The Moorings has seen the future, and it has two hulls.
David Rohr, product manager for the 39-year-old charter company, says monohulls are being phased out in favor of two catamaran options built for The Moorings by Robertson & Caine in South Africa. He says five years of trial and error with various production boats had convinced The Moorings executives that they needed more say in the design of the vessels. The result was a collaboration between the charter company, the shipyard and the design team of Morrelli & Melvin: 37- and 47-foot flybridge catamarans.
With what it felt was an excellent cat design, The Moorings felt no need to offer a monohull option. From the point of view of the charter customer, cats are superior to monohulls because of their greater space and privacy, Rohr says.
“On a cat, you can sit down on a piece of the deck and not see the rest of your party, whereas on a monohull you are always in someone’s face,” he says. “After a week aboard, everybody is still really happy and not sick of each other. On a monohull after a week, you start seeing the worms come out of the woodwork.”
Remarkably, the 47s have been delivered on their own bottoms to cruising grounds in the Caribbean and the Bahamas. “A 47-foot power cat every three weeks leaves the factory at Cape Town and crosses the Atlantic on its power,” says Rohr. “It’s a remarkable feat, 6,000 miles, and a great shakedown. … We think this is the first real bluewater power cat.”
The 47, with three or four staterooms and up to five heads, is powered by 150-hp Cummins diesels and cruises at 14 to 16 knots, with a top end of 20 knots. The 37, powered by 120s, goes like a “bat out of hell,” Rohr says.
He says he expects The Moorings’ fleet to reach 50 power cats by the end of the year, up from 24 in August.
The 37 and 47 are available for private purchase under the Leopard brand, (800) 672-1327.