03 November 2022
Dynamic Supercats, the sister company to Dynamic Boats, presents Project Garfield, a striking 38-metre catamaran project that aims to set a new standard for ocean-going multihulls.
The owners of the project commissioned it in a bid to create something that would deliver what they desired in a yacht, offering something more substantial and suitable than their current 25-metre yacht.
Working closely with the owner’s representative and build Captain Jon Bellemare, the owners explored various options on the brokerage market but nothing met their specific needs.
The requirements included a sailing catamaran with a shallow draught, high cross deck and freeboard, large expansive outdoor spaces on every level, accommodation for up to 12 guests with large dining and communal areas, all while offering close proximity to the waterline.
“We struggled to find something that checked all the boxes and gave the owner the feel and features they desired to have on board,” explains Captain Jon Bellemare.
“Additionally, they want to venture to remote parts of the world in the future as a family. These items and more all came into play when developing this cat.”
Over the past three years, the owner and Captain Bellemare have spent countless hours narrowing down the requirements for what would eventually become Project Garfield.
Cantu Design and DFD Design were commissioned to develop a design and naval architecture package to meet the owner’s needs. The layout and exterior design, delivered by Cantu Design, reflects the lifestyle and tastes of the owner.
Ample outdoor entertaining spaces — offering the option of shade — were key requirements alongside water access from the owner’s cabin. This was of the utmost importance, as the owner’s primary goal was to feel like they were actually on a boat and close to the water, not in a hotel.
By lowering the aft tender platform to the water, it creates a seamless, full-beam beach club, directly accessible from the aft staterooms.
Other key design features on Garfield alongside the beach club include the pilothouse, the versatility of the cabins — of which three offer the size and layout worthy of being the master — and the breathtaking foredeck seating area.
“We created a timeless exterior with flowing curves and large open spaces, you truly feel like you have an open deck to play on,” says John Cantu.
Looking at the technical side, the new build had to deliver certain performance attributes.
Garfield offers a high top speed north of 14 knots and is also capable of making transpacific crossings under power, to account for worst-case scenarios.
This is delivered by a diesel-electric propulsion system that maximises interior volume while reducing noise when running or at anchor. It provides a more sustainable solution to the traditional diesel alternative while also offering 24-hour silent running when at anchor.
Garfield incorporates a number of features unique to the vessel that work around engineering solutions such as the retractable centreboards, a massive tender platform, and a tall cross deck clearance. These were all key aspects for the new build in order to meet the owner’s design brief.
“Working closely with Cantu and DFD Design over the past couple of years, we have developed a unique layout for the superyacht industry. Catamarans are the future, and that required us to think outside of the box,” says Captain Bellemare.
One of the main elements of a catamaran is that you have less interior volume within the hulls than you would on a motor yacht of equivalent size. However, what you lack in interior, you gain in large common spaces. The large beam of the project allows for a much larger interior space in the main saloon.
“We put the galley on the main deck next to the saloon, as this experience was important to the owners and the way in which they like to entertain family and friends,” says Cantu.
“It has taken our team three years to get to this point. I am extremely proud and satisfied with the final design and layout that our team came up with for Project Garfield.
“Dynamic Supercats has developed an amazing yacht that will work exceptionally well for the ownership and guests in the near future,” says Captain Bellemare.