catamarans

Buzzards Bay 34 Cat – Couple’s Expedition Cruiser

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

This might be the perfect boat for a couple looking to cruise the coastline in a boat that puts a premium on comfort — a comfortable ride in seas, comfortable accommodations topside, and a seriously comfortable stateroom. 

Buzzards Bay 34 Cruising -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

Buzzards Bay 34 Cruising -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

The comfortable ride is courtesy of the twin displacement catamaran hulls, designed by Chris White, which slice through chop and significantly reduce the pitching and slamming; not to mention damping the rolling motions. In the main cabin, the centerline helm station features two comfy captain’s chairs, and an L-shape settee provides seating and lounging room along the starboard and aft bulkheads. An efficient galley is along the port bulkhead and has everything you need to fix nice meals, including a two-burner Princess propane stove.  When it’s time to retire, the stateroom is down a few steps to starboard and forward, with the bed arranged athwartships. It’s a roomy, memory-foam mattress that lifts easily to reveal massive storage underneath.

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Layout

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Layout

That stateroom also features a unique hanging locker with slide-out rails from both the stateroom side and the port-hull based head. A small fan in the overhead pulls air into the stateroom and it exhausts through the forward anchor locker; keeping the air moving and helping to keep the anchor locker dry and odor-free. That’s a nice touch. The overhead hatch and LED lighting ensure plenty of natural and electric illumination.

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Stern View

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Stern View

Another unique feature of the Buzzards Bay 34 is its outboard propulsion.  The first hull built actually had inboard-outboard diesels, but the advent of newer, high-horsepower outboards offered a chance for more simplicity and convenience and they are the standard offering now. The boat I visited yesterday at the Newport, Rhode Island, International Boat Show, is a pre-owned model (for sale, incidentally) that had the biggest Suzuki’s on it. Standard propulsion is a pair of 225hp Mercury Verados, although the factory can hang any outboard you like.

Buzzards Bay 34 Helm

Buzzards Bay 34 Helm

The cats are built right in Pocasset, Massachusetts, in the heart of Buzzards Bay. The company,Multihull Development, Inc., decided from the outset that the cat would be built without compromise.  The hull is balsa cored and resin-infused, while the decks are vacuum-bagged. Both technologies result in light, strong structure.

Buzzards Bay 34 Stateroom

Buzzards Bay 34 Stateroom

The boat, configured nicely and requiring only electronics and a few optional amenities for most customers, is priced at $405K.  That’s not cheap, but still represents significant value when you consider the construction methods, and level of fit and finish.

Buzzards Bay 34 Head

Buzzards Bay 34 Head

I’d take a close look at this boat for everything from coastal cruising in the Northeast, to snowbird migrations, to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska Inside Passage explorations. It will handle significant seas with comfort, has good range and can pull right up to the beach when it’s time to explore ashore.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

Pacific Expedition Yachts Offers Long-Range Cats

Pacific Expedition Yachts PE-55 Catamaran

Pacific Expedition Yachts PE-55 Catamaran

Pacific Expedition Yachts is a new builder, based on the coast in central Oregon, building long-range, self-sufficient power catamarans that are, compared to the traditional monohull trawler, a horse of a different color.  Actually, although the base color is white, you can have them in almost any color.  The new Expedition line of twin-hull motoryachts features sophisticated hull design and construction, utilizing Kevlar fabrics and resin-infused Nida-Core, as well as vinylester resin and expoxy.  The hull designs are built for ocean-going stability, huge volumes of living space, and the efficiencies necessary to move that volume easily and at lower cost.

The company was founded by industry veterans Patrick Meyer and John Shaw in late 2007 but already has several yachts in various stages of production.  The company’s business offices are in Oregon City, south of Portland, while the production facility is in Toledo, near Newport, on the cenral coast.  John and Pat keep a blog updated on the status of new models and production here.  The PE-45 was the first into production, but perhaps the most illustrative of the company’s vision is the PE-55, which offers tremendous size as well as good flexibility on interior selections to allow owners a moer personalized living arrangement.  The basic PE-55 specs are in the table below.

Pacific Expedition Yachts PE-55
LOA 56′-00″
LWL 55′-00″
Beam 24′-08″
Hull Beam 5′-08″ @W/L
Draft 3′-06″
Displacement 58,500 lbs (Light Ship)
Fuel 2,000 gallons
Water 300 gallons
Black Water 300 gallons
Top Speed (est.) 20+ knots
Engines: 2 x 430hp Cummins QSB5.9 diesels
 Source: Pacific Expedition Yachts 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 55 offers a saloon and galley that measure 20′ by 14′, which would be a good-sized living room in any house.  Unlike many cats, however, the PE yachts offer a unique forward section with a raised helm forward and to starboard and “sky lounge” across a central passageway to port.  This raised forward section also allows the owner’s stateroom to be on the main level and take advantage of the full beam.  There is access from the helm to the open aft deck and from there up to the flying bridge.

The main salon features a large entertainment area to port with the galley to starboard, along the bulkhead.  There is a large, raised countertop separating the galley from the rest of the salon, with room for bar stool-dining.

As an ocean-going vessel, the PE-55 has very high freeboard all around, with wide side decks and high bulwarks forward.  The cat hulls have a special, z-shape bow designed to slice through the chop for added stability and efficiency.  The hulls are semi-displacement and can reach up to 20+ knots, powered by twin Cummins 430hp QSB5.9 diesels.  With 2,000 gallons of fuel aboard, the range can vary several hundred miles to trans-oceanic, depending on the cruise speed.  The three main models currentlyi in the PE line, a 45, the 55 and a 65 use the same hulls.  In fact, two of the first PE-55 owners have decided to extend their boats to 60′ with an extra 5′ in the aft cockpit.

The lower deck staterooms — “lower” may be a bit unfair since they sit at virtually main-deck level in-part, under the raised pilothouse level — are amidships and continue the absolutely unique layout approach.  They each have room for a queen-size bed with side table, with the head of the bed near the centerline and the foot outboard.  Step down from the bed to a settee against the outboard hull bulkhead and turn to enter the en-suite head with shower stall.  There is plenty of storage space and the accommodations rival those of the master suite aboard any monohull of a similar length.

Of course, the master stateroom forward is even more sumptuous with room on either side of the full queen island for nightstands with drawers, as well as large, cedar-lined hanging lockers.  There is also a work desk and a love seat and the en-suite head features shore-size heads and fittings.

One of the best advantages of catamarans are their suitability for entertainment al fresco while anchored.  Although the PE-55 stands high out of the water, curved stairways aft lead down from the main deck to the water level for swimming and other watersports.  A davit can lower any kind of small boat down from the upper deck, where there is also plenty of room for sunning and entertaining.  The flybridge will undoubtedly be where most choose to drive the vessel; the huge, panoramic space with seating for plenty of the captain’s guests especially inviting.

The Pacific Expedition cats will be exciting to watch as they are delivered and enter service over the next several months.  To truly appreciate some of the unique features of these cat designs, have a look at the special image gallery we put together at this link:

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Industry News