Iliad 70

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Powered catamarans have many attractions for both the cruising boater and day sailor alike. This Iliad 70 built in China quickly demonstrates that it will be difficult to offer more space, a more stable platform and, more surprisingly, a more economical motor cruiser in this size…

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Iliad: a new range launched in 2019

Australian company Multihulls Solutions has brought to market a remarkable new line of powered catamarans with the debut of the Iliad marque in 2019. The first model, the Iliad 50 (see our test in MW169) was unveiled at the Sanctuary Cove show. Her big sister, the Iliad 70 made her debut at the Sydney boat show. These will be joined by a 90 later, according to company boss Mark Elkington who was heavily involved in the conception and design. He explained to us about the Iliad philosophy: “I explored yards all around the world for an offshore passage maker style of vessel, that was tough enough to be beached if necessary, but most were using IPS engines, which are too vulnerable so our choice was either forget about this market opportunity or put a team together and build something ourselves.” The popularity of explorer-style yachts has never been higher as people seek to escape busy waterways while embracing the latest technologies that liberates them from onshore services. For motor yachts, fuel efficiency is a key feature, and this is where catamarans with their low-drag hulls ...

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