Austin Parker knows that the easiest way to create a stylish vessel is to get two trusted design houses on the job.
The Italian shipyard, which was acquired by Turkish entrepreneur Baris Nalcaci in late August, enlisted Pininfarina Nautical and De Simoni Yacht Design to bring its newest fleet member to life. The Italian studios recently set up a joint design boutique in the yachting mecca of Porto Lotti. This marks the duo’s second collaboration together after last year’s X2 concept.
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The 56-foot catamaran, known simply as the CAT56, pairs the comfort and space of a multihull with the sleek and sporty stylings of a superyacht. The exterior exudes a modern elegance for which the two houses are renowned, with clean lines and long windows running from bow to stern. The 23-foot width creates a relatively roomy interior yet ensures the cat is still narrow enough that it can dock comfortably in marinas.
The light and airy living quarters are centered around a salon with an open-plan kitchen and lounge that opens onto an expansive cockpit. The refined finishes throughout are of “superior quality compared to boats in the same segment,” according to the design team. As for accommodation, the yacht features a full-beam owner’s suite with a walk-in closet and a desk, along with two en suite guest cabins, and a crew cabin.
The exterior decks are not short on style, either. The cockpit is furnished with elegant pieces and offers direct access to the sea, while the flybridge is home to a wet bar, sunbathing area, and helm station.
The CAT56 is the first Austin Parker design conceived under Nalcaci and marks an important milestone for the yard.
“Nalcaci will not only make new financial resources available but, thanks to his solid industrial experience, will guarantee the production of the new catamaran and the boats currently in the range with state-of-the-art technologies,” Fulvio De Simoni, CEO of De Simoni Yacht Design, said in a statement.
The CAT56 will enter production in September. It is the first model in a series that Pininfarina and Fulvio De Simoni will develop for Austin Parker over the coming years. Stay tuned.
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