Florida-based Zephyrous Global Charters has revealed plans to take on a unique project within the catamaran yachting sector, with plans to research, develop and build a complete luxury carbon fibre catamaran using the latest foiling methods. The new project hopes to obtain a lift of at least 80% in order to increase speed and enhance stability in catamaran sailing.
Longtime sailing enthusiast and founder of Zephyrous Charters, Tom Phillips, has assembled a team to take on the project, aiming to combine the best of both worlds; the speed and maneuverability of the latest hydrofoil technology, along with the luxury of a 70ft (21.3m) catamaran.
So far, the ‘foiling’ method has only been used for small boats, where according to Zephyrous Charters, it has worked extremely well.
Phillips commented, “The technology is available and we’re looking to bring it into the cruising world. We are seeking funding for the research, development and construction of a completely carbon fibre luxury cruising yacht that employs this foiling technology.
“Imagine the ride of a 70-foot catamaran at 30 knots. Fast, comfortable, flat. And you can navigate in shallow waters.”
Peter Johnstone, founder and CEO of Gunboat, a leader in carbon fibre catamaran building, will be commissioned to build the yacht with Holland’s DNA Design Team in charge of design. DNA is best known for the three-time world champion DNA A-Class catamaran. Holland Composites will build the carbon G4 in their high-tech facility in Lelystad, Holland.
Phillips added, “This new foiling technology will obtain at least an 80 percent lift to increase speed and enhance stability but retain the refined characteristics of a cruising catamaran.
“When you arrive at your cruising destination, you will feel at ease, knowing that this cat should draw less than three feet.”
The catamaran will also incorporate some further technical advances, including L-foil daggerboards, a central spine, lightweight carbon construction, a mainsail control system and shoal draft.
The project is an ambitious proposition with a budget of $500,000 forecasted for the design and build of the vessel. Phillips has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to pursue the project.
Once complete, the boats will be part of a charter fleet. Phillips has also announced that investors will donate time on the boats to local boys and girls’ clubs and organisations dedicated to youth programmes.
Donations of any amount are welcomed, and all contributors are invited to the 2016 Miami International Boat Show across the 11th to 15th February for a complimentary ride on the new catamaran.