JUN 27 2023

B69: Catalyst AC 45 - Start Your Engines

27 JUNE 2023

B69 is in the water. Ben, Glyn and the team have been flat-out post-Christmas to finish her in time for launching. This included painting, installing the foam fenders, systems installation and bolting the four outboards (yes, four) onto the transom. The fitting of the engines really changed her appearance; she now, very much, looks powerful and purposeful—clearly a boat of action.

One of the reasons Catalysts are the chase boat of choice for elite sailing teams is their ability to carry a heavy payload whilst maintaining performance; our recent testing has shown that with 16 people and a few tonnes of equipment on board, 45 plus knots is still very achievable.

Shortly B69 will be on the transport ship to Europe. The next time we see her, she will be blasting around the waters of Port Vell in Barcelona.

B69 Catalyst 45 Paint Prepping

This is where we had got to in the Christmas Newsletter

So What has happened since then...

B69 Catalyst 45 Fairing
Final fairing & cabin top test fitting

B69 Catalyst 45 Windows
Test fitting windows & windscreen

B69 Catalyst 45 Helm
Finalisation of the helm layout

B69 Catalyst 45 Hull Painted
Hull painting completed 

B69 Catalyst 45 Engines
The “Go Fast” installed (the paddling pool underneath is to collect the water from cooling the engines while we test ran them)

B69 Catalyst 45 Fenders
Fitting the fenders

B69 Catalyst 45 Head
Looking at her head on

B69 Catalyst 45 Launching
Sitting on her cradle, ready for loading onto the truck

B69 Catalyst 45 Leaving
Up before the birds and about to leave. Fair winds & following seas B69

Up and away


B69 Catalyst 45 First Sea Trial
First sea trial about to get underway

B69 Catalyst 45 WOT
In her element. With some fine-tuning, WOT (wide open throttle) will be very close to 60 knots