth and overall stateroom space that surpasses the space found on comparable length monohulls. Storage space is “more than be should be filled” with huge bow lockers accessed through deck hatches forward of watertight bulkheads, deep bilges below the hull soles, ample cabinets in the staterooms and galley, and big storage lockers beneath cockpit seat.
"Amaris" has enough blue water cruising systems to provide the level of comfort and safety most experienced sailors desire without being overly complicated. Access to machinery is excellent with dedicated engine rooms in each stern accessed through Lewmar deck hatches. Adequate standing space aft of each engine allows one to work on the engines, steering gear, and accessories. Other equipment is located in the deep hull bilges below large, removable access panels, or beneath the aft berths. “Amaris” has the optional factory installed carbon fiber tillers with mechanical linkage steering in addition to a steering wheel located to starboard, aft of the cabintop.
“Amaris” is equipped for living and sailing “off the grid” with ample solar and wind power to minimize or eliminate burning fossil fuels to replenish battery power. 1040 watts of solar power with panels mounted on top of the davits and bimini take advantage of the sun’s energy while a wind generator will produce serious power in the Caribbean trade winds for 24 hours every day. Multiple engine alternators efficiently charge batteries while motoring. The starboard engine is fitted with a Yanmar engine flange generator providing 6KW of 230V, 50 hz power when needed. This is a very clever alternative to a traditional diesel genset and would appreciated by those wanting to power a dive compressor or other large 230V device.
Cruising and racing sailors will appreciate the rigging and sailhandling details of this Outremer 49. An emphasis on “capable simplicity” is maintained with mainsail halyard and reef lines left at the mast to avoid the friction and complication of routing them aft to the cockpit. After all these boats remain level and passage to the mast via the wide side decks is safe and easy. Once at the mast base, life is good with over 12’ of separation between aboard and overboard. The main halyard is rigged 2:1 allowing one to raise the mainsail much of the without assistance. The halyard can then be led to the anchor windlass line capstan or a mast-mounted winch for final tensioning. Mainsheet and traveler control lines are led to stoppers and winches on each side of the cockpit. These winches are well-positioned vertically and horizontally for grinding. Spinnaker and code sail sheets, centerboard lift lines, jib furling line, dinghy davit lines, and code furling lines are led to these cockpit winches as well. Jib sheet winches and stoppers are located on each side of the cabin top, aft. The double spreader aluminum mast and boom are anodized to minimize long term maintenance.
“Amaris’” sail inventory is sufficient for heavy and light wind world cruising. Lazy jacks and mainsail “coffin” bag catch the mainsail when lowered or reefed. A wide traveler and 4:1 mainsheet controls mainsail trim; much easier and precise than a “double” mainsheet arrangement found on many other catamarans. Spectra strops on either end of a heavy-duty 4:1 block and tackle secured between a deck padeye and the boom allow vanging/preventing the boom when sailing deep angles by flattening the mainsail to pull the battens away from the shrouds. The jib is self-tacking with a wide traveler located just forward of the mast. This non-overlapping, reefable sail means one can simply steer through a tack; no line handling necessary. The smaller headsail size is offset by the large and relatively flat code zero. This sail was fabricated by North Sails in 2015 and has only been used a few times. It is hoisted on a 2:1 halyard with the continuous loop furler tacked on the “A” frame bowsprit. This code sail is a safe way to pile on sail area and power; low, easy to deploy and douse, with the ability to blow (simply release the sheet) if struck by a sudden wind gust. This bowsprit is hinged to minimize overall length when dockside. A lighter weight and fuller heavy-weight nylon furling gennaker is used for deeper sailing angles and lighter winds than the code zero.
