2014 Powerplay Catamarans 63
The Catamaran Revolution is hitting the west. More and more monohull die hards are turning their thoughts to the twin hull cruisers, but why?
When you consider how the majority of West Australian's use their boats it's actually easy to grasp the concept. As a Rottnest entertainer a cat provides about forty percent more living area than their equivalent len gth monohull, they are miserly on fuel but more importantly, they are more likely to have the range to cruise our vast coast. 'Nine Tales' was constructed with exactly this in mind. Designed by Powerplay, this 63 footer was built with a vision.
Twin Cummins Zeus Drives enable even a novice to manoeuvre her into a berth or through a busy mooring area. Four gorgeous cabins all feature ensuites so you could accommodate four couples extremely comfortably in separate wings of the boat. Her electrical system is controlled literally by the touch of a screen and at ten knots you can cover almost 1,600 nautical miles on a tank of juice. If you are in a hurry, push the throttles forward and she will sprint to 22 knots.
The beam of a boat is where the volume is created. A 40ft cat has the floor area of potentially a 65ft monohull so you can imagine the living space created in the Powerplay 63..... It's simply enormous! You could call her a tri-deck - the main deck level features the galley which is larger and better equipped than mine at home. This sits adjacent to a dining and entertainment area - all open plan. Head up a flight of stairs to the flybridge where the helm and yet another entertaining area with balcony and lounge seating are located. The port and starboard hulls provide asymmetrical accommodation, virtually a mirror image of the other. Panoramic windows in the master staterooms allow an ocean vista from the comfort of your bed - priceless!. I estimate you could loose 50 people onboard this craft!
Her massive 24ft beam has other advantages, a 1500kg davit provides the ability to store 5.8m RIB on the foredeck - You can't do that on a 65ft monohull without sacrificing half your cabin top.
Include solar power, inverters, ducted reverse cycle airconditioning throughout and a watermaker and really there is no obstacle between you and the next long range adventure. If you're not into cruising then simply securing a mooring at the island and you could live indefinitely without tripping over the rest of the family.