Catamarans are gaining more popularity overall in the yachting market, and especially seeing strong interest among small- to medium-size megayacht sizes. Rua Moana is among the newest examples, recently launching from New Zealand-based Pachoud Yachts. This fully custom 88-foot (27-meter) mega cat is already booking her first charters in the region, too.
In fact, the owner of Rua Moana commissioned her specifically for charter in New Zealand and other South Pacific regions. The space onboard is a strong attraction in this regard. Her 32-foot (9.8-meter) beam means the eight guests who can stay aboard have ample room to relax and enjoy cruising. Speaking of cruising, her cruise speed should be a fun 18 to 20 knots, with twin MTUs. Additionally, since she has a 4’9” (1.5-meter) draft, the captain can pull the yacht into shallow bays and anchorages. Other yachts with upwards of 4,000 square feet (372 square meters) of guest space spanning three decks like she has can’t do that, since they’re much larger.
Similar to other charter yachts in her region, Rua Moana alternately offers day charters for big crowds. Specifically, 60 people can cruise around Auckland for a few hours if they so wish. Regardless of big parties or small ones, the yacht puts several dining areas and indoor and outdoor conversation areas at their fingertips. The beach club, of course, will make a lot of people happy, given the PWCs and SeaBobs stowing inside. Note, too, the Williams Jet Tender sitting just outside, on a submersible swim platform. Meanwhile, Rua Moana, whose name means “two oceans” in Maori, offers a hot tub that converts to a big sunpad on her foredeck.
Her introductory weekly charter rate is $110,000, with 37 South Yachts holding her central agency.
Pachoud Yachts pachoud.co.nz
37 South Yachts 37southyachts.com