“Amaris” has a white gelcoat hull with white deck and superstructure. White is the easiest color to maintain, especially in the tropics. It also reflects most of the sun’s energy to minimize heating of the interior on sunny/hot days and stay cool underfoot. Glossy hull and cabin exterior surfaces were buffed and waxed in November of 2015 just before launching in Curacao. A black hard rubber rub rail is just below the deck edge on each hull side for protection. The bottom is painted with blue Seahawk Islands 44 bottom paint. Rudders and skegs are painted bright orange for contrast. There are three fixed portlights on each outboard hull side. Round, clear escape hatches are beneath each hull companionway ladder inboard. Small opening ports in the hulls are installed in the heads, guest shower stall, and in each aft stateroom (into the transom).
Boarding from dinghy or dock is easiest from the sterns where wide steps make deck access easy. Midship’s boarding gates on each side allow side boarding when the stern is inaccessible. A swim ladder is stowed into a cassette on the starboard stern, just above the waterline and can be deployed by a swimmer in the water for safety. A hot/cold bathing shower and passarelle mounting socket are also located on the starboard transom. Large Lewmar deck hatches with non-slip tape on the third step up, access the engine rooms. Stainless steel stern pushpits, stanchions, and Dyneema double lifelines will keep crew securely on deck. A white plastic toe rail is fitted at the deck edge beneath the lifelines. Deck and cabintop non-skid is molded-in and easy to brush clean. Wide, uncluttered side decks allow easy passage forward where two large trampolines on each side of the centerline gangway confirm the performance mission of this design. A liferaft cradle is aft, to port in the trampoline allowing deployment from above or below. The anchor windlass is just forward of the mast on the bridedeck where the line gypsy can be used to hoist the mainsail. The anchor roller is mounted forward in the centerline gangway and the passarelle mounts flush to starboard of the anchor chain.
Deck accessible storage is very important on any cruising yacht and on “Amaris” there is no shortage. Large “climb into” standing headroom lockers in each bow are accessed through deck hatches. Ample sail, line, fender, and gear storage is found in these lockers. The aft bulkheads of these lockers are watertight for safety. Forward of the cabintop, in the bridge deck, are two top-opening lockers. A chain locker is on centerline in a small nacelle. Fuel tanks are also located in these lockers while still having space for gear storage. Since these lockers drain overboard and are completely separate from living spaces, they are also good spaces for outboard fuel tanks and plastic garbage during offshore passages.
One of the key features of any cruising catamaran is the cockpit. Cockpit access is from the side decks where steps on each side are situated forward, beneath cutouts in the rigid bimini. Families with small children will appreciate the deep, fully-encircled cockpit’s security. The Outremer 49 has ample seating for a baker’s dozen if hosting a party or group sail. Removable medium blue yacht acrylic seat bottom and back cushions secure in place with snaps. Hinged-top storage lockers are beneath the cockpit seats; excellent locations for snorkel/dive gear, fishing gear, and cleaning supplies. A full width, teak-trimmed cockpit table is hinged on centerline, folding in half when desired. A front opening storage locker is located in the table’s pedestal base. A cooking gas locker is located forward to starboard beneath the helmsman’s station. An additional top opening locker is mirrored to port. The fixed bimini protects the cockpit from sun and rain while shelter from headwinds is afforded by the cabin. The array of forward and aft cabin windows affords forward visibility from the cockpit. A removable teak grate is flush mounted over a water drainage trough just aft of the sliding glass doors to keep water out of the cabin.
The Outremer 49 is not a charter cat or waterfront condo. The interior accommodation plan and design are perfect for cruising couples with guests or family to sail the world. Hulls designed for performance with sufficient space for comfort are the priority vs. massively wide hulls and huge superstructure at the expense of weight and drag. Open spaces are balanced with storage lockers to meet the needs of long distance voyages and life aboard. “Amaris” is a true owner’s version with the entire port hull dedicated to the owner. The starboard hull is for guests or offspring. The common area: salon/galley/nav station sits atop the high bridgedeck, is light filled and inviting.
