Escape Cay (pronounced “Escape Key”) was launched in France in 2001.  She is a Catana 471 (47 feet long and 25 feet wide).  Catana’s have a reputation of being safe, fast, and comfortable.  Escape Cay is fast in spite of the fact she  is “loaded.”  The following is a partial list of the many extras it boasts:



  1. Fully battened main
  2. Full sized spinnaker
  3. Powered main winch
  4. All reefing on both the main and jib is done from within the safety of the cockpit
  5. Harken hardware throughout
  6. Twin dagger boards (allowing her to track upwind right alongside--or ahead of--monohulls) but can be raised for less drag when reaching or running
  7. Eight 75 watt Siemens solar panels
  8.  State-of-the-art navionics including:
    • Radar
    • Two auto pilots
    • Digital navigation charts
    • SSB radio with email capability (from anywhere on earth including far out to sea)
    • Remote controlled search light mounted on the mast
  9. Full safety package including six-man life raft
  10. Excellent "ground tackle" including a full 100 meters of chain on the primary anchor
  11. Lewmar anchor electric anchor windlass
  12. Twin 50 HP Yanmar diesels with dual, 500 series fuel filters on each engine

Creature comforts:

  1. Watermaker
  2. Central Air Conditioning (of great use in a marina)
  3. Dedicated Ice maker
  4. Full sized refrigerator and freezer
  5. Excellent ventilation
  6. Swim transom with hot/cold fresh water shower
  7. Staterooms all have queen sized bunks
  8. 5.5 KW Northern Lights diesel generator which can power the following on board equipment:
    • Microwave oven
    • Blender
    • Toaster
    • Blow dryer
    • Hot water heater