At Cannes International Boat Show 2013, Oxygène Yachts introduced the first AIR 77, a power catamaran whose gorgeous and original contemporary design and innovative, “avant-gardiste” style created a sensation.
Oxygène Yachts is a Canadian shipyard whose principal activity is the design and construction of wood and composite materials luxury catamarans. The exceptional creation of AIR 77 was born from the encounter of two men, two minds who mingled to conceive a unit that is not just a boat but a genuine creation, dedicated to merge with sea, waves and wind.
Harmony with the elements
Designer Frédéric Sarfati and entrepreneur Raphaël Krepser both had the idea of buiding a motor catamaran that would blend in with its surroundings while offering yachtsmen a surprisingly spacious living area. They achieved their challenge by creating a catamaran with smooth, sleek, feminine lines drawing a silhouette in perfect harmony with the elements offering beautiful 280 sqm apartment suurounded by three outdoor decks. The dsesign meet the quest for maximum fluidity of movement, helped by the possibility of going directly from stern to bow in a straight line via the saloon (65 sqm surface area), going through a sqm doorway at the front of the deckhouse. The cockpits are located under the deckhouse and on the flybridge converted into a sun deck lounge with a huge door opening upwards using an electrically-operated hydraulic system. The view here is all-encompassing on 360° with an uninterrupted line of sight.
Natural aesthetics of the sea
Another caracteristic of AIR 77: there is nothing tawdry or ostentatious about her. The designer has chosen discretion as his leitmotif, in respect for the natural aesthetics of the sea. Harmony with its environment is demonstrated by the lines of the hull: ultra simple but also extremely efficient on rough seas, and by the boat’s low position on the water and its harmonious glass/carbon superstructure.
Oxygène Yachts line is also respect for the environment: the shipyard is relentlessly working on lightening its ships mass, after extensive studies on hull profile, and favors the use of turbines for propulsion three key elements which, by their intrinsic complementarity significantly reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This approach is expressed in the choice of engines: just 2×260 HP, for an intentionally limited top speed of 12.5 knots. Fuel consumption is thus maintained at 40 l/h at 8.5 knots.
Thanks to its two UltraJet / Masterjet turbines, combined with low weight and a modest draught, the AIR 77 remains easy to manœuvre and is capable of accessing the most secluded bays; a rare promise for a unit of this size.
Poetry, calm and voluptuousness
The first AIR 77 has been built as a 4 main double cabin and 2 double crew cabin version. Interior fittings and decoration are exclusively custom built, according to the wishes of the client, as Oxygène Yachts products are unique models, made upon request. Every space, every corner of the yacht was conceived and designed to express poetry, calm and voluptuousness, with the sole purpose to have yachtsmen live an onboard incomparable experience among elements at work on the water.
Hull length: 23.5 metres / 77 feet
Beam: 10.40 metres / 34 feet
Draught: 0.80 metre
Weight: 35 tonnes
Fuel tank: 4 000 litres
Consumption: 40 l/h at 8.5 knots
Fresh water tank: 2 x 1 000 litres (and 200 l/h capacity desalinator)
Maximum speed: 12.5 knots
2 x 260 HP Volvo and UltraJet / MasterJet turbines
Possibility for engine power up to 2×600 HP
Hulls: composite wood / epoxy / glass / carbon
Superstructures: glass / carbon
Canopy: anti-UV treated moulded Plexiglas