Boatbuilder Soyaslan has just launched what is believed to be the longest cold cast catamaran in the world. The 19.37m was designed and built by the specialist Turkish builder, with styling by Tumer Design Studio.
Whatever the material, the catamaran has ultra-modern lines. The shear line dips from the low stern to the steeply flared bows of the boat, which are themselves angled aft. The white coachroof seems to hover above a black glazed basin, with a streamlined hard-top shading the flybridge.
That such a complex design should have been built using the cold cast construction process. Cold molding is the method of constructing a form by forming sheets or planks of wood onto a plug or frame. Individual wooden elements are bonded together with high performance epoxy and then epoxy coated for protection and longevity.
“In the final look, users cannot tell the difference between a cold cast yacht and a GRP or a metal yacht,” explains Can Soyaslan, the founder. “In practice, the durability and longevity of the hull is beyond compare. Wooden yachts can last well over a hundred years, while the vibration, sound and thermal insulation is much better.
Weight for weight, there is little difference between cold casting and GRP. But of course wood is a durable material and there is also the sense of true craftsmanship that only comes from using wood. “It’s not easy to explain, but you can notice/feel the difference of a wooden hull when you get on board. It’s warmer and more honest,” says Soyaslan.
She can accommodate eight guests in two large double and two twin cabins, and three further berths for the crew. Tumer Design created a modern and minimal interior, with a neutral palette of darker colors mixed with colorful blue and orange patterned fabrics. The large electrically operated swim platform aft carries the 3.5m tender.
The CAT63 is powered by two 110 hp Yanmar engines, connected to large ZF saildrives, for a cruising speed of 8.5 knots and more than 10 knots at full throttle. There’s a whopping 60kWh of lithium batteries on board and no less than eight 430W solar panels.
“Our whole team is very proud of this elegant and powerful catamaran,” says Soyaslan. “The yacht will take her owner safely and comfortably across oceans and provide an excellent platform for cruising.”
Soyaslan was founded in 1992 by Turhan Soyaslan. The yacht builder has completed more than 100 successful projects. The Soyaslan shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey has the capacity to build three ships at the same time, each with a length of up to 40m. The site covers 1,400 m², including 650 m² of covered built space. Soyaslan has the skills to build in wood, steel, aluminum and GRP.