More details on JFA Yachts' Long Island 87 have been revealed since the catamaran's sale earlier this month. The 26.3-metre model was sold to a US client by Denison Yachting with David Johnson representing the buyer and delivery scheduled for summer 2025.
The Long Island 87 is based on two previous models in the Long Island 85 series, which have already successfully completed circumnavigations and visits to Antarctica, according to the shipyard. With naval architecture by Marc Lombard Yacht Design Group, this model will differentiate itself with a more contemporary superstructure, larger flybridge and "the latest technology to ensure safe passage around the world".
Construction highlights include its wide deck (in excess of 11 metres) and expansive flybridge, which will be equipped with solar panels to supply electricity during anchorages. Accommodation is for 10 guests and four crew, including an owner's cabin that occupies "the entire width of the roof", with 180-degree views and easy access to the foredeck.
The port hull comprises the owner's bathroom, a children's cabin with four beds, and a guest cabin aft. The starboard hull comprises another guest cabin and the crew area with a skipper's cabin, crew cabin, galley, and crew mess. In an ongoing collaboration with JFA Yachts, Darnet Design will be responsible for the interior. While full details are yet to be disclosed, the main saloon has been described as "exceptionally luminous" thanks to a glass door aft and large portholes on the sides.
"We are very excited to launch this Long Island 87 project. We found this yacht to be the perfect balance between performance under sail and functional living spaces," said the client. "The Long Island 87 is the optimal proven blue water sailing catamaran available in the market today and well suited for our specific mission, to circumnavigate the globe with our family of four in unparalleled comfort, safety and luxury.”
According to BOATPro, JFA Yachts also has a 50-metre aluminium explorer currently under construction.