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2005 Chris White Atlantic 48

US$ 540,000*
Interested in this boat? Tel: 508-841-3164
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Performance world cruiser

Engine/Fuel Type:
Twin / diesel
Located In:
RI, United States
Hull Material:
Current Price:
US$ 540,000 

The Atlantic 48 Catamaran, Zen, represents a fantastic opportunity to step into a turn key, high performance world cruising cat. She has cruised safely from S. Africa to the Caribbean, USA, Central America, French Polynesia and New Zealand and is ready to do that again.

The award winning, Atlantic Catamaran™ pilothouse design layout features a midship cockpit for easy short handed sailing combined with a full visibility pilothouse aft of the cockpit which includes a duplicate steering station with engine controls and instruments. This configuration has recently been imitated by others, yet no one has succeeded in building a better cruising cat than the Atlantic Catamaran™ series.

Fully equipped galley is located in the starboard hull adjacent to the pilot house.
A double cabin is located midships in each hull. A single cabin is forward in the starboard hull. The forward section of the port hull is a large storage locker suitable for sailboards, bicycles or other bulky gear with a convertible single berth. Each hull contains a head with vanity and ample stowage, a separate shower compartment is located aft in the port hull.


And what do the sailors have to say?

Feb, 2019

Hi there Chris,

I hope you are well! I have been meaning to send you an email to update you on Resolute II - your first Atlantic 48, and to thank you and give you some feedback on your design.

I am writing this from sea, about 70 nm due south of the Galapagos Islands, on the way from Panama to the Marquesas. As i write the boat is rolling along at an average of about 9 knots in 16 knots of wind (9 apparent) at an apparent wind angle 100 degrees. I have up the cruising genoa and full main, and the boat is just loping along.

I am doing this leg (~4,000 nm) on my own, because I have always want to try solo sailing, and this seemed the perfect extended leg (nothing to hit!). One week in, i am enjoying it immensely and feel fresh and the boat (touch wood) is running perfectly.

Just to remind you, Resolute was built at Bongers in 2005, and I bought her in 2010. She has since sailed 34,000 miles, including sailing from Australia to the Caribbean via South Africa. We are now on our way back to Australia. Over 40 different friends have sailed on ocean passages, and 'Ressie' has a lot of friends. Remarkably, I think the boat is in much better condition now than when i bought it, and she is incredibly reliable.

I have been sailing with the World ARC. This time, again, Ressie just romped away from a fleet which includes some very new and serious 55-60 foot monohulls and including Nica, a Finot Conq FC53 by Knierim that was featured in a recent Yachting World - a planing mono that is half racer and half very uncomfortable cruiser. Sailing Ressie seems just so effortless compared to these modern, very complex boats (e.g. Nica has all its lines running under a false deck.)

Anyway, it is this kind of sailing that reminds me of what a truly brilliant design this boat is for long distance short handed blue water sailing. As a single handed cruiser, i just can't imagine a better compromise - this boat is very fast, dry, extremely reliable, safe and extremely easy to handle because of the centre cockpit. As you may recall, Resolute has a bowsprit and a furling genoa, and i absolutely love that cruising cutter rig (c.f. with the code zero options that most cats have). I carry the genoa in much stronger winds, and get the main reefed early and it makes for comfortable and very safe sailing at night.

I could - as you can see - go on. I find it so hard to reconcile, of course, with the designs of the new production cats which are just so luxurious, but awful to sail. I think perhaps the best way to describe it is that the people who are most impressed with Resolute (and most people are once they see the boat perform and then see how simple it is) are the monohull sailors. It is a boat that the mono guys 'get' instantly. They see how seaworthy it is, they love that it doesn't look like a block of apartments, they sit in wonder as we glide past them at sea :).

warm regards


Chris White

Please contact Chris White at (508) 636 - 6111

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