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Iliad 62 - Refined Explorer

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Escaping the madding crowd requires self-sufficiency and an efficient vessel, which is something Australian-owned Iliad Catamarans knew from the very beginning of the conception of this range of powered catamarans. These vessels and their inherent features, such as frugality and shallow draft, mean they are also ideal explorer boats.
Test location: Sydney, Australia
Conditions: no wind and calm sea

The first Iliad to arrive in Australia was a 50, in 2019, and was joined in 2020 by a 70 model in a line-up that includes 53, 62 and 74 models. For 2022, the major milestones are the upcoming 53 S, which is the sedan model and now, the arrival of hull number one of the 62 that made its debut at the 2022 Sydney Boat Show.
These semi-displacement yachts can achieve double-digit cruising speeds and long ranges. The key to these capabilities is a wide array of engine choices, all shaft-driven, tailored to a customer’s needs. The popularity of explorer-style yachts continues to grow as people seek to escape the crowds and embrace technologies that liberate them from onshore services. For motor yachts, fuel efficiency is a key feature, and this is where catamarans with their low-drag hulls are very attractive.

Commanding Flybridge

Three levels of living starts at the top with a huge flybridge that extends right to the aft of the Iliad 62. Climbing up here via the inboard steps from the cockpit reveals a semi-covered area with U-shaped lounge midships that seats 10; opposite this is a bar with stools that includ...

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