JFA Yachts sells Privilege S8 by Long Island catamaran sailing yacht
by Simon Hardie
The new Privilege S8 by Long Island has been sold by JFA Yachts. The 26.25 metre semi-custom catamaran project has been designed by naval architect Marc Lombard and will be built at JFA’s shipyard on France’s Atlantic coast.
The S8 by Long Island is the sistership of the successful Long Island 85 Windquest that was launched in 2014. The most notable additional design feature of the S8 by Long Island is the fly-bridge hard top, which comes with a removable isinglass (clear vinyl) enclosure. When the vinyl panels are in place the space can be enjoyed even in cold conditions.
The hull will be aluminium, while the deck and superstructure will be built out of composite material. The yard claims that the “S8 by Long Island offers more space and comfort than any yacht of her size”.
The large aft cockpit is connected with the interior saloon. An indoor seating area and dining-room leads out onto the exterior deck, which also features seating areas and dining table, as well as sun beds and a day head.
The full beam owner’s cabin can be reached by going down a few steps forward of the saloon. This wide space even has its own private deck up some more stairs forward of the cabin.
The starboard hull of the catamaran houses the crew quarters, with the galley and mess as well as accommodation for four crew. It also contains a twin guest cabin. Another guest cabin can be found in the port hull along with a three bed children’s cabin to provide berths for up to nine guests.
A notable feature of the S8 by Long Island is the reduced draft of just 2.24 metres, allowing access to many of the worlds best anchorages. Twin 380 horsepower Yanmar engines will drive the yacht when there is no wind, while a lifting platform on the aft can be used to launch the 4.8 metre tender.
Delivery for the Privilege S8 by Long Island is expected in 2017.