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A megayacht cat from Down Under

New Zealand Yachts has launched a 110-footer in its Spirit series of wave-piercing catamaran megayachts.

One of the more unique features of the yacht is a hydraulic platform incorporated into the aft deck between the catamaran’s two demi-hulls that can be lowered from a position flush with the main deck to below water level for launching tenders. The platform can also remain at water level for swimming and lounging.

The megayacht’s tenders — 15-foot RIBs powered by Mercury jetdrives — are stored on the aft platform on chocks that retract into the teak decking when not in use.

Situated in the demi-hulls are 1,400-hp Caterpillar 3412E diesels connected through gearboxes to counter-rotating propellers for a top speed of about 28 mph. The cat has a cruising speed of 20 to 23 mph and a passage speed of 14 mph, according to Allen Jones, executive chairman of New Zealand Yachts.

Bakewell-White Yacht Design, along with marine composite engineers High Modulus, did the naval architecture work on the wave-piercing design, which has a 35-foot, 5-inch beam and a 7-foot, 3-inch draft.

Ken Freivokh handled the interior and exterior styling. Features include four helm stations, a six-person hot tub on the forward bridge deck, an owner’s stateroom on the upper deck, four double en-suite guest cabins, and satin-finished Makore cabinetry.

Located in Whangarei, New Zealand Yachts specializes in composite construction and offers wave-piercing catamarans from 100 to 1,505 feet in the Spirit series.