Joubert-Nivelt 52 (Caribbean)

Presented By Alexis @ The Multihull Company

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Asking: $189,000 (USD) Location: Simpson Bay, SX (Caribbean)
S/V Arawak is a Simpson Bay, SX based 1997 Joubert-Nivelt 52 Catamaran For Sale By Broker
This catamaran owner requires financial settlement only. No trades.
Responses to inquiries may come from a broker, and this sale may include brokerage fees.


This spectacular Joubert Nivelt 52 catamaran is a proven day charter cat that has established itself as a high-end, sport excursion in the Leeward Islands. She was originally built for the Route du Rhum singlehanded transatlantic race. More recently, she has illustrated herself in the local regattas (Heineken Regatta, Voiles de St. Barthelemy, Caribbean Multihull Challenge, Caribbean 600). She is the boat that always seems to get through the demanding trade wind courses intact. Everything on this light (10,000 lbs), sporty cat is optimized for performance, yet she is sturdy and robust. She sails in the mid to high teens easily and tops 20 kts in the right conditions. Check out the video attached to get a sense of her speed.

She is run by passionate, professional sailors who know the best equipment, the best materials and perform the maintenance to keep her running at a high level. This high performance cat sails year round. It is not idle in a marina waiting for the next equipment failure; it is continually perfected. And she has paid her way doing day charters.

If you are looking to run a high-end charter business and continue the racing tradition, this is a cat to consider. It is fast, tough and sturdy.

Sailing History:

Built in 1997 by Quentin Pascal. Sailed in the Route du Rhum of 2008. Has been run as a day charter/racer for the last 9 years.

Service and Refit History

  • This vessel underwent a major refit in 2014, including but not limited to:
  • New rig
  • New topside paint
  • New trampoline
  • New engines
  • New electric system and wiring
  • New running rigging
  • New sails
  • The boat has been hauled annually for sanding and repainting of anti-foul with PETIT VIVID white.
  • Minimum 3.5 layers.
  • A professional crew has maintained the vessel since its relaunch in 2014.
  • New sails from 2021 and 2022.
Catamaran Name:S/V Arawak
Year Built:1997
Builder:Quentin Pascal
Loa:52 ft
Beam:28' 0"
Draft:6' 0"
Fuel Tanks:2 (100 Gallons)
Water Tanks:1 (100 Gallons)
Cabins: 2
Heads: 1
Engines:2 x Yanmar 3YM 30 hp
Engine Hours: 830 / 835
Sails:Mainsail -Ullman Fiberpath, 79m2, 2021 + Ullman Fiberpath, 79m2, 2014
Jib -Ullman Fiberpath 32m2, 2022
Screecher -Ulmann, 120m2, 2015

Catamaran Inventory


  • Length Overall: 52 ft
  • Max Draft: 6' 0"
  • Beam Measure: 28' 0"


  • Total Power: 60
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 3YM
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 830
  • Engine Power: 30 hp
  • Total Power: 60
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 3YM
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 835
  • Engine Power: 30 hp

Yacht Specifications

  • Brand: Custom Built Joubert-Nivelt design
  • Model: Catamaran 52 feet
  • Designer: Joubert-Nivelt
  • Year: 1997
  • Hull material: GRP & Kevlar
  • LOA: 52 feet
  • Beam: 28 feet
  • Draft: 4ft dagger-boards up/ 6ft dagger-boards down.
  • Displacement: 5 tons (10,000 pounds)
  • Bridge deck clearance: 4 feet main beam

Hull and Deck

  • Arniston winches – 3 x 42ST, 4 x 46ST, 3 x 52ST
  • Danforth aluminum primary anchor (chain -50ft braid with 25 ft 5/8 s/s chain)
  • Danforth aluminum secondary anchor (chain – three strand braid w/ 15ft s/s chain)
  • Trampoline: knotless Dyneema, 2014
  • (2) Escape hatches, Goiot
  • 6 x inflatable fenders, 60cm x 150cm

Sails and Rigging

  • Mainsail -Ullman Fiberpath, 79m2, 2021 + Ullman Fiberpath, 79m2, 2014
  • Jib -Ullman Fiberpath 32m2, 2022
  • Screecher -Ulmann, 120m2, 2015
  • Aluminium mast, single spreader fixed. 60ft
  • Aluminium bowsprit, 6ft
  • Traveler -Antal track, Harken
  • Standing rigging -Cap shrouds 16mm Dyneema, 2014; Lower shrouds 14mm Dyneema, 2014;Forestay is rod rigging, 2014
  • Running rigging -Gleistein ropes Megatwin, 2007; Dyneema core with polyester jacket; Various from new to 8 years old
  • Sunbrella stack pack with Dyneema lazy jacks
  • Antal slides with felt inserts

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing

  • Twin Yanmar 3YM 30hp engines
  • SD20 saildrives
  • Flexofold folding propellers x 2 + 1 fixed bladed propeller
  • Cruising speed: 8 kts under power, max speed 10kts
  • 50W Solar panel
  • 2 x 40W Alternators
  • Jabsco manual pump toilet

Electronics and Navigation

  • Raymarine Chart plotter A65
  • Raymarine Depth sounder
  • (2)Raymarine i60 wind speed displays
  • Garmin VHF 210 AIS
  • Analog gauges for battery monitor system
  • Plastimo compass

Safety Equipment

  • Plastimo coastal life raft, 2 x 8 pax 2019
  • 6 x Rocket flares, 2 x Orange smoke, 4 x red handheld
  • 16 x Adult bright orange lifejackets
  • 1 x Lifering with line, throw rope and upside down light
  • Ditch bag includes:First aid kit, flares, bungs, blankings
  • Basic first aid kit
  • ACR EPIRB, 2019
  • 6 x Rulemate electric bilge pumps, 1100
  • 1 x Movable manual bilge pump
  • Basic tool kit
  • Fog horn canister

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    Alexis @ The Multihull Company

    By Alexis @ The Multihull Company

    Alexis grew up racing dinghies in the waters of Brittany, France. He immigrated to the United States as a young man and developed his interest in offshore cruising and racing in New England and the Bahamas. Alexis began his professional yachting career as a charter captain sailing the storied seas of French Polynesia on a Fountaine-Pajot Marquises 56 catamaran. There he developed a talent for sharing and communicating his love for bluewater sailing to his worldly guests. More recently, Alexis spent ten years managing Nautor’s Swan Charters, a high-end charter company with over fifty Swans based in the Caribbean, New England and the Mediterranean. While at Nautor’s Swan, Alexis coordinated sales of new yachts through the French defiscalisation program. He later instituted a successful yacht sales and management program to develop the fleet in non-French territories. This experience gave him substantial experience in the many facets of yacht sales and brokerage in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. Alexis is bilingual English-French. He was educated in the United States and has worked in the US, Europe and the Caribbean. He has sailed extensively on multihulls and particularly enjoys performance cats.