New Boats: Multihulls on the Horizon

From a trainer cat with attitude to a crop of all-carbon, high-performance cruisers, the diversity and quality of the latest new designs from the world’s builders illustrates the strength of the multihull scene
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From a trainer cat with attitude to a crop of all-carbon, high-performance cruisers, the diversity and quality of the latest new designs from the world’s builders illustrates the strength of the multihull scene.

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Gunboat 78

The third in the new line of Gunboats designed by Nigel Irens, this 78-footer shares the avant-garde styling of the 60 and 55, which are proving to be the most popular models Gunboat has yet produced. It also shares the trademark working cockpit ahead of the helm and the open-plan feel of the saloon and cockpit. The weight savings permitted by the Kevlar/Nomex foam/carbon fiber composite construction, carbon rig and fiber rigging permit a degree of luxury belowdecks that does not impinge on what promises to be blistering performance. The drawings show five cabins, each with its own heads/shower, with the crew’s quarters in the starboard hull. Downwind, the 78 can set an impressive 5,753 square feet of sail. Catch me if you can… gunboat.com

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LOA 78ft 9in (24m)

BEAM 32ft 10in (10m)

DRAFT 3ft 10in/10ft 10in (1.16m/3.31m)

DISPLACEMENT (light ship) 55,115lb (22,680kg)

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MicroKat

There’s no doubt that high-performance multis are where it’s at for youngsters, and this exciting little cat, complete with daggerboards and flip-up rudders, looks like a perfect gateway to the world of A-Class cats and Tornadoes. With its full-batten square-top main set on a two-part mast, the MicroKat is both easy to handle and rewarding to sail. The fiberglass hulls, which come in a choice of 10 colors, weigh just 45lb apiece. Each hull has two watertight compartments, and the top half of the mast is sealed for positive flotation. The kids should be climbing over each other to get their hands on this boat. At $4,750 ready to sail, it’s only a few hundred more than a new Optimist dinghy. sailmicrokat.com

LOA 9ft 4in (2.85m)

BEAM 5ft 8in (1.72m)

DRAFT 2.5in/2ft 1in (0.06m/0.64m)

WEIGHT (hulls only) 90lb (20.5kg)

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2 Oceans M60

Way down in Cape Town, South Africa, Two Oceans Marine has plenty going on. Tooling is well under way for the M60, a full carbon fiber composite build designed by Antoine du Toit for shorthanded cruising. Light, powerful yet able to be handled by a couple, the boat should reel off 250-mile days with monotonous regularity. The standard four-cabin galley-up layout still leaves plenty of space for relaxing or entertaining. Daggerboards and drum rudders with retracting blades guarantee good performance upwind along with the ability to creep into shallow backwaters. The rig is also carbon fiber, with a rotating wing mast. 2oceans.co.za

LOA 59ft 2in (18.03m)

BEAM 28ft 7in (8.76m)

DRAFT (max) 9ft (2.74m)

DISPLACEMENT (light ship) 20,908lb (9,482kg)

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Bali 4.5

Catana is renowned for building cruising cats that perform well without being extreme, and in these days of aggressive styling and reverse bows its boats look sharper than ever. Still, there remains a big segment of the sailing population that wants nothing to do with things like daggerboards, rotating masts and esoteric construction, and these buyers are the targets for Catana’s latest venture—a new range of cats aimed at the coastal cruising and charter market. First of the line is the Bali 4.5, a roomy cruiser that crams as much as possible into a 45ft LOA, including a foredeck lined with sunbathing pads, a forward cockpit, and a choice of flybridge or conventional steering station. There’s a choice of three or four cabins, each with ensuite head/shower. Long fixed keels will allow the boat to take the ground with impunity. Comfort notwithstanding, this boat is fairly light and should also have a decent turn of speed. bali-catamarans.com

LOA 44ft 7in (13.6m)

BEAM 24ft 4in (7.42m)

DRAFT 4ft (1.22m)

DISPLACEMENT (light ship) 24,250lb (11,000kg)

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Balance 526

Multihull broker, racer and author Philip Berman, who started Balance Catamarans, says the Balance 526 is “conceived for a couple or small family that really wants to go places in speed and comfort, yet carry significant cruising payloads.” Displacing less than 10 tons unloaded, the 526 certainly should have some legs. Construction is in E-glass and carbon fiber sandwiching a foam core, bound together with epoxy resin. All bulkheads are composite. The rig, with its self-tacking headsail, is laid out for singlehanded sailing, and a clever two-position “all weather” helm station lets you steer from the open air or under the protection of the hardtop. The three-cabin layout looks practical, making the most of the volume while leaving plenty of room for storage. This is a good-looking boat with some novel features. balancecatamarans.com

LOA 52ft 6in (16m)

LWL 47ft 4in (14.42m)

BEAM 27ft 1in (8.26m)

