13 July 2023
With power catamarans all the rage at the moment, it’s hardly surprising that more and more builders are getting in on the act. After all, who can argue with a more stable platform that offers increased fuel efficiency and enough room on board to swing a cat?
The latest to join the fray is renowned catamaran builder Catana Group, who have honed their cat prowess over four decades producing sailing cats in the form of the Catana and Bali brands. Now they are stepping into the powercat world, adding a new brand to their portfolio – YOT Power Catamarans.
The first model to hit the market will be the YOT 36, a 10.92-metre open-decked weekender with two ensuite cabins, powered by twin Mercury outboards in 225 hp or 300 hp forms. The deck area covers 38-square-metres, and the 3.99-metre beam can be further extended thanks to two opening side platforms.
The YOT 36’s cockpit design includes a central wet bar comprising two modules with a fridge, sink, storage and optional cooking facilities. The side platforms help create a generous social saloon en plein air under the protection of a hardtop, with areas for sunbathing and for dining for up to eight people.
There’s a large forward cockpit too, offering a large sunbathing area and a wide forward-facing bench seat for taking in the evening breeze at anchor or for feeling the thrill of the wind in your hair underway.
There’s recessed access to the starboard side deck for safety while moving, even underway.
The innovative helm station features four comfortable seats, and front and side windscreens for wind and weather protection underway. At the helm, the skipper can take full advantage of the YOT 36’s performance via a joystick system and advanced electric steering.
Designed by J&J, the YOT 36 has a sleek profile that glides elegantly through the water. The materials and upholstery have been rigorously selected for their performance, quality and design, while the hull incorporates structural carbon reinforcements.
Inside, the YOT 36 has two bright cabins, each with its own bathroom and head, for great privacy when you’re on board overnight.
The YOT 36 will debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival, which takes place from 12 to 17 September.