Italian design firm Luxury Projects has presented a new series of catamarans called Spaceline, developed in collaboration with UltimateCatamarans. Comprising three models, the line includes a 26.8 metre Spaceline 88, a 36.5 metre Spaceline 120 and a 45.7 metre Spaceline 150 with a view to appeal to all types of buyers.
Built primarily in aluminium and kitted out with eco-friendly propulsion solutions, the line aims to provide superyacht clients purchasing in the 55-60 metre range with a smaller and more cost-effective alternative without compromising on service or quality.
Luxury Projects is headed up by acclaimed designer Laura Pomponi, who works in partnership with Hans Konings, director of Konings Yacht Consultancy.
The team undertook all aspects of the design, including the basic naval architecture, specifications, the GA, and the interiors. According to Hans Konings, the project sprung from a blank sheet of paper with the single goal of “translating the client's vision and ideas” into the design DNA.
Each model has its own unique qualities and characteristics. “The 88 is a capable boat,” said Hans, adding that its ideal use would be day trips and shorter itineraries in island-rich regions like the Caribbean. However, a 2,500 nautical mile range means she is more than able to venture further afield.
The 88 includes four guest cabins covering 27 square metres of space, alongside a complement for a crew of five. “If you look at most 80 foot [24 metre] boats, maybe you have one or two crew members, or sometimes just one,” said Konings. Details like this are this is what ensures the Spaceline 88 can compete alongside yachts of a much longer length overall.
Meanwhile, the 120 model is extremely versatile, according to Konings. It has a transatlantic range of 3,500 nautical miles and “more facilities”, including a spa, gym and large sundeck.
It can be used for partying, families, charter or as a dayboat with Konings stating that the boat can an “old man’s best friend”.
The layout can be modified, too. “With a little bit of input from the client, we could customise it,” confirmed Konings. As standard, the 120 offers accommodation for 12 guests in five cabins.
The 150 Spaceline is the flagship of the series, and it’s one of the projects the studio is most excited about. Going forward, the team will investigate the feasibility of building with a steel hull, so that the yacht will truly be a go-anywhere. Currently, the 150 has been conceived with seven-day autonomy and enough storage for blackwater and freshwater.
The model is packed with amenities, including a helicopter landing pad on the aft. If clients choose to forego the helipad, it can be turned into an additional 65 square metres of solar panels.
The 150 offers accommodation for 12 guests in five cabins total. “It has a huge owner's cabin of 80 square metres with two balconies on each side,” explained Konings. Guests can enjoy this alfresco area as they please, with enough space for dining or enjoying “scenic cruising” while underway.
All of the Spaceline catamarans have also been conceived to be “hydrogen-ready”, meaning there is space to incorporate fuel cell technology in the future.
Organising a yard to begin construction is still ongoing, but the team hasn’t ruled out building on speculation, particularly since the explorer yacht market is "booming" right now.