In order to accommodate the new AC72s, Morrelli & Melvin has designed a new 45 foot, 1200 hp tender/chase-boat for Emirates Team New Zealand. The new high-speed catamaran design fulfills the demanding tasks of supporting the America's Cup 72' catamarans. As Pete Melvin summarizes,
The scope was to conceive, design, and engineer the boat from A to Z. The concept was developed in collaboration with ETNZ and Salthouse Boats.
The new tender will be powered by four 300hp Yamaha outboard motors to achieve speeds of more than 50 knots. Its fiberglass hull will be topped with inflatable tubes allowing it to slip in beside the AC72.
Accommodations on the ETNZ boat include a protected main deck cabin, head, and large storage area under the foredeck. Another version has been developed that has a stateroom with sleeping accommodations under the foredeck in lieu of the storage area.
For more information, contact Morrelli & Melvin.