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Coyote is a 2020 Saona 47 catamaran built by Fountaine Pajot in western France.  She was shipped to Fort Lauderdale to complete commissioning.  She is our ninth ocean going vessel owned since 1976.  Two were wood, one was a powerboat.  Each were chosen to meet the requirements for whatever type of sailing we were in to.

I had never considered a catamaran until recently.  At boat shows, I never went on one.  Why waste the time of a salesman for something I had no interest in?  Until I sail Coyote, I will never have been on a catamaran except at a couple shows.  We are not live aboards, but plan on spending significant time in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez or the mainland of Pacific Mexico.  The boat will ultimately be based in San Diego, CA.  During the first year we will explore South Florida, the Bahamas and then cruise to San Diego through the Panama Canal.

At this time in our lives a catamaran is ideal.  It still is a sailboat (I considered going to the dark side but was loudly criticized by my family).  We anchor or are in a slip 85% of the time.  Ocean crossing trips, other than to get the boat to our cruising grounds, are rare.  I like to entertain family, friends and strangers in the cockpit and I wanted three large staterooms to comfort even those of our friends who weren’t sailors.  The Saona 47 was perfect.  All three staterooms have walk around queen size beds with en-suite bathrooms with showers.


  • LOA – 45’8”

  • Beam – 25’4”

  • Draft – 4’4”

  • Displacement – 30,424 pounds

  • Main – 807 square feet

  • Genoa – 560 square feet

  • Code 0 – 1,109 square feet

  • Power – 2 Volvo D2- 60 hp

  • Fuel – 248 gallons

  • Water – 188 gallons

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