International Intrigue

New builds from the Kiwis, the Dutch, and the Italians remind us Vive le Difference!


C1 5000 Powercat New Zealand builder Catamarans International has just launched the CI 5000 Express Powercat(pictured above), and is in negotiations to have this model manufactured in the U.S. for the American market. This 50-footer features twin 420-horsepower Cummins engines matched to Zeus Drives. She is said to deliver a top speed of 28 knots and cruise at 23 knots on 24 gallons of fuel per hour. At 8 knots, she should have a range of over 2,000 miles and optional fuel tanks are available to extend that range. Her accommodations feature a large saloon that seats 12 and a large master cabin that is almost full beam with an office and walk in wardrobe. There are three guest cabins and two additional heads. A large cockpit can be set up for cruising or fitted with a Tuna tower for sportfishing. Vivante 55

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The Vivante 55, a flare-bowed Vripack design and the largest yacht built so far by Vivante Yachts of Holland, will be finished early next year and presented to the public during the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show. Vivante Yachts are customized to fit their client's wishes: This one will feature plenty of leather, upholstered panelling, American walnut, and stainless steel. The salon has a corner lounge with an L-sofa, two separate tables, and a dinette that easily sits six people. The owner's cabin occupies almost a third of the yacht's overall length and features a walk-in shower, a head, and two separate washstands. The starboard side can feature an optional office with an integrated desk and bookcase. The Vivante 55 has a heated sole, an extensive navigation package, and hydraulic bow and stern thrusters, as well as a hydraulic swim platform with a tender. The steel-hulled Vivante 55 displaces 40 tons and is powered by twin 170-horsepower Vetus Deutz engines. Morgan Dinghy 33

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Morgan has announced its new 33 Dinghy, which it bills "not only as a duty boat, but also as an elegant and dynamic day cruiser." Crafted from only the most luxurious materials, the center console is covered by a roll bar with canopy. Behind the seating is a small galley with stove, sink, and bar/fridge. Immediately aft of that, in the center of the stern sundeck, is a folding dining table can seat five. A small staircase from the sundeck provides easy access to the stern swim platform. Below deck is a cabin with V-berths (that can be converted to a queen-size berth) and two wardrobes. A head is located under the center console, with access from a hatch. The Morgan 33 Dinghy comes with twin Yamaha 250-horsepower outboards, that should allow it to reach a cruising speed of 35 knots and a maximum speed of 45 knots. Optional 260-horsepower Yanmar Z-drives are also available. The 33 Dinghy is available in ten colors and can be fitted with sportfishing options.