Fountaine Pajot Bahia 46 - $225,000 USD Price Reduced (or NZ equivalent)

Fast and fun to sail, the Bahia 46 is a true sailor’s catamaran

Extensively upgraded (2017-2019) - Full bottom strip in 2016 w/ fresh paint 2020

New Engines (2017), Sail-Drives and Gori Folding Propellors

New Standing Rigging (2018) - North Sails in great condition

Fully equipped for extended blue water cruising

Certified under New Zealand CAT 1 Offshore Standards

Aquabase Watermarker - 660w Solar Array - Radar 

New Zealand tax paid

Well priced - will not last long



Nautilus Yacht Management is very excited to offer ‘Bob the Cat,’ to the market.  The Bahia 46 is one of Fountaine Pajot’s most legendary catamarans ever produced and well known by serious sailors for its passage making abilities.  Chosen for her speed, stability and ease of handling, this blue-water cruiser has safely and stylishly carried her owners - lifelong sailors/racers - halfway across the globe, with their two young children.


The Bahia 46 has earned her reputation through her sailing capabilities and is a great performer.  She has a generous sail plan and, with her foam core upper hull sections and decks, she is light for a cruising catamaran of her size at 9700kg. With a high bridge deck clearance, low centre of gravity and aerodynamic profile, sea keeping is excellent and provides a fast, comfortable ride even in rough sea states. On passage, 200 nm days are easily possible with a high level of comfort aboard.


Fin keels provide good windward performance while keeping the draft at only 1.3m. It is safe and easy to dry the boat with a moderate tide for inspection or underwater maintenance.


The helm is centrally located in the cockpit, a position that enables safe watch keeping, efficient communication between the skipper and crew, and an excellent view of the sails. The high quality North Sails are in excellent condition and were installed in the Caribbean five years ago.  The fully battened mainsail, with 4 reefing points and furling Genoa, are easy to manage by a short handed crew and most sail controls are fed back to the cockpit. There are 4 large winches on the coachroof as well as a stern winch dedicated to the operation of the traveler which can also be used to assist in raising the tender. 


The massive cockpit offers ample space for sailing or entertaining and provides a large safe enclosed area while underway. Decks are open, spacious and free of clutter, making it an ideal area for children to play or to accommodate lots of guests on a day sail. Wide steps at the transoms make great platforms for swimming, fishing or launching kitesurfing gear. The large exterior table can seat 10 people and can be folded down to less than half the size to create more space in the cockpit when needed. The huge wet locker under the cockpit floor provides ample storage for jerry cans, extra ropes, water sports gear or any other outside equipment.


The visibility from inside the boat is outstanding, allowing a short handed crew to keep an effective watch while attending to navigation, cooking or other indoor tasks. The saloon is well laid out with a huge dining table that can seat 10 people. With kids on board, the owners have also found this to be a great set up for schooling, projects and family games nights.  Adjacent is the large galley with good ventilation, a view to the horizon, and its own designated floorspace so the cook can prepare meals in comfort and peace without interference from other crew members moving around inside the boat. There is generous counter and storage space, a massive dual fridge (and large 12V deep freezer located in the port hull), double sinks with both freshwater and saltwater taps, a stovetop and oven.


Accommodation is spacious and comfortable with 4 large ensuite double cabins and two additional single berths in the middle of each hull. With more than enough sleeping space available, the owners have converted one of the single berths to a storage area with shelving that can be easily removed and flat packed, if needed. One of the heads in this same hull has been converted to a laundry room with an automatic washing machine (which can also be reverted to factory layout if desired). There are also two far forward areas, originally intended as additional crew berths, that make ideal storage spaces. 


This Bahia 46 was entirely re-powered in New Zealand in 2017 with brand new Yanmar engines and sail-drives complete with a set of Gori folding propellors. The new propellors have improved sailing performance by adding up to a knot of speed! And when the wind disappears, the new engines are powerful enough to move this catamaran along at 6.5 knots or more. The engines are now broken in, the 1,000-hour service was just recently completed, and they are still in warranty. This re-power upgrade was a USD $45,000 installation and will provide many years of reliable service to come.


The yacht was hauled out in January 2020 for cleaning and new antifouling.  All underwater components were inspected and serviced including removal of rudders and replacement of rudder bearings.  An insurance survey was also completed, giving the boat a clean bill of health (available upon inquiry).



Owner’s comments


We bought Bob The Cat in the Caribbean at the end of 2014. With our two children, who were then just 4 and 6, we sailed to New Zealand via Panama, Galapagos and the South Pacific. After 2 years in New Zealand, we sailed north to Fiji then continued westwards to Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and through the Torres Strait to Indonesia.  After extensive exploration of Indonesia, we continued north to Malaysia and Thailand for the final leg of our adventure. Sadly this journey is over for us, as we return to work and school. So we are reluctantly selling our boat to continue its travels with new owners.


