SA Builder to Launch New Power Cat in Miami


A new South African power catamaran will debut at this month’s Miami Boat Show courtesy of Phoenix Marine / Xquisite Yachts.

The 17m Xquisite 56 Power Cat is billed 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 successful X5 luxury 50’ cat which is already keeping the Phoenix Marine yard 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,” Hamor said.

“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,” Hamor said.

New features include:

  • Dynamic positioning system
  • Joystick docking
  • 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 was recently expanded to about 6500m2. The company currently employs about 75 staff but will look to expand further with the addition of the new power cat. Boats are marketed on an exclusive basis by Miami-based Xquisite Yachts.

Last year Hamor told IBI news that Phoenix was well placed to benefit from powerful demand coming out of the US.  Buyers were particularly interested in larger models, Hamor said.

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