Roger Hill Power Cat

The latest Roger Hill–designed vessel, the 14-metre power catamaran called Ayana, has emerged from production at Noosa Marine and is now stored at The Boat Works, awaiting delivery to her owners, who plan to cruise from the Gold Coast back to their home waters of Western Australia.

The fully custom-designed and built power cat is replete with features befitting a luxurious live-aboard vessel. With her planing hull, Ayana was built to survey with the intention of offering day charters cruising Rottnest, Margaret River and the Swan River.

As Julian Griffiths, Director at Noosa Marine explains, “Ayana weighs around 12.8 tonnes and has loads of extras. Her owner is an experienced boatie and wanted the works.”

Ayana is a spacious three-cabin multihull conceived for day charter, with a massive, versatile cockpit for entertaining or angling, which flows into the large saloon, also decked out for socialising with dinette, galley, AV and large windows for panoramic views.

The enclosed flybridge features the helm and an L-shaped lounge and dining table, while the aft deck is fitted with a davit for the vessel’s tender.

Designer Roger Hill said the list of must-haves was daunting for him as a designer and for the team at Noosa Marine: “From my perspective, the challenges involved weight control more than anything else. Ayana is a 14-metre motor yacht. It probably has more fridges and freezers than any other 14-metre afloat.

“There is no such thing as a boat that is not some form of resolved compromise. This boat is probably as close to what the owners would say has everything they want in a 14-metre package, but from my point of view, the biggest compromise will be the performance of the planing hull, which will still achieve around 28 knots.”

According to Roger, building to survey requires more structural material and more safety details, which results in extra weight and additional costs of around 20 percent.

From briefing to completion, construction took just 13 months. The Noosa Marine production team comprised Julian, Max, two apprentices and a labourer.