This new range of solar-powered catamarans aims to replace superyachts – Robb Report
Catamarans aren’t always the most luxurious ships, but a German company hopes to change that.
Ultimate Catamarans has partnered with the Italian firm Luxury Projects on a new line of multihulls designed to provide sailors with all the comforts of a superyacht. Even better, each cat is equipped with the latest green technologies to ensure a cleaner cruise on the high seas.
The Spaceline range includes three models of different sizes, including an 88ft, a 120ft and a 150ft. Each ship sports a lightweight aluminum hull that the company says is as stable and sturdy as an SUV.
Each model is equipped with a hybrid propulsion system consisting of solar panels and batteries. It’s no different than the system featured on Silent’s range of solar-powered catamarans. The team says the cats will also be “hydrogen ready” and may incorporate fuel cell technology in the future.
The Spaceline 150 is the flagship offering. A real master key, it promises seven days of autonomy at sea and could eventually be equipped with a hull made of glacial steel. With a volume of 640 GT, it offers an interior of approximately 4,300 square feet and an exterior of 7,500 square feet. She sleeps 12 in five cabins and sports a giant helipad aft that can accommodate an EC135 or even an Agusta 109. Think of her as a catamaran cruising with an explorer.
The Spaceline 120 is perhaps the most superyacht of the trio. It comes with lavish amenities, like a spa, gym, and terrace. The layout can also be customized according to the tastes of each sailor. As standard, however, the 3,700 square foot interior houses five staterooms. In addition, the ship boasts a transatlantic range of 3,500 nautical miles.
Presented as a pocket catamaran, the Spaceline 88 is the smallest of the three but still very powerful. With a volume of 270 GT, it offers nearly 2,000 square feet of interior space, four guest cabins and room for five crew members. She also has a range of 2,500 nautical miles.
Interestingly, there are already a few big players creating sleek catamarans: Sunreef, Rossinavi and Silent, to name a few. Hey, who doesn’t love a little friendly competition?
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