Apparently if you own a megayacht there just isn’t enough space for everything you want to have onboard – the upper class problems the super rich have to face. The solution for the supersizers, the 80 metre plus bracket, is to have a large shadow vessel that follows you around carrying tenders, cars, helicopters and staff overspill. Arista’s new Phantom Catamaran hopes to fill that role for the 40 to 60 metre market – after all who wants a load of jetskis cluttering up the deck and swallowing up valuable sunlounging space?
Targeted at the slightly older boat that may not have the large stern terrace, clever garages, fold-out balconies and cubby holes for the toys, the Phantom Catamaran clears deck space whilst still keeping the owner within arm’s length of every exciting piece of equipment he so desires. It also might delay the need for an expensive upgrade to a more voluminous superyacht.
Able to wear many “hats”, the Phantom Catamaran is more than just a storage facility. The 24 metre ship can hold the helipad and the chopper to land on it, be customised to host a large beach club with 12 m² lap pool, swim stair dipping down to the sea and catamaran netting for relaxing, become a hotel for nannies, security and beauty therapists or even take up the guise as the mother of all venues for an open-air party for 100 guests on her 220m² of flat deck. She’s also surprisingly suitable for sports fishing, a favourite leisure pursuit amongst many posh yachties, as she has a shallow draft, great manoeuverability and space to deploy eight lines at any one time with ease.
With its tender “hat” on, the Phantom Catamaran has a cruising speed of 18 knots and can carry up to 12 guests ship to shore in comfort – they can even perch at the bar and enjoy a tipple or two as the boat glides across the water. Below, there is a day bed and an air-conditioned lounge if the sunshine gets too much.
Staying just under 24m means the Catamaran can be crewed by two which greatly reduces the annual operational cost, insurance, berthing and class compliance, with reduced fuel consumption being another benefit.