Published by Editorial team on 15th Sept 2015
Oxygen yachts presented a four boat range of luxury power catamarans at the Cannes Yachting Festival from 9th to 14th September 2014. The extraordinary project is one of a kind super power catamaran range which is yet to be produced. It all started in September 2013, when Oxygène Yachts presented their Air 77 prototype at Cannes: a power catamaran with an exceptional design challenging old habits in the industry and establishing a new idea of space and fluidity of movement.
AIR 77 power cat
The original Oxygen design, Air 77 is likely to be the first model to be launched by the shipyard. In addition to its highly characteristic design, the Air 77 also attracted attention for its huge 33sqft door cut into the front of the roof: a move away from the traditional way of separating indoor and outdoor space. The result offers an entirely unobstructed space and view on the main deck.
Since then, Oxygène Yachts has signed a cruicial partnership agreement with Couach Shipyard for the construction of the definitive version (which will be launched in the spring of 2015) and for the realization of all future models of the Air range.
But Oxygène Yachts didn’t just stop there. During the course of 2014, the brand has expanded by adding three new models to form a well-balanced range of 66 to 99 ft boats. Those three new worthy representatives of the Oxygène spirit were presented at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival.
Spirit of OXYGENE: purity and discretion... a unique stance
The remarkable design of Oxygène Yachts sprung from designer Frédéric Sarfati ’s strong determination: To breathe new aesthetic inspiration into the universe of power catamarans. This inspiration is driven by the relentless quest for pure lines and on-board space. A quest for subtlety and balance that allows the boat to blend into its surrounding environment.
The result is impressive: a highly characteristic design rendered timeless by the simplicity of its lines. The name of the range does justice to this notion of space and movement: AIR.
There is nothing glitzy or ostentatious about the Air boat range, it's all about quality living and space.
AIR range: harmony and sensuality
The lightness of the models in the Air range, made with strip planking (wood/epoxy and glass/carbon composite), their shallow draught and Ultrajet/Masterjet turbine engines are the main features.
They have a major technical advantage: they are incredibly easy to handle. They get as close as possible to the coast line, and weave easily in and out of small bays and creeks, even the most imposing models of the line!
The choice of engines goes towards defining the brand’s spirit, with a intentionally restricted top speed for each model and very reasonable fuel consumption. The Air 66 is the most compact boat in the range. With all the characteristics of the Air 77, it is even easier to handle and takes up less space when docked.
With 2152 sq ft of living space for a length of just 66 feet, life onboard the Air 66 centres around the “carré” or salon, which alone offers an area of 645 sq ft for sharing enjoyable moments. With its glass roof and front opening, the view from the stern reveals a 52 ft perspective in the axis of the boat and an unbroken view of the horizon. As a development on the Air 77, the Air 77 W essentially presents aesthetical variations: raised bulwarks, remodelled hulls and deck, dingy integrated under the main deck... It illustrates all the design and variation opportunities of a concept that Frédéric Sarfati’s brush stroke adapts to each client’s individual desires.
Air 99 –the No-limit yacht.
At the very least the 99ft ''Air 99'' is out of the ordinary, offering six cabins and 4305 sq ft of living space! While maintaining the harmony inherent to the concept of the AIR range, this boat makes its mark with an impression of outrageous serenity and sensuality. The 1292 sq ft “carré” designed in the style of a loft offers a unique sensation of freedom. The 88 foot perspective unfolds uninterrupted towards the horizon through the vast doorway at the front, suggesting an invitation to escape offered by no other boat today.
INNOVATION: variable transparency glass
To fit out the glass roofs present on each model in the AIR range, Oxygène Yachts looked at integrating variable transparency glass, a revolution in the nautical sector that finally makes it possible for widespread use of bay windows with no fear of adverse effects from the sun. The double glazing becomes darker or brighter according to the amount of sunlight thanks to an electronic process incorporated into the glass. At the heart of this process is an electrochromatic coating and a low voltage current making it possible to constantly adapt the tint of the glass to variations in sunlight. The more sunlight there is, the more the glass darkens. It restricts light transmission and limits heat generation. When sunlight is weak, the transparent glass allows the light in, optimising the beneficial effects of the solar flux.
Controlling the lightness level is as simple as the touch of a button on the wall. It can also be done automatically with a light intensity sensor. By using variable transparency glass, the Air concept and its vast curved windows maximizing light takes on its true meaning.
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