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Sailor builds 55ft. cruising cat for himself, but sees a market

Het casco van de Eyecat 55 in de afbouwhal.

SINT ANNALAND – Yacht builder, entrepreneur and sailor Bert Busman is almost finished building a 17.7m aluminum Eyecat 55. It’s primarily a ‘fit-for-all-kinds-of-weather’ catamaran for himself, but he has advanced plans to market the design.

His starting point was that the boat – built by Van Noorloos Cascobouw of the Netherlands – should approach the sailing experience of a monohull as much as possible. So, no flybridge, steering wheels far apart to give the helmsman a real sailing feeling.  And, a small crew must be able to sail the cat.

“We stand for a solid aluminum Catamaran fit for all kinds of weather and seas,” says Busman. “One you can sail singlehandedly. Or with your family. Together with our designers, we make a custom-built catamaran, based on your wishes.”

Busman built a cat with an interior ready for long cruises, so a spacious saloon, cabins with beds of at least 2.05m long (6.7ft.) and electric toilets in the 4 bathrooms.

Busman and his wife Nelie sailed the seven seas for many years, gaining a wealth of experience about life onboard and a sail boat’s behavior at sea. In the Caribbean, they succumbed to the advantages of catamarans: stable, spacious, little draft so you can anchor close to shore  Still, they spotted none to their liking.

So, Busman developed one himself with a specialist team that included DeJongeDesign and Wester Naval Architecture.  The Eyecat 55 is due for launch in the Spring of 2021.

Specifications: LOA: 17.68M, Beam: 8.40m, Draft: 1.60m; Displacement: 18 tons; Propulsion: 2 x Yanmar 110HP (optional: Yanmar electric, 160HP).