The 17m Xquisite 56 Power Cat built as the ultimate luxury cruising catamaran, designed by Rudolf Jonker and expected to be in production later this year with a first hull expected early next year. It comes on the back of another Jonker design, the award-winning X5 luxury 50’ cat which is already keeping the shipyard busy with a ramped up production of five boats a year.
Xquisite chief executive Tamas Hamor said the name of the new model would only be revealed at the Miami show.
“This exciting new model from Xquisite Yachts / Phoenix Marine is a thoroughbred power catamaran designed from scratch as a power yacht, not just a sailing boat without a mast,”
“This new model will be the ultimate luxury cruising catamaran for couples and families who want to explore our oceans under power, rather than sailing.”
“She will be capable of speeds over 20 knots, while still offers very reasonable fuel consumption and long range at an ‘eco-cruising speed’ of around 9 knots,”
New features include:
Dynamic positioning system
Opening front windshield
Digital switching system
iPad based maintenance software
Hydraulic aft platform
Custom carbon fiber dinghy
Phoenix Marine started production five years ago at its Atlantis facility which recently expanded to about 6500m². The company currently employs about 75 staff but will look to extend further with the addition of the new power cat. Boats are marketed on an exclusive basis by Miami-based Xquisite Yachts.
Last year Tamas told IBI news that Phoenix was well placed to benefit from high demand coming from the US. Buyers were particularly interested in larger models, Tamas said.