Fountaine Pajot Bahia 46 Offshore Cruising Catamaran

US $225,000 Finance
46' 1" - 14.04m
Vessel Location
Langkawi Insurance
Launch Year
Hull Material

Fast and fun to sail, the Bahia 46 is a true sailor's catamaran
Extensively upgraded (2017-2019) - Full bottom strip in 2016 w/ fresh paint 2020
New Engines (2017), Sail-Drives and Gori Folding Propellors
New Standing Rigging (2018) - North Sails in great condition
Fully equipped for extended blue water cruising
Certified under New Zealand CAT 1 Offshore Standards
Aquabase Watermarker - 660w Solar Array - Radar
New Zealand tax paid
Seller will accept equivalent in New Zealand dollars

Nautilus Yacht Management is very excited to offer 'Bob the Cat, ' to the market. The Bahia 46 is one of Fountaine Pajot's most legendary catamarans ever produced and well known by serious sailors for its passage making abilities. Chosen for her speed, stability and ease of handling, this blue-water cruiser has safely and stylishly carried her owners - lifelong sailors/racers - halfway across the globe, with their two young children.

The Bahia 46 has earned her reputation through her sailing capabilities and is a great performer. She has a generous sail plan and, with her foam core upper hull sections and decks, she is light for a cruising catamaran of her size at 9700kg. With a high bridge deck clearance, low centre of gravity and aerodynamic profile, sea keeping is excellent and provides a fast, comfortable ride even in rough sea states. On passage, 200 nm days are easily possible with a high level of comfort aboard.

Fin keels provide good windward performance while keeping the draft at only 1.3m. It is safe and easy to dry the boat with a moderate tide for inspection or underwater maintenance.

The helm is centrally located in the cockpit, a position that enables safe watch keeping, efficient communication between the skipper and crew, and an excellent view of the sails. The high quality North Sails are in excellent condition and were installed in the Caribbean five years ago. The fully battened mainsail, with 4 reefing points and furling Genoa, are easy to manage by a short handed crew and most sail controls are fed back to the cockpit. There are 4 large winches on the coachroof as well as a stern winch dedicated to the operation of the traveler which can also be used to assist in raising the tender.

The massive cockpit offers ample space for sailing or entertaining and provides a large safe enclosed area while underway. Decks are open, spacious and free of clutter, making it an ideal area for children to play or to accommodate lots of guests on a day sail. Wide steps at the transoms make great platforms for swimming, fishing or launching kitesurfing gear. The large exterior table can seat 10 people and can be folded down to less than half the size to create more space in the cockpit when needed. The huge wet locker under the cockpit floor provides ample storage for jerry cans, extra ropes, water sports gear or any other outside equipment.

The visibility from inside the boat is outstanding, allowing a short handed crew to keep an effective watch while attending to navigation, cooking or other indoor tasks. The saloon is well laid out with a huge dining table that can seat 10 people. With kids on board, the owners have also found this to be a great set up for schooling, projects and family games nights. Adjacent is the large galley with good ventilation, a view to the horizon, and its own designated floorspace so the cook can prepare meals in comfort and peace without interference from other crew members moving around inside the boat. There is generous counter and storage space, a massive dual fridge (and large 12V deep freezer located in the port hull), double sinks with both freshwater and saltwater taps, a stovetop and oven.

Accommodation is spacious and comfortable with 4 large ensuite double cabins and two additional single berths in the middle of each hull. With more than enough sleeping space available, the owners have converted one of the single berths to a storage area with shelving that can be easily removed and flat packed, if needed. One of the heads in this same hull has been converted to a laundry room with an automatic washing machine (which can also be reverted to factory layout if desired). There are also two far forward areas, originally intended as additional crew berths, that make ideal storage spaces.

This Bahia 46 was entirely re-powered in New Zealand in 2017 with brand new Yanmar engines and sail-drives complete with a set of Gori folding propellors. The new propellors have improved sailing performance by adding up to a knot of speed! And when the wind disappears, the new engines are powerful enough to move this catamaran along at 6.5 knots or more. The engines are now broken in, the 1,000-hour service was just recently completed, and they are still in warranty. This re-power upgrade was a USD $45,000 installation and will provide many years of reliable service to come.

