The Sanlorenzo catamaran is coming. And if Sanlorenzo also starts to produce maxi catamarans then it means that the future for two-hull motorboats is bright. The CEO and major shareholder of Sanlorenzo, Massimo Perotti, 59 years old, announced in an article in the Italian newspaper Corriere Economia, after months of rumors that are at an advanced stage of study at the unit Bluegame a revolutionary maxi catamaran that will allow – says Perotti – to reduce energy consumption and emissions. The bet will be to make it also beautiful and elegant.
Sanlorenzo, listed on the stock exchange since the end of last year, has realized that the multihull not only has definitely “eco” characteristics but is beginning to be appreciated by top customers, those who can afford a yacht. One of the outriders was certainly the tennis player Rafa Nadal who last year had a Sunreef 80 built by Sunreef, a leader in the production of large catamarans, abandoning his previous monohull maxi yacht.
It is no coincidence that the large group of yachts, the German Hanse (which also owns the brands Moody, Dehler, Fjord, Sealine), has just purchased the shipyard Privilege which has recently launched its first motor catamaran, Euphorie 5 of 15 meters and is already thinking of expanding its range upwards.
The first shipyard to launch a range of maxi catamarans was the French Lagoon, owned by the French company Beneteau, the world leader in the production of pleasure boats, which already four years ago launched its first maxi, later enriched with two other models. Today it produces the motor catamarans Lagoon 630 of 19 meters, Sixty 7 of 20 meters and Seventy 8 of 24 meters. The Lagoon’s interiors and design are the work of the Italian Nauta Yacht, luxury nautical archistars, who designed the largest pleasure boat in the world, Azzam of 180 meters.
The other competitors
In the war to conquer the promising market of large motorized maxi catamarans there are also the French Fountaine Pajot, leader in the sailing ones that launched a 68 foot (21 meters), the Fountaine Pajot MY 68, there is then the American Eagle with a 70 foot (22 meters) that is built in China, less luxurious but very efficient.
Why the two hulls
In addition to the lower consumption compared to a monohull, catamarans have another advantage: for the same length, they have a space that is between 65 and 70 percent larger (catamarans are not twice as wide as a monohull of equal length). This counts for a lot and the visual impact is striking: you climb aboard a 40′ and you find the square, the forward cockpit and the forward cockpit or sundeck that you have only seen on a 60′. On the contrary, the bow has practically the maximum beam, so to have the same space in front of the deckhouse you have to go on an 80’… it’s clear that something like this is striking.