Higher evolution

New Zealand builder, Pachoud has launched a new, fast, fuel-efficient power cat that offers new levels of refinement.

Photography by Pachoud

27 April 2017


Pachoud have specialised in developing large hydrofoiling catamarans which are solidly engineered and constructed.

Their latest creation, Sojourn, hit the water just last month and the photos reveal a well-configured, sleek profile, and a very capable looking sea boat.

The designers have fully utilised the vessel’s 18 metre (59 feet), starting with an expansive sunpad with retractable bimini located on the foredeck, flowing through to the open plan saloon with scenic wraparound glass side windows.

Ergonomics are also improved, thanks to a raised sole height, improving visibility from the helm. The galley gains more real estate, stepping-up from the company’s well-received first generation of sport catamarans. Opening saloon’s the glass sliding doors creates a spacious indoor/outdoor alfresco space.

The aft cockpit is thoughtfully equipped with automatic roller blinds, allowing the entire space to be enclosed and protected from sudden changes in weather conditions.

Accommodations on the lower deck consist of a three-cabin arrangement, with a large bathroom, and reap the advantages of the cat’s generous 6.3 metre (20.6 feet), beam.


Natural light streams into enlarged port-lights. The double berth owners’ cabin features a substantial new wardrobe integrated into the forward wall, doubling as an acoustic barrier to ensure maximum privacy. Triple port-lights showcase spectacular views out onto the water. The other guest cabin can be fitted with a double, or two single beds. Finally, the bunkroom, provides two single beds ideal for children or crew.

Sojourn is the first example of Pachoud’s impressive second range of sport catamarans; the product of over six years of development and on water experience with hydrofoil catamarans.

The boat’s exterior lines feature strong styling, drawing on the proven pedigree of the first line of sports cats.

Below the water the lifting hydrofoil has undergone a complete redesign, now supporting up to half of the vessels weight while underway; this elevates the hull and significantly improves fuel economy, with a cruise speed of 30 knots, using 6.5LPNM, and sprint speed of 39 knots, burning 8LPNM; short weather windows can be exploited with ease, ensuring Sojourn can provide maximum opportunity for enjoyment to her owners.

The Pachoud sport range of hydrofoil assisted power catamarans offer serious fuel efficiency, providing long range ability at high speed. The the sport cat range is comprehensively equipped for cruising, exploring, diving, fishing, relaxing and entertaining.

The second hull in the range is under construction at the company’s Tauranga facility, and more orders are anticipated of this appealing versatile craft.


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