Catamaran builder Fountaine-Pajot made a big splash at the Cannes Boat Show on September 8th with the introduction of their flagship, the Queensland 55 (shown right). Several layouts are available. The layout of the show boat, however, is tough to beat. A huge aft deck with a dining table flows into the salon, which features a large sofa, and separate dining area. The galley and lower helm are forward and take advantage of the expansive views. The starboard hull, from stem to stern, is all reserved for the lucky owner. Two additional staterooms, as well as forward crew quarters, occupy the port hull. Depending on engine options, the top speed ranges from 20 knots to 24 knots. More remarkably, the 435-horsepower Volvo D6 package results in a range of 1,450 miles at 10 knots, according to the builder. Lots of range, and lots of space, that’s tough to beat. www.catamarans-trawler.com
From afar, the new Maestro 65 by Apreamare may look familiar to some discerning yachtsman, but upon closer inspection you’ll see that this version is specifically built for the Americas. Industry veteran and boating enthusiast Marc-Udo Broich is a partner in the venture and working directly with the Italian builder to create a new model that is better suited for boating in North, Central, and South America. “ The first project was tackling what I think will be the new wave of yachts that are both long range as well as capable fast cruisers,” commented Broich. “We wanted to take the 65’s wide beam, generous layout, and apply some key features for success in this market.”
One noticeable change is the fly bridge, which was extended by 5 feet, allowing additional seating options or an area for a davit and tender. Broich also focused on the cockpit, incorporating several major changes including the addition of a hydraulic swim platform (adding additional tender options), and more seating.
Below, the existing three-stateroom and office arrangement was tough to improve upon, only requiring minor tweaks such as additional stowage, more interior wood options, and a larger lower helm allowing for additional electronics.
The projected top speed is 34 knots, and thanks to additional fuel, the range will increase to more than 500 nautical miles at 28 knots. Look for an extensive review in the future. www.apreamareyachts.com
Monte Carlo 76
Groupe Beneteau stirred things up in Venice, Italy, this summer with a gala and launching of its new stunning 76. The Venice based design team of Nuvolari & Lenard was on hand, along with Monte Carlo Yachts general manager Carla Demaria, to welcome dealers and the yachting press. Although the purple hull color got our attention, the innovated layout, spacious forward seating arrangement, and huge fly bridge, kept it. Owners can choose between a three or four stateroom layout, and the galley can either be located on the main deck, or on the lower deck for owners who wish to cruise with crew. Interior volume is increased thanks to the elimination of transverse stringers, and additional longitudinal reinforcements and self-supporting sandwich lamination construction. www.montecarloyachts.it