Catamaran For Sale -- Manta 40 (Florida)

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Asking: $220,000 (USD) Location: Fort Myers Beach (Florida)
S/V Salty Paws is a Fort Myers Beach based 1996 Manta 40 Catamaran For Sale By Owner
This catamaran owner requires financial settlement only. Trades will not be considered.

S/V Salty Paws is a Fort Myers Beach, Florida, based 1996 Manta 40 Catamaran for sale by owner. Manta catamarans were built in Florida from the late 1990s to the late 2000s. The Manta is unmistakably recognizable from a distance with her trademark high bows and a massively curved integrated forward crossbeam.

This is a true blue water vessel which is comfortable, spacious and a real pleasure to sail. Tons of solar that powers all refrigeration and DC without the use of the engines. Water maker.  Solar shower for constant hot water.  Hookah suface-supplied air snorkeling system. Comfortable owner’s cabin port-side with walk in shower. Bridge deck cover serves as water catcher. 

She sleeps 4 comfortably in 2 staterooms on queen-sized beds. A third cabin is available forward sized for a standard bed. The main salon on the bridge deck contains a well-equipped kitchen area, top-loading refrigerator/freezer, nav-station, electrical panels, dining area, and entertainment center. Layout includes a saloon and galley in the pod; the port hull has a queen-sized berth aft and a shower and head forward, while the starboard hull has two berths-one queen and one double-separated by a smaller shower and head. Six feet in height can be carried to the center of the pod, and 6 feet 4 inches can pass the length of each hull. There are sturdy handrails placed throughout, and it’s an easy climb down into the hulls from the pod. Six deck hatches and nine smaller ports provide good ventilation.

The Manta’s broad, 21-foot beam and narrow hulls spread beneath a “spaceship” pod are typical of French cat design. Her width is intended to give her stability against the lateral press of sails, and her narrow hulls are designed to slice rather than plow the water. The length but not the interior of the Mantas has been growing-a good sign that the builder, Pat Reischmann, concerns himself with the Holy Grail of cats: low weight, especially in the bow and stern, where loads produce pitching. The Manta has grown a pleasing stern with sugar-scoop, step-down transoms. The transoms are cut away inboard at the waterline for easy access from the dinghy. She also benefits from a strengthened hull, made with Nida-Core honeycomb and vacuum-bagged and reinforced with unidirectional

Eglass at high-stress points. Some cat builders use lighter, higher-tech, and more expensive materials like foams and aramid fibers, but the Manta builders have tried to strike the balance between solid construction and cost. Manta hulls have moldedin keels that carry their draft to 3 feet 8 inches.

For the downwind main, a Dutchman boom brake slows powerful or accidental jibes. The boom vang, a fully battened main, and the Camber Spar jib (a curved boom within the jib) limit twisting and flogging for more power, safety, and, again, ease of use.

Lithium batteries. 2-zone air conditioning.  Amazingly fun when underway with Brazilian cotton hammocks on the bow and cockpit used to relax in while underway.  Last detailed survey and haul out was completed August 3, 2021. Bottom has been consistently cleaned every 4 weeks. Scheduled for bottom paint January 2022. 

The salon area has access to the helm, and the port and starboard hulls. The bridge deck contains the kitchen/galley, navigation station, electrical panels, refrigerator/freezer, dining/settee area, entertainment area, wet locker, and storage cabinets. The kitchen area has a built-in Corian sink countertop, 3-burner propane range/oven, drawers, and cabinets. The navigation station has a chart-sized hinged countertop with chart storage beneath.

Hull, deck, and bulkheads constructed of triaxial, biaxial, and unidirectional fiberglass with vinyl ester, isophthalic resins, and Divinycell composite foam cores (hull and deck) and Nida-core (sub-soles and bulkheads) that were all vacuum bagged. 

Manta catamarans have developed and maintained a loyal following of knowledgeable cruisers. These yachts are known for their sound construction, excellent performance, and ease of sailing by one person.

Owner is a Navy combat veteran with 200T MMC credentials, a blue water sailing instructor, and as such, takes pride in the vessel. Offered for sale as is.

