Switch 55 (Chesapeake Bay)

Presented By Karl @ The Multihull Company

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Asking: $549,000 (USD) Location: Mathews, VA, US (Chesapeake Bay)
S/V FANTAZIA is a Mathews, VA, US based 2006 Switch 55 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.

Introducing the 2006 Switch 55, Fantazia – an exceptional owner’s version performance cruising catamaran, meticulously refitted over her lifetime and prepared for world voyaging!

Fantazia, has undergone extensive upgrades over the years, with no expenses spared. The dedicated owner has invested over $175,000 in upgrades more recently. Among the notable enhancements are complete paint job for the decks and hulls in 2017, upgraded composite standing rigging in 2017, new saildrives in 2022, upgraded Lithium House Battery Bank with A/C soft start in. 2020, and an array of other notable upgrades. For serious inquiries, we are more than happy to provide a comprehensive list detailing the entirety of the investment made in her restoration.

The Switch 55 represents a stretched and high-performance version of the renowned Switch 51. In addition to its impressive speed and enhanced comfort, the extended length grants additional interior volume, ideal for accommodating all your provisions and family essentials. This invaluable feature is a true advantage in bluewater cruising. Crafted by VPLP as a state-of-the-art performance cruiser, this dagger-boarded catamaran is constructed with a vinyl-ester foam core at the esteemed Sud Composites shipyard in southern France.

When it comes to performance, the Switch 55 surpasses its contemporaries such as the Catana 52 and Catana 58 of its era. Notably lighter and faster, she effortlessly cruises in the low to mid-teens without exertion and beats to windward with unmatched agility. In my opinion, the Swich 51 and 55 represent the pinnacle of balanced performance cruising multihulls in their time. With superior interior space and remarkable payload capacity, she outclasses performance brands in terms of space while boasting greater speed than cruising designs of its vintage.

It is well-known that producing performance catamarans of this caliber demands significant investment. Presently, the replacement value for a similar fully-equipped catamaran exceeds $2 million. However, what sets Fantazia apart is the meticulous attention and care bestowed upon her by her current owner. She stands as a near turnkey performance catamaran, tailored for the discerning buyer seeking far greater performance than what standard charter catamarans designs offer. Fantazia has already proven herself during a circumnavigation and is now fully prepared for her second voyage around the globe.

Despite her outstanding performance capabilities, comfort remains paramount aboard Fantazia. Lavishly finished interiors, spacious cabins, and a generous updated galley and salon with dual seating areas ensure a high level of onboard comfort. The owner’s suite occupies an entire hull, providing dedicated luxury. Extensively equipped for extended cruising, Fantazia boasts twin gensets, soft-start air conditioning, a water maker, washing machine, satellite communications, and many other amenities essential for extended voyages.

Currently lying at Zimmerman Marine in Mathews, VA, Fantazia is safely housed in a professional shipyard that can handle any necessary preparations for her next grand adventure.

Don’t miss the opportunity to acquire this exceptional vessel that seamlessly combines top-tier performance with unparalleled comfort. Contact us today to arrange a viewing and experience the allure of Fantazia for yourself.

Catamaran Name:S/V FANTAZIA
Model: 55
Year Built:2006
Loa:55 ft
Beam:26' 0"
Fuel Tanks:2 (58 Gallons)
Water Tanks:2 (58 Gallons)
Heads: 2
Engines:YANMAR 4JH4-TE 75 hp / YANMAR 4JHF-TE 75 hp

Catamaran Inventory


  • Keel: Lifting Keel


  • Length Overall: 55 ft
  • Beam Measure: 26' 0"


  • Total Power: 150
  • Engine Brand: YANMAR
  • Engine Model: 4JH4-TE
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 75 hp
  • Total Power: 150
  • Engine Brand: YANMAR
  • Engine Model: 4JHF-TE
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 75 hp


  • Designer: Van Peteghem & Lauriot-Prevost
  • Builder: Sud Composites Switch Catamarans, France
  • Launch Date: 2006
  • LOA: 55′
  • Beam: 26′
  • Draft: 3’11” boards up / 8’6″ boards down
  • Displacement: 15 Tons
  • Hull Material: GRP sandwich
  • Deck Material: GRP sandwich


  • 2 x 75hp Yanmar 4JH4-THE turbo diesels (engines 2009) – approximately 2000 + hrs
  • 2 new Yanmar SD 60 saildrives ~ New 2022 by Zimmerman Marine
  • 3-blade stainless steel feathering Autostream propellers
  • New starboard Autostream propeller (2018)
  • 2 x Engine bilges, soundproofed totally separate
  • 2 x 105gal – Fuel Tanks, with connections & Louvers


  • 400L water capacity in 2 tanks
  • 750L diesel capacity in 2 tanks
  • 2 x holding tanks


  • Sparcraft aluminium triple spreader mast and boom
  • Future Fibre composite cap and lower shrouds (2015)
  • Running rigging (2015)
  • Primary forestay, New, replaced 2017
  • All rigging removed, checked and overhauled by Key Rigging – 2017
  • Key Rigging of Marathon, Florida completed the rigging refit in 2017 (forestay, rods, diamonds, etc.)
  • NavTech rod rigging (Diamonds only) New, replaced 2018
  • Martingale primary cable, New 2018
  • Frederikson mainsail slide system New batten cars and new bearings – 2020
  • Stack-pack (New 2017) with lazy-jacks
  • Neil Pride furling genoa, dacron (2020)
  • Neil Pride full batten mainsail (2020)
  • Furling staysail
  • Asymmetrical spinnaker in sock (2013/14)
  • Code 0/Drifter


