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Cruising in Style: A Journey Aboard the Knysna 500SE Catamaran

5 Compelling Reasons to Tour the Knysna 500SE at the Annapolis Sailboat Show 2023

The Annapolis Sailboat Show is renowned for showcasing some of the finest sailing catamarans in the world; so, if you're in the market to purchase a new catamaran you’re not going to want to miss Just Catamaran's first ever showcase of the new Knysna 500SE. This South African masterpiece has been making waves in the catamaran community, and for very good reason. If you're looking to enjoy tranquil evenings sipping a cocktail while floating under a star-filled sky with all creature comforts of modern living, schedule a private tour with Just Catamarans, the exclusive North American dealer for Knysna Yacht Company.

1. Expert Craftsmanship Designed for Sailors

Expert Craftsmanship Overseen by Knysna Yacht Company's Owner

The Knysna 500SE, a fully loaded 50-foot cruising catamaran, has earned a stellar reputation for its exceptional craftsmanship. From the modern and sleek hull design and 3-4 cabin layout options to the suite of custom luxury interior finishes, the craftsmanship put into this catamaran reflects the dedication to excellence that Knysna is known for. When you step aboard the 500SE, you'll immediately be greeted by superior build quality unmatched by any other catamaran in its class. The 500SE not only looks beautiful but since she was designed and built by sailors, safety, performance, maneuverability, and stability are all at the core of the production process. From vacuum-bagging technology on its hull and deck construction, adding compressive strength and stability, to an industry-leading 3' 11" draft allowing you to get into those tough-to-reach anchorages, you just won't find a more well-thought-out sailing catamaran anywhere at the Annapolis Sailboat Show.

2. Spacious and Elegant Interior

Master Hull of the Knysna 500SE

One of the many standout features of the Knysna 500SE is the interior. Everything inside this catamaran is designed with extended bluewater cruising and everyday comfort in mind. The saloon is inviting, well-lit, and voluminous while maintaining the elegance and convenience that every 50' catamaran should embody. The cabins are generously sized, providing ample room for you and your guests to relax and unwind while the saloon features custom upholstery, floorboards and fabrics, high-end finishes and trim throughout, LED lighting, and an entertainment system that'll blow your mind. Whether you're on a weekend getaway or living aboard on a circumnavigation, the interior of the Knysna 500SE will make you feel right at home.

3. Innovative Design and Technology

Garmin Electronics on the Knysna 500SE

Knysna Yacht Company doesn't rest on its laurels when it comes to design, technology, and innovation, and it shows on the 500SE. From its sleek lines designed for performance and aesthetics to its cutting-edge Garmin electronics and navigation system, this catamaran is a testament to modern cruising. Knysna also provides several power options, so you choose between a standard 24v or 48v upgraded Integral system. As if advanced power technology wasn't enough, the revolutionary design of this cat offers all the privacy you'd expect along with natural light afforded by the iconic Knysna window designs and sliding hatches, all while maintaining situational awareness using advanced navigation, electronics, and power systems. Sitting at the intersection of functionality, design, and innovative technology, the Knysna 500SE delivers to the adventurer, the enthusiast, the leisurely, and everyone in between.

4. Overall Performance and Sailing Capabilities

Knysna 500SE emblem on the side of the catamaran

For many sailors performance is paramount, and this catamaran will not disappoint. The 500SE offers an exhilarating sailing experience, combining speed, agility, and stability. Whether you're racing, taking a leisurely cruise, or circumnavigating as liveaboards, the 500SE's performance capabilities will leave you wondering how they did it. Her massive 800 square foot Dacron main combined with its 538 square foot radial cut Dacron genoa provide this catamaran with a base performance of about 9 knots. On top of that the sky is the limit, with options to add a screecher in addition to both symmetric and asymmetric spinnakers with dousing sock and top-down Karver furler options available. The sail plan combined with the hull design of this sailboat drives industry-leading speed and performance, and is one of the many reasons the Knysna 500SE has become one of the most sought-after boats to visit at the 2023 Annapolis Sailboat Show.

5. Standard Equipment with an Array of Upgrade Options

Solar upgrade option on the Knysna 500SE sundeck

In today's world, standard features with available options are paramount when building a new sailing catamaran, and Knysna's menu is second-to-none. The standard equipment you'll experience on a private 500SE tour at the Annapolis Sailboat Show will blow your mind. From the standard stainless leather-wrapped helm with the ability to upgrade to carbon, to the 57HP Yanmar diesel engines you can upgrade to 80HP, the options are virtually endless. Are you a techie and into state-of-the-art electronics? Knysna offers a whopping 16 additional Garmin upgrade options to its standard electronics and navigation package. For those focusing on off-grid power options, upgrade your solar to achieve as much as 2,000 watts directly out of the factory, with up to 1,150 Ah in advanced lithium battery power on a 24v power system. And with a starting price under USD $1.2M with standard equipment, you simply won't find another 50-foot catamaran at the Annapolis Sailboat Show with this much luxury, functionality, and value in a single package.


The Annapolis Sailboat Show is an extraordinary opportunity to explore some of the finest sailing yachts in the world, and the Knysna 500SE stands out as a true gem amongst them all. With its exceptional craftsmanship, spacious interior, modern design, impressive sailing performance, and commitment innovation, it's a yacht that deserves your attention. Don't miss the chance to step aboard the Knysna 500SE and experience firsthand why it's the talk of the sailing community.

To book a private tour of the Knysna 500SE click here to make an appointment or contact Scott Mayer at (813) 601-5243 or

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