The yacht was hauled out in January 2020 for cleaning and new antifouling. All underwater components were inspected and serviced including removal of rudders and replacement of rudder bearings. An insurance survey was also completed, giving the boat a clean bill of health (available upon inquiry).

Owner's comments

We bought Bob The Cat in the Caribbean at the end of 2014. With our two children, who were then just 4 and 6, we sailed to New Zealand via Panama, Galapagos and the South Pacific. After 2 years in New Zealand, we sailed north to Fiji then continued westwards to Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and through the Torres Strait to Indonesia. After extensive exploration of Indonesia, we continued north to Malaysia and Thailand for the final leg of our adventure. Sadly this journey is over for us, as we return to work and school. So we are reluctantly selling our boat to continue its travels with new owners.

We chose the Bahia 46 as a good balance between sailing performance, space and affordability. Certain key design elements such as the generous bridge deck clearance and enclosed cockpit were important to maximize sailing comfort and safety, especially with children. We also loved the clean smooth lines and deck layout which not only look great but make it a very safe boat to play on. We were not disappointed, and enjoyed the lively and fast sailing performance, allowing fast passage times while always feeling safe. The boat is genuinely fun to sail, both downwind and upwind, which is not something we always hear from owners of other cruising catamarans.

One of the other key design elements that we like is that the helm station, sail controls, saloon and galley are all in close proximity. For long distance passage making this is ideal as no-one is isolated away from the rest of the crew while on watch, cooking or doing other things inside. The helm is safely protected within the cockpit area and behind the main cabin which is appreciated in foul weather.

The 4 large double cabins gave our family of 4 a ridiculous amount of space and we ended up using one cabin as a work area and washroom with the addition of a washing machine. We could also give an entire hull to visiting family and friends.

The electrical and mechanical systems are sensible, simple and accessible. The few times we have had to replace or repair things, it has been easy, even in some remote places.


Bob the Cat is a nice, clean and very well equipped example of the sought after Bahia 46 and the only one available in the Asian market. The owners have priced the vessel competitively for an expedited sale. In sail-away condition and equipped to New Zealand Category 1 standards (one of the worlds most stringent offshore codes) this yacht is prepared to take you anywhere in the world. This Bahia 46 is now available for immediate handover, in the duty/tax free port of Langkawi, Malaysia. All New Zealand import taxes are paid, so there would be no additional costs for a New Zealand resident wanting to take her home.

Please contact us at Nautilus Yacht Management for further information and to arrange your personal inspection of this beautiful catamaran and see full specifications below. Our agency has helped buyers from all around the world purchase the boat of their dreams, and a decade of working on an international platform has provided us with the knowledge to help you with all the steps of your purchase, import, delivery, registration etc. Purchasing a yacht overseas does not have to be stressful. We are here to help.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