Catamaran Name: S/V Salty Paws
Model: 40
Year Built: 1996
Builder: Endeavour Catamaran Corporation (Clearwater, Florida)
Designer: Manta Enterprises / Pat Reischmann
Construction: Hull, deck and structural bulkheads are composite construction, utilizing isopthalic and vinylester resins, multiaxial and unidirectional E-glass, polypropylene honeycomb core, and vacuum bagging. The hull is solid fiberglass below the waterline. Both hull and deck are constructed in one piece and bonded together.
Loa: 39 ft 8 in (12.8 m.)
Lwl: 39' 0" (11.9 m.)
Beam: 21' 0" (6.4 m.); 53% LOA
Headroom: 6'0" - 6' 4" (1.93 m.)
Draft: 3' 8" (1.12 m.)
Displacement: 16500 lbs. (7500 kgs.) / 13,500 lbs. (6120 kgs.)
Mast Height: 59' 6" (18.2 m.) standard / 63' tall rig version
Bridgedeck Clearance: 2'5" (min)
Speed: 8
Holding Tanks: 30gal
Cabins: 3
Heads: 2
Galley Location: Up
Engines: 2 x Yanmar 30 hp
Engine Hours: Port Engine (1079); Starboard Engine 1084
Fuel Consumption: 0.7 gph
Sails: Main, self tacking jib, spinnaker

Catamaran Inventory


  • Exterior finish white gelcoat
  • Hull, deck, and bulkheads constructed with Nida-Core
  • Collision bulkheads with watertight compartments in bow, and stern.
  • Deck hardware reinforced with aluminum
  • Fiberglass fin keels molded integral with hulls
  • Twin high-density foam/fiberglass rudders with 2” dia. solid stainless-steel shaft


  • Port side as an Owner’s cabin with queen bed
  • Owner's private head complete with master shower
  • Starboard quarters feature a rear cabin wqueen bed
  • guest head with separate shower
  • forward cabin with twin bed


  • Very spacious air-conditioned salon
  • L-shaped seating arrangement that seats 5-7 i
  • Nice, rotating all wood (pine) 2x bi-fold dining table that opens up to make a 6' x 2.5' dining surface.


  • Very functional u-shaped galley
  • Corian countertops
  • twin stainless steel sinks
  • propane stove
  • microwave.


  • Cabin house and deck are one unit molded FRP
  • Cockpit enclosure of teal-Sunbrella type canvas
  • Strataglass clear vinyl windows.
  • Bench U-shaped seating along aft cockpit
  • Removable cushions of grey mesh-type fabric.
  • Canvas and clear Strataglass plastic curtains surround the flybridge


  • VHF: Standard Horizon PS2000 at mounted at helm.
  • Standard Horizon IVHF mounted at nav station.
  • 18" RADAR dome mounted on aft arch
  • Furuno RADAR Display
  • Garmin GPS receiver, mounted on aft arch
  • 15" touch screen multifunction chart plotter display
  • Brooks & Gatehouse autohelm located at helm.
  • Raymarine. Shoot-thru depth transducers
  • One (1) 4" Ritchie compass mounted at helm.
  • Kenwood SSB HF transceiver radio mounted at navigation station, with port side shroud antenna.
  • Kenwood HF Antenna
  • JVC KD-R530 AM/FM/CD/Aux stereo receiver,

Navigation Equipment

  • Furuno radar with 1623 LCD display with 18" dome mounted on aft arch.
  • Garmin GPS receiver, mounted on aft arch.
  • 15" touch screen chart plotter


  • 12 VDC. Two (2) group size 27 Gel starter batteries
  • 400 AH Lithium LiFePO4 battery bank for house
  • Perko rotary battery switch for each engine battery.
  • Stbd Engine Battery Switch.
  • PANEL: Overcurrent protection circuit breakers
  • Main Electrical Panel
  • Circuit breakers with round lug connectors,
  • Alternators on main engines, marine grade battery charger, solar panels.
  • Xantrex True Charge 40+. Size: 40 amp marine grade 110 VAC charging system (battery charger) located behind main electrical panel.
  • Alternators on main engines, no readable tags.
  • Plastic double sided terminal block with captive lugs,
  • Solar panels mounted on cockpit roof (total 970w)
  • Victron Energy solar charge controllers MPPT
  • Two (2) 30 amp shore power inlet connections,
  • Shore power cords consist of one 50', 30 amp
  • One (1) 30 to 50 amp adapter
  • AC source selector switch (manual rotary type)
  • Shore/Inverter w manual selector switches for shore or ship power.
  • X Power 1750 Plus Inverter

Sails & Rigging

  • Aluminum, oval, deck stepped mast w US Spars.
  • Single swept spreader rig.
  • Shrouds and stays comprised of combination of 3/8" and 5/16" stainless steel wire rope.
  • Aluminum boom with vang, US Spars.
  • External chain plates bolted to hull.
  • Harken winches: #40 (2 speed) - One (1), #44 (electric powered) - One (1). Operated and serviceable.
  • Full mainsail (Mack Sails)
  • Camberspar jib. Good condition. Serviceable.
  • Teal colored Sunbrella type canvas stack-pack type sail covers. Jib cover stitching loose and seams pulled apart leaving sail partially exposed when stowed.
  • Mainsail has six (6) full battens. Jib has three full battens.
  • Mainsail tack in good condition with two reef points in mainsail.
  • Mainsail, Camberspar jib, spinnaker in sock.

