May 9, 2019

Project: Zurn 60 Powercat

Zurn Yacht Design has again teamed up with New England Boatworks to announce plans to build the Zurn 60 Powercat. This three-stateroom, five-head cruising yacht shows careful consideration for the comfort and privacy of passengers and crew with a truly revolutionary powercat layout. The concept from Doug Zurn, worked with a prospective owner with open-ocean cruising experience. New England Boatworks, located in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is a leader in building power and sail yachts using advanced methods and materials. The New England Boatworks 60 Powercat is a groundbreaking design that showcases the out-of-the-box thinking that has long made Zurn Yacht Design a leader in the yachting world. The radical configuration starts with the main deck, where a master stateroom forward uses the full width of the deckhouse for a 270-degree field of view through expansive picture windows, as well as four large forward windows overlooking the fore-deck. The master is entered from a door on the starboard side deck and features a king-size berth on center-line, as well as a settee and a wide desk along the aft bulkhead, a suitable work-space for running the ship, or monitoring business interests from anywhere. Stairways to either side lead to his-and-hers head compartments located on the lower deck to port and starboard. A curving staircase at the entrance leads to the skylounge. The master stateroom has his-and-her heads, divided and situated on the lower deck in each hull, down a staircase on either side of the stateroom. Each of the heads has a dressing area with lockers, a sink with mirror, a private head compartment and separate shower with bench. A pair of mirrored guest staterooms are abaft the master, also on the main deck. Because these aft staterooms are on the main deck, guests are greeted by enormous windows looking out over the sea. Each guest stateroom is a paragon of privacy, with insulated bulkheads attenuating sounds from other guests. Each stateroom has twin berths, but doubles can be fitted. Plenty of stowage is concealed in finely finished joinery, ready to welcome guests for extending cruising. The guest staterooms each have their own head positioned directly beneath on the lower deck. The guest heads are equipped with a private toilet compartment and separate shower. Each guest head is insulated from the respective master head forward in each hull by a mechanical space where onboard equipment is housed, including water heaters, a water-maker, and more. While a main-deck master on a 60-foot cruising yacht may be pioneering, it’s the focus on cruising that makes the Zurn 60 Powercat revolutionary. The position of staterooms and heads is more than just convenience and spectacular views, it’s a design feature that allows the yacht to have the narrow hulls to create cruising efficiency and performance, as well as a draft of less than four feet. Powered with a pair of 435hp Volvo engines with IPS pod drives, the Zurn 60 Powercat is expected to cruise at 18 knots and top out at 23 knots, with a range of 500 nautical miles at 18 knots.

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