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Rossinavi begins construction on 43m hybrid catamaran

28 September 2022 • Written by Holly Overton

Italian yard Rossinavi has announced that its Sea Cat concept, revealed during Miami Design Week in 2021, is now under construction. 

Announced on the eve of the Monaco Yacht Show, the 42.75 metre Sea Cat was born from a collaboration with Fulvio de Simoni Yacht Design and is the first project presented by the pair since Aurora in 2017. It also marks the first multihull project for the shipyard.

Rossinavi’s chief operating officer Federico Rossi said: “The idea was to create a link between nature, electricity and futurism.”

Solar energy is at the core of the build and the Sea Cat will have four modes of operation. The first is for day trips where the catamaran can cruise in full-electric mode for the entire trip; the second is adjusted for multi-day cruises, with nights spent at anchor, where the Sea Cat and can spend 90 per cent of the time in full-electric mode.

For transatlantic crossings, the yacht can spend 80 per cent of its time in full-electric mode, where CO2 emissions are reduced by approximately 40 tonnes compared to a traditional yacht of the same size, according to the yard. 

The fourth and final mode of operation, nicknamed hibernation, allows the catamaran to be self-sufficient in port thanks to solar panels and can even donate excess energy to a marina or private property.

Accommodation is for 10 in five cabins

New York-based design firm Meyer Davis will create an interior that "complements the cutting-edge yacht to bring relaxed luxury and sustainable design to its forefront," the shipyard said. The decor will take inspiration from nature, in particular the sun, the sea and sand.

Standout features include a pool in the main deck cockpit and a large forward lounge with a Jacuzzi, fire pits and a cinema. Accommodation is for up to 10 guests in four cabins located in the hulls.

The Sea Cat will sit below the 500GT threshold with a beam of 13.75 metres and a maximum draft of two metres.

Rossi added: “[The] new generation of yachts is moved by a sense of responsibility. I wanted to set the goal beyond the obstacle to build avant-garde products that better express our meaning of cruising experience, moving increasingly toward a more sustainable direction”.

Sea Cat will be delivered in 2024.

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