As the Owner of this Sunreef 88 Double Deck can concur: “Once you go cat, you never go back”.
Catamarans are a truly unique way of sailing the oceans. Apart from floating, they have little in common with their mono-hulled cousins whatsoever. If you head out on a large sailing yacht and expect a day of supping on cocktails while catching up on your favourite James Patterson thriller, then you’re in for a shock, as most likely the skipper will have you hiking (getting you to dangle your legs over the side of the hull to decrease the boat’s heel), or getting you to burn some serious calories trimming the headsails..
On the other hand, catamarans are designed to sail flat, stable and fast, with gargantuan, luxury interior and exterior spaces that rival that of considerably larger superyachts. Also, a shallow draught means cats can be sailed into waist-deep waters, enabling them to drop anchor close to shore. In fact, the only major disadvantage of a catamaran is, thanks to their colossal beams (the maximum width of the hull), some marinas will charge you extra for taking up their valuable berthing space. But where would you rather be - berthed in a busy marina, or anchored in your own secluded bay?
The Owner of this Sunreef 88 Double Deck is a typical cat-convert. Having experienced one-too-many problems with his mono-hulled yacht, the Owner’s captain suggested he take a look at a Sunreef, after spotting one on a trip to Tunisia. Having spent 12 years cruising on his large-but-cramped vessel, the chance to have his own custom-built catamaran was just too much. A deal was struck and three years later, the 88, which he named Ruwani made her debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival [To be continued...]
We take a look at Sunreef’s 88 Double Deck: the catamaran with the space of a megayacht
Imagine investing tens of millions of dollars in a superyacht, only to find that an 88-meter catamaran can rival, if not better it, on exterior and interior spaces. With over 300m2 of usable living area on board, Sunreef’s 88 Double Deck, named Ruwani, is a real megacat, with her huge lounges, cabins and open decks adding up to the ultimate sailing experience.
Commissioned by a seasoned boat owner who was growing tired of the lack of space on his monohulled yacht, Ruwani was custom built at Sunreef’s Gdansk shipyard, to his specifications, with layouts specifically designed for long-distance, family-friendly cruising. Working alongside Sunreef’s naval architects and designers, he created a warm and inviting megacat, fitted-out with a selection of natural materials, such as wood, marble, linen and leather. The cabins and lounges were finished off in a subtle light colourway, with every area sporting an item trimmed, or hand-made in his lucky shade of orange.
But what about these spaces? Due to Ruwani’s massive 11.2 meter beam (her overall width), the aft lounge (cockpit in nautical terms) is truly gargantuan. A nine-seat dining table is almost lost in a sea of teak and with so much area to play with, Sunreef’s designers placed reading spots either side of the lounge, with two large sunpads at the rear. [To be continued...]