BlackCat Superyacht Now In Business
Published: Monday, 18 April 2016
Superyacht catamarans brand The BlackCat is officially here to set the standard in luxury cruising multihulls.
Founded by champion Australian yachtsman Mitch Booth, the new brand has teamed up with world-renowned superyacht designer, Malcolm McKeon, to produce an extraordinary balance of sleek, state-of-the-art designs and high-performance.
“This ‘supercat’ concept is really exciting because there is nothing else available that combines the practicality of an enormous, stable, platform, with exhilarating performance,” says Booth. “The accommodation space on board is a whopping 340-square-metres, all within a 50m vessel; something that has not been done until now. It’s a logical progression for superyacht designs to move towards catamarans. There are so many advantages to large multihull cruising compared to our monohull cousins, such as speed, space, low heel, comfort, the list goes on and on.”
(BlackCat Founder Mitch Booth)
“I’m thrilled that we’re designing this new style of catamaran,” says McKeon. “There’s been a space in the market for some time for a large catamaran design that can offer the luxury and quality of a superyacht this size, and also provide this level of stability and high performance. I’ve noticed a heightened interest in catamaran discussions recently, perhaps due to the increased awareness of the America’s Cup racing yachts. This has led to additional research being carried out in various areas, which has been helpful for us in developing the design of this high-performance carbon-fibre ‘supercat’ where the latest building technology and materials will be used. I’m very excited to be leading the design of this project.”
Each design will be tailor-made down to the smallest of detail, to suit each customer’s wishes, in a process that can take thousands of design man-hours to reach the required level of refinement for this quality of superyacht.
(BlackCat Designer Malcolm McKeon)
BlackCat superyachts will be made completely from carbon fibre and this 50m version will be the largest single-structure carbon-fibre yacht in the world. The extensive use of glass in the superstructure will provide a wonderful light and airy feel to the spacious interior. They will be capable of reaching speeds of up to 30 knots in an effortless and comfortable way, and the shallow draft will provide more options for harbour and anchor locations.
The BlackCat superyacht features a large main deck that allows for greater flexibility and provides the perfect entertainment platform. The very low levels of roll and pitch movement provide an extremely stable deck for comfortable nights at anchor.
Other advantages include lower fuel and crew costs due to its lightweight and low-drag design and ease of sailing.
The BlackCat superyacht team offers a complete range of services from concept design right through to build management and launch.