The Eclipse 99 was developed by Richard Woods from his earlier Sagitta
The extra length gave the opportunity to provide accommodation better suited to
spending long periods aboard.
His designs all feature wide beam and high bridge deck clearance The trampoline
forward keeps weight away from the bow
Catalyst was built to provide comfortable and safe cruising and the layout,
construction, and engine installation all reflect this aim. This has resulted in
a boat which is heavier than the design anticipated and therefore cannot be
considered a ‘racing’ catamaran.
Catalyst has sailed from England to Gibraltar, to Sardinia via Majorca, to Italy
and Greece as far as Kos, and back.
The twin propellers give excellent manoeuvrability enabling the boat to be
turned almost in her own length. Engine controls are mounted on the coach roof
to give maximum visibility