The Stellar PM 85-foot catamaran is designed for sport fishing – Rob reports
Fishing is part of the American dream, and American builders have a wide range of boats to prove it. There are hundreds of different styles of boat, from 18-foot bass boats to saltwater center consoles from 20 to 65 feet in length, all the way to a new 171-foot yacht designed to be the world’s first luxury sport fishing yacht. We’re literally talking millions of structures.
But the new 85-foot Sportfish from StellarPM is a cat with stripes that is very different from the rest of the fishing world. The SF2603 – yes, SF stands for Sport Fisherman – is one of the few large boats designed to pursue large pelagic fish. Currently in the design and pre-production stages, it was developed with an owner who is an experienced big game hunter. “He wanted a more stable and comfortable base than traditional monocoque structures could provide,” says Chris Holmes, founder of StellarPM. Rob report.
The multi-hull combines the same high-volume, tri-deck design as the StellarCAT AL2503 platform but with an enhanced power option to meet the owner’s desire to get to offshore fishing grounds faster – and with reasonable efficiency.
Twin Volvo IPS engines provide a maximum speed of approximately 21 knots. Since IPS claims 35 percent more efficiency than conventional poles, and boats are more efficient than monocoque hulls, this supercat was designed to make better use of its 5,200-gallon fuel capacity. The solution to the potential frustration could increase the boat’s top speed to 35 knots, though the company declined to specify any technical details.
Fascinating key features revealed include the massive tuna tower – among the largest in terms of the boat’s height-to-length ratio – and cockpits extending close to water level on each hull with fighting chairs. These pods are where the fishing takes place and, as such, have reinforced soles and hydraulically opened transom doors when the catch needs to be transported by boat.
There are also fish boxes, a live well, and an ice machine to keep your catch fresh, as well as a bait counter and freezers. Freezers and compartments for rods, reels, and tools were also included in the design. Naval architecture and architecture designed by Dutch studio Ginton Naval Architects.
One of the most important tasks of the owner was settling in the ocean. The design of a double hull boat makes sense since it will not sway like a monohull and is less prone to rock and roll at anchor. The wide package also provides exceptional interior space that’s often up to a third larger than a monocoque body of the same length.
“His list also included fuel efficiency,” Holmes adds. This should help the 85-foot boat achieve a range of up to 2,400 nautical miles, so it can venture into fishing grounds as far away from the mainland United States as Belize and Nova Scotia. And the lightweight metal construction and plan structures with flat surfaces increase efficiency.
“The owner has owned fiberglass boats before,” says Holmes, “but sees significant advantages in all-aluminum construction, mainly from a crash and fire safety perspective, but also lower maintenance, environmental dependencies, stiffness, shock absorption, and comfort under water”. road.”
The longstanding desire among big game fishermen to travel to fishing grounds more than 100 nautical miles offshore or deep in the Pacific Ocean has led to an increase in the length and range of sport fishing vessels. Perhaps the most extreme example is Royal Huisman’s six-deck, 171-foot, Project 406, touted as the world’s largest luxury sport fishing yacht.
But it is not over sized. Owners commission builders with levels of fit and finish for superyachts that provide comfort after a day of fishing. The new Viking 90 is a good example of this.
The modular interior design of the SF2603, which will be built at the StellarPM factory in Zhuhai, China, is currently being developed with the owner designer – who is still unknown. Holmes confirms that the interior design will be similar to the 108-foot StellarPM motor yacht. first destination which is currently under construction. “The owner wants a good interior flow and a salon that looks like a luxury yacht,” he says. So, take these designs as examples of what’s inside may be It seems like.
The SF2603 will be designed to comply with Lloyd’s +100A1 rated SSC Yacht Mono G6, with delivery scheduled for Summer 2025.
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