Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark is marking its entry into the recreational yacht market with the introduction of a new 48-meter aluminum hull catamaran.
The Metal Shark M48, named Magnet, is the first build in the company’s “Metal Shark Yachts” line of high-speed, long-range catamaran expedition yachts. The new lineup also include the M30 (30 meters / 100’) and M70 (70 meters / 231’).
Designed by Metal Shark’s in-house engineering team, the three-decked welded-aluminum vessel features an Incat Crowther catamaran hull form optimized for maximum speed and range. The vessel weighs in with a lightship displacement of 275 metric tons and can carry up to 29,000 US gallons (110,000 liters) of fuel. Powered by twin 2,600-BHP (1,939 Kw) MTU IMO Tier III diesel engines, Magnet boasts a globe-spanning 11,000 nautical mile range at a 10-knot cruise, with reserve.
In sea trials the new craft has reached a top speed of 27 knots, according to Metal Shark.
“This is not by any stretch a typical yacht,” said George Wallner, owner of the Magnet. “I wanted a serious, rugged, purpose-built vessel capable of reaching the remote, unspoiled destinations that you can’t get to with an airplane. With Magnet, I can travel quickly to faraway places, and everyone onboard can enjoy the adventure. Upon arrival, we can stay for extended periods, independently and comfortably, without reliance on a large crew. I also wanted to be able to work on board, continue with my product development and testing activities at sea. The catamaran format offers ample room and a uniquely stable platform for that. I worked closely with Metal Shark over an extended period to execute my vision, to create this tool for recreational exploration, and it is very rewarding to finally experience Magnet underway. So far, I have been most impressed by this vessel’s stability, even at speed in heavy seas.”
“M48 and our broader line of Metal Shark Yachts defy simple categorization,” said Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard. “While they are expedition yachts by definition, we focused on capability instead of trying to reach new levels of haute couture interior design. A Metal Shark Yacht offers a different type of experience by enabling owners to go farther, faster, without refueling, by extending the amount of time they can operate autonomously, by reducing reliance on crew, and by maximizing the enjoyment of the yachting experience by minimizing maintenance concerns.”