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The new 36m power catamaran series from SilverYachts: SpaceCat

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Georgia Tindale

Australian yacht builders SilverYachts have unveiled a new addition to their portfolio of aluminium superyachts at this year's Singapore Yacht Show: the 35.5-metre power catamaran SpaceCat. SpaceCat yachtPhoto: SilverYachtsDesigned in collaboration with legendary Norwegian superyacht designer, Espen Øino - who was also the exterior designer for the 'Silver' series of SilverYachts - this 35.5-metre motor yacht SpaceCat features a beam of 13.3 metres and is designed to be an environmentally friendly vessel thanks to its lightweight low-resistance hull form. 

“This is achieved by the high length to beam ratio of the hulls which is fundamental in reducing the wave resistance at higher speeds. The overall resistance of a displacement type hull form, whether full displacement or semi-displacement type, is composed of frictional resistance and wave-making resistance,” explains Espen Øino. SpaceCat yachtPhoto: SilverYachtsHe continues, “At higher speed the wave-making resistance is the dominant part of the overall resistance and significant reductions can be made in the power required to propel a given hull at a certain speed by distributing the hull volumes longitudinally rather than vertically which normally leads to an increase in beam to satisfy the transverse stability requirements and thus a reduction in the length to beam ratio.”  

SpaceCat has even higher length to beam ratios than the yard's previous boats, further reducing the boat's resistance and the power requirements. The yacht offers generous volumes, with an external living area boasting over 575 square-metres of space, while the interior areas span over 300 square metres. Key features on board include large outdoor entertaining areas, a pool, a large toy storage area, as well as ample deck space for a tender.

On board, guests would be accommodated across one master suite, two double cabins with ensuite bathrooms and two twin cabins (with two optional Pullman berths). Performance-wise, SpaceCat would be able to reach a maximum speed of 21 knots at full load, cruise at 16 knots and would also boast long-range cruising capability.  

Construction of the first SpaceCat will commence in May 2019 at SilverYachts' new shipyard in China which has been operational since summer 2018 and will be the main facility to build the new series of vessels. The SpaceCat will ultimately be manufactured as a production line, according to the yard, starting with two vessel builds and gradually building to a production line of over 10 vessels simultaneously.  Silver LoftIn other news from the shipyard, SilverYachts’ fifth 85-metre Silver Loft is nearing completion and is preparing for launch according to the yard, while the design team is currently working on the next project, 85-metre Silver Square, which will be unveiled in the upcoming months. 

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