Austin Parker Apycat 56. The 17-meter catamaran signed by Pininfarina


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Austin Parker Apycat 56 - Sailing
Austin Parker Apycat 56 – Sailing

From the Pininfarina studio in collaboration with De Simone Yacht Design comes a 17.6-meter multihull ready to turn the tables. It is the new Apycat 56, the latest catamaran signed by Austin Parker and created to give an innovative twist to the segment. In its lines, it is a catamaran unlike any other, almost reminiscent of the large multihulls we are seeing more and more in the market. But the spaces – huge and very livable – betray its nature.

The catamaran that thinks it’s a monohull

Austin Parker Apycat 56 - Side View
Austin Parker Apycat 56 – Side View

Stylistically, the design, starting with the profile, which is closer to that of a monohull yacht than to multihulls as we usually understand them, immediately jumps out at us. The bow of theApycat 56 is high on the water, vertical, the central body is slender, projected toward the stern, and the freeboard is descending, drawing a step that rises running toward the bow, cut by a long window that occupies the entire broadside, a profile signed Pininfarina and De Simoni Yacht Design. But the Apycat 56 is a catamaran, and the volumes and layouts fully emphasize this. In fact, even looking at the deck shows the attention paid to livability, movement spaces and overall comfort.

Austin Parker Apycat 56 – Cockpit

This is also possible because of the 7-meter maximum beam that offers a huge forward sunbathing area, with attached sofas, as well as an extremely large cockpit. At the stern, the swim platform looks like a remarkable beach area, with the added value of being mobile, thus also usable as a tender lift. But, perhaps the true centerpiece of outdoor living, is the flybridge, complete with outdoor wheelhouse and also a not inconsiderable chill area with sundeck, C-shaped sofa and piano bar.

The interior of the Austin Parker Apycat 56

Austin Parker Apycat 56 - Salon
Austin Parker Apycat 56 – Salon

The interior volumes are enviable, with the main living room intended to be the ultimate convivial area, where we find a large sofa served by a central table and a full kitchen. The sleeping area consists of no less than three cabins below deck-a full-beam master and two aft double cabins-and three bathrooms are capable of accommodating up to six total guests in total comfort.

Master Cabin
Austin Parker Apycat 56 – Master Cabin

Coming, finally, to the engine front, propulsion aboard the Apycat 56 is provided by a pair of Volvo Penta IPS 650s, for top speeds of 25 knots and cruise standards of 21 knots. Finally, autonomy is ensured by no less than 2,000 liters of fuel tank, which is accompanied by 645 liters of water tank, useful for cruises of a few days without returning to port.

Data sheet


Length f.t. LOA 17,67 m
Beam width 7 m
Full Load Displacement Displacement 28,3 t
Serb. Water Water tank 645 l
Serb. fuel Fuel tank 2.000 l
Engine Engine Standard 2 x Volvo Penta IPS 650
Vel. max (knots) Max speed (kt) 25
Vel. croc. (nodes) Cruis. speed (kt) 21
Cabins Cabins 3+1
Bathroom toilet 3
Design Pininfarina / De Simoni Yacht Design
Shipyard Shipyard Austin Parker

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