A circumnavigating catamaran

Swingin’ on a Star

Swingin' on a Star is hull #3 of the Saint Francis 50 catamaran line. Saint Francis yachts are semi custom and built at a rate of 4 a year by Duncan Lethbridge's Saint Francis Marine in Saint Francis Bay, South Africa. The North American arm of the firm is run by George Godfrey in Georgetown Exuma in the Bahamas. The Saint Francis 50 was designed by Angelo Lavranos and combines good cruising manners with a fine turn of speed.



Sail Area


Swingin' on a Star has  a wonderful layout. Square beds in all of the staterooms, each with its own ensuite head and separate showers and bath tubs in the forward heads. The port aft cabin has a queen sized berth with an additional single alongside (not pictured but situated under the cockpit settee).


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Private owner's space in the starboard hull. Forward facing navigation station with plenty of room for both electronics and paper charts. Galley up facing aft to service the cockpit and the saloon effectively. The saloon settee seats 8 adults.

The helm is part of the cockpit and protected on the bulkhead. The cockpit can seat 8 adults for al fresco dining. There is a straight walk through from the transom to the cockpit and on to the saloon.

The cockpit is comfy and acts as part of the swim platform and the saloon. There is a nice cocktail table and add on dinning table. The bimini is solid and provides good protection while still giving an open feel.



The helm is part of the cockpit and protected on the main cabin bulkhead, yet offers great visibility. You can see all four corners of the boat from the seat and you can stand up without bumping your head on the bimini. Windows in the hard top allow you to see the mast head fly and sails from the helm and the port winch station.

Swim Platform

The transom steps provide easy access to the water on two sides of the bottom step and she has a nice swim platform that provides a great base for diving operations.


Swingin' on a Star has just over 26 feet of beam giving her a firmly planted feel. She offers great access to the after deck with a retractable davit system, the traveler up on the targa arch and a walk through transom.

Bridge Deck

The Saint Francis 50 provides a smooth unobstructed underbody and bridge deck clearance of 32 inches.


Her rig is well supported with lower and upper shrouds, intermediate fore stay and double diamonds. The mast is 70 feet off of the water making speed easy but bridges a problem.

Side Decks

She has flat, wide, clean side decks, 30" high life lines, and a substantial toe rail, safe for kids and dogs. Cleats are mounted outboard minimizing chafe and keeping water from collecting around attachment points.


The galley is up and aft facing making it easy to serve the cockpit or grab a coffee and some chocolate from the helm. I thought the ice maker was excessive but now it is my second favorite device (the espresso machine is the first).

Navigation Station

The Nav Station is facing forward and provides access to all of the boats information systems as well as substantial desk space.


The saloon offers great visibility and good ventilation. While nicely appointed, the Saint Francis provides easy to clean surfaces with easy access to important hull interior areas. You can see a well bolted backing plate here just aft of the center port light. The settee provides room for the entire crew to sit down to a meal and there's a handy chart storage locker under the raised platform.


Her port hull hosts the pantry with a large deep freeze and lots of storage for dry goods and other supplies. This area also houses the ship’s nautical library.

VIP Cabin

The VIP cabin is located in the forward portion of the port hull. All four cabins have private heads with good hanging locker space, as well as a sitting and dressing area.

VIP Berth

All berths are queen sized and square with shelf space for books, reading lights on both sides of the berth and a sizable hatch over head. The forward cabins also have pop out night stands.

VIP Head

The VIP and owner heads have substantial cabinet space, mirrors and bath tubs with sprayers and rain forest shower heads above. The escape hatches over the tubs make it easy to check on the anchor and can be left open in a down pour to keep the boat ventilated.

Home Theater

Swingin’ on a Star has a 5.1 home theater with a great flat panel installation devised by Saint Francis that allows the screen to pivot around for viewing in the saloon or even in the cockpit.

Aft Cabin

The aft cabins are compact but still provide dressing mirrors, hanging lockers, shelved lockers and a sitting area with outboard, aft and overhead hatches. Each aft cabin has an ensuite head, the starboard of which has a second entry for day head use.

Owners Cabin

The owners cabin is similar to the VIP cabin but includes an office area and lots of additional storage. The owners head also has extra storage forward of the bath tub where the washer/dryer is located.

Overall Length

50’ 0”

Waterline Len.

47’ 0”

Beam (max)

26’ 3”


4’ 2”

Air Draft

70’ 6”

Mast Height

64’ 0”


5’ 0”

BD Clearance

2’ 8”

Light Ship (lbs)




Mail Sail

947 sq ft


602 sq ft


1,862 sq ft

Stay Sail

204 sq ft








80 gal


222 gal


360 gal


9,500 lbs