Overblue makes yachts that offer the comforts of a home, full of innovative solutions to the challenges of comfort aboard, and yet cruise on catamaran hulls. The Italian builder has designs from 44 to 68 feet that have customizable interiors, huge amounts of deck space including large flying bridges as big as those found on a megayacht, and yet run on catamaran hulls with twin diesel power.
Overblue says the 48 rides on a pair of catamaran hulls that make it an efficient boat under way and a stable platform at anchor or at the dock. The 48-footer can have diesel engines rated for up to 330-hp that give the boat speeds up to 19 knots, according to the builder. The boat is a displacement hull power cat, with 1,239 sq. ft. (115 sq. m) of living space.
Design and Construction
The Overblue 48 has an LOA 45’7” and a beam of 17’9”. Because of its design, the structure is supported largely by its rigid outer skin, meaning the onboard space is unencumbered by necessary structural elements. That means the interior can be created to suit the needs of an owner with luxury accommodations, or one with a large family with room for more guests. A charter layout rounds out the options, with three VIP cabins plus a fourth small cabin.
The hull sections are molded from composite and bonded together, allowing flexibility in the length of the finished boat. In fact, the 48’, 52’, and 58’ models all share the same cross-sectional mold with a 17’9” beam.
Because the accommodations are built on top of the catamaran hulls, the living space is all on one deck. The only stairs on board offer access to the flying bridge from the aft deck.
All Overblue models have a molded hydraulic awning over the master suite foredeck balcony, designed to protect the large window forward. This awning drops down and locks in place while underway to protect the forward window in the event of large headseas.
Overblue will have two yachts on display at the Palm Beach International Boat Show. In addition, the company has a partnership in the works with Freedom Boat Club, which will allow members to charter the boats.
For more information visit www.overblue.it.