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Baltic yard presents world’s largest trimarans

Published on June 20, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

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On May 10 this year, the two largest multihulls in the world were launched in Riga.  The identical 53 metre trimarans, Galaxy and Galaxy of Happiness (great name!), were built by Latvian shipyard Latitude Yachts.

To get a comparative idea of size, Shuttleworth Design’s beautiful Adastra, which was seen as a behemoth when she was launched in 2012, is a mere 42.5 metres.  The Galaxy duo are 25% bigger in length alone.

Upon hearing the name Latitude, you would be excused for wondering “who?” as the Latvian outfit certainly don’t have the years of experience of the French yards, but this young team is ambitious.  The launch of these two trimarans proves that they can comfortably compete alongside the big boys.

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These boats have taken two years and five months to complete, during which time the yard has gone from strength to strength.  Latitude’s project manager, Alexander Busarov, says, “When I have joined Latitude Yachts in 2013 as a project manager, it had a turnover of just around 0,5 M euro. Today, we have grown into a yard with three manufacturing locations with a consolidated turnover of 30 million euro in 2014 alone. We have grown from 50 to 250 employees in less than 12 months and managed to keep the productivity level, without sacrificing the quality.  Basically, in two years we have managed to grow our company from a small woodshop to a full service shipyard for superyachts with the most essential production, like composite works, metalworks, carpentry, plumbing, paint works and electrical works all in house.”  Impressive indeed.

The yard has an eclectic output that goes beyond luxury yachts, including the world’s first air-supported battery electric commuter ferry – BB GREEN – which was launched in April, and a couple of 60 metre restaurant ships that ply their trade in Moscow and can comfortably accommodate up to 300 passengers.

 

Baltic4.jpegLatitude also has another multihull in the pipeline with the Blue Coast 88, a 26.8 metre four-deck sloop-rigged catamaran due to be launched later this year.  The Blue Coast 88 has an aluminium hull and sleeps eight guests in four cabins.

The twin Galaxys have been constructed using a combination of GRP and carbon fibre.  They are 53.32 metres long and 17.44 metres wide with a draft of just two metres.

Both Galaxys have accommodation for six guests and up to six crewmembers.  There is a large pool/Jacuzzi on the sun deck and an extensive covered aft deck.  Powered by twin 2,600hp MTU 16V 2000 M94 diesel engines, they have a top speed of 28 knots, a cruising speed of 20 knots and have an estimated range of 2,700nm at 10 knots.  There is also a garage for a five-metre tender and an additional aft garage for up to two wave runners.

Galaxy and Galaxy of Happiness were designed by Jean-Jacques Coste’s eponymous studio, Coste Design & Partners, who also designed Latitude’s aforementioned Blue Coast 88.

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The yard is obviously not going to rest on its laurels and future projects include 40 and 50 metre expedition yachts and a 60-metre luxury megayacht.  Rumour has it (thank you, Superyacht Times) that there may also be two more Galaxys on the way, possibly destined for the UAE.

http://www.latitude-yachts.com/

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