Fountaine’s Pajot Power 67 is all about living in the lap of luxury.
Not only is the world going to the cats, it’s also angling toward powercats where everything is a pushbutton affair and no sails need to be raised. Because the power segment is growing quickly, some builders are reformulating sailing models into powercats. This is the case of the Fountaine Pajot Power 67, which is based on the Alegria 67 sailing cat that was introduced a few years ago. The FP Power 67 aspires to playing in the realm of superyachts and is targeted at a discerning clientele used to a bit of luxury.
By the Numbers
Everything about the Power 67 is big. In terms of square footage, the flybridge is 345, the aft cockpit is 388, and the foredeck is 527 square feet or about two-thirds of the size of a pickleball court. The hydraulic swim platform is 70 square feet and can carry more than 1,000 pounds. And the master stateroom is 236 square feet with seven feet of headroom. The whole boat feels like Papa Bear’s chair.
The Power 67 is mindboggling when you stand on deck. With a 32-foot beam, there’s acreage of teak as far as the eye can see, all bordered by a high stainless steel rail that adds security when underway.
The foredeck alone is the worth the price of admission. Accessed via the wide side decks or through a door that leads from the salon, the foredeck is pure decadence. To port, there’s a two-person hot tub (optional) and to starboard is recessed seating in the form of a straight sofa and L-shaped settee. There’s also access to the master cabin, and the bows contain optional twin crew cabins each with a head and sink. The forward deck is rigid rather than a trampoline, providing plenty of space for loose furniture like deck chairs or bean bags that make great lounging pods.
Since the center of activity on a catamaran is usually the aft cockpit, Fountaine Pajot dialed this one in. Come up the swim steps and take it in. A wide seat along the transom is nestled between a storage space to port and a summer kitchen to starboard where you’ll find a refrigerator, a sink, and a propane plancha grill. An electric shade connects the hardtop above to the transom backrest providing both privacy and a respite from the sun. The port forward corner is home to a dining table large enough for 8-10 people, and there’s a massive sofa to starboard just behind the circular stairs that lead to the flybridge.
Speaking of the flybridge, this is the third sumptuous outdoor space aboard and it doesn’t disappoint. The stairs end right behind the starboard helm and a dash binnacle that holds twin multifunction displays, engine screens, autopilot control, joystick, and throttles. You can sight down the starboard side when docking, but optional cameras are available as is another docking station in the aft cockpit.
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To port is a forward-facing sunbed and behind that is a U-shaped dinette. Another outdoor galley with a grill, sink, and fridge means you don’t have to run down each time you want cold drinks or a snack.
Just aft of all this is a walk-through with a sunbed on either side. High railings will keep occupants of these pads onboard even if they fall asleep and roll around. Most of the flybridge is covered with a hardtop that has an opening fabric sunroof in the middle. All the way aft on the bimini are two solar panels to help charge batteries and increase energy autonomy at anchor.
If you need another outdoor place to retreat from others on board, there’s the massive swim platform. It’s roughly 15 by 5 feet and lowers to the waterline where it makes a great teak beach to relax or don your snorkel gear.
A boat of this size has quite a few options in terms of layout. You can specify four or five cabins (each ensuite) as well as two locations to situate the galley. Our boathad the galley up on the main deck in the port aft corner of the salon. A sofa was in the forward port corner across from the lower helm. An L-shaped settee was placed starboard aft.
If owners opt for the galley down, there are twin L-shaped settees aft and the forward sofa becomes a wet bar while the galley moves down to occupy the space of one of the port hull cabins. The galley up has a five-burner cooktop (that can be propane or induction), a double sink, loads of storage, and a large central island which houses refrigerator drawers. For distance cruising or crewed charters with numerous guests, there’s also another freezer down in the hull for extra provisions.
The helm is more of a navigation desk than an actual helm station and has engine throttles and autopilot control. There’s no wheel here, but when it’s time to dock or maneuver, the captain will drive from up top anyway, so this area is more for tweaking navigation on passage than close quarters maneuvering.
Two things of note in the salon. The first is what looks like a compression post in the middle, which is odd on a powerboat and may be there to simply support the flybridge above. The second is a thing of beauty—the door that leads to the forward cockpit. It’s massive, watertight, and impressively designed.
The aft cabins each have direct access to the cockpit and are a mirror image of each other. The starboard hull on our boat had this aft cabin as well as the master stateroom forward. At nearly 400 square feet, this owner’s suite has a desk, a large head with his-and-hers sinks, and its own dedicated access to the foredeck as mentioned above. The bed is athwartships and faces the outboard hull window so you can wake up each morning to a beautiful view or watch the pop-up TV hidden in the bulkhead below.
Per company reps, this cat is all about distance voyaging and living in the lap of luxury. Because she offers the equivalent living space of a 75-foot monohull powerboat, she’s also likely to see some single hull boaters becoming cat converts. Standard power is provided by twin 300-hp D6 Volvo Penta diesels, but the boat in Miami was upgraded to 480-hp engines.
With the larger propulsion package, expect top speeds of 18-20 knots depending on load and conditions. That’s not bad given that this boat has a displacement of more than 100,000 pounds. At a 10-knot cruise, she’ll burn around 9 gph giving her a range of nearly 1,100 miles. If you slow to 8 knots, you can explore up to 1,700 miles in any direction.
Fountaine Pajot’s powercat range now includes four models with the Power 67 being the flagship. About 20 feet longer than the next model down, the Power 67 seems to leave the door open for a 50-something model in between, but rumor has it that an 80-footer is next on the drawing board. If the Power 67 is this posh, I can’t wait to see what the bigger sister will bring. (Fountain Pajor Power 67 specifications found below.)
-by Zuzana Prochazka
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Fountaine Pajot Power 67 Specifications:
LOA: 64′ 7″
Beam: 32′ 3″
Draft: 3′ 9″
Displacement (loaded): 104,278 lbs.
Fuel/Water: 1,057/277 U.S. gals.
Power: 2x Volvo Penta D6 @ 230-hp/
2x Volvo Penta D6 @ 480-hp (upgrade)
Top/Cruise Speed: 20/10 knots (upgraded)