Waller 1480 by Mike Waller Yacht Design

48.5 ft cedar strip / glass cruising catamaran

Length overall48' 2"14.68 m
Waterline length46'14 m
Beam26' 3"8 m
Draft4' 2"1.28 m
Headroom6' 7"2 m
Weight17637 lbs8000 kg
Displacement22046 lbs10000 kg
Capacity8818 lbs4000 kg
Sail area1545 sq. ft.143.50 m2
Engine power2 x 50 (inboard)
Hull construction Strip planking
See also Waller 1200

URL: http://wallerdesign.com.au/wal1480.html


The WALLER 1480 Cat is truly the flagship of the Mike Waller Yacht Design stock plans range, and is a serious world cruising vessel designed to cross oceans in comfort. The emphasis is on personal comfort and crew safety, with accommodation designed for the specific needs of live aboard families, plus added special features such as laundry facilities.

The Accommodation features 3 enormous double cabins, each with vanity, hanging locker, seating and large storage areas. The optional laundry room in the port hull also contains double cabin facilities for emergency use, or can simply be a 4th double cabin. In the saloon there are two sea berths behind the settee, just forward of the mast.

The yacht contains 2 toilet facilities, both separated from the sleeping cabins for comfort. The port WC has separate toilet and shower rooms. The bridgedeck WC may be fitted out as a wet room for heavy weather sailing.

Headroom is a minimum 2 metres throughout. The main living area features a huge settee / dinette, with a huge galley in the starboard hull. A feature of this vessel is the raised Helmsman's platform, allowing clear visibility without having to peer over, around or through the turret cabin. This area can be screened for heavy weather.

Max.power is twin 50 Hp engines, although smaller engines can be used. Construction is cedar strip composite hulls, with the remaining structure built in ply for light weight and economy.

The vessel has a strong and powerful fractional rig for good performance. with an optional masthead rig. For cruising simplicity the hulls feature mini keels rather than the more complex centre boards.


The Waller 1480 is designed for strength and seaworthness first, and performance second. Nevertheless she has proven to be a fast and powerful vessel, easy to steer and manouvre even in severe conditions. This approach has been justified by the fact that a Waller 1480 has sailed through hurricane force winds with absolutely no damage to the structure.

Waller 1480

Interior layout

See also

Design Length Beam Sail area Engine power Compare
Waller 1200 Waller 1200 by Mike Waller Yacht Design
39 ft cedar/glass composite and ply catamaran
39' 4"
12 m
21' 4"
6.5 m
876 sq. ft.
81.40 m2

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