We chose the Bahia 46 as a good balance between sailing performance, space and affordability. Certain key design elements such as the generous bridge deck clearance and enclosed cockpit were important to maximize sailing comfort and safety, especially with children. We also loved the clean smooth lines and deck layout which not only look great but make it a very safe boat to play on. We were not disappointed, and enjoyed the lively and fast sailing performance, allowing fast passage times while always feeling safe. The boat is genuinely fun to sail, both downwind and upwind, which is not something we always hear from owners of other cruising catamarans.


One of the other key design elements that we like is that the helm station, sail controls, saloon and galley are all in close proximity. For long distance passage making this is ideal as no-one is isolated away from the rest of the crew while on watch, cooking or doing other things inside. The helm is safely protected within the cockpit area and behind the main cabin which is appreciated in foul weather.


The 4 large double cabins gave our family of 4 a ridiculous amount of space and we ended up using one cabin as a work area and washroom with the addition of a washing machine. We could also give an entire hull to visiting family and friends.


The electrical and mechanical systems are sensible, simple and accessible. The few times we have had to replace or repair things, it has been easy, even in some remote places.




Bob the Cat is a nice, clean and very well equipped example of the sought after Bahia 46 and the only one available in the Asian market.  The owners have priced the vessel competitively for an expedited sale.  In sail-away condition and equipped to New Zealand Category 1 standards (one of the worlds most stringent offshore codes) this yacht is prepared to take you anywhere in the world.  This Bahia 46 is now available for immediate handover, in the duty/tax free port of Langkawi, Malaysia. All New Zealand import taxes are paid, so there would be no additional costs for a New Zealand resident wanting to take her home. 


Please contact us at Nautilus Yacht Management for further information and to arrange your personal inspection of this beautiful catamaran and see full specifications below. Our agency has helped buyers from all around the world purchase the boat of their dreams, and a decade of working on an international platform has provided us with the knowledge to help you with all the steps of your purchase, import, delivery, registration etc. Purchasing a yacht overseas does not have to be stressful. We are here to help.




The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.







LWL: 14.00m

Beam: 7.38m

Draft: 1.30m

Sail Area: 120.96m2 (approx)

Water Capacity 800L

Fuel Capacity: 400 L

Displacement: 9,700kg

Material: Fibreglass

Keel: Fixed Fin Keels

Builder: Fountaine-Pajot (FRA)

Designer: Joubert-Nivelt

Model: Bahia 46 

HIN: FR-FPA111326404

REG #: NZ2158

Hull number: 132 built to ISO 9002 standards

Year: 2004 

Berths: 8/12


Heads: 3

Engines: Twin Yanmar 39hp

Fuel Consumption: 2.5 litres per hour per engine at 2,000 RPM

Max Speed (under power): 8.5 Knots

Cruise Speed (under power): 6.5 knots





2 Yanmar 3JH5CE (39HP)with approximately 1150 hours each side (new 2017)

Yanmar SD60 sail-drives (new 2017)

Gori two blade folding propellors (new 2017)

400L stainless diesel tank (new 2017)



Deck Hardware and Fittings 


2 x Lewmar 54 primary winches (on coachroof)

2 x Lewmar 48 secondary winches (on coachroof)

1 x Lewmar 30 traveller winch

2 x Lewmar Genoa Tracks


New canvas Bimini Top and detachable drop down clears 2018

New trampoline 2019

Jacklines for harness attachment

Exterior fresh water shower

Saltwater wash-down pump


Anchoring and mooring

33kg Rocna primary anchor (new 2017)

90m 10mm galvanized chain (new 2018)

Fortress FX-55 secondary anchor

Spare 20m 12mm chain and 80m nylon rode

Lofrans Tigres anchor winch (new clutch and gypsy 2018)

Spare 12mm gypsy

Mooring lines


Approximately 200m floating line for shore tying



Aluminium RIB dinghy 3.2 m

15HP Suzuki 2 stroke outboard

5 HP Tohatsu outboard (spare)

Dinghy anchor and line

Stern mounted dinghy davits






4 Full Cabins with Queen sized beds and private ensuite baths, large hanging closets, under berth storage, top hatch, side port hatches, LED reading lights, LED ceiling lights, fan and USB/12V charging ports

2 Crew Forepeak Cabins with single berths can be accessed from front cabins or deck hatch (these cabins are being used for storage and no mattresses are on board)

2 Sea Berths (one in each hull, there are mattresses for both but removable shelving has been installed in starboard hull for tool/spares storage)

Large hanging closet in each hull (located mid-ship)

4 Bathrooms (3 manual Jabsco heads, 1 with washing machine) all 4 bathrooms have a top hatch, side port hatch, tap/shower with hot and cold water, vanity and mirror)

90L holding tanks both sides servicing aft heads

Automatic 3kg washing machine in forward port side hull





ENO 3 burner LPG stovetop (new 2019)

ENO LPG oven

Gas Alarm

Fire Blanket

Large 300L (est.) fridge/coolbox (water cooled)

Waeco CFX 65L deepfreezer (new 2018)

