Caracat’s new catamaran is a motorhome for the water – Robb Report
The Caracat electric catamaran is much more than a simple boat.
Indeed, the ship, manufactured by the German company of the same name, can easily be transformed into a dedicated motorhome. It contains everything you need to have a great time on the water, even after the sun goes down.
The Caracat has a patented design that features two pontoons that pivot or retract. This feature allows you to use the battery-powered craft in three ways: as a dedicated motorhome when towed on a standard boat trailer, as a catamaran, and as a floating motorhome. You won’t find many more versatile catamarans or motorhomes.
The vessel’s design doesn’t scream at you, but her GRP hull is sleek and modern. What really sets it apart are the amenities, though. Inside the elegant teak-floored cabin, which spans 28.2 feet from bow to stern, you’ll find two elegant salons with sofas. They are separated by a bathroom, which includes a shower, toilet and sink, while the aft entertainment area includes a galley with a diesel-electric hob, microwave, fridge, sink and a cooler. Both living rooms can be converted into sleeping areas when you’re ready to spend the night, whether you’re on land or water. The boat can accommodate four adults, although a pop-up tent mounted on the roof brings the capacity up to six. There’s also a Dometic heating and air conditioning unit for those days when the weather isn’t perfect, plus an entertainment system that includes a retractable LED smart TV and Bluetooth audio setup.
With its pontoons unfolded, the catamaran is 12.1 feet wide, compared to 8.2 when retracted. The extra width gives the craft more stability on the water. It is also equipped with an 8 hp Torqueedo electric motor which is linked to a 44.4 volt battery. The motor isn’t the sturdiest, but it’s good for a relaxing ride around a lake and was designed to run clean and quiet. You can, however, swap out the powertrain if you need more punch.
Caracat has yet to announce pricing for its watercraft, but you can contact the company through its website if you’re interested. We don’t imagine it will be cheap, but at the same time you get a catamaran and a motorhome.