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Yacht Style #47: The Multihulls Issue – Today’s Choices, Sail to Power

Yacht Style Issue #47 highlights the growing range of power and sail catamaran options, and profiles yachts, owners, leaders and destinations across Asia.

May 31, 2019 | By LUXUO

Yacht Style 47 is ‘The Multihulls Issue’ as we zoom in on the increasing range of models put out by established catamaran builders and highlight some new brands joining this growing sector.

Yacht Style magazine, Issue 47

Yacht Style magazine, Issue 47

Larger models in recent years have energised the catamaran market. Lagoon, the world’s biggest producer of cruising catamarans, launched the Seventy7 sailing model and Seventy8 powercat in 2016 and 2017 respectively, while Polish builder Sunreef followed with an 80ft sailing cat last year and will add its 80 Power at September’s Cannes Yachting Festival.

Two Seventy7s are already in Asia – for owners in the Philippines and China respectively – so the demand for superyacht-scale multihulls is certainly alive and well in this region. At the other end of the scale, Aquila debuted its smallest model, a 32-footer, earlier this year as it continues to successfully expand its range of powercats built in China.

The second Lagoon Escapade Philippines; Photo: Europa Yachts

The second Lagoon Escapade Philippines; Photo: Europa Yachts

In fact, motor yachts are arguably the most exciting development in catamarans. France’s Fountaine Pajot strengthened its motor yachts range this year with the world premiere of the MY40 at Boot Dusseldorf, before bringing her and an Alegria 67 to Singapore, where photographs taken of the new powercat feature in our Review this issue.

And hats off to its flagship Alegria 67, which debuted in Cannes last September and won accolades at January’s Christofle Yacht Style Awards in Thailand and at the International Multihull Boat Show in France in late April – before securing a place on the cover of this issue of Yacht Style!

Also from France, Catana is another leading cat builder and a new Bali 4.3 MY powercat that premiered at La Grande Motte in late April is on its way to the Philippines, which is proving a real cruising hub for cats.

A Bali 4.3 MY powercat is headed to the Philippines; Photo: Christophe Breschi

A Bali 4.3 MY powercat is headed to Asia; Photo: Christophe Breschi

South Africa’s Leopard is another popular global brand with a strong mix of both power and sail models, and a growing presence
in Asia.

With more brands entering the catamaran market in Asia – Dufour has started, Beneteau Group’s Excess is coming soon – buyers are really spoilt for choice, while other catamaran content in this issue includes a profile of Malaysia’s Nadzmi Salleh, a Lagoon and Aquila owner.

Starship Yachts’ Edwin Ho and his family history are also profiled in this issue, while Dr Achier Chung opens up about her award-winning, TV-starring work protecting the Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area off Sabah’s east coast.

Malaysian Nadzmi Salleh welcomed an Aquila 36 in addition to his Lagoon 620 sailing cat; Photo: Wan Tse / Simpson Marine

There’s also an overview of the potential benefits for yacht owners, marine tourism and the boatbuilding industry offered by plans for 
the Greater Bay Area in southern China, as well as news and reviews about many of the amazing new yachts available today, many already in Asia, plus where you can go with them.

On that note, Yacht Style Issue 48, out in July, will be our annual ‘Charter Issue’ with a colourful range of content on where and what you can charter in Asia, and at what price. We’re already excited about this issue and hopefully it gives you a whole lot of food for thought for future holidays.

Dr Achier Chung has been honoured for her work in Sabah

Dr Achier Chung has been honoured for her work in the Sulu Sea

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