Kinetic´s first design off the blocks was the KC62, and this is being quickly followed with the KC54: a performance catamaran that is aimed at the cruising couple. She is built for fun fast coastal cruising and long distance offshore cruising in comfort. There is a bit of a gap here in the market. Grand Large Yachting have gone large for their second Gunboat model with an eighty footer. There is the Outremer 4X, but that is more of a racing machine than a fast cruiser. The Ocean Explorer OE50 and the HH55 will be the main competition.
Like her bigger sister, this performance boat is available in a cruising or performance package. The performance package has a bigger rig to give you the edge in lighter winds. In any case, these are semi-custom boats that are available in a 3 owner´s cabin layout or a 4 cabin layout.
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As well as the forward helm position, these boats come with an option to have twin aft helms or tillers for those of you who want to sail with the wind in your hair. I love the look of this combo. To have the option of 3 helm positions covers all of your options and gives you great redundancy should the forward helm fail. No more helm position debates! This is the kind of flexibility that we have seen on boats like the Garcia Explocat 52 and it’s not that common.
There will also be an option to go for daggerboards or centreboards.
The KC54 has been designed by Simonis Voogd Yacht Design and is an all carbon construction with a forward interior helm station and 2 exterior aft helms. You can choose between twin aft helms or tillers. I’d go for the twin aft helms. I can only think of the C-Catamarans 48 design that gives you the best of both worlds like this.
Other options include:
- Fixed or rotating mast.
- Performance or cruising rig
- Daggerboards, C-Boards or Centreboards
- In-boom furling option
- Lightweight boom option in the performance package.
- Modular furniture option for those of you who will be racing the boat.
The mast and the main sheet traveler are mounted on the coach roof which gives you incredible 360 degree views from inside the saloon.
There are some other net features, like the bridge deck transom aft which lowers to become a swim platform in between the sugar scoops. With a sun shade over the forward cockpit at anchor, and with the forward door open, you can create an additional space for that indoor/outdoor feel. And with the door open at anchor, the breeze blows through the whole boat.
The KC54 has got the kind of finish that you would expect on a luxury catamaran such as the Privilege Signature 580. It’s a cut above the rest.
The KC54 is powered by twin Yanmar 4JH80 engines with SD80 sail drives and 3 blade Gori props with overdrive.
The furniture is foam cored to reduce weight and the porcelain ceramic countertops are milled thin and carbon backed. The whole yacht has had the weight police crawling all over it.
The KC54 is Kinetic´s second model and I can see this boat being very successful. There is a real gap in the market here in the performance catamaran market. The HH55 is in the space and Ocean Explorer have a plan for a 50 footer, but it is hardly a crowded market.