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Hydro Tec reveals 55m Mediterranean-inspired catamaran concept at the Monaco Yacht Show

12 October 2023 • Written by Dea Jusufi

Italian design firm Hydro Tec has revealed a 55-metre catamaran concept at this year's Monaco Yacht Show, inspired by the "natural and architectural richness of the Mediterranean".

The yacht is characterised by sinuous lines, an arch that stretches from bow to stern and a "floating" superstructure that "meanders and parts like a river around the discrete wheelhouse".

"Before founding Hydro Tec, I dedicated part of my career to the design of fast catamarans. I have always seen this type of vessel as a stimulating challenge, pushing me to think unconventionally," explained Hydro Tec president and founder Sergio Cutolo. "Multihulls, in general, offer fascinating architectural insights, closely approaching the spatial layout typical of residences, as well as presenting interesting technical complexities."

Full-height windows lend the interiors a bright, airy feel, while the decor is also Mediterranean-inspired – combining bold splashes of colour, "organic materials" and rustic shapes and textures. The owner's cabin encompasses the entire width of the yacht (90 square metres) and is equipped with a private balcony and Jacuzzi. Behind the cabin is a fitness and spa area, also 90 square metres, that can be repurposed as a second cabin, facing aft. 

The main saloon is integrated with VBH's "Alchimia" technology, turning natural materials into screens, speakers, or user interfaces

Each guest cabin is inspired by a different Mediterranean destination (from Santorini to Casablanca) and benefits from 40-square-metres of space and retractable balconies. Cabins have been distributed on the upper decks while crew quarters and technical rooms have been allocated inside the two hulls, in order to preserve guest privacy. The right hull is also dedicated to tender and toy transport.

With a maximum beam of 17.5 metres and ample convivial areas, the main deck has a distinct "residential atmosphere" with swimming pool, bar, Jacuzzi, fireplace and sheltered lounge space. The pool shape has also been designed to direct the gaze towards the main saloon, where a 6.5-metre window reveals a dining area and recessed seating lounge. 

An elevator services four decks, with the fifth deck dedicated to technical purposes and fitted with helipad and onboard office. The helm has also been filed away on this deck for greater discretion.

Powered by twin MTU engines and two electric motors, the yacht would achieve speeds of up to 10 knots in diesel-electric mode. 

This concept reveal follows the news of Hydro Tec's collaboration with Vittoria Yachts on its 32.5-metre raised pilothouse series, the Veloce 32 RPH.

Read More/New interior renderings of Vittoria Veloce 32 RPH revealed

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