Décor and design elements are tasteful. Construction details and materials selection make these boats stand up to years of use while allowing access to systems and “behind the scenes” hardware and equipment. Cabinets and interior furniture are surfaced with white laminate and cored to reduce weight. American cherry trim and cabinet doors tastefully contrasts the predominantly white surfaces. The cabin sole is a synthetic dark wood-grained Wenge; wear resistant and with good non-skip properties. Shelves, countertops and tables are fitted with solid Cherry fiddles. Dark wood is inlaid in select fiddles/trim throughout the interior per the designer’s cohesive plan. The overhead is fabricated from white vinyl covered panels and removable to access hardware and wiring. Bulkheads and cabin doors in the hulls are finished in Cherry. Hull sides are covered with white vinyl over foam padding. Centerboard trunks are covered with brown Ultrasuede. Off-white Ultraleather upholstery is used for the dinette cushions except for the movable bench seat which has dark blue Ultraleather.
Fit out and interior hardware are well-conceived. Cabinet doors positively close with pop-out pushbutton latches. Hinges are euro-styled for full adjustment. Overhead lights are flush mounted and wall switched at space entrances. Task lights are found where needed in the galley, heads, and office areas. Flex-arm reading lights are fitted at each berth. 12V and 110V outlets are strategically located through the interior. Toe kicks are found below counters and other furniture. Overhead hatches are fitted with roll out insect screens and blinds. Bunks (except for the top forward bunk) are fitted with spring boards for comfort and mattress ventilation. Insert panels blackout the large fixed hullside ports for privacy. Bilge access panels in the cabin sole lift with suction cups.
A key design element of all newer Outremer models is a level and large, open entrance from the cockpit to the salon. Two large glass doors slide to each side opening the interior to the cockpit. Due to the cockpit sole’s teak-covered through a threshold is unnecessary. The sliding glass door locks for securing and also locks in an intermediate position. Open one side or both as desired for ventilation and egress. One can cook and clean dishes within easy reach of the sheet winches or helm.
The salon area is forward and to port. A “U” shaped dinette faces aft. Storage cabinets are located forward of the seat back while batteries and electrical equipment are below the forward settee. Storage bins are located below the settee ends. A bench seat allows one to sit at the dining table and face forward; a favored locate for watch standers to dine while underway. A hinged top covers a large storage bin in this seat. The cherry table folds in half uncovering a smaller cherry-topped cocktail table to starboard. Open front bottle storage is housed in the table pedestal base. Two large opening ports forward adjacent the mast base provide ventilation in dry weather. An open shelf with catchment cubby is outboard of settee to port.
The up-galley runs the full width of the aft bridgedeck. The countertop is beige-flecked Corian and fully fiddled. From starboard; an overhead dish storage cabinet sits atop a mid-level “L” shaped shelf. A four-burner stainless steel gas cooktop sits in the countertop. A protective rail with pot clamps surround three sides of the stove. Double stainless steel Yogi/Booboo sinks are further inboard. Single lever mixer and pelican neck faucet and soap dispenser serve the sink. A small round Corian cover drops small items directly into the trash bin. Beneath the galley counter from outboard is a large pantry locker with shelves, then a bank of drawers. The gas oven inhabits the undercounter space between the stove and sinks. A pot/pan storage cabinet is beneath the stove. Double doors open to the under sink storage area. Another cabinet door opening inboard access the trash bin area. Across the cockpit entrance is a second counter/storage area. A cabinet with shelves sits atop the counter outboard. Beneath the counter, inboard are three small open shelves; ideal places for “quick grab” items. The front opening fridge and freezer are outboard beneath the counter.
