Hemisphere

Description

The 145.01ft /44.2m Custom catamaran ‘Hemisphere’ is the world’s largest catamaran and was was built in 2011 by Pendennis. This piece of marine art came off the drawing boards of Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) and the yacht’s interior was designed by Michael Leach. The lines on this boat remind me of VPLP´s earlier performance catamaran designs – read our Lagoon 67 review to see what we mean.

Living Space

Well, we are obviously talking top end luxury on this Supercat. She will sleep up to 12 guests in 5 comfortable en-suite cabins. Plus a crew of 10 crew onboard. The 2 VIP cabins on the main deck have access to the forward terrace lounge forward.

Photo credit: Pendennis Shipyard

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Michael Leach was responsible for the interior design – and he had a lot of space to work with. She’s very luxurious yet practical. Watersports include windsurfers, wakeboards, Seabobs, waterskis and so on. The port hull has a fully stocked dive centre that can handle both Air and NITROX tank fills. Just raise the lift-up steps aft to reveal the ultimate dive locker.

Living Space

Let´s just say, there is a lot of it on Hemisphere!

One of the most popular areas of the boat is the flybridge with its lavish seating area surrounding a spa pool. This open plan dining area on the fly deck is a great “al fresco” spot with views to die for in good weather.

The oval dining table for 12 has a map of the world etched into its glass top. There´s also a huge dining area below.

The huge teak aft deck below is a real WOW factor and this space fits 2 seating areas, a large sunbed and a big oval table set in the shade for lunch when the sun is overhead. The entire area can be closed off with an ‘Eissen glass’ screen and cooled from A/C units located under the flybridge sun pad.

On the main deck, 2 curved sliding doors connect the aft deck with its dining and lounging areas to a 100 m2 saloon, with several zones including a seating area with fantastic views.

Forward of that is a small lobby that leads to the guest cabin in the port hull, a day head to starboard and 2 VIP cabins.

And those daybeds at the top of the sugar scoops- let´s not forget those. The whole yacht has been designed with an incredible attention to detail.

Down Below

The two VIPs can be switched into a 16m wide master cabin and going aft in the port hull, and accessible from the main deck, there are 2 more guest cabins.

The crew quarters occupy much of the starboard hull. Forward is the mess and laundry area, and aft there are three well sized cabins. A happy crew means a happy cuise!

Hemisphere has a selection of tenders including a Castoldi jet tender stowed in the starboard hull and a RIB stowed between the two that is launched via bomber-like hatches.

The TV room is on the main deck, and puts most 5 star hotels to shame. There are Wi-Fi and socket connections, Satcom and Cellular communications, Satellite TV, iPod docking stations and MP3 connections throughout the boat. There’s also 61″ plasma TV in the lower saloon, 42″ plasmas in the VIP staterooms and 32″ LCD TVs in the guest staterooms.

It´s all a far cry from the world´s best selling catamaran! (Read our Lagoon 380 review if you want to compare notes on the 2 boats 😉 )

Sailing

And she can sail, too. She’ll regularly see 10 knots, and downwind the mainsail and gennaker add up to a total sail area exceeding 12,000 feet: Hemisphere can top out at 20 knots. It´s all powered by that mouth-droppping 53m (174-foot) 5.8-ton carbon mast by Lorima, which flys 865 m2 (9,321 sq ft) to 1118 m2 (12,037 sq ft) of carbon and spectra sails. Incredibly, this amazing catamaran is her owner’s first yacht. It´s a good job he can afford the crew!

One of the most famous Hemisphere catamaran design features is the “ailes de mouette” or seagull wings under the bridge deck which minimises bridge slam. On Hemisphere the wings serve a secondary purpose: there’s a watertight garage between the two hulls within the seagull wings.

For such a large vessel, she has a very low drag so only requires relatively small engines for her size : energy consumption and noise are kept to a minimum.

Watersports

Check out this list of toys. Well, if you have the space…..

This cat has been designed for maximising watersports fun. The owners are keen divers, and in fact the initial brief for the yacht came from this angle. A hydraulic swim platform means access to the water is easy, and a springboard, attached to the stern, is a favourite with guests. The yacht carries dive scooters, two Seabobs, wakeboards, paddleboards and mountain bikes for onshore exploration. You name it, Hemisphere probably has it covered, including:

  • Certified PADI dive centre
  • 16.4m F&S Custom sports fishing boat with 2 x 1150hp engines,
  • 8.2m Scorpion tender with 400hp engine,
  • 4.5m Castoldi jet tender with 125hp,
  • Full scuba diving facilities for 12 guests,
  • 4 x SeaBobs,
  • Windsurfers,
  • Kayak,
  • Waterskis,
  • Wakeboard,
  • Kneeboards & tows,
  • SUP (Stand up paddle board,
  • 4m inflatable water trampoline,
  • Inflatables,
  • 1m high 2.4m professional diving board,
  • Snorkelling gear,
  • Sports tournament standard fishing equipment

Entertainment

  • State of the art audio visual systems, satellite television
  • Wi-Fi and socket connections
  • 61″ plasma in lower salon,
  • 42″ plasma in VIPs and
  • 32″ LCD’s in guest cabins,
  • Ipod/MP3 connections throughout the yacht.
  • Sat TV (Seatel)Kaleidescape system with a big movie library

If you enjoyed this review, take a look at our Azizam catamaran review which is another classic custom boat – that one´s a smaller package.

How Much Did Hemisphere Cost to Build?
Well, that´s not a number that is easy to get hold of, but we are looking at north of $50 million

Can you charter Hemisphere? How much is it for a week?
Yes you can, this boat is probably one of the most luxurious dive charters around, but it will cost you more than a Leopard from Sunsail. You are looking at around $250k a week. Everything is negotiable of course.

Technical Specification

Length

44.2m/145ft

Beam

16.6m/54.46ft

Draft (loaded)

3.25m

Sail Area

1118m2 / 12037 sq ft

Architect

Max Speed

13 knots

Launched

2011

Displacement

300 T

Power

2×490 Caterpillar