This 52m catamaran from VPLP pushes performance further by simplifying structure and reducing weight. A direct-to-crew-area hull door improves crew efficiency and a full deck span Owner's private terrace creates a new-generation Owner's cabin area.
Compared with their mono-hull cousins, we believe catamarans benefit from better performance, better stability, more comfortable proportions in the common areas and a significantly lower build cost ( /m2 of floor space).
This project is a further evolution of our conviction. We simplify structure to reduce weight and thereby improve performance even further. We’ve introduced new points of entry with a direct-to-crew-area through-hull door to reduce working footfall in the guest areas and improve crew efficiency. There is more natural light falling in the interiors but without the accompanying heating of the sun. Across the main deck span there’s a wide private owners terrace with sole-to-ceiling glazing making for a stunning owners cabin area.
All our catamaran projects benefit from VPLP’s unrivalled experience in designing the world’s largest catamarans. They also benefit from our work designing the latest world record-breaking mono-hulls and multi-hulls where performance and structure are tested to their limits (In 2013 – of the 11 world speed and distance achievements recorded that year (WSSRC), 7 were in VPLP designed boats).
All of us in the Paris office have fond memories of working with Pendennis on the beautifully built Hemisphere. We were breaking new ground building such a large sailing catamaran and I was impressed with the professionalism and cheerfulness of the Pendennis team when dealing with the inevitable challenges a complex project such as this brings with its many “firsts”. The larger project presented here marks an evolution in our thinking about very large catamarans – simpler in some senses and yet a yacht which stretches the boundaries of performance and possibilities even furtherMarc Van Peteghem