20 years ago, Magic Cat was launched at MULTIPLAST
Last weekend, in the Gulf of St Tropez, Frédérique and Jean-Marc Leygue (the current owners) and Bruno Mabire (the skipper) celebrated the 20th anniversary of Magic Cat . It was a blast !
Summer '96... After 15 months of design and construction, Multiplast unveiled an iconic catamaran called Magic Cat.
This catamaran was launched in Vannes under the supervision of Gilles Ollier and his small team of 25 colleagues. The 25 m cruising cat had been ordered by two brothers with the same passion for sailing. They were looking not only for top performance, but for the finest quality in terms of the build, the boat's functions and in the way its systems were to be optimized.
Magic Cat certainly didn't lack of innovation: Hulls from vaccum-pressed sandwich carbon, mast in high modulus carbon, kevlar shrouds, an "avant-garde" beam configuration and the intensive use of titanium instead of stainless steel. Futhermore, and this a rare thing on a cruising catamaran in those days, Magic Cat had and has two dagger boards, giving good up-wind performance.