March 9, 2010 by john

BMT Nigel Gee and Design Unlimited are pleased to announce their collaboration on the development of an exciting 40 metre powered luxury catamaran. The partnership brings together BMT’s extensive experience in the naval architecture and engineering of high speed catamarans with the versatile interior and exterior design skills of Design Unlimited.

This 500 GRT power catamaran design is offered with a number of propulsion options, depending on the required performance, and in each case features a proven hull form from BMT’s comprehensive portfolio of catamaran designs.

The baseline option features twin, 1,432kW diesel engines to give a top speed of 20 knots and a range of 2,600nm. A faster model offers a 32 knot top speed using twin diesels to drive waterjets whilst for those requiring maximum performance a 41 knot option is available featuring combined gas turbines and diesels with waterjets.

The catamaran platform is ideally suited to the moderately sized, medium to high speed yacht. Yachts on the 500 GRT limit are always pushing the boundaries of available space, but with a beam of 11.8m the BMT Nigel Gee design offers a substantially greater amount of accommodation compared to a conventional yacht of the same length.

The additional beam is put to good use providing extensive interior spaces capable of adaptation for a wide variety of uses and entertainment options.

The accommodation spans three decks with the lower deck being split across the two separate demi-hulls. This lower deck includes crew accommodation to port with cabins for six, the crew mess and galley, the laundry area and separate access to the foredeck. The starboard hull contains two large, well appointed, en-suite VIP cabins with the option to convert them into a single large VIP or master suite.

The luxury catamaran main deck features two further en-suite VIP cabins and a gym with side-opening terrace for an indoor/outdoor workout. There is also a large, fully-equipped galley. The full-beam saloon occupies the aft section of the main deck with inside/outside dining options for 12, plus a bar, large comfortable lounging areas and circular sliding doors giving access onto the aft sundeck. This sundeck incorporates a feature pool which can also be accessed from the aft hull swim platforms.

The upper deck is given over mostly to the owner’s accommodation. A massive suite incorporates an aft facing central bed which takes in the full width view, together with a walkin dressing/bathroom and large office/study. There is also an option for a private sky lounge.

This deck also houses a large en-suite captain’s cabin which has private access to the spacious wheelhouse.

The exterior of the yacht is well planned with generous sunbathing and outdoor seating spaces. The main deck has a large foredeck which houses two 6-metre tenders together with a crane and there is also a lower garage for jet skis and water sports equipment.

Yacht Specifications:
LOA [m] 39.6 41.7 41.9
Max Beam [m] 11.8 11.8 1.8
Draught [m] 1.9 1.9 1.9
Max Speed [knots] 20 32 41
Range@ 12 knots [nm] 2600 1800 1750
Engines 2 x MTU 12V2000 2 x MTU 16V 4000 CODAG
Propulsion 2 x props 2 x jets 2 x jets

BMT Nigel Gee Ltd
BMT Nigel Gee is a leading independent yacht design consultancy collaborating with the world’s foremost shipyards and stylists to provide state of the art naval architecture, turnkey engineering, technical consultancy and plan approval. Founded in 1986 the company’s portfolio includes yachts from small production designs and high speed multihulls to large superyachts of up to 120m in length.

Design Unlimited
Design Unlimited specialises in yacht interior design and exterior styling for both custom and production yachts.

Founded in 2000 by Mark Tucker the team has worked on some of the most well known sailing and motor superyachts afloat today, as well as working in conjunction with many famous brands including Sunseeker and the Hanse Group.

BMT Nigel Gee T. +44 (0) 1962 820358
Tel: +44 (0) 20 380 226 655 M. +44 (0) 7754 749114
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