ONE of the most interesting recent developments in the motor yacht market is the gradual acceptance of powercats.
These are already well proven in the superyacht arena thanks to companies such as the Polish Sunreef yard, which has a nine-model range of semi-custom motor catamarans from 60-150ft.
The concept is taking longer to filter down into smaller sizes, but this new design is set to be one that changes the way we think about motor yachts.
Once Bavaria Yachtbau bought one of the big French multihull builders, Nautitech, it was only a matter of time before a powercat was announced.
The first in the range is a 47-footer, based on the hulls of the company’s sailboat of the same size. At first sight this may appear to be an odd cost cutting measure but, unlike monohull sailing and motor yachts, there’s much commonality between design for the two disciplines in the multihull market.
Power is from two Volvo Penta D4 motors each with 225 or 300hp, which propel the Nautitech 47 power to a top speed of 22 knots, or an impressive cruising range of 1,000 miles at a speed of nearly nine knots.
The ‘open’ concept of the main deck has the cockpit and saloon areas melded into one large living space. A platform between hulls at the aft end of this area can be used to lift and stow a Williams Minijet 280 tender, or as a huge bathing platform that can be lowered right into the water.
Sleeping accommodation is provided at a lower level in the hulls, with each cabin at opposite ends of the boat, which helps to provide a high level of privacy.