Happy Time, a 2010 Vision 450 catamaran, built in Cape Town, South Africa by Matrix Yachts, is an innovative, thoroughly modern, performance design and has been finished to mega yacht standards in keeping with Matrix Yachts’ reputation established by her larger cousin, the highly successful Silhouette 760. The genius and passion of her designer and builder, Peter Wehrley, is apparent in all facets of the yacht down to the smallest detail.
Three Guest Staterooms (2 Queen, 1 King)
Fresh water electric flush heads
Separate stall showers in each head
Fully air conditioned
Generator (220V with 110V converters provided)
High output reverse osmosis water maker
Internet WiFi in USVI and BVI
Her accommodations are luxurious and the volume of the staterooms is similar to those found on much larger yachts. The immediate impression upon boarding Happy Time is one of spaciousness and generous headroom (6’8″ in the salon and 6’5″ in the staterooms).
She has three staterooms for guests, two with queen sized beds and one with a king sized bed, and a fourth stateroom for her full time crew. Each stateroom has a large bathroom equipped with separate shower stalls and full sized fresh water flush electric toilets.
The yacht is fully air conditioned and has a high output reverse osmosis water maker powered by a whisper quiet generator.
Her spacious salon has the look of a high end apartment and are filled with natural light from the large forward and side facing windows which provide a panoramic view. A large flat screen TV with a DVD player faces the large settee and dining table. The galley is elegant and ergonomic and is equipped with high end appliances, including an ice maker. With the sliding salon door and the aft facing galley window open, the interior blends naturally with the outside.
The aft deck is shaded by a hard top bimini and is centered around a large dining table with seating for eight and features a built in refrigerator. Her two “sugar scoop” swim platforms make boarding a snap.
The huge forward deck is perfect for lounging at anchor and is a fun place to hang out when underway.
Even with her sumptuous accommodations, Happy Time is a true performance sailing catamaran. She traveled from South Africa to the U.S on her own hull, ticking off over 250 miles per day for 9 consecutive days. Ocean Navigator magazine says of this feat “For any boat of this size to average over 10 knots for a 24-hour period is remarkable, but to sustain that for nine days is phenomenal”.
Overall Length: 14.3m (46.92ft)
Hull Length: 12.8m (42ft)
Beam: 7.4m (24.28)
Draft: 1.15 (3.77ft)
Mast Height (awl): 19.45m (63.81ft)
Displacement: 11 tons
Main Sail: 74m2 (796.52ft2)
Genoa: 42m2 (452.08ft2)
Headroom: 2m (6.56ft)
Engines: 2x30HP Diesel
In addition to her Mainsail and jib, Happy Time carries a “code zero” light air headsail which is flown from her bowsprit and a large cruising spinnaker for downwind sailing fun.
Multifunction display with electronic chart plotter
Radar with conflict tracking software
VHF radio with DSC technology
Depth, speed and wind instruments
Bluetooth enabled Fusion stereo with interior and exterior speakers
Large flat screen TV and DVD player