With or without captain 8 people 6 berths 3 cabins

Description of Ilya's catamaran

I bought this catamaran in 2013 and we use it for family cruising every Summer. Cumulatively 1609 NM - long trip from Kröslin (Germany) to Auray (France) was performed during vacations in 2013-2018. The boat can be rented with or without a skipper. The price does not include a skipper. In the case you would like to hire me as a skipper, it will cost extra 50 Euro/day. In 2019 I plan to stay aboard of "Hippo" to accompany you as a skipper from June to end of July (perhaps also in August). Other time the boat can be rented without skipper Catalac 9m "Hippo" is a safe cruiser boat proven by time. The model was designed by John Winterbotham of MG Duff LTD in 1968 and has a similar reputation among multihull cruisers as VW Bus among the fans of camper cars. It is not designed to reach speed records but it is very strong, seaworthy and comfortable boat perfect for family cruise. It is very safe model of catamaran. Accordingly to information from the Internet, no cases of capsize were recorded for Catalac catamarans, most likely due to the lacking of the keels. Deep "V" shape of the hulls plays a role of the keel and prevents leeway, but lets the boat to "slide" before it will capsize. "Hippo" is equipped with Main sail, Genoa 2 on furling (can be replaced with Genoa 1 on request) and Gennaker. "Hippo" has a close steering cabin, 6 berths in 3 sleeping areas and saloon which can be transferred into "king-syze" bed. It can comfortably accommodate a family with two kids (in saloon) + family couple (in double cabin) + one person (in single cabin). One extra berth is also available mid starboard hull, but it is not very comfortable and usually is occupied by suitcases, bags etc. There are many lockers inside the cabin and in cockpit with plenty of space. Catalac 9m has large (about 2x4m) cockpit and Bow sundeck (with no trampolines). Cockpit is equipped with bimini top and plastic cockpit enclosure (for anchorage at rainy day). Inflatable boat with 2,5 outboard motor is included into the price. There is an equipment for snorkeling for 4 persons and 2 sets of neoprene suits (7+5mm) of L and XL size. I have also 2 sets of diving gear and diving compressor on "Hippo". However, if you want to go for diving we should discuss it separately. Two sets of fishing gear are also available. 2 bicycles are available for those who like to explore the land around (no extra payment). "Hippo" can be even used as "floating hotel" to spend some time in this beautiful and rich with culture area of France. Bed linens + towels are available for 10 € per person. Final cleaning 50 €. Boat is located in Auray at Gulf of Morbihan in Southern Brittany (France). The Gulf of Morbihan has been described as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The are other true "gems" of nature located around, like: Belle Île, Île-d'Houat, Glénan Islands. From Auray it is possible to perform a 3 days-long "One Hop" to cross the Biscay and reach the Spanish coast. If you are interested in renting this Hippo, please contact me via Click and Boat messaging. See you soon!

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  • Charter catamaran in Auray
    Charter Catamaran Catalac Catalac 9M Auray
    Catamaran Catalac Catalac 9M
    Charter catamaran in Auray
    Catalac Catalac 9M in Auray for hire
    Catamaran Catalac Catalac 9M
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  • Model: Catalac 9m
  • Manufacturer: Catalac
  • Length: 9m
  • Width: 4.2m
  • Draft: 0.8m
  • Year: 1980
  • Engine: 28hp
  • Onboard capacity - Authorised: 8
  • Onboard capacity - Recommended: 6
  • Number of cabins: 3
  • Number of berths: 6


  • Minimum rental age: 18 years old
  • Amount of security deposit: 0€
  • Fuel included in price: No
  • Schedule for check-in: 09:00
  • Schedule for check-out: 18:00
  • Cancellation conditions: Moderate

