The semi-custom Long Island catamaran range from JFA Yachts has welcomed its newest member. Hull number one of the Long Island 78 Power series has launched, intended for long cruises.
JFA Yachts announced this power cat in 2018. Featuring an aluminum hull and a fiberglass superstructure, she has an LOA of 77’9” (23.72 meters). Like the previous models in the Long Island range, naval architecture is from Marc Lombard Yacht Design Group as well as JFA Yachts’ in-house design department. The team engineered the Long Island 78 Power for leisurely cruising, too. Sea trials coming soon should confirm the anticipated cruising speed of 12 knots at half load under 500-hp Cummins diesels.
While catamarans attract interest due to their respectable fuel burn and handling, the beamy nature is a big plus, too. The Long Island 78 Power’s beam spans nearly 37 feet (11.17 meters). The owner of hull number one can enjoy all-around views from the main deck’s interior. It has an unusual configuration, taking full advantage of the semi-custom nature of the series. For instance, when guests enter from the aft deck, they find the galley to port, followed by the saloon. Opposite, meanwhile, the dining area sits aft, with one of two helms forward. (The other helm is up one deck, in an enclosed wheelhouse.) Further unusual, the owner asked for a small galley in the skylounge. This makes the dining area within it even more sociable, and practical.
Interestingly, the surprising saloon positioning actually makes sense. This Long Island 78 Power has another lounging space just outside. The saloon leads directly out to it, in fact. Additionally noteworthy, the owner requested a saltwater pool to sit amid the alfresco lounging area.
The owners, who can accommodate guests in four staterooms in the hulls, should take delivery before the end of the year.
JFA Yachts jfa-yachts.com
Marc Lombard Yacht Design Group marclombard.com