The segment of luxury catamarans is the fastest growing part of the nautical market. The cross-section of currently available models over 20 meters in length is just an announcement of what is to come in the future
In the last two decades, catamarans have reached unprecedented popularity, both among private owners and rental clients. From the initial models which were cumbersome and slow, a bit like floating station wagons, a whole range of interesting new models has developed, from those powered only by electricity to the fast, carbon-built performance yachts or to those close in size to superyachts.
Today, the segment of luxury catamarans over 20 meters in length is the most vibrant part of the market, and those models best represent the successful evolution of this vessel type and lifestyle. In Croatia, the presence of catamarans is primarily felt in charter fleets, and they represent the most attractive part of the charter market. The largest among them exceed in price and dimensions many luxury yachts available for charter in Croatia.
We have selected some of the largest and most luxurious catamarans on the market today, the popularity of which is evidenced by the fact that at least five new models – their larger or smaller sisters – are getting ready to debut by the end of 2022.
Among the many yards working on a multi-hull is also Sanlorenzo, one of the largest manufacturers of motor yachts in the world. In anticipation of dazzling yacht show debuts, enjoy this retrospective of the most popular luxury catamarans, heralded by Lagoon and Sunreef.
Sunreef 60 is the brand new catamaran built in 2019, offering the superior level of comfort onboard and cruising experience.
Luxury Power Catamarans
Sunreef 80 / Eco Yacht / 80 Power
Modern design, luxurious interiors and ambition to guarantee their clients a relaxing cruising experience have helped Sunreef win the hearts of boaters and the industry in a short time. Their Sunreef 80 is a prime example of their approach to sailing. Impressive hulls and a carefully designed superstructure connected to the main deck allowed the designers to create a generous interior. As fast and fun as it is, this model is still best known for her interior: 340 square meters of living space, in five cabins for 11 people.
The bow terrace is spacious, the aft platform turns into a beach club, and the fly bridge is large and so attractive you’ll have trouble getting off of it: as if a fantastic view, an al fresco bar and a galley were not enough, there is an option of installing a jacuzzi and hammock. Sunreef 80 is available with a variety of customization options, but in every version, the master cabin has a private pull-out terrace.
The Eco version has most of the hull covered with solar panels, that generate 32 kW of electricity for the electric engines. The interior can be sustainable in terms of fabrics and materials, which gives this luxury yacht a whole new dimension. Particularly interesting is the Power 80 Eco, which allows speed freaks to quench their thirst in the most environmentally responsible way imaginable. The weight to power ratio of the model is 5.2 kg / kWh, while the solar panels cover 200 square meters of her hull.
On this truly eco-avant-garde luxury catamaran, the air conditioning system is powered by direct current, as is the production and purification of water. The best version of the model has the master cabin in the bow, with an en suite and amazing sea views. The propulsion ranges from between 2 x 575 to 2 x 1200 hp, with a fuel tank of 8000 l. The latest model is Sunreef 70, whose detailed review is available on our website here.
Lagoon Seventy 7, Sixty 5, Seventy 8
With the largest and most luxurious model, Seventy 7, Lagoon have not only jumped to the very top of the market, but also offered the level of comfort we can without hesitation consider to be the culmination of the yachting experience in the SuperCat segment. With her impressive 23 meters of length, she could have been significantly less graceful in her shape, and considering her interior volume, it’s a miracle she’s this elegant and harmonious.
The huge salon has several zones; a corner for the skipper, a lounge, a dining room, all of them gathered around the central mast. The bow sundeck and crew cabins are both more generous than on most other models in the segment, and the master is absolutely sensational, fully independent and equipped with a glass frame that descends via hydraulics rising to become a spectacular private terrace.
With a maximum of 2 x 230 hp and 2800-liter fuel tank, this cat is safe to sail even without the wind, but still has a 205-square meter mainsail. Her two generators combining a total of 46 kW supply electricity to all systems. The fly is accessible via winding stairs, and large enough to install optionals like a jacuzzi or a sunbed. We took Sixty 5 for a two-day trip in the waters around the island of Šolta, and she had us fully convinced of her luxury.
The interiors were slightly more compact, but still sufficient for ocean adventures. Lagoon Seventy 8 Power raises everything on a new level, and guarantees elegant performance and up to 19 knots of speed (with 2 x 580-hp engines) and range up to roughly 4000 nm. Available with a five-cabin layout, this cat has large beds, plenty of storage space and en-suites in all versions.
The interior is huge and airy, the view stretches across 360 degrees and this supercat sleeps 16 adventurers ready to take a long cruiser around the world.
Luxury Sailing Catamarans
Fountaine Pajot Alegria 67
Fountaine Pajot will soon celebrate half a century of production of top catamarans, and their current largest model is Alegria 67. Modern and rounded bow, voluminous stern and fly, and large glazed surfaces reveal the French have placed special attention to charm, as they usually do. Different from what one might expect, FP 67 is a successful attempt to redefine life on 20-meter long multi-hull boats.
The options are many, but the one we particularly like has a galley in the left hull, and four cabins with en suites. Owners can choose the six-cabin charter version, or the master version, with a large master and two guest cabins, as well as a cabin for a small crew. In the interior, especially in the salon, the designers made an effort to make everything look more luxurious than usual, using variety of high-quality materials and fabrics.
Two large sectionals seat 12, while the galley is next to the bow exit. Fountaine Pajot have build their reputation on top performance, but the flagship of this series boasts attractive interiors to boot.
Privilège Signature 650
Privilège catamarans have been present on the market for almost forty years, but it seems that the acquisition by the Hanse Group launched them into the trend-setting group. Their new Privilège Signature 650 aspires to be among the leading luxury catamarans in her segment, which is not an easy task. Slightly curved fly carriers, panoramic windows and portholes are just some of the modern details on this brand new model.
The standard layout includes a large owner’s suite with an en suite, as well as three guest cabins. Our favorite layout places the galley below deck, allowing the cockpit to grow to unbelievable dimensions. By connecting the tables and the large L-shaped sofas that accommodate up to 12 people this space can be converted into a large sunbed.
The aft platform is able to lift a tender or jet-ski up to 600 kg, in addition to allowing swimmers easy and safe access to the water. The fly deck is accessible from the cockpit or via a starboard staircase, and the central U-shaped sofa and the adjacent table offer a great spot to socialize, especially when covered with a bimini. Two rudder seats provide the skipper with excellent visibility, and give everyone aboard a unique view.
Text Filip Bubalo
Photos Sunreef, Lagoon & Privilège Video Fountaine Pajot