If all goes according to plan, the Vantage 86, a limited-edition catamaran series, will begin construction soon. And her creators at the newly formed Vantage Catamarans see a broader range of performance- and adventure-based cruisers to come.
The Vantage 86 has been in development for some time. Multi-hull specialists Nigel Irens Design and Chedal Anglay Design combined forces for the profile and accommodations. Green Marine has been actively involved, too. Vantage Catamarans, based in the UK, says it’s in final negotiations for a build slot, with a late-2018 anticipated launch.
Vantage Catamarans was formed to offer multi-hulls that marry the thrills of racing with the attraction of far-flung cruising. The 91’6” (27.912-meter) Vantage 86 will be built of carbon fiber composite to save weight and encourage speed. The 7,944-square-foot (738-square-meter) downwind sail plan should aid in that regard.
Hull number one, for a British buyer, will seek out remote locations worldwide. She’ll additionally fill the adventure aspect of cruising by housing her owner’s motorcycle. Actually, the first Vantage 86 will house two bikes, a Ducati Multistrada and a CCM trials bike. Future Vantage 86 buyers can have the space serve as a typical tender garage, a dive locker, or extra cabin space.
With a 34-foot (10.354-meter) beam and 7’3” (2.226-meter) draft, the Vantage 86 will accommodate six to eight passengers and four crew. Vantage Catamarans hasn’t divulged the design studio, though it is a fellow British firm.
Six total Vantage 86 catamarans are planned. All will be built to meet the MCA’s requirements for small vessels engaged in commercial operations (a.k.a. charter). Vantage Catamarans envisions adding more adventure-focused models in the years to come.