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MM50 Luxury Sailing Catamaran "Shooting Star"

Shooting Star is a 50' cruising catamaran with an emphasis on performance.  The owner of this yacht has extensive experience with both large cruising multihulls and high performance dinghies (505s and A-Class catamarans). From this perspective the owner commissioned Morrelli & Melvin to design a vessel that combines the best of cruising comfort with dingy speed and agility. The result is a carefully developed yacht that is capable of devouring ocean miles whether on a race course or cruising short handed.

Shooting Star contains many innovative features. For example, the forward beam has been eliminated and a bridle-stayed longeron is used to support the forestay and downwind sails.  Removing the forward beam decreases bow weight and pitching.

The cabin house of Shooting Star is also a unique design.  This hard top convertible enclosure provides protection during inclement weather and can be retracted when the weather improves. Spaces typically dedicated to a fully enclosed pilothouse and an exterior cockpit have been combined into one large usable area. This open layout eliminates separation between those sailing the boat and those enjoying the social aft cockpit and deck.

Within the safety of the cabin house a well-positioned helm station provides excellent visibility of both the sails and the surroundings.  Forward of the helm station within the cabin enclosure is a winch deck. Every control line on the boat is lead to this winch deck where two electric winches allow for easy operation of sails, daggerboards, and even the anchor system.

The interior of Shooting Star is light, simple, and ergonomic. Three double sized berths and one single berth are located on the corners of the boat. Each hull has a head between the guest cabins. The port hull has a dedicated shower and a workbench, while the starboard hull contains both a spacious galley and a navigation station. Ventilation through carefully hidden dorade boxes, ample port lights, and hatches will keep passengers refreshed as they tick off the ocean miles.

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