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Kinetic’s first design off the blocks was the KC62 , and this was quickly followed with the KC 54 : a performance catamaran that is aimed at the cruising couple. She is built for fun fast coastal cruising and long distance offshore cruising in comfort.

The Ocean Explorer OE50, the HH52 and the Outremer 55 are the main competition. Kinetic are at the luxury end of the scale: these performance cruisers/racers are 100% carbon fibre and optimized for weight and performance whilst maximizing space and luxury.

Like her bigger sister, this performance boat is available in a cruising or performance package. The performance package has a bigger rig to give you the edge in lighter winds. In any case, these are semi-custom boats that are available in a 3 owner’s cabin layout or a 4 cabin layout.

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This luxury yacht company is based in the US, and their vessels are designed by Simonis Voogd and built in their yard in Knysna, South Africa.

Forward Helm with Aft Helm Option

As well as a forward helm position, these boats come with an option to have twin aft helms or tillers for those of you who want to sail with the wind in your hair. I love the look of this combo. To have the option of 3 helm positions covers all of your options and gives you great redundancy should the forward helm fail. No more helm position debates! This is the kind of flexibility that we have seen on boats like the Garcia Explocat 52 and it’s not that common.

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There is also be an option to go for daggerboards or centreboards.

The KC54 has been designed by Simonis Voogd Yacht Design and is an all carbon construction with a forward interior helm station and 2 exterior aft helms. You can choose between twin aft helms or tillers. I’d go for the twin aft helms. I can only think of the C-Catamarans 48 design that gives you the best of both worlds like this.

Other options include:

  • Fixed or rotating mast.
  • Performance or cruising rig
  • Daggerboards, C-Boards or Centreboards
  • In-boom furling option
  • Lightweight boom option in the performance package.
  • Modular furniture option for those of you who will be racing the boat.

The mast and the main sheet traveller are mounted on the coach roof which gives you 360 degree views from inside the saloon.

There are some other neat features, like the bridge deck transom aft which lowers to become a swim platform in between the sugar scoops. With a sun shade over the forward cockpit at anchor, and with the  forward door open, you can create an additional space for that indoor/outdoor feel.

And with the door open at anchor, the breeze blows through the whole boat.

The KC54 has got the kind of finish that you would expect on a luxury catamaran such as the Privilege Signature 580 . It’s a cut above the rest.

Under Power

The KC54 is powered by twin Yanmar 4JH80 engines with SD80 sail drives and 3 blade Gori props with overdrive.

The furniture is foam cored to reduce weight and the porcelain ceramic countertops are milled thin and carbon backed. The whole yacht has had the weight police crawling all over it.

The KC54 is Kinetic’s second model and this boat already has a full order book. With their no-compromise approach to quality, this is proving a popular package, but the 7 figure price reflects that .

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The KC54 is the second model from the young brand Kinetic. A carbon cruising catamaran that plays the performance and technology card, setting itself apart from the rest in a market where competition is significant.

Test location: Annapolis, MD (USA) Conditions: Wind 8 to 12 knots, slight chop

Kinetic Catamarans is a new player on the multihull market - born in 2015. At its origin, you’ll find Bob Hayward, a man with multiple talents. He was looking for the catamaran of his dreams, the one that would perfectly fit his program. Not being able to find such a boat, he decided to join forces with South African Leon Scheepers to take over Phil Harvey’s former shipyard in Knysna, South Africa, which built some models for Gunboat. The Kinetic brand was born.

Following in the wake of the KC62, the first model to be launched, we now have the KC54, which, with its size, is coming into a highly competitive area of the cruising catamaran market. However, Hayward and Scheepers are far from short of ideas, and the Kinetic stands out from the competition in many ways. Firstly, the shipyard has turned weight reduction into an obsession. To lighten the platforms and increase performance, the catamarans are built with an all-carbon structure, a material that is both very strong and pretty light. The other characteristic is the use of almost avant-garde technological solutions such as hydraulic rams for the sails, Kevlar shrouds, electric furlers or a dropdown bow thruster with Dockmat...

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The Ultimate 54’ Carbon Cruiser. The Kinetic 54 is made for you. A performance carbon catamaran that can be sailed by a cruising couple. Built for fun fast coastal and offshore cruising in comfort. Meticulously crafted, each Kinetic Catamaran is semi-custom, making every boat unique. Each KC54 is customized to how you want to sail and enjoy your boat. Select your own layout, finishings, furnishings, fixtures and equipment. KC54 is a modern stylish design that incorporates all of our standard key features and maximizes space and indoor / outdoor living on the water. It can also be configured as a competitive racer.

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An elegant and powerful bluewater cruising catamaran with high-tech systems that make it comfortable for doublehanded sailing

W hen Bob Hayward, a successful American real estate developer, film studio co-founder and farmer, couldn’t find the perfect cruising catamaran, he had one built at Phil Harvey’s South African boatbuilding yard, the builder of Gunboat catamarans among others. The yard was for sale when Hayward decided to jump into business with yard manager Leon Scheepers, and the pair retained the yard’s skilled boatbuilders and staff. Hayward’s Simonis Voogd Yacht Design was launched as the Kinetic Catamaran 62 in 2019.  

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“The whole idea for the next cat was to include everything you charter a cruising cat for, a bigger saloon, a large aft deck and a smaller forward sailing cockpit, creating three zones that connect up brilliantly for beautiful indoor-outdoor living spaces,” said Bob Hayward, who now adds owner of Kinetic Catamarans to his list of descriptives. “The key is that it can be sailed solely by a couple.”

