The Esprit 920 power catamaran was conceived as a low cost coastal cruiser, aimed principally at the family cruising market, although it is also expected to have both charter potential and appeal to older couples who might share some of their time aboard with extended family and friends.
The boat offers a disproportionate amount of dedicated accommodation relative to it's overall length - two queen sized double berths are accessed through hatches in the bulkhead at the forward end of the saloon and helm area, which are complemented by a four berth bunk room. This makes the boat ideal for two families to overnight without resorting to re-arranging saloon furniture or sleeping on the cabin sole.
A large, household sized shower lies aft of a wet locker area intended for storage of dive gear, fishing rods etc, with the head compartment located forward in the same hull. The saloon, helm and galley share the same volume, which opens up to the cockpit, creating nearly seamless indoor/outdoor flow.
The cockpit is split by a transom station that allows lounging and dining in the forward portion and fishing, diving, swimming etc on the aft overhand. Stairs lead down to platforms at water level for water access.
Two powering options are offered - the lowest cost and simplest being twin 60hp four stroke outboards, although a 75hp diesel with sail drive is also available for those who prefer to burn diesel and enjoy demi-hull transoms clear of the clutter associated with an outboard. Each powering option is expected to power the Esprit 920 to a sprint speed of over 20 knots, with a cruise speed in the order of 17 - 18 knots.
The hulls are a development of LOMOcean's highly successful round bilged transitional catamaran hull form, offering the wide beam and internal volume of a planning hull with the efficiency of a displacement hull. The fine entry offers excellent sea keeping and spray control and the large water plane area reduces immersion as the hull is loaded with passengers, fuel, water and stores. Bridge deck clearance is high a reflection of the designer's desire to offer a boat capable of braving conditions that not many would willing choose to confront, but are sometimes forced to.
The boat will also offer substantial range, with predicted fuel burn rates in the order of 1 : 1.2 litres per nautical mile and fuel capacity of 400 litres, the Esprit 920 will have the legs to not only get there, but to stay away for some time and still get home.
Grounding keels are included on each demi-hull, allowing the boat to take the beach for scrubbing without damage to either sail drive leg, or outboard leg when fully down.
Construction is infused vinylester foam sandwich GRP, offering robust, lightweight and low maintenance.
A very good feature of the boat is it's ability to carry, launch and retrieve a seriously big tender the study plan show a 13' dinghy carried on stern davits. This not only permits the full ships complement to get ashore without a number of trips out and back, but also allows the Esprit 920 to be treated as a mother ship. The tender is more than capable of carrying two to three passengers on a fishing foray or a dive expedition independently of the larger vessel perfect if some wish to quietly read or sunbathe on board the Esprit in a quiet bay whilst others are more active in the tender.