Deck & Hull

  • Eight (8) opening metal framed portlights,
  • Bulkheads reinforced bonded with FRP
  • Reinforced, FRP, "ice Cream Scoop" transom.
  • BILGE: A smooth off white painted surface was used in the bilge area.
  • Cockpit made of FRP composite construction reportedly cored with Nida-core, with white non-skid surface.
  • Stainless steel stanchions and cable lifelines, running forward along both sides, with boarding gates port and starboard.
  • Stainless steel pulpits consisting of a stanchions and rail system, with seat, at bow of each hull.
  • Molded FRP 1" wide toe rails, part of deck layup.
  • Ventilation provided by portlights and hatches topsides and deck consisting of a total of Six (6) metal framed hatches with Lexan type lites and screens: Four (4) 20" square, two (2) 16" square.
  • Opening companionway door screen.
  • Six (6) stainless steel 10" inch cleats, two (2) forward, two (2) mid, and two (2) mid aft.
  • Four (4) FRP deck boxes mounted along stern rail.
  • Deck surface is molded in non-skid.
  • Opening, gasketed FRP hatches for storage access.
  • Two rows of life lines,
  • Stainless steel anchor platform with anchor roller.
  • Dinghy davits integrated into aft RADAR arch
  • Cabin house and deck are one unit molded FRP
  • Various stainless steel fittings and hardware sighted.
  • Cockpit area enclosure of teal colored Sunbrella type canvas with Strataglass clear vinyl windows.
  • Bench U-shaped seating along aft cockpit with pedestal seat at helm.
  • Removable cushions of grey mesh-type fabric.
  • Canvas and clear Strataglass plastic windshield curtains surround the flybridge helm station.
  • Six fenders, numerous dock lines
  • Surface supplied-air shallow water diving system
  • Raw water wash down hose bib, with coiled hose,
  • Demand type 12 VDC pump.

Engines & Mechanical

  • two (2) Volvo Penta model MD2030B diesel engines
  • Mechanical lever/cable type throttle controls at helm station.
  • Power ventilation blowers in engine spaces.
  • Fresh water cooled with stainless steel risers
  • Low oil pressure alarm and coolant over heat warning
  • Freshwater reservoir type cooling with raw water cooled wet exhaust.
  • Plastic raw water strainers with sight glass.
  • Raw water seacocks are Marelon ball valve type.
  • Two (2) Volvo Penta sail drives.
  • Aluminum fuel tank 100 gallons.
  • Fuel lines and fittings USCG grade type A1.
  • Racor filter/water separator


  • Type I USCG approved, adult size PFDs: Four (4).
  • Type II USCG approved, adult size PFDs: Two (2).
  • Type V USCG approved, inflatable adult size PFDs: Four (4).
  • Type IV USCG approved throwable device (cushion): One (1).
  • Three (3) USCG approved, portable B:C size 1
  • 12 gauge Day/night visual distress signals. Expiration date: Aug. 2022.
  • Hand held mouth air horn.
  • Electric air horn.
  • Power exhaust blowers
  • Port and starboard navigation lights with white stern light.
  • Inland navigation rule book (12M-39'4" OR LONGER):
  • "No Oil Discharge" plague properly displayed in engine spaces.
  • Trash disposal placard properly displayed in main saloon area.
  • Fixed Halon automatic fire extinguisher, one each, located in engine spaces.
  • Search light.
  • Carbon Monoxide detector.
  • Two (2) centrifugal type 2000 GPH bilge pumps with automatic float switches, one (1) in each hull bilge area.

Anchor & Docking

  • Automatic one-way 12 VDC electric windlass, Maxwell 1000 with deck switch located near windlass.
  • Stainless steel anchor platform with anchor roller.
  • Three (3) anchors: 1) Rocna 20 Kg. mounted on bow anchor platform, 2) Fortress FX23 fluke style stowed on port rail, 3) Fortress FX55 storm anchor stowed in forward deck locker (disassembled).
  • Anchor rode consists of approximately 100' of 5/16 galvanized chain with approximately 200' of 1" three strand nylon line.
  • Additional three strand nylon line for rode sighted stowed in forward deck locker.


  • Solar shower.