Equipment of the catamaran

    Outdoor equipment
  • Bimini
  • Bathing ladder
  • Child protection nets
  • Dining table
  • Bow sundeck
  • Deck shower
    Navigation equipment
  • Outboard
  • Outboard motor
  • Bow thruster
  • Electric windlass
  • GPS
  • Depth sounder
  • VHF
  • Automatic pilot
    Energy on board
  • 220V socket
  • USB socket
    Kitchen equipment
  • Oven/cooker
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Sink
  • Dining table
    Sanitary facilities
  • Cold water
  • Hot water
  • Bathroom
  • Toilet
    Comfort on board
  • TV
    On the water / underwater
  • Flippers, masks and snorkels
  • Fishing tackle
  • Scuba diving equipment

Location of the catamaran: Auray

Harbour: Port Saint-Goustan

Super owner

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Overall rating

  • Compliance of the boat
  • Comfort on board
  • Standard of maintenance
  • Welcome and communication
  • Cleanliness
  • Value for money


Aug. 2019

First, we had excellent support from Ilya; far beyond "welcome and reception". We nominated a bareboat charter, but agreed to his suggestion that he come aboard for the first day, and it was a good decision. He helped us get acquainted with the boat. From then on, he provided constant support by phone. The big positive feature for me was the battery power management system on Hippo. Although in our week (early August 2019), the max temp was not much above 20, so not an extreme test), we had no problems keeping the fridge (a good size) cold. In my experience of bare-boating, the fridge is a problem more often than not. As well as battery isolation (not so unusual), Hippo has solar panels and a wind generator. Navigation and trip planning in the Gulf of Morbihan is a challenge, due to the tidal range. This is why we chose Hippo, a catamaran with a draft of only 0.8m. Having two motors adds an extra dimension to potential manoeuvrability, but in retrospect, I should have sought an opportunity to add to cat twin-motor experience before starting our holiday. Of course, the alternative would be to have Ilya aboard as captain. Hippo is equipped with all necessary navigation equipment. The Navionics chart plotter was particularly useful, especially since Ilya had retained recent track history. These "purple tracks" provided an invaluable back-up for our conventional navigation. The 4/5 score for compliance largely relates to fumes from the starboard motor, but Ilya plans to rectify this. Our 4/5 score for comfort accommodates the conventional marine toilet on Hippo, but my recall of energy-draining modern head systems (and consequent problems with refrigeration), not to mention the imperative "call-out" help with head systems get clogged with toilet paper, implies the big advantage of simple, old technology! Similarly, a battery-powered anchor winch would be nice, but it's even better not to risk draining the battery. Given the availability of berths on pontoons and moorings in the area, we only had to anchor once in our solo period. Likewise, we learned how to accommodate for the lack of hot water; not really an issue in summer! Most of all, any inconveniences were more than compensated by the price of renting Hippo. Given the opportunity, we would take Hippo again.

Aug. 2018

We had a fantastic time aboard Hippo and our host was very helpful and available to speak to every day

May. 2018

We stayed on Hippo for 5 days and sailed the area of Brittany. Ilya stayed on board with us and lend a hand where it was required. In general he is a very caring host and tried to fullfil all our wishes. He also is an excellent cook and nice person to spend time with. The gulf of Morbihan is a beautiful area but can be quite challenging due to ride and currents. Hippo is a nice boat that can easily accommodate 5 people. We are already thinking about renting hippo again (in a warmer time of the year).

Apr. 2018

Our 3-day trip with Ilya on the catamaran Hippo has been one of highlights in the 3-weeks we have toured France so far. Our cruise was really unforgettable, made so by Ilya's expert planning and the sterling level of service he provided. The unique sailing vessel, and its amazing seaworthiness, supported this cruise excellently. Hippo's amenities (galley, "lounge", berthing, deck) were well suited to our needs. Ilya's professionalism and friendliness qualities are amongst the best we've seen in chartering. We chose an early season sail with chill temperatures, and with some unpredictable weather and our demanding tour schedule, Ilya made our trip work flawlessly. His flexibility on the schedule ensured we would enjoy the experience immensely. Highly recommend Ilya and his Hippo for experiencing the French coast in a way most cannot.

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