Friday, August 19

Longreach Unveils 40 Cat with Diesel Outboards

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Longreach Catamarans, a relatively new builder near Sydney, Australia, just unveiled its new Longreach 40 that comes with 300-hp Cox diesel outboards and hydrofoils.

Longreach already has a 44 and a 58, both designed to offer stability, fuel-efficiency and long range. The new 40 has the same DNA, but with the options of the diesel outboards and hydrofoils for added performance.

It is also offering the 40 with more traditional twin 250-hp Yanmar inboard diesels. They produce a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 1,200 nm at 12 knots. Twin Cox 300-hp V-8 diesel outboards boost the top speed to more than 30 knots.

The outboards also have other advantages. You can lift them up if you want to beach the boat. They are external to the boat, so they’re easy to access for repairs or maintenance. And they’re spaced widely apart so the boat is easy to maneuver at low speeds. The large swim platform separating them can be raised or lowered with hydraulics.

To give the outboards even more boost, Longreach is using Sharrow props. It says they are 30 percent more fuel efficient than traditional props.

The 40 comes with either an open or enclosed bridge. It has twin helm seats; more seating and a wet bar area aft. Steps lead down to the foredeck.

The aft deck has more seating, and it’s protected by the overhang from the flybridge. Large sliding glass doors open to the salon, with lounge seating and panoramic windows. A lower helm station is optional.

Below, in the two hulls, the accommodations include an owner’s cabin with a queen-sized bed and an en suite head. A guest cabin in the starboard hull has two bunks; another in the port hull has a double bed.

Specs.: LOA: 39’8”; Beam: 19’2”; Draft: 3’9”; Disp.: 34,600  lbs.; Fuel: 792 gals.; Water: 317 gals.; Power: 2×300-hp Cox diesel outboards or 2×250-hp Yanmar diesel inboards.

Read more at http://longreachcatamarans.com and see the video below:

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