  • Raymarine ES 127 chart plotter display (New system 2017)
  • Raymarine ES 97 (New 2017) chart plotter helm
  • Raymarine GPS (New 2017)
  • Raymarine AIS 650 Transceiver System (New 2017)
  • Raymarine sailing instruments
  • Raymarine Quantum Q24C
  • Radar – New 2017
  • ST6001 Autopilot
  • 1x Icom VHF Salon
  • 1x Icom Handheld VHF
  • JVC CD/DVD/MP3/AUX sound system with Bose speakers
  • Main salon: New HF cockpit speakers – 2017
  • Inmarsat Fleet One Satellite System – New 2017 by Explorer Satellite, Florida
  • New Sirius Satellite Radio Antenna – New 2017


  • 2 x 3.5kva Mastervolt diesel generators, each with starting battery
  • 60L/hr Desalator watermaker (12v or 220v)
  • 220v shore power – 50 AMP cable
  • 3 x 375W solar panels with regulator
  • 900 amp LIFEP04 Lithium main battery bank (New 2020)
  • Mastervolt 80amp battery charger
  • Mastervolt 100amp charger / 2000W inverter combination
  • Mastervolt battery monitoring system
  • Daewoo washing machine new, not yet installed
  • 2 x Isotherm water heaters
  • Rebuilt both Hydraulic Steering Rams, (2020)
  • Cruise Air Marine air a/c (Domestic) 12 BTU + 16 BTU (2 total) installed by Gulfstream Marine, TX in 2017
  • Webasto 50/60 cycle 10k BTU aircon with house bank soft-start (New 2020)
  • Ton (2 units) Turbo Heat Pumps, New 2017
  • Immarsat Satellite Phone – New 2018


  • 3 cabin owners version – owner suite to port, with large double berth, study desk, ensuite forward with separate shower stall
  • 2 x double cabins to starboard, sharing a separate head and a separate shower stall
  • Jabsco Quiet Flush electric toilets
  • Very spacious central saloon, with large U-shaped galley/bar, navigation station, dining area and additional lounging area. All furniture is cored and is an elegant combination of ash, cherry, and maple wood
  • Chocolate Alcantara saloon upholstery
  • Full sets of sheets and duvets for all beds
  • Headroom is 6’7″


  • Spacious u-shaped galley with indoor/outdoor alfresco access
  • New Corian counter installed by Thunderbolt Mariine 2020
  • S/S double sink and mixer
  • Plenty of storage space
  • 115L stainless steel 12v/240v fridges with Danfoss compressors (NEW conversion to keel cooled units, including NEW compressors – 2016)
  • 90L stainless steel freezer with Danfoss compressor (NEW conversion to keel cooled unit, with NEW compressor – 2016)
  • New Dometic drawer fridge in galley
  • Black and decker 220v oven
  • New 3-burner cooker with extractor hood 2020
  • Hot Water System (off engine and electricity)
  • Seagull IV Galley Fresh Water Filter (New 2017)


  • 1500W Muir electric anchor windlass with remote at helm (2014)
  • 2 x anchors (40kg primary)
  • 200′ 13mm chain (NEW 2016)
  • 2.5m Aluminum RIB new 2020
  • 6hp Daihatsu 4 stroke outboard (New 2020)
  • Rod holders
  • Cockpit shower
  • Cockpit rear and sides (2014)
  • Cockpit clear windscreen (2014)
  • Unique soft bimini over stainless steel frame, which has tensioned trampoline underneath, so it can be walked on
  • 6 x Andersen winches (4 electric)
  • Aluminum stern arch for dinghy and solar panels
  • 2 375 Watt Solar panels yet to be mounted on bimini (2020)
  • Swim ladder
  • Cockpit table
  • Cockpit deck chairs (2016)
  • Teak decking on transoms and in cockpit
  • New trampoline sun cover
  • 2 x Upholstered loungers to go on trampoline
  • Trampoline (2015)


  • 6 Bilge pumps, one new in 2018
  • Transocean life raft
  • EPIRB 406 – New in 2017
  • Danbuoy
  • Fire extinguishers (5) new in 2017
  • Four West Marine Adult Life Vests


  • Upgraded Lithium House Battery System (2020)
  • New Composite Rigging (2017)
  • Replaced starboard winch motor (2019)
  • Starboard hull surface repaired (cosmetic) – (2019)
  • Repainted entire boat (remove mast, hardware, sand, seal, paint) by Croswalt Custom Composites, Wanchese, NC (2017)
  • New rudder bearings – 2018 by Georgetown Yacht Basin
  • Sandblasted lower hulls, rudders and daggerboards sanded, filled, new epoxy and antifoul at Georgetown Yacht Basin – 2018


  • Owner will convey the following:
  • Galley ware
  • Spare parts
  • Ropes
  • Supplies
  • Misc. tools
  • Kayak
  • C-maps
  • Manuals
  • Necessary sailing blocks
  • The following items will not convey with the boat:
  • Life vest
  • Books
  • Nav. chart plotting tools, i.e.: compass, ruler, chart plotting tools


  • 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.

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Karl @ The Multihull Company

By Karl @ The Multihull Company

When Karl was 18 he moved to Cape Town for a year to acquire his yachting license under the legendary Offshore Sailor & Clipper Skipper, David Immelman. This training further cemented Karl into sailing and eventually catapulted him into running an Expedition Yacht in the Indian Ocean & Northern Madagascar. From there, Karl gravitated back to sailing performance catamarans around the US East Coast & Caribbean, along with trans-Atlantic trips to Northern Europe. After years in the industry, Karl has garnered a great group of friends and resources which have helped him continue to be able to sail, manage, & broker vessels around the world.