The new owners of the Italian shipyard launch a hybrid powercat

The new owners of Italian superyacht builder Wider Yachts are relaunching the brand with a focus on hybrid powercats.

The first new model, the Widercat 92, is a 242 gross ton three-deck model that squeezes under the 24m load line limit. Inverted arches and sharp detailing deliver an aggressive new profile that matches the yard’s mission to deliver attractive Powercat designs that stand out in a market where space and volume often trump style.

The upper walkaround deck features a fully enclosed skylounge and deck with open sundecks forward and aft. The main deck is configured with wide side decks enclosing a large main saloon aft. Full-height glazing on three sides promises masses of natural light.

The owner’s cabin is located forward on the main deck, enjoying stunning 270 degree views from the bed, with an en-suite bathroom to starboard. The kitchen occupies a similar space on the side opposite the saloon.

The standard Widercat 92 layout offers four cabins for up to eight guests, but a five-cabin charter layout is also available. The two guest suites at the aft end of both hulls are more than worthy of their VIP status, with private side doors leading out to the fold-down balconies.

When lowered, these quarter decks extend the already large beam of 39 feet 4 inches (12 m) to almost 46 feet (14 m) and form part of a huge promenade beach club area when they are are combined with the fixed and hydraulic rear platforms.

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This sloping transom also hides a large garage that can hold an 18-foot (5.5 m) tender transversely or a 15-foot (4.5 m) tender and personal watercraft alongside. There is ample crew accommodation forward for up to four people with a mess, utility room and en-suite captain’s cabin to port and a twin bunk cabin to starboard.

The diesel-electric hybrid powertrain includes two 583 kW Danfoss electric thrusters powered by a combination of two 390 kW variable speed FPT diesel generators, rooftop solar panels and a lithium-ion battery bank.

In normal mode, Widercat 92 owners can expect a cruise speed of 12 knots and a top speed of around 15 knots. In calm seas with the generators running, a range of 1,600 nm at eight knots should be possible or 2,400 nm at six knots.

The Widercat 92 can also cruise in zero emission electric silent mode for approximately 27nm at six knots. At anchor, the solar panels must also provide sufficient hotel loads for up to 24 hours without turning on the generators or around 12 hours at night from the house batteries alone.

Prices for the Widercat 92 start at around 7.8 million euros excluding taxes.

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