Remarkable for her size, the sloop-rigged Pendennis Hemisphere sailing yacht attracts admirers for her chic architecture and massive 44.2-meter/145-foot hulls. After all, she is the largest private sailing catamaran in the world. Those privileged to view her interiors, however, immediately understand why she won the 2012 Showboats Awards for Interior Design and Interior Layout. In a word? Space. Glorious boatloads of it, boasting a 16-meter/54.4-foot beam.
From broad stairs on the aft of both port and starboard hulls, laid with teak and lit with style, Hemisphere introduces herself with just a hint of the style and quality that await. Passing sumptuous sun pads and a large al fresco dining area, the amount of space is simply astounding. Silent curved glass doors part in a hushed motion-activated greeting at the main deck saloon which offers a generous 100 square foot space with several zones spread over split levels. From the portside seating, raised to enhance the view, to the table height bar and breakfast counter, and the lowered service level, the details are well-planned for a seamless luxury experience on board.
Practical designs and materials abound, guided by the clever hand of Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost naval architects, along with Michael Leach on interior design and clear preferences of the owners. Metals, leathers, bronze, and stone, accented with textures, enrich the design aesthetic. There will be no fretting about glassware set on a surface, or children making a mark, as this chic yacht is designed for multi-generational play at sea. Hemisphere’s five cabins with two additional bunks carry 12 guests. Well-thought out space for the crew includes a Captain’s Cabin worthy of guest status. An exceptional galley, crew mess, laundry and lounge ensure the pleasure of sailing extends to all on board.
Ingenious naval engineering puts an 8.2-meter/29-foot Scorpion RIB tender under the large cross deck in the Pendennis “ailes de mouette” designed with the dual purpose of dispersing wave action. The hulls also house a Castoldi RIB crew tender, and dive center with air and Nitrox. Internal and external nav stations offer convenience, and dual flybridge helms share the joy of sailing. An indoor helm station opposite the raised seating section in the saloon coordinates all the action. A total sail area of 856 square meters ensures quick crossings capable of speeds from 11-13 knots, with all of her functions monitored by the Radio Zeeland control system.
The flybridge offers divine views from the Jacuzzi, along with sun pads, seating, and space for recreation. Active pursuits can be satisfied with toys housed in the hulls, including windsurfers, wakeboards, Seabobs, water skis, water trampolines, kayaks, and PADI dive center. An indoor cinema/TV room and den in the port hull next to the saloon offers additional indoor entertainment options.
Two spacious VIP cabins sit aft in the port hull, each with ensuite bath and oversize windows look out across the bow of the main deck. The cabins can be combined with a simple partition switch to create one very large master suite with dual baths. Two guest cabins aft and one forward in the port hull house double berths. The cabin furthest aft is equipped with two Pullmans, perfect for the owner’s grandchildren.
Designed to relax, engage, and entertain, Hemisphere lives up to her name, having navigated many waters her peers avoid due to her shallow draft. An interesting focal point of the main deck dining table, a contour world map is etched into the glass, creating opportunity for great discussions about the route ahead while surveying the horizon from a privileged perch. Six years in the making, beginning at one shipyard, transitioning to Pendennis, the owner is satisfied that the result was worth the wait.