Published: Monday, 08 April 2013
Mike Fulton

An 82-foot catamaran superyacht design, Astrolabe, is in development by Thailand-based Albatross Marine Design, a company with an extensive record of designing power catamarans

This new concept offers unprecedented facilities and comfort for its limited length. The craft is seen as luxury expedition-style yacht, providing unlimited cruising opportunities for an owner or a luxury charter. 

An 82 Yacht Under Development In Thailand

Special attention was given to motion comfort based on research by the designers on their smaller previous designs. With a very efficient hull design, she is ideal for long range cruising and has a range of 2,000 nautical miles. 

Astrolabe will have lots of 'toys' on board, essential for both expedition activities and water sports. There are two tenders – one at the stern and one on the flybridge. Two jet skis can carried in bow compartments, each fitted with their own cranes. 

The interior layout includes two saloons; one pilot-house saloon for social activities when underway, the other with a bar area, sofas and a dining space at the stern with a great panoramic view. There is a spacious galley on the main deck. A separate office cabin is also provided. She has four guest cabins measuring 3 by 4.2 metres each designed on two levels - the bedrooms being on the upper main deck with the bathrooms and wardrobe areas down a stairway to the demi hull on the lower level. Crew accommodations are in the bow, with a separate captain’s cabin.

The boats overall length is 24.6 metres with a 10-metre beam. Fully-loaded displacement is 81 tons. She is powered by two 1,300-horsepower engines providing a top speed of 25 knots and has a composite hull.