UK, Shrewsbury. In April 2015, we reported on the Supermarine 36 Thunderbolt, an 11m tender inspired by the classic fast-runabout boats that came into being following the First World War. In collaboration with Adam Younger Design, Andrew Trujillo Design has since developed a 12m design called Lightning.  

Based on a modified fast hull originally designed by Adam Younger for a racing series, Lightning sports a new superstructure, with styling by Andrew Trujillo. “Adam started this project for a Middle Eastern client who was looking to do a race series and got it to the stage of making the plug,” explains the designer who revealed that the plug for the project has been completed at the Ross-Smith Marine yard in Lymington, in preparation to start moulding. “The design intent is a little different from the previous project, as she will be less retro and more contemporary. She is also more spacious than Thunderbolt thanks to her catamaran platform.”

Named after the twin engine, twin boom US fighters used in World War II, the boat has been created as a practical fast commuter or weekend cruiser with all of the benefits of a catamaran. The cockpit, which can accommodate up to eight guests, is surrounded by a single piece of curved tinted glass topped by a strong stainless steel handrail. This space includes a semi-open galley to port, a voluminous top-loading fridge, and a large foldout cockpit table. Additional options for the cockpit include an electric bimini and a hard top sunshade integrated into a radar arch. This space also features a BBQ.

“I think the inspiration to include a BBQ came from my time in Holland, as the Dutch seem to always want to have one on board their boats,” says Trujillo. “It is a social thing to do and is more likely to be used frequently, as galleys on smaller vessels don’t get used that often or as often as one might think.”

Below deck is an open plan galley and two double cabins — one in the bow and the other aft of the cockpit. A head is located in the starboard hull, just ahead of the starboard engine bay, with access provided to the aft cabin in the port hull, which is intended for kids and occasional use.

Lightning will have two propulsion package options. The first includes twin 370 Yanmar diesel engines with the second package featuring twin 450 petrol engines with the option to upgrade to twin 725s for higher performance. Depending on drive and engine selection, speeds in excess of 60 knots is expected with cruising speeds in the region of 50 knots.

“At 40-feet, it is not going to fit on the smaller end of the superyacht market but during my time at Azure Naval Architects, there were a couple of projects that could have taken a boat of this size on board,” says Trujillo. “She is intended for recreational use and, although seriously quick, she should be pretty practical too. Lightning offers something new for the marine market, with an un-rivalled combination of performance and ride quality together with meaningful interior space and exciting styling. As such this new craft fully reflects the demands and aspirations of the modern day performance boating family.”

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