New Axcell 650 catamaran gets air-assistance technology



The Axcell 650 catamaran looks set to shake up the 65ft market with a combination of sleek, catamaran design and an air-assisted hull.

SEE MBY’S GALLERY OF THE AXCELL 650 CATAMARAN.

The boat uses hydraulically-driven fans to pump air in to cavities beneath the hull which effectively means the boat floats on a cushion of air.

Builders, MACS Research, claim that not only does this mean a more comfortable ride but improved top speed and fuel economy over a regular deep vee hull.

Propulsion comes in the form of twin Caterpillar C18s with 1,150hp each, laying their power down through twin, 5-blade surface piercing propellers which should make the 650 good for 40 knots.

The Axcell 650 catamaran

The living areas are split between a gaping cockpit, wheelhouse and a cosy lower saloon with dinette and a bar area and galley.

The wheelhouse has three forward-facing seats at the helm but the dinette aft means that everybody on board can be in the same place on long passages.

The cabins are both forward and consist of a large double master cabin and a somewhat more pinched guest double which both share a bathroom.

It would take a brave customer to shun the current crop of talented 65ft craft but there’s plenty of potential with the 650 and, considering it’s a catamaran, it looks great.

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