New Models 2020/2021: Power Catamarans
See powercats from around the world in the third article of a series on new models.
Aquila is behind two of the year’s most exciting new powercat models and both are debuting in the US. The China-based shipyard, created in cooperation with MarineMax, will showcase both its 54 and flagship 70, which put Aquila into a new segment of the market compared to its existing 32, 36 and 44 models.
The Aquila 54 is proving the big sensation, with 18 hulls sold as of mid-August. The 54-footer has a beam just over 25ft and layout options include galley up or down, and three, four or five cabins including an eye-catching forward master cabin that spans both hulls. A skipper’s quarters can also be included.
Both models are strong performers, with the 54 predicted to hit 25 knots with twin 600hp Volvo Penta engines and have a range of 1,100nm, while the 70 is expected to have a similar range and reach 24.5 knots with 1,000hp Volvo Pentas.
The 70 has a beam of almost 27ft and like the 54, offers a range of accommodation layouts including the full-beam forward master suite, while common features include an enclosable flybridge and central stairs from the flybridge to the foredeck.
Fountaine Pajot was scheduled to stage the world premiere of its Power 67 at the Olympic Yacht Show in Greece from October 1-4, but the event was cancelled earlier this month. A sister of the French builder’s Alegria 67 sailing cat that debuted in 2018, the Power 67 has a 32ft-plus beam and is by far the brand’s largest motor yacht, joining the 37, 40 and 44.
The Power 67 is available with the galley down or in the saloon, while outdoor spaces include a 390sqft cockpit, 340sqft flybridge and sunken lounge in the foredeck which can be fitted with a jacuzzi. The owner’s suite in the starboard hull is a 240sqft ‘private apartment’ with large dressing room and an Italian-style bathroom with two washbasins.
Sunreef is preparing the world premiere of the 60 Power, which follows the 80 Power that debuted at Cannes last year and whose owners include Rafa Nadal, while a 70 is in development.
The Polish yard specialises in large, customised catamarans and the new 60-footer has an impressive beam of over 35ft, while its layout options include a galley-up version with six cabins for 12 guests plus crew cabins in both forepeaks. The 60’s superyacht strength is underlined by twin engine options that range from 300hp each to 850hp each, and a fuel capacity of 6,000 litres to 10,000 litres.
The Leopard 53 PC built in South Africa had its global debut at Miami in February followed by a first unit into Asia in March, while French builder Bali is scheduled to complete its first Catspace MY by October, although its official premiere is scheduled for next year’s International Multihull Boat Show at La Grande Motte.