New Zealand based boatyard Yachting Developments are nearing completion on build number YD66, a 100ft Sailing Catamaran. YD66 also known as “Q5,” is on schedule to be launched early June 2012. Measuring 100ft (30.48m) in length and a staggering 48 feet (14.63m) in beam the vessel is being built to stringent GL class survey requirements. Naval architecture and exterior styling is by Auckland based Warwick Yacht Design.Construction is high strength light weight post-cured epoxy Eglass/Carbon fibre incorporating foam sandwich technology.Photo: Yachting Developments
To increase efficiency during the build process and assist in future maintenance, the vessels structural design features large “Soft Patches” located on both hulls inside topsides allowing direct engine room access during construction and for long term maintenance. Powered by two 455hp C7 Caterpillar engines, Q5 is expected to cruise between 12-14knots under power. The generators are Kohler and the custom deck gear is by Yachting Developments. The winches and furlers are by Harken, and the captive winches are by Onboard System NZ. The thrusters and standing rigging are manufactured by OYS.Photo: Yachting Developments
The carbon fibre mast is being built by Southern Spars NZ while sails are by Doyle NZ. Onboard water toys include a Hobbie sailing Catamaran, 7m outboard powered catamaran tender, Water Vehicles, kayaks, plus a spa pool in the foredeck.Photo: Yachting Developments
The interior is designed by Redman Whitely Dixon with a brief to incorporate both modern and traditional furnishings with a light color palette. Accommodation consists of an owner’s cabin located on the main level with direct access to the foredeck and spa pool area. The lower deck has two double cabins and one twin cabin along with a children’s den which includes two storable berths.Photo: Yachting Developments
The lower deck forward is home for the crew while further aft on the lower deck is home to the Captain and guest cabins. The main saloon and bar areas are located on the main deck and an enclosed all-weather pilothouse is located on the upper level.
Owners representation has been provided by Newport based Marine Construction Management (MCM).
Once launched, the owner intends to enjoy the vessel with family, cruising throughout different parts of the world.