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Fact file: seven things you didn't know about 68m ShadowCat Wayfinder

6 March 2024 • Written by Holly Margerrison

Reportedly owned by the former managing director of Microsoft, Bill Gates, the 68.2-metre Incat Crowther support vessel Wayfinder is instantly recognisable by her multihull design and blue helipad, which doubles as a sports court... 

Delivered in 2021, the second Shadowcat builds on the capability of the shipyard's flagship catamaran, Hodor, which was delivered in 2019. Able to carry an armada of watertoys and transport guests between helicopters and tenders, Wayfinder is for charter with Edmiston for €375,000 per week plus expenses, and is the perfect stand-alone charter yacht or shadow vessel for an ambitious itinerary. Here are seven things you didn't know about the world's largest ShadowCat, currently moored in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico...

1. She is one of the world's largest floating playgrounds

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At 68 metres, Wayfinder pips its 66-metre sistership Hodor to the post in terms of size and is packed with the same attention-grabbing amenities. The support vessel is a treasure trove of toys but is also kitted out with the usual suspects – Jet Skis, water skis, wakeboards, Seabobs and snorkelling equipment – as well as diving equipment located in its dive compressor. She is capable of carrying a helicopter and five large tenders.

2. The hulls are dedicated to service areas

Wayfinder's hulls are dedicated to service areas, including waste management, laundry, workshops and stores. The support vessel meets the IMO’s latest Tier III emission guidelines and comprises four decks with accommodation for 12 guests across 11 cabins, including nine single cabins and two twin cabins, each equipped with en suite facilities. There is provision for an additional two occasional workers in a twin cabin in the crew quarters.

3. There is a dedicated crew of 19-20 

One of Wayfinder's staff cabins
The staff lounge with an interior by Oliver Design

There is a dedicated crew of 19-20 yacht crew on board, including Master Mariners, RYA Yachtmasters, a dive instructor, deck medic, ex-military and Merchant Navy officers and engineers, Royal Yacht chefs and interior crew. With a team of dedicated professionals and explorer-friendly toys, Wayfinder is optimised for excursions to surrounding islands and below the sea. 

4. She can be booked as a charter yacht in her own right or to accompany a mothership

Built at the Astilleros Armón’s Burela shipyard in Spain, Wayfinder exists as both a charter yacht in her own right and as an accompanying vessel to a mothership. The yacht can provide transfers between helicopters and tenders and has a heli-lounge where guests can wait for their helicopter transfer. The main deck is dedicated to tender and toy storage, while accommodation is found on the upper deck. There are also two areas for dining featuring sea views.

5. The large open aft deck is multifunctional

The large open aft deck is built for function and fun. A bird's eye view of the support vessel will reveal an expansive space, characterised by a blue floor and unmistakable H – serving as a certified helipad for arrivals and departures and doubling up as a pickleball court for charter guests.

6. She has a gym on the water's edge

A fold-down transom reveals a fully equipped gym with direct access to the sea; images revealing free weights, machines and a punching bag for boxing. Located on the lower deck portside, the fold-out beach club allows guests to work out by the water's edge with impressive sea views. 

7. She is capable of worldwide operation

Excluding Ice Zones, she is capable of worldwide operation and her 14.4-metre beam and draft of 2.4 metres permit close coastline navigation. Dan Mace, technical manager of Incat Crowther, described Wayfinder as boasting "ultimate flexibility and operational efficiency." He added: "The high speed and low fuel consumption are impressive. The design offers a stable platform for the safe transfer of guests from a helicopter, via tenders. The hull provides a 70 per cent increase in stability for loading and off-loading its equipment and tenders."

Wayfinder is available to charter with Edmiston with a weekly rate from €375,000. She is available for charter at the F1 Grand Prix

LOA: 68.2m
Beam: 14.4m
Draught: 3.5m
Speed (max/cruise): 20/14
Power: 2 x MTU diesel engines
Gross Tonnage: 1737 GT
Passengers: 12 guests + 2 occasional workers
Crew: 30
Price from €375,000 per week for charter

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