Super sailing catamaran Q5 Quintessential is about to make a grand appearance on Auckland waters as it undergoes its first sea trials.
After the luxury cat was launched at the Hobsonville Point yard of Kiwi superyacht builders Yachting Developments, it made its way under the Auckland Harbour Bridge at low water.
The 100ft (30.48m) long multihull, with a stunning 48ft (14.63m) beam, is now ready for two weeks of trials on the Hauraki Gulf. From there, the blue-hulled Quintessential will head off on her maiden voyage cruising the Pacific.
The luxury cat has been built using high-strength, weight-saving composite materials - post-cured epoxy Eglass/carbon fibre with foam sandwich technology. Yachting Developments built the craft to meet and exceed stringent GL class survey requirements.
With naval architecture by Alan Warwick Yacht Design, the catamaran is fitted with top New Zealand boatbuilding technology - from the carbon fibre mast from Southern Spars, to the sails by Doyle NZ, and composite engineering design by SP High Modulus NZ. Onboard Systems NZ provided the captive winches.
The boat has five guest cabins and three crew cabins, made out by British interior designers Redman Whiteley Dixon.
Although built as a sailing yacht, Quintessential is fitted with two 460 horsepower Caterpillar engines which will run to a top speed of 14 knots.
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