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Award winning designers unveil new trimarans

Published on February 16, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

Award-winning Shuttleworth Design has just announced two additions to its trimaran range – a 32m and a 70m.



The family-run agency, comprising dad John Shuttleworth and son Orion, swept the boards at the 2013 ShowBoats Design Awards with its fantastic 42.5m trimaran – Adastra. (We wrote about it here).

This futuristic superyacht, built by McConaghy Boats, was designed with two main goals in mind – amazing fuel efficiency and brilliant seaworthiness – and it smashed them both.

Astonishingly, Adastra will travel halfway around the world on a single tank of fuel (10,000nm to be precise) and you can be sure that you won’t spill a drop of your G&T in the process as the outriggers ensure the trimaran’s stability is second to none.2_1

The Shuttleworth team is obviously unwilling to rest on its laurels as the two new trimaran designs (one larger, one smaller, both based on the naval architecture used to create the Adastra) are clearly award winners in the making.

The 32m has been designed to be solo-sailed by the owners, or with minimum crew. Accommodation and living areas are spacious and well laid out with a full width owner’s cabin and two double guest cabins.

There is plenty of outside space both on the flybridge (where the tender is stored) and fore and aft on the main deck, where there is also storage for two kayaks. Both the flybridge and main deck are equipped with BBQs, so no panic when the neighbours invite themselves round for dinner. Meanwhile the interior of the spacious main deck houses the saloon, dining area, kitchen, breakfast bar, helm station and chart table with forward viewing seats.

The 32m is powered by a single 1150hp Caterpillar C18 engine with an additional Yanmar 110hp engine in each outrigger for manoeuvring. She tops out at 23 knots but, if you throttle down to 12 knots, she has a range in excess of 6,000nm. Yes, you read that correctly, 6,000nm.

The 70m megayacht beats that with a 7,000nm range at 14 knots. That’ll get you to America and back and still leave plenty in the tank when you tie up at your homeport.

The living areas and accommodation on the 70m are second to none as, at this size, the ‘wings’ can be used. The living space on the main deck makes full use of them, creating an expansive (21-metre-wide) open-plan living space, an area unrivalled by monohull vessels of similar length.

On the 70m a whole deck is given over to the owner’s accommodation which, as well as a super-spacious double cabin with panoramic forward-facing windows, includes an office, lounge and his and hers bathrooms. There is also a sliding door forward opening onto a private terrace with sun beds. Step outside aft and there is an al-fresco dining area and huge sofas for chilling out and admiring the panoramic views.


The lower deck accommodates 14 crew, a galley, stores, crew gym, laundry area, workshop and engine room. The aft garage houses a demountable 16ft Hobie Cat, 7.5-metre tender and a dive store with a folding beach and dive platform. All in all a formidable amount of interior space, combined with a remarkable range and seakeeping properties, make this cutting-edge megayacht a very attractive prospect.

We look forward to seeing both of these stunning trimarans in production sometime soon, and hopefully John or Orion waving from the podium after collecting yet another gold medal.


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