First boat from new British company will be the JC48, which is currently in build in Asia

A new British company is bringing a range of motor catamarans to market that will eventually run from 42 to 76ft and beyond.

Jaguar Catamarans International’s
first boat, the JC48, is currently in build in Asia and is due to make its debut towards the end of this year in Hong Kong.

The entire line-up is being designed by Dixon Yacht Design, whose CV includes the naval architecture of Azimut’s successful Magellano range.

The company said: “With today’s fuel costs, people are looking for economy and a catamaran is a very fuel-efficient vessel.

“With the two hulls being narrow and easily driven, you can have a huge volume boat requiring far smaller engines to perform similarly to that of a monohull.”

The JC48 will have a three-cabin layout as standard with an option for a fourth cabin, with both the master cabin and saloon making the most of the boat’s 22ft beam.

This beaminess will also make the flybridge a great place to soak up the sun, and provide safety in the form of wide side decks.

JCI said this first boat will be powered by twin 260hp Yanmar diesels, giving a maximum speed of 21-22 knots.

The company also said the JC48 will come with a high standard spec, including generator, hi-lo bathing platform and dual-station VHF.

Expect to see a base price of around £625,000 ex tax when the boat launches later this year.

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