Published: Friday, 30 September 2011
The recent Monaco Yacht Show was full of the world’s largest yachts, but surely one of the most talked-about was Hemisphere, the 44-metre catamaran, and the world’s largest sailing multihull. Built by UK yard Pendennis, Hemisphere features naval architecture and engineering by VPLP, the French multihull specialist. The interior design was handled by Michael Leach Design (MLD), which famously worked on the Blohm and Voss superyacht Palladium. Hemisphere was seven years in the making, with the first concept being worked on by VPLP in conjunction with the captain and owners, who were drawn to the idea of a luxury Scuba centre that could handle charter parties as easily as owner and guests.
The port-side pontoon aft features a huge Scuba gear and suit-up area, with the stairs folding up to reveal sets of gear for up to 16 people. The centreline of the yacht has a large set of bomb-bay style doors that open downwards to deploy one of the yachts’ tenders – the first-ever application of such a feature.
The main deck features spacious design that allows for comfort and luxury, with a wide range of materials chosen by MLD for the texture and feel, as well as the look. Natural grains dominate the woods, with the flooring done in oak that’s slightly uneven, allowing for a very natural feel. There are two helm stations, letting the captain join with the guests if desired, or to have a separate area if privacy is the main concern.
With a shallow draught, Hemisphere will let charter guests enjoy diving in the world’s best lagoons and coral areas. Hemisphere was designed with charter and exploration of the tropics in mind, and she is to enter the Pacific Ocean for charter in 2013. A complete story will be in Asia-Pacific Boating January-February 2012 edition.