Luxurious catamaran builders have lately moved powercats into a brand new measurement sector. Lagoon stepped up with the Seventy 8 and Sixty 7, Sunreef rolled out its 60, 70 and 80 Energy fashions, Fountaine Pajot produced the Energy 67 and Aquila joined the ‘massive cat’ get together with the 70 Luxurious, with a solar-electric model bought by Simpson Marine quickly arriving in Indonesia.
Nevertheless, Sunreef has raised the bar. Delivering on its ambitions to maneuver firmly into the superyacht sector, the Polish builder handed over the primary hull of the 100 Sunreef Power to its proprietor earlier this 12 months and plans to show the yacht at one in all Europe’s key boat exhibits this autumn.
Celebrating its twentieth anniversary since Francis Lapp based it in Poland in 2002, Sunreef continues to be on an upward spiral because it continues to develop its new 80,000sqm (8-hectare) website on the banks of the Martwa Wisla River in Gdansk on the nation’s north coast.
To maintain up with manufacturing throughout its energy and sail ranges, each customary and Eco, it nonetheless operates its unique facility within the historic Gdansk Shipyard and plans to take action for at the very least one other couple of years. It now employs 1,800-2,000 folks within the area, an astonishing determine for a semi-custom, luxurious catamaran builder.
And the 100 Sunreef Energy is not any one-off. Hull two is beneath development and is closely customised, with options together with an enclosed cigar lounge on the flybridge. General, the format can be very totally different from hull one, with six visitor cabins together with a grasp stateroom on the primary deck.
Late final 12 months, the model rounded out its trendy vary with the primary 70 Sunreef Energy launch, which joined the 80 Energy launched in 2020 and the 60 Energy launched the next 12 months.
“Catamarans will proceed to achieve increasingly more house available on the market,” Lapp says. “It is because increasingly more clients are in search of extra sustainable cruising. Catamarans are extra energy-efficient than monohulls, and you may see many bold catamaran ideas rising now. This development will keep it up sooner or later and we are going to see extra demand for bigger and greener cats.”
Sunreef’s push in direction of greener cats is led by its evolving Eco vary — solar-electric variations of its present Energy and Sail fashions. The expertise consists of Sunreef’s personal ‘photo voltaic pores and skin’ panels built-in into the composite bodywork, ultralight batteries and electrical or hybrid engines. Choices embrace wind generators, high-performance kites, and hydrogeneration techniques for crusing fashions.
Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso is awaiting hull one of many 60 Sunreef Energy, a fully-electric model with photo voltaic panels within the hulls, superstructure and bimini roof.
Alonso, a two-time F1 world champion, mentioned: “We’re extra conscious and need extra sustainability. We’ve got seen vital modifications during the last years in world mobility, and to me it makes good sense to go for an electrical catamaran. The world goes electrical and yachts must also observe.”
In actual fact, Lapp says most of Sunreef’s powercat enquiries are actually for Eco fashions. “Within the coming years, we anticipate this development to proceed and to evolve in direction of an much more vital demand for electrical yachts.”
Massive Lagoons in Asia
Lagoon, the world’s greatest pleasure catamaran builder, helped ignite the present demand for big powercats with the Seventy 8, which premiered on the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2017, following up two years later with the Sixty 7, a mannequin it plans to indicate once more at Cannes this 12 months.
Lagoon has delivered over 6,000 catamarans globally and stays the most well-liked multihull model in Asia. There are Seventy 8 powercats in Vietnam and the Philippines, and one other unit of the flagship is because of arrive in Hong Kong this summer season following a sale by Simpson Marine.
Final 12 months, Simpson Marine staged the Asia premiere of the Sixty 7 in Hong Kong earlier than the yacht was delivered to its proprietor in Taiwan, whereas the regional vendor has bought one other unit to Hong Kong. A Sixty 7 can be as a result of arrive on the finish of this 12 months within the Philippines, the place Lagoon is represented by Europa Yachts.
The 2 powercat fashions are a part of Lagoon’s ‘Huge 4’ and their sister crusing catamarans, the Sixty 5 and Seventy 7, with the builder delivering greater than 50 items of the quartet. The ‘Huge 4’ and the model’s different 50ft-plus fashions are produced in Lagoon’s Bordeaux facility, whereas it additionally builds smaller crusing catamarans in different websites in France.
Model Director Thomas Gailly says nearly 2,000 staff work for Lagoon, instantly or not directly, in numerous websites. Regardless of manufacturing challenges as a result of ongoing supply-chain points affecting most builders across the globe, he says demand is bigger than ever.
“After a slowdown in 2020 as a result of Covid, we now have an order e book like by no means earlier than. Not too long ago we’ve seen increasingly more individuals who had by no means considered shopping for a ship begin to realise their ‘house workplace’ may very well be on their boat,” Gailly says.
“The demand comes from non-public homeowners but additionally from the constitution market, as tourism returns. General, the catamaran market retains on being a really dynamic section within the business and we anticipate it to proceed.”
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