Like a Line Drive, Right up the Middle

The Air 77 powercat has doors that let you walk from stern to bow, through the salon.

Air 77 powercatamaran

The Air 77 powercatamaran has an opening door to the bow, making it possible for people to walk from there straight to the stern without having to maneuver around the salon via side decks.Courtesy Oxygene Yachts

Here’s something we haven’t seen before: a 77-foot powercatamaran with doors both forward and aft, making it possible for guests to walk from the stern to the bow by going straight through the salon.

That forward door — which spans 107 square feet and lifts hydraulically upward at the front of the deckhouse — is one of the innovative features that designer Frédéric Sarfati and production expert Raphaël Krepser worked together to create on the new Air 77.

The yacht also boasts more than 3,000 square feet of living space, including four cabins for guests and two cabins for crew. Her performance characteristics are noteworthy, too. She can hit 20 knots powered by twin 260-hp UltraJet/Masterjet turbines, thanks to her lightweight construction including a glass-carbon superstructure. At a speed of 12 knots, the Air 77 burns just under 12 gallons of fuel per hour.

The Air 77 is scheduled to premiere at this fall’s Cannes Boat Show in France. Learn more at www.oxygeneyachts.com.