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This Sleek All-Carbon Catamaran Aims to Be the Lightest—and Fastest—on the Water

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Latitude Yachts is out to prove that lighter may be better in the marine world.

The European yard just unveiled a new all-carbon catamaran that promises greater fuel efficiency and speed than other cats on the high seas.

Christened Laniakea, the 86-foot model is expected to tip the scales at just 49.5 tons with a full load. Conversely, an aluminum or GRP multihull of the same size could weigh as much as 90 and 70 tons, respectively. As a lighter cat that uses less fuel, Laniakea is better for the environment (and your wallet) than her traditional competitors.

That is not the only benefit of Laniakea’s carbon composite construction, either. The lightweight cruiser can easily traverse shallow waters, with a draft of only two feet. Carbon also requires less structural support than other materials. As such, Laniakea is free of bulky beams and braces that hog space and spoil views.

Laniakea Carbon Catamaran

The dining area, bar, and lounge.

Latitude Yachts

The newcomer is the brainchild of Latitude’s chief designer Chulhun Park. (Park previously worked at Palmer Johnson and helped design carbon superyacht Khalilah.) The yard’s in-house design team is responsible for the interior and exterior, while Dixon Yachts took care of the naval architecture.

Laniakea is certainly not your grandfather’s catamaran. The sleek, aerodynamic vessel will be able to slice through the waves at speed. It will be equipped with four outboard waterjet engines designed in collaboration with BMW that can produce 300 hp each. (Speed and range have not yet been disclosed.)

Featuring a beam of 37 feet, Laniakea offers a generous interior with six guest cabins and two crew cabins. Latitude says seafarers can expect bespoke furniture, state-of-the-art amenities, and panoramic views throughout. Owners will also be able to customize the design with different materials, finishes, and layouts, naturally.

In addition, the yard has incorporated the latest smart technology to ensure seamless navigation and stress-free living. It has also opted to include solar panels on the superstructure so that Laniakea can generate her own clean, green energy.

“The Laniakea 86-foot catamaran represents a harmonious blend of craftsmanship and innovation,” Latitude CEO Valdis Irbe said in a statement. “We are thrilled to offer our clients a vessel that not only exceeds performance expectations but also redefines luxury on the open seas.”

Latitude is planning to start building the first Laniakea early next year and deliver her in 2025. Godspeed.

Click here to see all the photos of Laniakea.

Laniakea Carbon Catamaran

Latitude Yachts

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