A perfect example of how catamarans can help to maximise the living space available, Spirit has the interior volume you might expect from a 45 metre monohull. Her unconventional looks will make her stand out from the crowd in her new home of Australia, but Spirit is just one of many striking multihull superyachts to have hit the water in recent years.
When she was launched in 2011, Hemisphere was described as the world’s largest sailing catamaran and with an LoA of 44.2 metres, this is hardly surprising.
Built for American owners who had previously chartered a catamaran in the Caribbean, this British yacht was a bespoke project by Pendennis. Fully kitted out for diving, Hemisphere’s port hull contains a dive centre capable of refilling both air and Nitrox tanks.
This multihull superyacht is built from a GRP and carbon fibre composite and is capable of a top speed in excess of 28 knots. The interior, designed by Latitude Yachts and Jean-Jacques Coste, features an owner’s cabin and two guest cabins.
With an LoA of 42.5 metres and a sleek Kevlar and GRP exterior, this space-age design is every bit as out-of-this-world as its name suggests. Power comes from a single 1,150hp Caterpillar C18 engine for a top speed of 22.5 knots, with a 110hp Yanmar diesel in each of the sponsons for added manoeuvrability.
No list of multihull superyachts would be complete without a model from Sabre Yachts. The Australian yard has launched many multihull passenger ferries over the years, but in 2004 they produced a 40.5 metre superyacht for export to the USA. Originally named Star 7, she was later renamed Zenith and put up for sale in 2012 after the original owner passed away.
Popular among commercial buyers, SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) designs are becoming increasingly sought-after by private clients due to their internal space and sea keeping abilities. The most prominent example of this is the Abeking & Rasmussen designed Silver Cloud, a 40.54 metre SWATH that was launched in 2008. The torpedo-shaped submerged hulls contain the engines and as a result the vibration levels on board are significantly reduced.
Catamarans make an excellent base for ocean explorers, with the wide beam ideal for launching submersibles. Launched in 2009 by New Wave Catamarans, C-Quest is a 25 metre multihull that boasts its own SEAmagine Deep-C submarine. What’s more, the folding radar mast means you can land a helicopter on the upper deck. Recently sold, C-Quest was priced at $2,250,000.
Launched in 2004, this Chinese catamaran from Pride Mega Yachts may look like a vision of the future, but the inspiration for Asean Lady is actually ancient. The twin hulled 88.15 metre yacht is based on the proa design that has been used for more than 2,000 years to build fishing boats in the Pacific region. Her stability was put to the test in December 2004 when she survived the Indian Ocean tsunami while moored off Phuket.