This new 86ft fast cruising catamaran is designed to combine high performance with top level luxury. Designed by renowned yacht designer Nigel Irens, who has a long series of racing and cruising multihulls to his name, and with exterior styling by Christophe Chedal-Anglay, the boat will be built by Green Marine at its specialist composite shipyard facility on the south coast of England.
Outlining the concept behind the new boat, Phil Scott, Managing Director of Vantage Catamarans, said: “It is our goal to create the most technologically advanced adventure catamaran on the market; she will be fast, stable and built for action. The Vantage 86 has been designed to offer the speed and agility to take the routes less charted, provide space to pack in those essentials from a rack of surfboards to motorbikes, and allow 400-mile days in style.” With a race crew on board daily average distances of up to 600 miles are said to be possible, equating to an average speed of 25 knots.
To keep weight to a minimum, without compromising the strength or stiffness of the structure, construction is of pre preg carbon fibre, using a foam and Nomex sandwich. The interior is intended to comfortably accommodate up to eight guests accompanied by three members of crew, in spacious cabins. Interior styling and furnishing is by the celebrated British interior design and furniture studio Peter Hall & Son.
Initial plans show large semi alfresco sitting/dining/socialising areas at the aft end of the bridge deck accommodation. The main bridge deck area includes a more conventional, yet still bright and spacious saloon. The forward end of this opens onto the working cockpit, with the key sail handling controls.
The boat has been designed to be the largest and fastest vessel that conforms to the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s rules for small craft engaged in commercial operations, offering owners who want to charter their vessel when they are not using it the prospect of enticing financial returns. The new model was announced at the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2015 and the first example is expected to be launched in 2017.
Overall length (inc bowsprit): 27.91m
Waterline length: 26.04m
Load line length: 23.95m