Toi Toi - Launched September 2010
Lifestyle Yachts Ltd launched on the 1 September 2010, its second catamaran build – "Toi Toi" for Rob & Vicky Murray.
The 12m power cat originally started as a sailing cat, but just after the boats hulls were built, the sailing cat changed owners, and the new owners Rob & Vicky Murray decided they wanted a power cat.
It was decided to keep the sail drive system for ease of installation and to keep costs down, but to also go for the largest sail drive engines that were possible. In this case we fitted two 75hp turbo inter-cooled Volvos.
Now that there would be no need for a mast, the saloon windows were moved forward and the tramp was changed to a solid deck.
The Galley was redrawn from the hull to the bridge deck.
There is plenty of accommodation forward. Owner’s cabin with ensuite starboard, and large bunk room to port with one double and two very large single bunks. There is a large guest head aft in the port hull and a further small double bunk aft in the starboard hull. The saloon has comfortable seating for six-eight around the dinette.
The helm is positioned against the forward bulkhead in the cockpit. The saloon cockpit windows hinge upwards to the cabin top to give uninterrupted views forward. The saloon cockpit doors bi-fold against the bulkhead to leave a very open feeling throughout the boat.
The cockpit has wrap around seating to starboard, incorporating a gas bottle locker and storage. Port has a bench seat with a large garage hatch which allows access down into the hull for a huge amount of storage. The garage houses one of the boats hot water cylinders and most of the plumbing and pumps for the port hull. The cockpit is huge with a wide boarding platform on the outside of the aft beam, for easy access to the dinghy. A walk-through transom leads to stairs then down to the swim platform on either side of the boat. Once again the forward deck is huge with three large storage lockers.
The hull keels and rudders have been designed to be easily beached without damage to the props or rudders, so servicing or changing props can be done without hauling out of the boat.
Toi Toi was launched into the Piako River about 11am, on the 1 September 2010; and was then motored around the Coromandel Peninsula, through the Colville Channel and moored up over night at Mercury Island, before powering to the new Whangamata Marina. Toi Toi cruised at 10-11 knots at 2,000rpm, and a top speed was reached of 16.7 knots at 3,000 rpm.
At 2,000 rpm both motors were using only one litre per mile. The props have since been adjusted and Toi Toi is now cruising at 12 - 13 kots.
The build was a great success, with owners Rob & Vicky extremely happy with their new boat Toi Toi. Rob spent many a day at the yard, working with us and this gave him an intimate knowledge of the boat before taking ownership.