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The shape of CATS to come

Published on August 14, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

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Anyone interested in seeing what the catamaran of the future looks like, should mark the following dates in their diary – 10 to 15 September 2013. For this year’s Cannes Boat Show will feature the debut of Oxygène Yachts’ revolutionary AIR 77, a craft that is conclusively a game-changer in contemporary yacht design.

Creators Frédéric Sarfati (design) and Raphaël Krepser (production) have revealed that their main objective was to create a catamaran that would blend in with its surroundings while also offering plenty of space.  Those who have witnessed the AIR 77’s truly extraordinary appearance might question whether the first aim has been achieved, but the second has certainly been exceeded.  With 280m² of living space, this is a wonderfully expansive yacht.

Passengers will be able to walk the 23.5 metres from bow to stern in a straight line, passing through the wide, 65m² living room and, on the way, enjoy the effect of the 10m² rooftop opening, which is operated by a hydraulic system.

The superstructure is fashioned from carbon with a moulded Plexiglas central open space and its clever design means that the AIR 77 feels wonderfully light and airy – the 360º view is truly extraordinary.  If you want to feel the full open-air benefit of sailing while also enjoying all the comforts of home, then this is pretty much as good as it gets.

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The helm stations have been cleverly situated under the roof opening, on the flybridge, which has been designed as an informal sunbathing and lounge area, although clients are encouraged to re-imagine the interior space and flydeck, depending on personal taste and requirements.  In fact, purchasers are invited to customise interior fittings and decoration to suit their lifestyle, although the prototype has been built to contain four main double cabins and two double crew cabins.

The AIR 77 has been designed to sit low in the water and handles wonderfully, thanks to its 2 x 260hp engines which permit a top speed of 20 knots.  Sarfati and Krepser have deliberately focused on limiting fuel consumption and this is best achieved at 42 litres per hour at 12 knots.

Its two UltraJet/Masterjet turbines, combined with its admirably low weight and modest draught, means that the AIR 77 is very easy to manoeuvre and berth, belying its generous size.

If you plan to spend a few months cruising the Mediterranean or fancy heading out to the Caribbean for a while, this very beautiful catamaran will allow you to enjoy the high-life in style.

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