US $225,000    Finance    Insurance
Vessel Name
Bob the Cat
Boat Reference
Launch Year
46' 1" - 14.04m
9,700 kg
Keel / Ballast
Vessel Location
Fountaine-Pajot (FRA)
Hull Material
Decks Material
2 Yanmar 3JH5CE (39HP) with approximately 1150 hours each side (new 2017) Yanmar SD60 sail-drives (new 2017) Gori two blade folding propellors (new 2017) 400L stainless diesel tank (new 2017)
Engine Make
Number Engines
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
Engine Hours (2nd Engine)
Fuel Consumption
2.5 liters per hour at 2,000 RPM
Max Speed
8.5 knots
Cruise Speed
6.5 knots
Sail-Drive with Gori folding 2 blade props
Aluminium RIB dinghy 3.2 m
15hp Suzuki + 5hp Tohatsu
New bimini and added removable drop-down clear panels (2018)
4 generously sized cabins each with their own ensuite. 2 additional Sea Berths as well as two forepeak/crew cabins providing tons of accomodation as well as storage space. Current configuration sleeps 10.
4 Full Cabins with Queen sized beds and private ensuite baths, large hanging closets, under berth storage, top hatch, side port hatches, LED reading lights, LED ceiling lights, fan and USB/12V charging ports
2 Crew Forepeak Cabins with single berths can be accessed from front cabins or deck hatch (these cabins are being used for storage and no mattresses are on board)
2 Sea Berths (one in each hull, there are mattresses for both but removable shelving has been installed in starboard hull for tool/spares storage)
Large hanging closet in each hull (located mid-ship)
4 Bathrooms (3 manual Jabsco heads, 1 with washing machine) all 4 bathrooms have a
top hatch, side port hatch, tap/shower with hot and cold water, vanity and mirror)
90L holding tanks both sides servicing aft heads
Automatic 3kg washing machine in forward port side hull
4 Ensuite + Transom
24" Flat Screen TV
Stereo with internal speakers
Centrally located galley with outstanding views. Ample work and storage space and huge refrigeration capacity. Stocked with full set of cooking and baking equipement as well as plates, bowls cutlery and glasses for 12 people.
Large 300L (est. ) fridge/coolbox (water cooled)
Waeco CFX 65L deepfreezer (new 2018)
ENO 3 burner LPG stovetop (new 2019) ENO LPG oven
Aquabase ESW601 watermaker 60L/h 12v
Hot Water
Hot water cylinder (heated from port side heat exchanger)
Ground Tackle
33kg Rocna primary anchor (new 2017)
90m 10mm galvanized chain (new 2018)
Fortress FX-55 secondary anchor
Spare 20m 12mm chain and 80m nylon rode
Lofrans Tigres anchor winch (new clutch and gypsy 2018)
Safety Gear
Throwing line 40m
SOS Dan buoy auto-deploy man overboard system
2 x Life rings, 1 with drogue and light
Seabrake GP30 Drogue Sea Anchor with chain and warps (new 2018)
Medaire Offshore First Aid kit with manual plus additional meds/bandages
Spotlight, Handheld LED. Rechargeable
Cutting tools, bolt cutters, axe and hacksaw
2 Radar reflectors, one mounted on rigging and one foldable
Emergency nav lights (battery powered clip)
Visual signals, Day shapes, signal flags and V-sheet
Equipped to NZ Category 1 Offshore standards
Bilge Pumps
Automatic bilge pumps in both hulls and engine compartments + 2 x manual bilge pumps
Life Raft
Bombard 6 person liferaft (serviced 2018)
EPIRB Ocean Signal (406 GPS)
Life Jackets
12 lifejackets + 10 harnesses
Flares, 4 red handheld, 2 orange smoke + additional expired parachute/handheld
Fire Protection
Fireblanket in Galley + 6 Fire Extinguishers
660 Ah AGM house batteries (4 x 12v 165Ah Juice AGM new 2018)
Separate engine start battery (12v sealed lead acid port side engine room)
Blue Sea Systems SI-ACR starter isolation/automatic charging relay
660W solar panels mounted above davits and on bimini
Victron MPPT 75 I 50 solar controller for davit panels
2 Morningstar SunSaver-20 independant controllers for bimini panels
Victron Battery monitor
Sterling Power Products alternator to battery charger booster (new 2018)
240V shore power charger
Dolphin shore power charger (30amp)
240V inverter (800W) incorporated with fridge system
240V inverter (300W)
Electronics / Navigation
Raymarine ST60 wind, depth and log with inside repeater
Raymarine ST6002 autopilot with hydraulic ram on mini-tiller
Garmin GPSMap 720s chart plotter
Garmin GMR24 radar
Standard Horizon GX2200 VHF (new 2018)
Em-Trak B300 AIS transceiver with S300 splitter (new 2018)
Iridium GO!
Plastimo Contest 130 Compass
Electronic charts for Caribbean/Pacific/NZ/Australia/SE Asia
Sail Inventory
North Sails, 5 years old in great condition
Mainsail - 80m2 North fully battened with 4 reef points (serviced 2018)
Headsail - 40m2 North genoa (serviced 2018)
Doyle luff pocket storm jib (new 2018)
Mast / Rigging
Fractional Sloop Rig
Z Spars aluminum mast with two sets of spreaders (mast height 20.29m)
Z Spars aluminum boom
3 x Lewmar 48 winches on mast
Primary shrouds and forestay replaced 2018 (Stainless Wire)
Profurl roller furler serviced 2018
Stack pack sail bag, good condition, serviced 2019
Deck Gear
2 x Lewmar 54 primary winches (on coachroof)
2 x Lewmar 48 secondary winches (on coachroof)
1 x Lewmar 30 traveller winch
2 x Lewmar Genoa Tracks
New trampoline 2019
Jacklines for harness attachment
Exterior fresh water shower
Saltwater wash-down pump

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