Kinetic Catamarans again turned to Simonis Voogd Yacht Design for a 54-foot catamaran that could be easily sailed doublehanded. The KC54 Hull No. 1 made its debut at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis to much fanfare, and I couldn’t wait to take this performance cat for a test sail.

The details

It’s evident at first glance that this svelte cat, with narrow hulls and a high bridgedeck clearance, it is not your usual bloated floating condo with two hulls. Built entirely of epoxy vacuum-infused carbon fiber and corecell construction, the KC54 displaces 35,825 pounds, and 49,500 pounds fully loaded for cruising. That’s about 20,000 pounds lighter than most other cruising cats of its size, and that weight savings translates into speed.

Buyers have the option of different interior layouts, and for sailors looking to race, a larger sailplan and high-performance C-boards that can fly the windward hull improve the already good performance. The test boat was set up with the cruising rig and furling boom, with cap shrouds that eliminate the need for a backstay. The mast is stepped on the coachroof and compression post. 

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Employing one of the few low-tech systems on the boat, the daggerboards are controlled by a line-drive system, but that is by design.

“This boat is made for bluewater cruising, so if you hit something, the line breaks not the board,” Hayward said. “It’s a simple fix to re-rig and get sailing again.”

Many features come standard, including the North 3Di Endurance sails, which Hayward said stand up best to the higher loads. 

The forward cockpit is all about efficiency when sailing, and it is just a step away from the inside steering station, making this area the command center. All halyards and sheets are led to this cockpit, with two electric Harken winches and the mainsheet on a captive winch.

“Having this setup is key for doublehanded sailing,” Hayward said. “You can trim any sail from any of the three helms.”

With all sail controls located in the forward cockpit and the traveler on the coachroof, the aft cockpit is all about living space. The L-shaped dinette can seat eight people in comfort. Built into the aft rail are an electric grill and drink refrigerator. A dropdown swim platform bridges the two transom steps, which have lazarettes for gear and a wet locker.

“I have this all set up for fishing on my boat, including a live well,” Hayward, who owns KC54 hull No. 3, said. 

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Why the Kinetic 54?

We enjoyed the Leopard 48 and 50 for a combined total of 7 years. In that time, we sailed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida through the entire Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, north to San Francisco, California and all the way back! During the COVID years, we took another spin around the Caribbean and sailed up to the Northeast of the US. These were incredible journeys on a fantastic vessels.

After two Leopard Catamarans we determined we were ready to take the leap and order a lightweight, carbon fiber, performance catamaran. We discussed this with our friend Alex Simonis, one of the designers of the Leopards. He and his partner were working with a new manufacturer and designed a luxury performance catamaran that incorporated the forward cockpit layout that we love so much. This is what lead us to the Kinetic brand, which is a small yard in Knysna, South Africa that manufacturers only two of these vessels per year.

We are very excited to begin sailing in the Caribbean winter season of 2023. We anticipate a learning curve on this special design but we are looking forward to the challenge!

Below is a link to the Kinetic 54 website.

https://www.kineticcatamarans.com/kc54

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  • Winch XS Wire
  • Driver LED (static)
  • Driver PIXEL (static)
  • Sphere 17 / 9
  • Triangle Rod
  • Space Frame
  • MIRROR DISC
  • Video Panel
  • VIDEO TRIANGLE
  • OLED Triangle
  • MIRROR SPHERE 40 / 30
  • MIRROR CUBE 30 / 20
  • Balloon Light
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  • KL INTERFACE XS
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  • 2019 Kinetic
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  • 2019 ELECTRIC SKY
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  • 2019 Mirror-Mirror
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  • 2018 ELECTRIC MOONS
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  • 2018 DIGITAL FIRE
  • 2018 ELECTRIC SKY
  • 2018 CONSTELLATION
  • 2018 STALACTITE
  • 2018 LINEAR
  • 2017 BALLOON LIGHTS
  • 2018 KINETIC SHOES
  • 2017 Mirror-Mirror
  • 2017 CIRCULAR
  • 2017 CONSTELLATION
  • 2017 ELECTRIC SKY
  • 2017 RASTER
  • 2017 LIVING
  • 2017 WAVE II
  • 2017 EUROSHOP
  • 2017 LASERWEB
  • 2017 KINETIC BULBS
  • 2017 KINETIC ROSES
  • 2016 ELECTRIC SKY
  • 2016 SOUND TUBE
  • 2016-2017 CRYSTAL
  • 2017 ROD NETWORK
  • 2017 PIXEL NETWORK
  • 2016-17 PIXEL FRAME
  • 2017 KINETIC BIRDS
  • 2016 DEEP WEB
  • 2016 MATRIX
  • 2016 HEXAGON
  • 2016 RASTER
  • 2016 GRID RAVE
  • 2016 Constellation
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  • 2016 CONSTELLATION
  • 2016 WAVE II XL
  • 2016 PIXEL NETWORK
  • 2016 GRID Live
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  • 2015 Constellation
  • 2015 The Twist
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  • 2015 Balloon Lights
  • 2015 SPACEFRAME
  • 2015 KINETIC
  • 2015 Circular
  • 2015 GRID S
  • 2014 MULTI GRID
  • 2014 LICHTGRENZE
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  • 2014 Space Frame II
  • 2014 Constellation
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  • 2013 Grid Live
  • 2013 3D Surface
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  • 2009 Constellation
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