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Amasea Yachts: A new brand in catamaran design and construction is born

by Sand People 4 Feb 21:23 UTC
Tri-deck 25-metre catamaran design © Amasea Yachts

Amasea Yachts is a new yacht brand that introduces a new approach to traditional catamaran design by building in aluminum instead of fibreglass, and having three decks instead the conventional two.

Designed to cross the Atlantic without refuelling for long-range cruising and exploration, with sufficient dry and cold storage to remain at sea for up to six weeks without re-provisioning, the first 25-metre model has exterior design and naval architecture by Dr. Albert Nazarov, a specialist in high-speed catamarans.

Production will be limited, offer a high level of customisation – clients are free to choose their own interior designer – and use top quality materials for the construction and outfitting.

"I decided to go back to the drawing board when I was in the market for a 20-25m catamaran to cruise the world, but couldn't find what I was looking for," says Amasea Yachts founder Jack Wijnants. "They were all expensive, limited in how much the interiors could be personalised, and generally finished using low-quality materials. Moreover, there was very little privacy for guests, as the crew have to use the same galley facilities. The whole story started with our own requirements that could not be met by composite builders. So I decided to develop my own catamaran, and on showing it to some yacht broker friends, they told me that I should market it."

With an overall length and beam similar to the most popular industry players around 78 feet, the Amasea 84'/25m has an extra deck level and a dedicated service area for the crew. Having three decks instead of two introduces much more flexibility in terms of layout. The master suite, for example, can be on the main or lower deck and the yacht is designed with two galleys: one for guest use and a smaller one for the crew.

Amasea Yachts is setting up its own shipyard in Turkey to build the hull and superstructure in 5083 aluminum alloy. The hull will be specially reinforced for world cruising in high latitudes. Another new concept is that the interior decor is entirely up to the owner, who can engage his or her own designer. The idea is that the yachts will be finished at a shipyard in Italy or the Netherlands and negotiations are ongoing.

The first 25m unit is expected to take 18-20 months to complete, but subsequent build times will be 13-16 months with a maximum production of seven units per year. A hybrid propulsion package is also envisaged.

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