Power cats are making tracks these days, even in the fishing world. Like their sailing brethren, power cats offer lots of room, stability (especially at anchor), natural system redundancy, and fuel economy. That's why many ex-sailors and power boaters are starting to take notice. Fountaine Pajot launched its Cumberland 47 power trawler a few years ago, but a new model recently hit the market with a refreshed design that's based on a lot of owner and dealer feedback.

A running photo of the Cumberland 47 LC power catamaran.

What's in a name? Longe-range cruising, of course.



The Fountaine Pajot Cumberland 47, and her smaller sister, the Summerland 40, carried the “Power Trawler” nomenclature in their names, but what exactly is a trawler catamaran, other than a contradiction in terms? Sailing catamarans are generally fast, since they’re not dragging ballast through the water, but the perception of trawlers is that they’re slower, long-range vessels ideal for passage making. Fountaine Pajot soon realized that it was alienating, or at least confusing, its market, so the company dropped the “Power Trawler” moniker to negate the “slow” part and added “LC” for "Long Cruise" to emphasize that it also added 100 gallons fuel for increased range. Result? The Fountaine Pajot Cumberland 47 LC. Phew!

An almost full-beam flybridge on the Cumberland 47 LC adds to on-board livability. Up there on the flybridge you’ll find an L-shaped companion lounge and a large dining table. The aft section of the flybridge is open to make room for chaise lounges or a couple of towels for sun worshiping. Visibility from the helm is good in all directions.

A full stairway leads down from the flybridge to a large aft cockpit, where access to the engines is made through two hatches in the sole. The Cumberland 47 LC has straight shafts (not Saildrives), so the engines sit farther forward in the vessel, making access a bit tight. Routine engine checks can be done via an access port without removing the additional engine covers, however.

Interior


Many of the improvements were focused on the interior, where new wood surfaces add a richness that gives the boat an upscale feel. Windows were added to increase light in both the main saloon and hull cabins, so nobody will feel cramped and out of touch with their surroundings, no matter where they cruise.

A photo of the Cumberland 47 LC's galley.

The Cumberland 47 LC has an expansive galley with plenty of counter space, pull-out refrigeration, and propane-powered cook top.



The main saloon has a nice social feel to it. The straight-line galley is situated to port and serves both the main saloon and the aft cockpit, which are on the same level. A sliding glass door opens onto the aft cockpit, which has a built-in transom settee and teak table. The galley has ample counter top space and two large drawer refrigerators. The stove is propane rather than electric, which will minimize the need for the generator. All said, entertaining aboard should be a breeze.

Inside, a starboard side, L-shaped settee comes with a cocktail table or an optional fold-out dining table. At the head of the main saloon is the interior helm station with room plenty of room for navigation electronics and instruments. The helm seat is built for two, plus there’s a port-side lounge so the captain can have company. All this living and driving space is nicely integrated so everyone aboard can communicate easily and be a part of the social interaction aboard.

Look on either side of the main saloon and you'll see two staircases that lead down to the owner and guest cabins. The three-cabin version (a four cabin layout is available) is the owner configuration and includes a fore-and-aft island bed, large head, and separate stall shower. Ahead of the shower bulkhead is another cabin, which is accessible via a foredeck hatch. It accommodates a crew of one, or can simply be used for additional stowage. The other two guest cabins each have their own head and small shower stall.

A photo of teh Cumberland 47's aft cockpit.

The Cumberland 47 LC has a huge aft cockpit that is perfect for entertaining.


Under Way


I tested the new Cumberland 47 LC on Biscayne Bay in Miami on flat water with a steady 10-knot breeze. The Cumberland 47 LC is powered by twin 225-horsepower Volvo Penta diesels. For an additional $85,000, you can upgrade twin IPS 400 pod drives and joystick control, although with twin screws 20 feet apart, maneuvering the Cumberland 47 LC is relatively easy.

Fountaine Pajot describes the hulls as “wave piercing,” and they perform as advertised, splitting through chop while leaving the decks dry. On our test cruise, the boat stayed level and comfortable throughout our turns and twists, taking the wakes of other boats in stride. The notable thing for power boaters is that there’s no roll no matter the conditions.
Specifications
Length46'0"
Beam21'7"
Draft (hull)3'7"
Displacement31,300 lbs
Fuel capacity635 gal.
Water capacity185 gal.

Top speed with two of aboard and half a tank of fuel was 22.9 knots, but the cruising sweet spot will be more around 18 knots, where the two engines burn approximately 18 gallons per hour. The redundancy of twin engines provides peace of mind for a boat that will be cruising any great distance. With 635 gallons of fuel, the Cumberland 47 LC’s range is nearly 1,600 miles at 8.5 knots, so if you want to go slow and far, it’s possible.

Fountaine Pajot has built 2,000 hulls over three decades, so they’ve got the process down. Resin infused, foam-cored construction keeps the weight trimmed, and the hull shape is optimized to reduce drag. Fountaine Pajot claims that these power cats enjoy a fuel consumption that is 40 percent less than equally sized monohulls, and can be beached for better land access. It seems as if this next iteration of the Fountaine Pajot series (40, 47 and 50) has been well thought out and will make its mark on the power cat cruising market.

Other Choices: The Aquila 48 is a natural comparison to the Cumberland 47 LC. Asmaller option to check out is the Afri-Cat 420.

For more information, visit Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts.

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Written by: Zuzana Prochazka
Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to Boats.com and YachtWorld.com, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site, TalkoftheDock.com.
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