2 Stainless Steel Sinks (w/ hot and cold fresh water, plus salt water faucet)

Aquabase ESW601 watermaker 60L/h 12v

800L fresh water tanks

Hot water cylinder (heated from port side heat exchanger but the 220V electric element

does not work)

Full set of cooking and baking equipment

Plates, bowls and cutlery for 12 people

Assortment of cups and glasses



Safety Equipment


Bombard 6 person liferaft (serviced 2018)

EPIRB Ocean Signal (406 GPS)

10 Harnesses

12 lifejackets

Deck jack-lines

Throwing line 40m

SOS Dan buoy auto-deploy man overboard system

2 x Life rings, 1 with drogue and light

Automatic bilge pumps in both hulls and engine compartments

2 x manual bilge pumps (cockpit and salon)

Seabrake GP30 Drogue Sea Anchor with chain and warps (new 2018)

Fireblanket in Galley

6 Fire Extinguishers

Flares, 4 red handheld, 2 orange smoke + additional expired parachute/handheld

Medaire Offshore First Aid kit with manual plus additional meds/bandages

Spotlight, Handheld LED. rechargeable 

Cutting tools, bolt cutters, axe and hacksaw

2 Radar reflectors, one mounted on rigging and one foldable

Emergency nav lights (battery powered clip)

Visual signals, Day shapes, signal flags and V-sheet

Equipped to NZ Category 1 Offshore standards




Electrics and Electronics 


660 Ah AGM house batteries (4 x 12v 165Ah Juice AGM new 2018)

Separate engine start battery (12v sealed lead acid port side engine room)

Blue Sea Systems SI-ACR starter isolation/automatic charging relay

660W solar panels mounted above davits and on bimini

Victron MPPT 75 I 50 solar controller for davit panels

2 Morningstar SunSaver-20 independant controllers for bimini panels

Victron Battery monitor

Sterling Power Products alternator to battery charger booster (new 2018)

240V shore power charger

Dolphin shore power charger (30amp)

240V inverter (800W) incorporated with fridge system

240V inverter (300W)

24” Flat Screen TV

Stereo with internal speakers


Raymarine ST60 wind, depth and log with inside repeater

Raymarine ST6002 autopilot with hydraulic ram on mini-tiller

Garmin GPSMap 720s chart plotter

Garmin GMR24 radar

Standard Horizon GX2200 VHF (new 2018)

Em-Trak B300 AIS transceiver with S300 splitter (new 2018)

Iridium GO!

Plastimo Contest 130 Compass

Electronic charts for Caribbean/Pacific/NZ/Australia/SE Asia



Sails and Rigging 


Fractional Sloop Rig

Z Spars aluminum mast with two sets of spreaders (mast height 20.29m)

Z Spars aluminum boom

3 x Lewmar 48 winches on mast

North Sails, 5 years old in great condition

Mainsail - 80m2 North fully battened with 4 reef points (serviced 2018)

Headsail - 40m2 North genoa (serviced 2018)

Primary shrouds and forestay replaced 2018 (Stainless Wire)

Profurl roller furler serviced 2018

Stack pack sail bag, good condition, serviced 2019

Doyle luff pocket storm jib (new 2018)





Assorted Hand Tools

Cordless Drill

Electrical Tools

Bosun’s chair

Stainless steel Magma outdoor gas grill

Spare parts, rope, wiring and plumbing

Extra outdoor folding seats and cushions

7 x 20L Diesel jerry cans

6 x 20L Fresh water jerry cans

3 x 20L Gasoline containers

20 m hose for washdown pump or shore supply

Deck Brushes and Buckets

Spare water pumps


Recent Upgrades




Underwater sections of both hulls were stripped back to the original gelcoat. Hulls were inspected for osmosis, had an epoxy barrier coat applied, and were newly primed and anti-fouled.




Complete re-power with brand new Yanmar 3JH5E engines. New SD60 sail-drives replaced the old SD50 units, and new Gori two blade folding props were installed. The fuel system, including the primary diesel tank, was completely replaced, and the engine compartments stripped back and all insulation completely replaced.




New bimini and added removable drop-down clear panels

New primary side stays and forestay

Serviced roller furler and the whole rig was professionally inspected. New lifelines installed throughout

Both sails were thoroughly serviced, and an ultra-deep 4th reef added to the mainsail.

New AGM house batteries installed

Sterling alternator to battery charger

New (Sunbrella) saloon upholstery

New 3kg washing machine installed in the forward starboard head.

New, additional Waeco CFX 65L deep freezer standalone deep freeze unit added

Shelves and storage (removable and flat-packable) installed in starboard companionway bunk. All are easily removable to revert to the factory layout.

Em-Trak B300 AIS transceiver with S300 splitter

Standard Horizon GX2200 VHF

New Antifouling applied 




New trampoline

ENO 3 burner LPG stovetop

1,000 hour Yanmar Service complete with mixing elbows 





Bottom clean 

Fresh Antifouling  

New Rudder bearings installed  

Insurance survey

New Flooring in salon and galley