New Power Catamarans

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by Jb44, Feb 21, 2021 at 5:36 PM.

  1. Jb44
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    Hi all. Been lurking and reading. I’m looking for a new power catamaranTo take me fishing and traveling all over the world. I have been looking at a couple of power Catamarans and I would like your opinions of the designs and quality of fit and finish. I’m looking at at Granocean 68 or 24 m Pachoud exploration. Any information that you can give me would be great. Thanks so much for your time and your opinion. Jim
     
  2. KeithO
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    $1.7 million for the Granocean 68. The brochure says a single "Cummings" engine ? Hopefully the boat is not as badly put together as the marketing material. So is your plan to hire a qualified captain for the beast ?
     
  3. Jb44
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    Yes the boat will be professionally. Crewed.
     
  4. KeithO
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    Have you done any investigation regarding the number of ports you would be able to haul out the boat for bottom work or repairs ? I imagine the options would be very limited compared to even larger monohulls ? With crew, perhaps managing bottom growth should not be a problem, but bottom paint would need to be renewed periodically. Regular maintenance can be done while floating. Fuel capacity seems adequate for a decent range and the boat is large enough that should make it comfortable under normal conditions.
     
  5. bajansailor
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    Here is a link to the Granocean 68 -
    https://www.granocean.com/catamarans/w-68

    And the Pachoud 24 m. exploration -
    24m Exploration HeliCat http://www.pachoud.co.nz/current+projects/24m+exploration+helicat

    Thanks for mentioning these builders - I had not heard of them before, and I have a keen interest in all powercats.

    There is only a 2 metre length difference between these two (despite the misleading '68' for the Granocean), and both of them do look very fine - I am sure that they would both be able to do the job if their Builders outfit them accordingly.

    @Mr Efficiency is very knowledgeable about power cats, and he is Australian, so he might be able to give you a personal opinion about these two.
     
  6. Mr Efficiency
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    You flatter me bajansailor, thanks just the same, I notice one ( Granocean) is said to have a top speed of 32 knots, the other boat 20 knots, the information is sparse however. To the eye, you would think the speeds would be the other way round, the Granocean "looks", from what you can see, a displacement cat, the other appears more akin to a planing type or a hydrofoil assisted planing type. I think you need comprehensive facts sheets and specs on both, to be able to make any meaningful comparison.
     
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    I have been aboard this boat, which is a tourist vessel, 24 metre composite construction, powered by a couple of Yanmar Diesels under 1000 hp each at the time, 800-900 hp area, it cruised past 20 knots pretty easily, so I wonder why the NZ boat is given as cruising at 12 knots, similar size and installed power. Perhaps the 12 knots is the cruise speed selected to get extended range, and the boat pictured was being gunned to the hilt, but the speed was certainly past 20 knots.
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    I am not really of much value on f&f, but I can't really imagine buying a boat to travel the world at a rate of 1M plus and not requiring 2 engines and redundancies. If Keith is reading it right; run. If their marketing is wrong; that seems rather off putting. But the boat does 37mph, so the range might be a problem? If she gets 2mpg on 1300 gallons; her range is not enough to make Hawaii unless you can drop to 6 knots and make 3; then still no. The other vessel carries more than twice the fuel.

    Politely, the boats have significantly different capabilities on a quick look, one would think the SOR is a little underdone to worry about fit n finish. The Helicat is the only real choice as I see it.

    If you don't have a well fashioned Statement of Requirements; you'll want to pay someone to help you a bit.

    I didn't have as big a budget, but I spent several years trying to come up with a plan and went with a 10M powercat. Hire someone to help guide you to the right boat.
     
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  10. KeithO
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    Im pretty sure it has 2 engines, but misstated on the spec sheet. Also no data on displacement etc. Seems scary, as if they had never built one before or even knew how to write a specification... They give cruise speed as 15kt with the max much higher. Having been on a navy crash boat at 30+kt I cannot imagine doing that sort of speed on a cat in the luxury class, or the consequences of striking anything in the water at such speed.
     
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    My apologies to the OP. I searched the internet hi n lo out of sheer curiosity and found a long range version that is 2 cummins 425 and 2900 gallons fuel..guessin that version can make Hawaii from California, most likely..

    But quite odd the company wouldn't post that on their main site.
     
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