T-2000 Voyager, the 50-knot catamaran for extreme cruising (21.4 m)

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T-2000 Voyager

Catamarans, villas on the water ideal for enjoying the peace of calm tropical bays rather than picturesque sunny shores. Comfortable, spacious hulls whose ultimate goal is often maximizing comfort and a relaxing vacation. Forget all that. There is a newcomer on the catamaran market, and it has little to do with the idyllic weather conditions we are all thinking about-although it offers everything we need to enjoy those as well.
Safehaven Marine
, in fact, has designed a 21.4-meter catamaran designed as a true bluewater, a catamaran to go anywhere and in any condition. Top speeds of more than 50 knots, range of more than 2,500 nautical miles, attractive design including a hydrofoil, and all the necessary amenities. It is the T-2000 Voyager, the new cruising catamaran designed to tackle even the most extreme journey.

T-2000 Voyager

To understand on the fly what the l T-2000 Voyager is made of, it is a case of taking a step back and looking at who designed and built it: Safehaven Marine. The Cork (IRL)-based company is, in fact, among the “biggies” on the front end of building Pilotines, SAR (Search and Rescue); Patrol Vessels and Interceptors, for both the Naval and Military sectors. A business that has given her as many as 25 years of experience in building hulls capable of handling even the worst situations. And from this experience draws lessons from the new T-2000, a catamaran designed for those who, when cruising, want to be able to go anywhere. After all, in addition to performance, there is no shortage of comfort on board, with as many as 3 cabins, 6 berths, lounges and sundecks

T-2000 Voyager

T-2000 Voyager – Exterior

The T-2000 Voyager is not the classic canonical catamaran, and that much is clear. You only have to look at it to see that. Sharp, sleek lines, high forward plumage, balanced, however, by an inverted lower section, surface propellers–the look is not everything, but it generally says a lot about the type of use. And here, undoubtedly, the look is enough to understand the “adventure” capabilities of the T-2000. Do not, however, be misled. Because if, in order to get where it’s going, the T-2000 can take on hundreds and hundreds of miles in rough seas, it doesn’t mean it then lacks comfort. Closer examination shows that.

T-2000 Voyager

The stern welcomes with two distinct accesses to the water and/or docks, one per hull, with convenient protected stairs to the cockpit. Here we immediately notice a small retractable plank, which leaves the step above the water open. Why? For surface propellers, not just below. Of course, when the propellers are stopped, the step returns to its place. Just in the cockpit, on the other hand, comfort asserts itself, immediately offering a large J-shaped sofa with expandable center table and a cooktop with sink and barbeque. Here, again in the cockpit, we also find a 250-pound crane for lifting the tender, as well as ladders for access to the small fly.

T-2000 Voyager

Through protected walkways, bypassing the pilot-house, one enters the forward spaces, where the mezzanine section between the hulls is yes shorter than the hulls (to prevent waves from crashing into the deck), but still spacious enough to provide a convivial area with a C-shaped sofa and center table. From here, through a hull hatch, two separate forward rooms can be accessed, one intended as a storage space, the other equipped to be a workshop.

Interior

The focus of life aboard, on a catamaran capable of ranges from 1,000 to 3,000 miles, is necessarily distributed along all spaces, thus accommodating the different needs as well as the different contingencies presented by the weather. At the main deck, therefore, we find a large convivial space. On the starboard side, as soon as you enter, the galley comes to life, developed on a U-shaped layout and complete with countertops, storage spaces, refrigerator, freezer, stove, and sink. Beyond, also on the same side, an ergonomic seat with seat belts overlooks the navigation station, complete with digital on-screen instrumentation.

Salon on the main deck. Note the kitchen in the back corner

On the side opposite the kitchen, however, the area designated for dining and conviviality comes to life. Here, a large sofa with table furnishes the space, facing toward the kitchen where, moreover, a hideaway TV set is hidden. Just beyond, a second circular table is served by a lounge sofa, creating a small convivial area flanking the wheelhouse, placed instead in the center, just aft of the windshield. Here, at the dunnage, special glass allows views of the hydrofoil below.

View of the living room from the kitchen corner

Shifting attention below deck instead, the boat center and portion of the starboard hull are first and foremost dedicated to the owner’s cabin. This has a large double bed, a sofa with a desk, intended as “office space,” a closet for storing clothing, and an en-suite toilet with shower. In the starboard hull, however, two additional cabins come to life, a double cabin with toilet, desk and third single berth, and a small forward cabin with private toilet, the latter accessible, however, from the outside.

Layout of the sleeping area

Design and Performance

Coming to the performance-related front, first and foremost is the design of the water lines. 21.4 meters long overall, 17.95 meters at the waterline and 6.25 at the maximum beam, the T-200 Voyager is a hull designed to cope with even stormy seas, be able to take on long crossings, and be able to travel at high speeds (30 kn) even in formed seas. In light of this, design follows function. The bow, as we saw, is perhaps the first striking element. In fact, the forehand is divided into two sections, one inverted, to better cut through the wave and lengthen the LWL, in the lower section; the other, the upper, more traditional design, high, to make it easier to get out of the wave if sailing with stern seas, thus also reducing spray.

T-2000 Voyager underway

Added to this is the choice to set back the central body of the hull, relative to the bow. Solution that avoids impacts with the sea, as well as favoring the center of gravity and improving the efficiency of the Hydrofoil. Because, yes, the T-2000 is equipped with Hydrofoils, employed here to provide lift and reduce submerged surface area. Mind you, this is not, however, a foiling hull, but a hull with high planing efficiency, an efficiency also achieved by the adoption of surface propellers, one per hull, driven by 2 MAN V12 engines, for top speeds of even more than 50 knots. Finally, in terms of range, the range is no joke, with the following numbers confirming it: 1,000 mn at 30 knots, 1,5000 mn at 16 kn, 2,5000 mn at 10 knots, and, finally, as many as 3,000 mn at 8/9 knots. An impressive capacity that makes it, as intended, a bluewater not to be underestimated.

T-2000 Voyager – Data Sheet

Length Over All (LOA) 21.4 m
Length at Waterline (LWL) 17.95 m
Maximum beam 6.25 m
Fishing (empty) 1.25 m
Light Displacement 29.5 t
Normal Displacement 34 t
Full Load Displacement 39 t
Motorization 2x MAN V12 1550 hp
Propulsion Surface propellers France Hélices SD5
Maximum Speed 50+ kn
Cruising Speed 30/40 kn
Bow Thruster Yes
Stern Thruster Yes
Fuel Tank Capacity 5,000 lt. – 11,000 lt
Fresh Water Tank Capacity 400 lt.
Autonomy 30 kn > 1.0000 mn

16 kn > 1,5000 mn

10 kn > 2,5000 mn

8-9 kn > 3,000 mn

Cabins 3
Sleeping places 6
Design Category (EC) A
Contact safehavenmarine.com

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