JFA Yachts’ Long Island catamaran series is expanding, into power-yacht territory. A customer has commissioned what the builder calls the Long Island 78 Power.
With an LOA of 77’9” (23.72 meters), the catamaran features naval architecture by the shipyard and Marc Lombard. The pair is also responsible for the first Long Island series, the Long Island 85. Four sailing cats belong to it so far. (The initial delivery of that series, WindQuest, is likely most well-known.) Just like her sailing sisters, this Long Island 78 Power prioritizes light weight. Similarly, she prioritizes lower fuel consumption, and practical 500-hp diesels, for better performance. JFA Yachts says she should have transatlantic range as a result. Long-range travels are important to the owner. In addition, the Long Island 78 Power should cruise at 12 knots and max out at 15 knots under half load.
Besides stability, the twin hulls put a good amount of space at the owner’s and guests’ disposal. In fact, the Long Island 78 Power bears a 36’7” (11.17-meter) beam. This complements a few surprises aboard. For one, as the top image shows, the owner wants a seawater pool forward. A cushion can cover it when underway. Additionally different, the megayacht has a partly enclosed wheelhouse, on the flying bridge. Windows wrap around all sides, though a doorway does lead aft to a partially shaded dining and lounging area. Conveniently, a cooking area is back here as well.
Inside, Darnet Design and the owner are creating an ambiance of dark woods. It’s similar to the look and feel of the second Long Island 85. Darnet designed that one, too. Oak and other woods will characterize the Long Island 78 Power’s saloon as well as staterooms. The master stateroom and one guest stateroom sit in the port-side hull. Three more guest cabins go in the opposite hull.