Cat on the Run
A longtime sailboat builder brings its first powercat to the States.
I’ve always wanted a boat with a hot tub on the flying bridge. So I took particular interest in the Sunreef 70 Power named Sea Bass, which has that and more, the result of the wide beam afforded by the catamaran hull design that makes this boat an intriguing cruiser.
Sunreef, out of Poland, started building sailing catamarans in 2000 and put out its first powercat in 2008. It recently introduced Hull No. 1 of its 70 to the United States, bringing Sea Bass to this year’s Miami International Boat Show. With a 30'6" beam, she’s eight to ten feet wider than monohulls of comparable length, which combined with her twin hulls, allows her to offer an unusual accommodation plan, even for a cat.
The 70 Power features two master suites forward and two guest cabins aft, all with en suite heads. There’s an additional crew quarters for the captain and one crewmember. Sunreef also put the galley down on this level, in the port hull, freeing up space in the saloon upstairs.
Sunreef calls the saloon deck “minimalist,” but the modern layout and dark-wood accents create an air of tasteful elegance. Usable space is abundant, especially in the 320-square-foot teak-sole cockpit featuring a wet bar, dining table, and steps leading down to diving platforms on both hulls. But to me, the most fun to be had is still on the flying bridge, with that Jacuzzi tub, wet bar with a combination electric-charcoal barbecue, a crane for launching a PWC, and, oh yeah, a hydraulically operated diving board that extends aft between the two hulls. Triple lindy anyone?
Cats are known for their fuel efficiency; twin hulls are typically more easily driven than comparable-length monohulls, which is why some long-distance cruisers prefer them. (Resin-infusion helps this cat shed weight, further boosting efficiency and range.) The Sunreef 70 Power should cater to that voyaging crowd. Powered by twin 873-hp Caterpillars, she is reportedly capable of reaching 26 knots (29.9 mph). But Sunreef claims she also has transatlantic range at lower cruising speeds.
To test these traits before buying your own 70 Power, Sea Bass is available for charter in the Bahamas. Make sure to fire up that hot tub during the trip.
CONTACT: Sunreef (+48) 601 315 206.
This article originally appeared in the July 2010 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.