The new Journey 45 Long Range Catamaran (LRCat) upstaged traditional trawler designs at the recent Fort Lauderdale Trawler Fest. Designed by Kernan Yacht Design, the Journey’s wave-piercing bows provide the foundation for the power catamaran’s speed, performance and eco-friendly profile. (Click either image for a larger view.)
Capitalizing on a proven commercial hull design, Journey promises half the fuel consumption and twice the speed of traditional trawlers. Projections suggest that when fully loaded it will cruise at 3 nautical miles per gallon at 16 knots.
Journey Hull #1 is available for delivery in 2011 at an introductory price of $759,000.
At the event, Mike Clausen and Neil Riley of Bay Island Yachts of Alameda, California, introduced a built-to-scale model of the Journey 45 LRCat. It will also be displayed at Trawler Fest in San Diego on March 5-7 and Anacortes on May 20-22.
Powered by twin 220-hp Volvo D-3 common rail diesels, the Journey 45 is expected to perform similarly to its sister ship, the Tim Kernan-designed Water Wizards. Commissioned as an offshore filming platform, the 50-foot catamaran completed a non-stop passage of 2,800 miles from Long Beach to the Panama Canal in just less than six days, reportedly at an average speed of 20 knots.
As part of the journey to powercat ownership, buyers are invited to customize the salon area as well as select either a two- or three-stateroom layout. The interior design on all models is open and airy and provides maximum storage, a huge galley and salon and a spiral staircase that leads to a roomy flying bridge. While taking advantage of the latest technology inside and underneath, the Journey elects classic yacht styling above the waterline.
Partners Clausen and Riley hope Journey will upset the applecart on tired trawler thinking, with “smart boat design that promises the latest in innovation, fuel economy and responsible, green boating.”
Clausen told Power Catamaran World:
“We are waiting for bids back from two yards in China (to build LRCat), have already made a trip there and have a highly placed consultant helping us, and a bid from Navigator Yachts and Bennett Bros. We did have a new yard in China ready to go but, due to their location, shipping was going to be more than $30,000 over shipping from other boatbuilding locations so that set us back about 30 days.
“My partner Neil and I have been together for about 20 years, dealing with cats both power and sail for the last 15. Briefly, we were dealers for Prout, then represented Lagoon, Fountain Pajot & Gemini here in the San Francisco Bay. From 1999 to 2009 we were dealers for Glacier Bay and sold upwards of 85 boats including the 30 and 34. Over that time our customer base was looking for a cruising power cat that didn’t look like a space ship or a stacked container on floats. Hence, we found Tim Kernan who was very keen on our concept and here we are.”
Hull #1 awaits a buyer:
“We have interest in the boat but it seems they would want #2 or #3. We do have investors for the first hull so we’re ready to go when we decide on the builder.”
The giant trimaran BMW Oracle, powered by a wing mast of unheard dimensions, has won the 33rd contest for the America's Cup, soundly beating the giant catamaran Alinghi. Finally, have multihulls earned their rightful place at the pinnacle of racing in the sailing world?
Footnote: Water Wizards, an innovative power catamaran owned by Steve Shidler of San Francisco, served as a photo boat during the competition off Valencia, Spain.
When Glenn and Pam Cooper ordered a new P-47 to be built by Maine Cat, they requested they be permitted to create their own interior layout. Here's how they explain what they have in mind for the power catamaran that will be launched this summer:
At right is a drawing of the so-called "great room" which is where we have really changed our boat from the other P-47s launched or under construction. Click on the image for a larger view.
Please note we have no forward great room pilothouse steering station. We've decided to have all that in the flybridge with some repeaters below. In addition, our master sleeping quarters have a standard king size bed rather than the queen. Aside from that the only other significant changes we've made is to extend the cabin top to provide all-weather usage of the cockpit. Our flybridge will also have "all-weather" capability. To do this, we needed lots of cooperation from Maine Cat. It's been a pleasure to work with them.
Why no steering station below? Our rough days and nights at sea are now behind us due to no schedules and plenty of reserve speed. Our cruising grounds will be the east coast and Bahamas the first year with perhaps cruising in the western Caribbean following on its heels. Being mainly where the sun shines, we are comfortable with only up-top steering but are planning to locate a set of throttle controls in the cockpit for around-the-docks maneuvering when needed.
