An ambitious VPLP design soon to be splashed

This racy catamaran designed for fast blue water cruising was initially intended for series production by one of the well-known shipyards, but ultimately, the project has been taken on by Trimarine, based on the Tagus River near Lisbon, Portugal. 

The GP70, built with 80% carbon sandwich, manages to limit its displacement to 17.5 t. This large multihull was designed to offer a very high level of self-sufficiency thanks to low consumption of onboard equipment, a large surface area of solar panels (3 kWp), an efficient watermaker and two imposing 264 US-gallon (1,000 liter) fuel tanks. The concern for simplicity and reliability has also formed part of the development of the GP70, designed for the “very long range” with the choice of quality materials, easy access to safety equipment, redundant vital systems and efficient alarms. High-tech gear is present everywhere (vacuum insulation systems, intelligent energy generators, latest generation remote controls, maneuvering cameras, etc.), leading to high levels of comfort on board. Under sail, the GP 70 promises exceptional performance and the bridgedeck clearance guarantees excellent seakeeping behavior in big seas. The interior of the first example in this small high-tech series consists of an owner's hull with a double cabin and possibly two additional berths, two double guest cabins and a crew cabin in the other hull. The launch is scheduled for next spring. 

Builder: Trimarine
Naval Architect: VPLP
Interior design: Jean Yves Carteret
Material: Corecell epoxy and carbon sandwich
Overall length: 68’11” (21 m)
Beam: 32’ (9.75 m)
Draft: 5’3” (1.6 m)
Air draft: 90’ (27.45 m)
Light displacement: 38,580 lbs (17.5 t)
Laden displacement: 50,700 lbs (23 t)
Upwind sail area: 2,380 sq ft (221 m²)
Downwind sail area: 4,950 sq ft (460 m²)
Engines: 2 x 80 kW Yanmar JH4
Fuel: 2 x 264 US gal (2 x 1 000 l)
Water: 290 US gal (1,100 l)

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