SHUTTLEWORTH DESIGN – 32M TRIMARAN
While Astrada has already covered more than 14,000 miles and demonstrated the comfort of the wave-piercing trimaran formula, achieving average speeds of 17 knots in rough seas and up to 50 knots of wind, the Isle of Wight-based office is presenting this project for a 32-meter oceanic exploration trimaran.
On the drawing board,
we find the accommodation for 6 guests and 2 crew from a 20-meter monohull, but
the comparison stops there. The stowage volumes provided by the length and
above all the outriggers, is infinitely superior, for storing various
exploration kit, such as kayaks, motorbikes, and microlights. The out-of-the-ordinary
seakeeping qualities, the total absence of rolling, the easy passage through
the waves are all helped by flexible propulsion. An 1150 hp Caterpillar gives a
top speed of 23 knots and a range of over 6,000 miles at 12 knots. For maneuvers,
2 x 110 hp engines are fitted in the hulls, to serve as auxiliary engines at
slow speeds. The looks are of course the icing on the cake.