Razor Cat - Creating something new

Razor Cat

The development of the Razor Cat company is the result of Josh Hodgson’s (the founder) personal experiences on the water which include living aboard a catamaran in the Virgin Islands during his childhood to later cruising with his wife aboard a custom performance catamaran. Along with nearly 20 years of professional experience in the yacht sales industry as the owner of Anchor Yachts during which time he has paid close attention to the features and details that are most important for knowledgeable boaters. The Razor Cat designs are the culmination of those experiences.

The founder collaborated with the experienced and highly skilled designers at Schionning Designs for the Razor Cat 52 along with Crescendo Designs and Icarus Marine for the Razor Cat 38 to create these remarkable designs. To ensure that Razor Cats are built to the highest standard, Razor Cat teamed up with Pacific Seacraft who has earned a reputation as a highly skilled builder of ocean-going yachts, which they build with pride in Washington, North Carolina USA. Their passion for boat building will be evident from your initial contact, throughout the entire build process, and after you take delivery of your new Razor Cat.

Razor Cat has developed two new original designs: The Razor Cat 52 a performance cruising sailing catamaran and the Razor Cat 38 a foiling performance power catamaran. Both of these designs offer many unique features that will elevate the way you spend time on the water.

Razor Cat 52 – Performance Cruising Sailing Catamaran

Razor Cat 52

The focus of this design is elegant performance. An offshore capable multihull which is easily controlled and operated by one person from the safety and comfort of a central inside helm station, featuring 360-degree views throughout the bridge deck. All lines with the exception of the genoa/spinnaker sheets lead to two electric reversible winches located on either side of the helm. The genoa/ spinnaker sheets are handled by the two electric reversible winches in the cockpit (that can also be controlled remotely at the helm). Couples that have spent time cruising know how beneficial it is to be able to handle the boat easily while on watch without having to wake your partner. This is not possible on most catamaran designs.

A properly designed and constructed catamaran can be very fast, but only if it remains light and easily driven. This design has relatively narrow hulls with dagger boards, along with a simple powerful rig. The high bridge deck clearance minimizes pounding in a seaway and greatly adds to the comfortable motion aboard while sailing. All systems are designed to be easily accessed and maintained, a critical feature on any true cruising sailboat.

The bridge deck offers indoor/outdoor living at its finest, with excellent sight lines when sitting or standing in the salon as well as on the aft deck. While the inside helm is the control center of the boat, the large U-shaped galley is the heart of the boat. It is located on the bridge deck across from the dinette with easy access to the aft deck. The galley features a bar, under counter fridge/freezer drawers, a large workstation sink, a 30” wide stove with oven, along with substantial counter space and storage.

The accommodations in each hull are configured to provide a generous aft cabin with a queen berth that is easy to get into from the foot of the berth, along with ample storage. Moving forward is a modified queen midship berth (which folds up to reveal a work bench when needed). Next is a large forward head compartment with separate shower stall and large hanging locker. On the occasion you have additional guests, the dinette also converts to a spacious double berth.

The market has seen an ever-increasing demand for catamarans, particularly among sailors who have previously owned cruising monohulls. These buyers are looking for a catamaran that is well built, offering speed, comfort, and safety which is easy to handle while remaining a joy to sail. They also want a design that allows them to enjoy indoor/outdoor living (while underway and at anchor) in a way that is not possible on a traditional monohull. However, most catamarans on the market are designed and built for the charter market. This typically focuses on maximizing the number of berths and interior accommodations without concern of the adverse effects it has on sailing performance. The Razor Cat 52 focuses on what experienced sailors are looking for in a performance cruising catamaran.

Razor Cat 38 – Foiling Performance Power Cat

Razor Cat 38

The Razor Cat 38 is an “escape pod” for adventure cruising; providing performance, efficiency, and comfort on the water through the unique features and well thought design. The hydrofoil system is designed and built by Icarus Marine who has over 16 years of experience designing and building hydrofoil systems for catamarans.  The hydrofoil system has proven to increases efficiency up to 40% over non-foiling boats, while also significantly improving performance and ride comfort. With 400 gallons of fuel aboard you have a 500+ mile range cruising at 30 knots, with a top speed of 45 knots.

A key design element that the Razor Cat 38 shares with the Razor Cat 52 is the central inside helm station and 360-degree views throughout the bridge deck from both the sitting and standing positions. The Razor Cat 38 provides seamless indoor/outdoor living with the Vista Door, which enables the entire aft wall of the salon to raise into the cabin top when desired. This combined with the near 17’ beam creates a very spacious “single level” living space that is larger, and more usable, than most 50′ boats.

The innovation does not stop there. The cockpit has a built-in electric grill station on the port side (with a 12-volt icemaker beneath) and built in beverage fridge opposite on the starboard side. The aft cockpit seat spilts into two benches that can be relocated next to the deck steps when you want to access the transom. The transom folds down to make a large swimming platform or boarding area. The fold down transom has the added benefit that it extends beyond the end of the outboards when they are tilted out of the water which allows you to board from the transom when you are stern to a floating dock. You can also board the boat from either side with convenient side cockpit access just forward of the outboards.

The salon has a linear galley to port that spans almost 8 1/2 feet and features a 24″ work station sink, Vitrifrigo DRW180 stainless steel fridge/freezer drawers, induction cooktop and oven, along with generous storage. Opposite the galley is the settee which has a high/low folding table (when lowered forms a coffee table or a double bed). The settee seat backs can flip forward or aft facing depending on how you wish to use the seats, making the settee very versatile. The settees also have large slide out drawers beneath providing easy access to provisions. The central helm station commands the forward portion of the salon, with a large sliding hatch directly above the helm.

Each hull features a standard queen size berth with an opening hatch at the head of the berth and large hull window with an opening port, providing plenty of ventilation and light. The cabins have a generous amount of storage with slide out drawers at the foot of the berth, inboard hanging locker, and outboard storage shelves. Moving aft past the steps from the hull to the salon, you come to the head compartment and separate shower stall. Both the head compartment and shower stall have opening ports to assist with ventilation.

Forward of the salon is the systems room which is accessed by a large deck hatch that opens on gas struts. This is where the 7.5KW generator is located as well as the lithium ion batteries, inverter/chargers, and air conditioning units. This allows all the systems to be easily accessed and serviced while keeping them separate from the rest of the living area. Forward of the systems room is the comfortable forward cockpit which has storage beneath the cockpit seats. There are also large storage lockers in each bow, accessed by deck hatches and feature watertight bulkheads for added safety.

The salon cabin top features an integrated 1,000-watt solar array along with tender storage area. The tender is launched/retrieved from either side of the cabin top by a removable carbon fiber crane and an electric winch.

Razor Cat’s innovative design, remarkable performance, and exceptional build quality will bring joy to her owners and their guests. The Razor Cat team focuses on the details and strives to ensure that time spent aboard a Razor Cat is time well spent.

Enjoy the journey as well as the destination Aboard a Razor Cat!

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