We had a major complaint with every other production powercats we looked at. Every place you'd plunk yourself down is molded plastic, curved, probably not where you really want it, and usually uncomfortable. Your flesh and bones have to conform to the molded structures and not the other way around. If we're going to pay the price of a real nice home why not also have the key comforts of home? When we bought seating for our last home, our philosophy was ". . . any place you sit you should be able to easily fall asleep." We wanted that same advantage on our next boat.
If you look at our interior plan, notice that forward (where the steering station was) is an ultra-suede settee and a table. The settee, which itself has a comfortable incline and depth to it, easily converts to a queen bunk with an inflatable air bed stowed inside. This is all on a raised floorhaving lots of storage. Midway aft, we have cleared out space for two leather recliners. We are buying these from a Brazilian company called Lafer and they are incredibly comfortable. Beyond them are the "work" areas. We have eliminated the stand-up powerboat-style refrigerator and will have more than 10 cu. ft. divided into well-insulated fridge and freezer boxes, and note we're going to cook inside with an induction top. We have the balanced electrical system to support this and we'll be able to cook faster, greatly reduce interior moisture, and eliminate propane.
While we haven't included a schematic for the cockpit, the concept is to basically have an open box with a rear seat across a large part of the stern. This seat will also provide some storage. For cockpit seating, we have already bought two Lafuma zero-gravity recliners and will probably have similar seating like that stored on the boat. For dining in the cockpit, we'll use a portable, foldable resin table. Beautiful, no, but functional, yes.
We like the idea of being flexible and lightweight, all part of a form-follows-function philosophy. On a couple's liveaboard cruising boat, a good rule to follow is: six for cocktails, four for dinner and two to spend the night. Hope the kids don't read this!
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Earthrace, the record-setting power trimaran, may have met its end in Antarctica after being rammed by a Japanese whaling ship today. Some reports have it sinking, others say it's being salvaged. Here's the latest news report.
The fourth Crosswater to be launched by Catman Cats, a 54-footer called Nauti-Gail II, is on her way south on the Intra-Coastal Waterway to her home port of Figure Eight Island in North Carolina. The above photo was taken by the crew of Pretty Penny, an earlier sistership, near Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Porsche Design Group and Singapore-based megayacht builder Royal
Falcon Fleet have reached the first milestone in the construction of
the RFF135 with the laying of the keel for the innovative 135-foot/41-metre power catamaran.
The megacat was conceived for a client who wanted a "spacecraft on the water."
By the end of the year, the hull will be
relocated from Singapore to Sweden, where the technological installations and interior
fit-out will be carried out. Royal Falcon Fleet has engaged the Kockums
and the Incat Crowther firms for the construction design of the
catamaran. Kockums, a Swedish subsidiary of Thyssen-Krupp, is known for
leading-edge technology in the area of marine technology. The
Australian-based shipbuilding engineers of the Incat Crowther firm have
decades of experience in the construction of large power catamarans.
The launch of this first Royal Falcon Fleet power catamaran designed by
Porsche Design is planned for the fourth quarter of 2010.
“In 1987, we designed the ‘Kineo‘ power yacht, an exclusive
speedboat, of which there are only three examples worldwide and which
drew attention for its characteristic dolphin form,” says Dr. Jürgen
Geßler, CEO of Porsche Design Group. “Our newest project once again
demonstrates that our design, outstanding in many ways, is setting
trends in numerous fields. With the first Royal Falcon Fleet yacht, we
are building a bridge to the Porsche Design Sport textile collection
that was developed specifically for the maritime area.”
“We have now reached an important milestone in mastering this
path-breaking project,” says M. A. Zaman, president and CEO of Royal
Falcon Fleet. “Under the guidance of highly qualified experts from
Australia, France, Sweden and the U.S., we are constructing the hull of
the RFF135. On December 15, 2009, it is going from Asia to
Sweden, where it will be completed. And at the end of 2010, the first
Royal Falcon Fleet will be launched – the ultimate luxury experience at
“In many respects, this project is an anomaly,” says Roland Heiler,
executive director of the Porsche Design Studio at Zell am See. “The
sole requirement from Royal Falcon Fleet was to implement contours
outside of the stereotypical boat aesthetic. This gave us considerable
creative latitude and the result was a revolutionary design – a real
challenge for the ship architects. This innovative yacht concept
quickly drew them into its thrall, however, so that all the
participants are now working painstakingly on the realization of the