In an ideal location, out of the way, with excellent visibility and just a few steps from the cockpit is the forward facing navigation station. Indeed, when offshore, and clear of traffic, one will be able to stand a reasonable portion of the watch here due to the excellent visibility. This desk serves equally well as in-port office. The very comfortable black plastic/mesh office chair swings out on a stainless steel mount. The “L” shaped navigation console and chart table is “command central” for navigation, electrical system control/monitoring, and communications. The chart cherry chart table has a hinged top nav tool drawer. The electronics console above the chart table, below the windows, is faced with dark brown vinyl. A flex-arm red-white “touch on” light illuminates the chart table. To port in the console is the electric switch and monitoring panel with tank and battery monitor, nav light indicator/mimic, and twelve volt outlets. Moving to starboard is the A/C power section. Communications and navigation electronics are further wrapped outboard and to starboard. A flat screen computer monitor sits atop the console in way of the corner window mullion to minimize view obstruction. A shelf for handheld VHF’s and a 220V outlet are outboard along the starboard cabin side. The stereo is mounted inboard closest to the dinette. A drawer sits atop a cabinet with shelves located below the outboard chart table “L”.
The entire port hull is set aside for the owners. A privacy door closes this hull from the salon. A companionway ladder with three cherry-nonskid surfaced treads is removable to access an emergency escape hatch. At the ladder bottom along the outboard hull side are two narrow storage shelves running from the daggerboard housing to the stateroom door. With the sliding door closed, linen storage shelves are visible inboard in the passageway. Forward, opposite the daggerboard casing is an office space with desk, shelf, task light, and power outlets. The desk could easily be converted to a berth for children if desired.
The owner’s head is all the way forward through a locking privacy door. Furthest aft and inboard, a vanity with designer sink, single lever faucet, storage cabinet below, and backlight mirror rival what one would find at home. The electric flush head is forward of the vanity area. An opening overhead hatch nicely ventilates this space and narrow hull side shelves are fitted the inboard and outboard hull sides. A large stall shower is forward of the head area. Shower nozzle with hose and hold along with a shower curtain are fitted.
The owner’s stateroom is aft in the port hull. A queen-sized bed is oriented fore and aft. Storage space and watermaker are located below the bunk. An open shelf runs along the hull side at bunk level outboard between the door and bunk. An opening port with shade is aft of the bunk, opens to the transom and is sheltered by a transom step allowing it to be open in wet weather for ventilation. Inboard and forward of the bunk, are a mirror, hanging locker, and upholstered dressing seat with bin storage. Inboard of the bunk are two open shelves and three open faced storage cubbies.
The starboard hull is optimized for multiple guests. A forward stateroom has a very flexible sleeping arrangement. A single bunk inboard and low can be infilled with a board and cushion transforming into a double berth. A single bunk inboard, up high can hinge up out of the way if sleeping a couple in this stateroom, or be used for storage. A narrow hull side shelf is outboard. A hanging is inboard with open shelf above. Top loading storage is beneath the inboard, lower berth. An opening overhead hatch, fixed hull side port outboard, overhead recessed lights, and reading lights complete this stateroom.
Proceeding aft from the forward stateroom the guest head is located inboard of the daggerboard trunk and entered through a locking privacy door. An electric flush head is aft. A designer sink with single lever faucet is inboard. An opening hull side port is behind the sink. A mirrored door medicine cabinet is above the sink and flanked by backlight accent lights. Aft and inboard are two open storage shelves and a closing storage locker with shelves.
Inboard and aft of the port hull companionway is the guest shower. Separating the shower and head compartments is a wonderful idea, allowing different guest simultaneous use. This shower is closed with a locking privacy door. A teak shower grate sits atop the overboard pumped shower pan. An opening hull side port is inboard. A cabinet with clothes washing machine is outboard along the inner hull side.
At the aft end of the port hull the aft guest stateroom is well located for sleeping underway or in-port. A queen-sized berth oriented fore and aft has storage below and a split mattress for ease of access. Two long bookshelves and three open faced storage cubbies are inboard of the bunk. A hanging locker is forward and inboard, above a dressing seat. A large fixed hull side port, opening overhead hatch and opening port aft, into the transom provide light and ventilation. Two reading lights, overhead lights, and 12V outlet complete this cabin.