Chosen by a select few owners and comprising less than 10% of the superyacht fleet, multihulls are niche products to say the least. With most multihull owners opting for catamarans, SuperYacht Times takes a closer look at a handful of the world’s largest catamaran yachts that are currently in operation today.
Asean Lady, Yantai Raffles - 88.15mPhoto: Merijn de Waard / SuperYacht TimesThe Singapore-based shipyard Yantai Raffles produced this 88-metre catamaran with a volume of 2385 GT in 2004. The yacht’s naval architecture comes from a collaborative effort between the shipyard’s in-house team and Ian Mitchell Design and was based on the ancient 'Proa' concept, mastered by sailors in the Pacific, which involves the use of parallel hulls of unequal lengths.
Hodor, Astilleros Armon - 66.2mPhoto: Clint Jenkins PhotographyBuilt in 2019 by the Asturian shipyard Astilleros Armon, Hodor is a support vessel to the Feadship Lonian and was designed by Incat Crowther who worked closely with the owner to fit his needs on this catamaran superyacht. The support vessel is designed to facilitate guest transfers to Lonian and offers extended recreational capabilities and extra crew and equipment. She can carry up to five tenders (including one of 17 metres) on her aft decks and has a fully-certified helicopter landing pad.
Charley, Echo Yachts - 46mPhoto: Echo YachtsThis catamaran by Western Australia-based shipyard Echo Yachts is a 46-metre-long support vessel to White Rabbit and has an impressive volume of 702 GT. She features a large touch-and-go helipad, dive store, decompression chamber and specialist SONAR equipment, making her an ideal support vessel for wreck diving.
Moecca, Oceanfast - 45mPhoto: Merijn de Waard / SuperYacht TimesMoecca was built in 1993. With her volume of 696 GT, she can accommodate up to 10 guests in her impressive master suite, two doubles and two twin staterooms. The ship, designed inside and out by Bannenberg & Rowell, features naval architecture by Phil Curran and can reach up to 22 knots.
Hemisphere, Pendennis - 44.2mPhoto: Jeff BrownThe 44.2-metre sailing catamaran Hemisphere was built in 2011 by the Falmouth-based Pendennis shipyard. The modern sloop can accommodate up to 12 guests and eight crew, and her naval architecture by VPLP allows her to reach up to 13 knots. Destined for the luxury charter market, she has extensively cruised, having been to 40 countries and her dive-instructor taking her all around French Polynesia.
Heysea Vista 140, Heysea - 43mThe 43-metre Heysea Vista 140 was custom-built in 2019 by Chinese shipyard Heysea. Conceived in close collaboration with her owner, who added in some changes mid-build, she's a tri-deck with a volume of 701 GT that can reach up to 15 knots thanks to her twin CAT C18 engines that give her 2002hp.
The all-French catamaran Douce France, built in 1998. The yacht, made entirely out of aluminium, is a schooner built to naval architecture and exterior designs by Van Peteghem Lauriot Provost. The sailing yacht can reach up to 15 knots or cruise at 12 knots and has twin Cummins engines for when an extra boost is needed.
Sarha, Sea Management - 42mPhoto: Maarten JanssenFirst known as Lady of the South Pacific, Sarha was built in 1988 to designs by H2 Yacht Design and with in-house naval architecture. This catamaran yacht can sleep up to 30 guests who can be taken care of by as many as 26 crew.
Royal Falcon One, Kockums AB - 41.15mPhoto: Royal Falcon FleetThis 2019-built catamaran yacht by Swedish shipyard Kockums AB features naval architecture by Royal Falcon Fleet and her exterior and interior come from the drawing boards of Porsche Design Studio. This Porsche can reach up to 37 knots thanks to her twin MTU 16V 4000 M93 engines. The yacht's many noteworthy features include a panoramic observation lounge forward of the main saloon, an exterior lounge on the main deck aft and a Jacuzzi on the sundeck.
Silver Cloud, Abeking & Rasmussen - 41mThe 41-metre Abeking & Rasmussen yacht Silver Cloud is a SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) built in 2008. This catamaran has circumnavigated the globe several times already and is an excellent expedition yacht complete with a sizeable helipad and extensive diving equipment, along with plenty amenities on board including a media room, a Jacuzzi with tremendous views and a panoramic main saloon.
Zenith, Sabre Catamarans - 40.5mAustralian shipyard Sabre Catamarans built the 40.5-metre Zenith in 2012 to designs from the drawing boards of Incat Crowther and Waterline Yacht Design. Zenith features a lavish foyer amidships and an expansive main-deck saloon and dining area, and the sundeck is equipped with day beds, a bar and a barbecue.
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