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Catana 53 Review

written by Terysa September 11, 2019

This is the review of the Catana 53 catamaran. The Catana range are renowned for being good offshore performance catamarans. But would this be the perfect catamaran for us? As you may know, we are reviewing and touring catamarans with the view to purchasing one ourselves. Feel free to add your scores to our review system over at

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Eric and Annie on El Gato August 21, 2020 at 8:17 pm

Hello Nick and Terysa,
We met years ago at Jolly Harbor in Antigua. It’s really fun to watch your boat reviews and learn about the many interesting new boat designs that are out there and hear your reviews of their features and benefits. I have a design background so I particularly enjoy staying abreast of the latest designs!

It looks like the two of you are enjoying the process as well!

El Gato is a Catana 472 built in 2000. We became her third owners in 2015 when we bought her in the Catana yard in Canet en Roussillon. We have logged about 40,000 miles on El Gato so far including a 10 day passage from the Cabo Verde’s to St Lucia in the ARC+ in 2015 WITHOUT AUTOPILOT. We would preferred a functioning pilot, but still had a great passage without. (The pilot just needed to be re-commissioned but we never slowed down enough so we just kept on hand steering).

We really like the helms on El Gato and enjoy the sight lines and feel of sailing from the high, outboard helm stations. We know that there are many cruisers who would never consider such an exposed helm and that’s okay. We would never choose a boat where all the important control lines are squeezed into a small, in closed helm station with seating for two. Different sailing styles will prioritise different features!!

We are currently back home in San Diego with El Gato, our South Pacific cruising on hold for a year or two because of the Pandemic. If you would like to talk boats, drop me a line or give a call.

Eric Witte
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Terysa October 18, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Hey Annie and Eric! So sorry I didn’t see this comment earlier. Yes, El Gato was the first catamaran we went on where we thought that we could definitely see ourselves making the move from monohull to catamaran. She’s a brilliant boat! Enjoy your time in San Diego and hopefully we’ll see you in the Pacific one day 😊 Cheers- Nick & Terysa

D January 5, 2021 at 2:53 am

There is a typo in the article. I assume correct link is:


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