Following on from their previous Pachoud Yachts boat the 15m Clearwater Spirit, Ultimate Escape is the dream of Craig and Patricia Armstrong. Designed as the ultimate luxury charter vessel this 20m high speed cat has been well thought out following their years of experience running three charter vessels on Lake Tarawera. As a result she carries space for large day groups of up to 80 and yet luxurious accommodation for smaller groups and stay aboard charters.
With all this she needed to look like a luxury vessel and not a ferry. Featuring carefully crafted joinery using rich timbers, exotic materials, fine leather and lush woollen carpeting; it gives sheer elegance to the catamarans functionality.
Before stepping aboard you cannot miss the large boarding and tender platforms that step up around a large BBQ built into the centre island in the transom and into the large cockpit. At the press of a switch the electric main saloon doors slide gracefully open into a cavity and reveal a large fully equipped galley to starboard and to port a beautiful Paua inlaid wooden dining table and a spiral staircase to the enclosed flybridge. Forward of the dining and galley areas is the main lounge, with its stunning ceiling feature – inlaid with Paua and Mother of Pearl – and full theatre system.
The lower deck is accessed through two stairways, to port and starboard and contains four luxury cabins. Down each of the stairs there is a large queen stateroom forward, spanning half the beam each, and a twin/triple single cabin that can be converted into a double if the occasion arises. Each of the staterooms also has a large ensuite.
Up the spiral staircase arriving at the rear quarter of the large flybridge, the area is dominated by the high tech helm, a large wooden table and wrap around seating for 12. To the aft stern doors open to a covered observation deck with seating for another 14. Up on the bow is a large sun-lounger.
Powered by twin 825HP MTU Series 60 engines through shafts to v-drives achieving a top speed of 30 knots and cruising at 25 knots.