DRAFT 1ft 5in/6ft 10in (0.45m/2.1m)

DISPLACEMENT (light ship) 19,845lb (9,000kg)

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Sig 80

If you’re into cruising at 30-plus knots and have a few million burning a hole in your wallet, the SIG80 could be the boat for you. Designed by VPLP and built in South Africa, this is the flagship of the three high-performance boats marketed by Le Breton Yachts. It combines scorching performance with impeccable carbon fiber/epoxy composite construction using top-shelf materials, with weight-saving a top priority. The five-cabin interior also holds quarters for three crew and a separate dining area. While VPLP took care of the hull design and engineering, the styling and interior design is the province of Adam Voorhees, and multihull legend Bruno Peyron had a major influence on the rig and deck design. lebreton-yachts.com

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LOA 78ft 9in (24m)

BEAM 37ft 3in (11.35m)

DRAFT 5ft/11ft 2in (1.5m; 3.4m)

DISPLACEMENT (light ship) 72,750lb (33,000kg)

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Sunreef 165 Ultimate

They say nothing succeeds like excess, and if that’s the case the recently announced Sunreef 165 Ultimate will succeed excessively. The Polish company is a major player in the luxury cat field, and this new design can only enhance its reputation. Total living area—inside and out—is a mind-boggling 6,000 square feet, giving the 12 guests and (up to) 10 crew all the room they could want in which to disport themselves. The saloon alone is 1,450 square feet of lounging space, and the flybridge isn’t much smaller. The master stateroom? A cool 613 square feet, with walk-in closets, a private gym and his & hers bathrooms. Naturally a boat like this needs its toys and so there are two garages for two tenders, two jet skis, a fleet of SUPs and kayaks, a Laser, a bunch of a sea bobs and inflatable toys, and Scuba gear for eight. All that, and a projected cruising speed under sail of 25 knots… sunreef-yachts.com

LOA 165ft (50.29m)

BEAM 52ft 6in (16m)

DRAFT 10ft 10in (3.29m)

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Tan 66

A collaboration between Dubai-based multihull fanatic Xavier Bouin and leading multi designers VPLP, the Tan 66 is a striking boat aimed at the luxury performance niche. Constructed entirely in carbon fiber composites, this 66-footer is being built at Marsaudon Composites in France. The sailplan is optimized for shorthanded sailing, with a self-tacking jib, overlapping genoa and Code 0 all set on furlers, while a boom furler deals with the tall square-topped mainsail. All lines are led to the twin helm stations. There are two layouts, one with four cabins plus crew quarters, the other an owners’ three-cabin version. Each sleeping cabin has its own access to the bridgedeck. thetan66.com

LOA 66ft (20.12m)

BEAM 30ft 10in (9.4m)

DRAFT 4ft 4in/11ft 9in (1.3m/3.6m)

DISPLACEMENT (light ship) 41,900lb (19,000kg)

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Dragonfly 25

The Danish-built Dragonfly line of trailerable swing-wing trimarans is justly renowned for its excellent performance and build quality. Its four models—the 28, 32, 35 and 40-foot 1200—are soon to be joined by the new Dragonfly 25. The folks at Quorning Boats took an interesting tack with this new baby of the range, unveiling the concept drawings at the Dusseldorf show in January and inviting the public to pitch in with ideas about accommodations, rig and other features. Among those that made it into the final design are a centerboard set under the port settee to keep the central passageway clear, a removable saloon table that can also be dropped to form a full-width berth, and a self-tacking jib. Bare-bones trailering weight, including a 6hp outboard motor and sails, is a tad over one ton. Combine that with a mainsail and spinnaker totaling 750 square feet, and you’ve got a boat that’ll put a huge grin on your face. trimarans.com

LOA 25ft (7.7m)

BEAM 19ft (5.8m); folded 8ft 3in (2.5m)

DRAFT 1ft 3in/5ft (0.38m/1.55m)

DISPLACEMENT (light ship) 2,315lb (1,050kg)

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TAG 50

Kiwi Greg Young’s latest design for South African builder TAG Yachts reprises many of the ideas that set the TAG 60 apart from the crowd: the unique treatment of the saloon and galley, for one thing, and the mirror-image side cockpits for another. There are three versions of the boat, depending on how sophisticated owners want to get: the Cruise has a vinylester resin/foam core layup and an aluminum spar; the GT has an epoxy/e-glass/foam sandwich build and a fixed carbon spar; and the XR has a full carbon fiber composite hull and deck with a rotating carbon fiber spar. The three double cabins are arranged almost side by side, with the owner’s cabin situated amidships on the bridgedeck and the other two set into the hulls. tagyachts.com

LOA 49ft 2in (15m)

BEAM 27ft 6in (8.4m)

DRAFT 1ft 9in/8ft 10in (0.55m/2.7m)

DISPLACEMENT (light ship) 18,740lb (8,500kg)

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