Published: Monday, 04 July 2011

The world’s largest luxury sailing catamaran nearly ready

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Hemisphere in the yard

Hemisphere, the long-awaited catamaran superyacht, has begun sea trials in the UK, with delivery from Pendennis Shipyard is set late July. With a length overall of 44.2 metres and a gross tonnage of just under 500, Hemisphere will become the world’s largest luxury sailing catamaran to date. Pendennis Shipyard partnered with French multihull naval architects Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) –  designers of the 33rd America’s Cup winning multihull – for the project. Celebrated superyacht interior designers Michael Leach Design and the entire team behind the build have pooled their respective talents and expertise to accomplish the execution of this groundbreaking vessel.

On-deck, all the deck gear and rigging are uncluttered as visible deck hardware has been minimised and the 58-metre mast soars free of spreaders, with all lines run internally. Tenders are also stowed out of sight and the port transom houses a full watersports and dive locker served by a large hydraulic swim platform.

Image rendering of Hemisphere in Portofino

Designed for the luxury charter market in tropical climates, Hemisphere has a spacious flybridge with Jacuzzi and a shaded dining area with huge deck spaces. Dark wood floors are offset by a neutral colour palette with customised touches such as seventeen different types of granite and sixteen leather finishes, creating an “island living meets deluxe Pacific Rim ambience”.  Accommodation for 12 guests is arranged in five comfortable ensuite cabins and the yacht will operate with a professional crew of 8.

Hemisphere’s inaugural season this summer will be enjoyed by her owners in the Mediterranean. After wintering in the Caribbean, Hemisphere is to move into the South Pacific for the summer of 2012. The yacht will make her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.


LOA: 44.2m (145ft)

Beam: 16.6m (54.5ft)

Draft: 3.25m (10.7ft)

Year: 2011

Builder: Pendennis Shipyard, UK

Naval Architect: Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost

Interior Design: Michael Leach Design

Cruising speed: 13 knots under power

Guests: 12 guests in 6 cabins

Crew: 8