In July I mentioned a new superyacht catamaran that Sunreef Yachts had on the drawing board. Details were sparse at the time, purposely held back until the Monaco Yacht Show. Well, I got the rundown last week, and the One Fifty, as the project is being called, is the yard’s reaction to increased interest in the space and efficiency afforded by a catamaran.
“Over the years we’ve seen an increasing interest in bigger luxury cats and have been expanding our range incrementally to accommodate that,” Nicolas Lapp, Sunreef’s vice-president, explains. There’s also clearly an interest in modern, even futuristic, design, judging from the profile here. Sunreef’s in-house design team graced the One Fifty with sweeps and curves, yet still made a nod to traditional yacht style by calling for acres of teak to line the deck. The large, dark rectangles forward are solar panels, for alternative power. And though no interior drawings are available yet, it’s interesting to note that the 55-meter-high (180-foot-high) mast is intentionally left exposed inside, for aesthetics. Second interesting note about the mast: The boom doubles as a crane for the liferaft or a tender, which can be stowed in an aft garage.
In another modern twist, the cockpit is forward, fitted with sunbeds, a dining area for 12, and seating areas, all sheltered by a sunroof. The cockpit will be accessible from the saloon and the rest of the interior thanks to two doors, and it will be additionally accessible from the flying bridge due to an open staircase.
This megayacht was also designed to preserve the owner’s party’s privacy. To that end, crew passages and staterooms are separate; their staterooms are entirely located in the port hull, while guest staterooms are split over the main deck and starboard hull.
The One Fifty is still a proposal, but Sunreef feels confident from discussions both before and during the Monaco show that there is a buyer for the design. Stay tuned.