Two Oceans 555 Power Catamaran is made to fit like a glove
Owners love to make a new boat their own, which isn’t always easy with production models where little more than fabric colors and wood finishes are up for personalization. However, that’s where the semi-custom nature of the recently launched Two Oceans 555 Power Catamaran comes in. With the emphasis on “custom” rather than on “semi,” this model from South Africa is tailored to each owner’s specific needs and desires.
Experience Luxury On Deck with the Two Oceans 555 Power Catamaran
There’s a lot to take in on deck including three separate social spots. The recessed forward cockpit, which is three steps down from the main deck, will be a great place to enjoy happy hour when swinging to anchor in the tropics as the sun blazes down on the transom. Here, a C-shaped dinette with a hi-lo table is the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast, play a game, or relax with a book. A raised sunpad flanks each side. This zone is accessed directly by an interior door or from the side decks.
Because of the extensive foredeck area, the aft cockpit is a bit understated. Rather than molded structures, this zone is outfitted with loose (but secured) furniture, and our boat had twin rattan loveseats with a coffee table in between. The optional hydraulic platform aft has chocks to carry the tender, or it can become an extra play space when lowered. Otherwise, the area is clean and simple. The sole provides access to the engine compartments on either side, and there are storage lockers along the glass door and window that lead to the interior. An optional docking station is to port, and the stairs to the flybridge are to starboard.
The flybridge is the star attraction on the 555 Power. Starting aft, there’s open deck space to put a chaise or two and work on a tan. You can also carry a PWC here that’s loaded with the optional crane. Moving forward, a dinette with a hi-lo table is to port and a long, curved companion seat is in the starboard forward corner. An optional galley module adds a summer kitchen with a refrigerator, sink, electric grill, and icemaker. It’s easy to see why people would gather up here more than in the aft cockpit.
The helm is on the centerline behind a windshield that protects only the console and seat. The angular dash is molded into the forward bulwark ahead which is another sunbed that’s accessed through a short bulkhead door. Most equipment at the helm is standard including a Stidd bench seat with armrests, twin multifunction displays, engine screens, autopilot control, and a spotlight. The wheel is offset slightly to port, behind and below the compass. One large wiper services the whole tempered glass windshield, and the hardtop covers most of the flybridge with the exception of
the aft deck and the grill area.
Discover the Tailored Interior of the Two Oceans 555 Power Catamaran
The standard layout includes three to four cabins and three to four heads with the master placed either on the main deck and forward (standard) or down in the hull. With the master down, the forward part of the main deck features a wet bar and sofa or a full interior helm. The boat we visited in Miami was reflective of very specific owner requirements which made it somewhat memorable. Our boat had the master down but had no helm or wet bar. Instead, there was a sofa to port and a dinette in the starboard corner, both flanking the watertight door to the forward cockpit. Some people prefer to separate where they eat from where they lounge, and the plan we saw accomplished this effectively.
The main social salon is aft with a C-shaped sofa for six to port and facing a galley island with a hidden TV on a lift. The L-shaped galley doesn’t skimp on storage lockers or Corian countertop space. On one end is a side-by-side refrigerator clad in wood to disguise its location. A four-burner electric cooktop, a double sink with garbage disposal, and a microwave are within steps of each other. A dishwasher,
wine fridge, and icemaker are options.
The galley, dinette and salon are all on the same level so moving about is easy with no tripping hazard anywhere. Ample direct and indirect lighting as well as large windows brighten the interior and air conditioning vents are integrated discreetly above the windows.
The staterooms in the hulls below are accessed via steep steps on both sides just ahead of the galley and salon. On our model, the master was to starboard and had a queen-size athwartships bed, a desk, and a large head. The toilet compartment with one sink is separate, but there are additional twin sinks near the shower stall. Two guest staterooms were in the opposite hull—one outfitted with two berths that can be joined together using a filler cushion.
Performance Insights of the Two Oceans 555 Power Catamaran
Standard power is provided by twin 370-hp Yanmar 8LV diesels, but the boat in Miami was upgraded to 550-hp Cummins QSB 6.7 engines. The exhaust is underwater, and the five-blade propellers are ensconced in tunnels with a sacrificial keel just ahead for protection. Top speed is 25-27 knots with a cruising speed of 18-19 knots at 2,600 rpm. At cruise, the 555 Power will burn 31 gph providing a range of 410-420 nautical miles with a small reserve.
The 555 Power has a high bridge deck clearance to reduce pounding into head seas and a spray rail to stay drier on deck. The engine compartments are cavernous and easily accessed. Large 24V alternators and twin Racor filters are at each engine. A 21.5 kW generator is to port but with an Integral power system to charge the bank of lithium house batteries, it will most likely see little use.
Options and Upgrades
There’s a long list of available options beyond the placement of the master suite and the choice of engine size. Comfort items include a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, a Splendide washer and dryer, icemakers in the galley and on the flybridge, a Kenyon electric grill, air conditioning, a Glendinning Cable Master, a Steelhead davit on the upper deck, a KVH TracVision TV antenna, FLIR cameras, and more.
Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing builds a range of custom power catamarans, and the 555 Power is now the smallest and, therefore, the entry point into the line. Just like its siblings, the newest design can be made unique and aims to make owners feel special. Between technical items like the underbody design and the Integrel power system, and the highly personalized interior, the 555 Power will likely appeal to a clientele looking for exclusive experiences that fit each owner like a glove.
-by Zuzana Prochazka
LOA w/ platform: 57′ 7″
Draft: 3′ 6″
Displacement (dry): 49,600 lbs.
Fuel/Water: 750/200 U.S. gals.
Power (standard): 2x Yanmar 8LV @ 370-hp
Contact: HMY Yachts/Two Oceans