The New Zealand shipyard Yachting Developments has nearly completed work on YD66, its new 100ft sailing catamaran otherwise known as “Q5”.
The boat is on schedule to be launched in early June 2012. The owner is represented by Newport-based Marine Construction Management (MCM) and plans to enjoy the vessel “with family while cruising through different parts of the world,” says Yachting Developments.
It promises to be an action-packed voyage: Q5’s onboard toys include a Hobbie sailing Catamaran, a 7m outboard powered catamaran tender, water vehicles and kayaks.
Q5 measures 100ft (30.48m) in length and a staggering 48ft (14.63m) in beam, with Naval architecture by Auckland-based Warwick Yacht Design. Her carbon fibre mast is being built by Southern Spars with sails by Doyle, both of which are based in New Zealand.
Other major brands that have contributed to the superyacht’s construction include Kohler, which supplied her generators, and Harken, which supplied the winches and furlers. Yachting Developments supplied the boat’s custom deck gear.
Her captive winches are by Onboard System of New Zealand, while the thrusters and standing rigging are manufactured by OYS.
The craft is constructed from high strength, lightweight post-cured epoxy Eglass/Carbon fibre which incorporates foam sandwich technology. The whole superyacht has been built to meet stringent GL class survey requirements.
Unique features of Q5’s structural design include large “Soft Patches” on her hull, and ‘inside topsides’ for direct engine room access during her construction and for easier long-term maintenance.
Powered by two 455hp C7 Caterpillar engines, Q5 is expected to have a cruising speed between 12-14 knots under power.
Meanwhile, Q5’s interior has been designed by Redman Whitely Dixon. The brief was to incorporate both modern and traditional furnishings with a light colour palette.
Accommodation aboard the ship includes an owner’s cabin located on the main level, with direct access to a foredeck and spa pool area, two double cabins and one twin cabin along with a children’s den. She has a main saloon and bar areas on her main deck.
Q5’s crew live in her lower deck forward, while further aft on the lower deck is home to the Captain and guest cabins. There is also an enclosed, all-weather pilothouse located on her upper level.