Fountaine Pajot is known for designing a range of sailing cats with superb performance levels and all the comforts you could ask for. This is the Belize 43 Catamaran review to help you know all about the cat from Fountaine Pajot.
The Belize 43 is yet another fast catamaran from the Fountaine Pajot shipyard. The cat is considered one of the best that the company has produced. Sailing in the Belize 43 is exciting and effortless.
The cat’s length of 13 meters, and its streamlined shape means it cuts through the water with ease. The Belize 43 is famous for its exceptional performance, which can be attributed to the generous sails of 111 square meters.
The Belize 43 has well-thought-out accommodation that makes maximum use of what little space there is. The cat has four large double cabins and two single cabins. Both sides of the forward hull have a double cabin and a single cabin.
Each cabin has a shower head with both hot and cold water showers. During the day, the cat can hold 12 passengers, so you don’t have to worry about friends tagging along on a cruise during the day. It doesn’t feel crowded at all.
The interior of the Belize 43 is quite practical with a classy finish. Every part of the cat’s interior is covered with white and faux wood finishes. As you enter the cabins, then you realize just how posh the design elements are.
You will also love all the small storage compartments cleverly placed in areas easy to reach. The gallery has a full cupboard with the most practical setup.
Additionally, you also have a fridge and a gas stove, and an oven, as well as cutlery and other kitchen equipment. You will also want to take a look at the convivial dining area.
The FP Belize 43 has been designed to be as light as possible without having to compromise on stability. The construction was done using solid fiberglass in areas that require heavy-duty parts, such as the bottom of the hulls.
The cat was designed using a computer model that allowed the construction team to tinker with even the finest details. For this reason, the key stress areas were reinforced with additional layers of fiberglass.
With such a build, the cat is strong and stable yet light, thus the lightships of 8500kgs. This explains why it is so much fun to cruise in the Belize 43 because performance is maximized in every way possible.
The boat also has sacrificial mini keels and integral foam crash bulkheads, which can protect it when an underwater collision occurs. The mini keels detach in the event that such a crash occurs.
Design and Functionality
The boat has its square head main redesigned and upgraded to the hybrid as well as the screecher and furling genoa. With such changes, the Belize 43 sails quite pleasantly even in winds of 5kts which are not as strong as you would like for a fast-paced cruise.
It is also safer to sail her since there are two furling heads that are controlled from the cockpit using two improved electric winches.
The bridge deck clearance, proper weight distribution as well as the safe and enclosed cockpit make her much easier to handle in bad weather. This is also bolstered by the ease by which you handle the sails.
The boat is fitted with two Yanmar 3GM30F engines which also include an SD20-Saildrive, which in turn delivers the torque you need for choppy waters.
The fuel tank holds a massive 300 liters (77 gallons) of fuel. The boat also has an 80 Amps second alternator for the Starboard engine.
Owing to the design aspects that went into the construction of this boat, you can already tell that it has under sail that makes for enjoyable cruising. The universal is even better because a lot of the elements have been updated.
The mainsail is brand new, as well as a parasailor of 125 meters square, which includes Easysnuffer and looks brand new. The mast height is 64.6 feet above the water with 25 mast steps. The boat’s sails span 1111 meters, so you can drop them and cruise on a nice windy afternoon at considerable speeds.
Why Sail the Belize 43
There is a lot to keep you hooked on the boat, from the number of passengers it can take to the way it cuts through the water. In addition to its commendable performance, the boat has all the comfort to help you forget about taxing hours back at home when you are on vacation.
It comes with extras such as air-conditioning, an electric anchor winch, GPS, transom shower and ladder, standard slab, a tender outboard motor and wheel steering, CD player and AM/FM radio, and last but certainly not least, a fully equipped galley to prepare your favorite meals on board just like in your kitchen at home.
If you have sailed in other cats in the same class as the Belize 43, then you will
enjoy the breath of fresh air that it is. You shouldn’t enjoy your sunny vacation days in the sand only. Some of them should be spent in the open seas as you cruise on the Belize 43.
As a boat that is designed for joyrides in the waters, nothing comes close to the impressive stats of the Belize 43. The boat has all the safety equipment for emergencies, including 9 automatic safety life vests and a life raft that can accommodate 8 people that have been recently serviced. Count on this boat to be the highlight of your trip. Ready for a rental by couples and families, the Belize 43 makes for an enjoyable sail.
- Manufacturer: Fountaine Pajot
- Boat type: Catamaran
- Length Overall: 13.00 m
- Beam: 7.00 m
- Draft Min: 1.30 m
- Water Capacity: 600 L
- Fuel Capacity: 300 L
- Cabins: 4
- Berths: 8/12
- Maximum Guests: 12
- Bathrooms: 4
- WC: 4
- Engines: 2
- Power: 27 hp
Have you already sailed the Belize 43? If so, you are welcome to share your experience in the comments below.
Daniella has been passionate about travel, the sea, and nature for many years. As a child, she frequently traveled throughout the Mediterranean and continued with her journeys throughout her adult life.
Her experiences have created the desire within her to share her love for traveling with other passionate and adventurers who want to discover beautiful horizons and new cultures.