The new Fountain Pajot Saba 50 has optimized its livability, usability and comfort for up to 10 overnight occupants and perhaps 40 on a daysail. Now, that’s entertaining. Between the dual sun pads on the bow, the large transom seat aft, the cockpit settees and the flybridge lounge, 12 people could be prone with another dozen seated and nobody would feel crowded—and that’s just outside, not counting anyone in the interior saloon or in any of the cabins.

Fountaine Pajot saba 50

There's plenty of room to roam, on the Fountaine Pajot Saba 50.

Up top, the helm station alone has seating for three. The wheel is separate from the working or control station with its row of winches (electric is an option) which is ideal to give the person managing the sails room to work without disturbing the helmsman. A singlehander will need to step forward to work the winches, leaving the wheel behind him or her.

Forward on the main deck, there are two sunpads and built-in lockers just aft of the trampoline. Aft in the cockpit, there’s a side lounge, a dinette, and an additional transom seat. Four separate parties could be going on onboard without any of them disturbing the other. For anyone with kids or teenagers or for someone who likes to entertain large and diverse groups, this is an ideal configuration.

The Saba 50 is available with two layouts. The Maestro is the owner version with four cabins and four heads. The master stateroom is in the port hull with another smaller cabin forward. The Quintet charter version has five staterooms plus a captain’s cabin, each one with an en suite head. Privacy is the order of the day.

Fountaine Pajot also recognizes that most of the dining aboard catamarans takes place al fresco so the main dinette is in the aft cockpit with the primary lounging settee inside in the saloon. A wide glass door separates the outside from the inside, but the two are on the same level, which integrates the spaces and eases movement between them.
Sail Area1,518 sq. ft.
Displacement34,600 lbs
Fuel capacity248 gal.
Water capacity185 gal.

The Saba 50 replaces the Salina 48 and bridges the gap between the wildly popular Helia 44 and Fountain Pajot’s “Flagship” catamaran series that includes models like the Sanya 57. It’s likely to be successful with both owners and charter companies, because one would be hard-pressed to find a cat in this category that can accommodate more people in greater comfort.

Other Choices: The Leopard 48 is another sailing catamaran in this size range designed for comfy cruising.

See Fountaine Pajot Saba 50 listings.

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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 and, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site,