In 2011, Tauranga based Pachoud Motor Yachts launched the 17 metre Voodoo, the first in a new series of Roger Hill designed asymmetric foiling power cats. The boat proved an immediate success and served well as a test bed for foil development, appendage optimisation, and hull form. An early trip across the Tasman from Auckland to the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, Australia, attracted a lot of interest and further orders followed for both the designer and builder.
Sojourn, the second boat in the asymmetric foiling series was the first 18 metre version, which like Voodoo was capable of high speed ocean passages (27 hours from Opua to Noumea) with moderate sized engines and offering a full luxury live aboard life style. Running a pair of MTU Series60 engines Sojourn topped out at 39 knots, with a fuel consumption from 20 knots to 30 knots around 7.0 L/NM.
Designer Roger Hill says that he doubts there is another large motor yacht of this size than can boast similar figures and means clients can look forward to fast passages reducing travel time and increasing play time at the destination. He added that his 18m asymmetric foiling power cat is all about economy and range, allowing for transocean passage making at high speed.
In July 2018, Pachoud Motor Yachts delivered their second 18 metre, Souvenir, to a Hamilton Island, Australia based client, and the third 18 metre, F5, to be used for charter and private use was launched mid December 2018.
Now Pachoud Motor Yachts has announced they have signed up two more.
Hulls #4 and #5 have just started production and will be built in tandem over the next 18 months. Construction, like all previous models is composite. Launch date is predicted to be mid 2020. Each vessel is optimised to suit the individual owners preference for internal layout, décor, technical specification, and survey. Plus each is individually analysed for optimum foil shape and size related to the required performance and final displacement.
Power for both 18 metre power cats will probably be 2 x MTU Series 60, through shafts, which will give the 27000 kg boats a maximum speed of 39 knots.
Roger Hill has also released details of a 20 metre version of the same design which is being built in Auckland by Scott Lane Boatbuilders. A full set of moulds is underway for this fast powercat, with resin infused E-class being used for the external shell and carbon fibre for the inner structure. Based on the same asymmetric foiling hull design, the 20m version will also carry a helipad on the sedan roof and has an anticipated top speed of around 45 knots. Power has not yet been finalised by favoured are a pair of MTU V8 1250hp engines. Launching is end of 2019.