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Hemisphere (Project Gemini) - The world's largest sailing catamaran

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Hemisphere (formerly Project Gemini), designed by naval architects Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) and built by Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Connecticut is on course to be delivered towards the latter part of this year.

With a length overall of 44.2m (145ft) and a gross tonnage of just under 500, she is set to scoop the record as the world's largest sailing catamaran. However, this will by no means be her only impressive credential and the team behind the project have pooled their respective talents and expertise to accomplish the execution of this groundbreaking vessel.

Derecktor Shipyards with sixty years of experience in the construction of lightweight, high-performance aluminium vessels was chosen to undertake the project from their Bridgeport facility, which is one of Derecktor’s three locations serving the eastern seaboard of the US for new-build, repair/refit and service work. Likewise, leading multihull architects Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost were the obvious candidates to lend their unique expertise to such a specialised project. The result is a most innovative design packed with creatively practical features that blend speed and stability with both space and style.

A draft of only 3m (9.8ft) ensures ease of manoeuvrability and access to ports and lagoons inaccessible to monohulls of comparable size. Decks and rig are remarkably uncluttered as visible deck hardware has been minimised and the 53m (174ft) high mast soars free of spreaders with all lines run internally. Tenders are also ingeniously stowed out of sight and the port transom houses a full watersports and dive locker served by a large hydraulic swim platform.

Destined for the luxury charter market in tropical climates, Hemisphere boasts a spacious flybridge with jacuzzi, sunpads and shaded dining along with a vast indoor/outdoor living area on the main deck. Exceptional interior volume offers a high degree of luxury without a trace of glitz and designer Michael Leach has created a relaxed elegance which is the epitome of contemporary chic. Accommodation for 12 guests is arranged in 5 comfortable ensuite cabins and the yacht will operate with a professional crew of 8.

Burgess has been appointed to manage Hemisphere’s charter programme which will commence with winter 2008/2009 in the Caribbean and charter rates start at US$150,000 per week excluding operating expenses.

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