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In-build: Profab Engineering opens up about The Beast

New Zealand yard Profab Central Engineering has released the first in-build images of its 39.5 metre tri-deck catamaran project, which is currently referred to as The Beast.

Due to launch in early 2019 and available for charter shortly afterwards, this all-aluminium design features naval architecture and exterior styling by LOMOcean. As the photos below show, the completed hull was recently turned, allowing the yard to move onto the fit-out stage.

Captain Andy Grocott told Boat International: “The project is going well and is on schedule for an early 2019 delivery. We’ve just passed a significant milestone of turning the hulls over.

"A key feature is the ability to launch and retrieve a 13 metre sportsfish yacht to be able to easily take a serious fishing boat to distant atolls and other far-flung destinations where towing or transporting are not viable options.”

The Beast makes good use of a broad 12 metre beam to offer plenty of space on board, with a total interior volume of 495GT. The owners will be developing the interior décor in collaboration with New Zealand studio Oceania Interiors.

Accommodation is for up to 12 guests split across five staterooms, including four double cabins that are convertible into twins and one twin cabin with Pullman berths. Meanwhile, the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to ten people.

Other key features on board The Beast include a 9.3 metre amphibious tender, a 4.5 metre rescue boat and a teppanyaki-style barbecue on the upper deck.

Power will come from a pair of Caterpillar C32 engines and The Beast should have an impressive cruising range, drawing on a total fuel capacity of 76,000 litres.

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