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Spirit of the sea

Pachoud Yachts in New Zealand has recently unveiled their latest superyacht, a 26.2-metre catamaran called Rua Moana.

Written by Jack O'Rourke

02 July 2020


Pachoud Yachts has launched their latest catamaran. Rua Moana will be a charter yacht with Cruise New Zealand, based in the Viaduct in Auckland and possibly the South Pacific Islands for the winter season.

Rua Moana is a blend of subtle luxurious design and cutting-edge technology.

Packed with features such as a concealed spa pool, and a large swim platform and beach club, Rua Moana is also a technical achievement in terms of efficiency and environmental friendliness, at a global level.

Hydrodynamically she is extremely efficient requiring a mere fraction of the horsepower usually required to push a boat of this volume, and the systems onboard developed for energy efficiency. Rua Moana has also been built with a sustainable and cruelty-free interior.

Exterior styling is by Andrew Ogilvie of Pachoud Yachts, interior design by Kit Carlier Design and Naval Architecture by LOMOcean and Pachoud Yachts.


The fluid lines of the hull design and computerised ride control systems maximise comfort and fuel efficiency, and at the same time minimise wake disturbance to the delicate coastal ecosystems of her cruising waters.

There are generously proportioned outdoor areas, and a large spa pool on the foredeck that can heat to 40 degrees in 90 minutes. The upper deck provides a lofty area from which to take in the spectacular natural panorama of our cruising waters.

Even the most minute aspect of Rua Moana’s interior has benefitted from fastidious attention to detail and devotion to effortless luxury.

Décor is streamlined and clutter-free, producing a feeling of light and space. Hard surfaces are smooth and sleek, and soft furnishings are lush and inviting.

There is room to be social and space for privacy, without compromising either one.

There are four guest cabins, each with a King size bed and its own ensuite bathroom. Deep 100% wool New Zealand carpets soften footsteps and minimise sound to enhance the profound sense of peace and wellbeing that embraces you as soon as you step aboard Rua Moana.

A chefs galley, indoor and outdoor dining areas, main saloon, media room and wine lounge complete the main floor with a state of the art flying bridge and large outside deck located upstairs.

Environmentally conscious and energy-efficient thinking is evident throughout. Rua Moana has been designed from the ground up to minimise her environmental impact.

The hull design is extremely efficient enabling her to cruise at 18 – 20 knots using a fraction of the horsepower of similar volume boats.

The systems onboard have been chosen for energy efficiency, and Rua Moana is able to operate in two modes; quiet ship mode, which takes advantage of DC refrigeration systems, built natural ventilation, stand-alone heating systems, etc; and eco-hotel mode, with quiet variable speed generators, inverter brushless DC air-con, low power strip lighting, etc providing the full superyacht services at a fraction of the noise and emissions levels.



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