Boat Review for our PowerPlay 56
Taking in the view from the fly bridge it is not hard to understand why the Powerplay 56 is the leading multihull cruiser in its class. Featuring the new Volvo IPS propulsion system in combination with the displacements hulls this magnificent Catamaran glides effortlessly through the water for a quiet and comfortable ride.
The fly bridge is the control centre with easy visibility around the boat. But don’t think you will be driving on your own as there is ample room for your friends to join you while you captain the ship.
The boat is fully equipped for entertaining and making the most of an outdoor lifestyle. The wide walk around side decks makes it easy to get from the four person jacuzzi (now eight person in the new versions), on the expansive foredeck to the barbecue on the open aft deck. This is also a fantastic fishing platform for the enthusiastic among us.
The large saloon area is fitted with an L-shaped leather lounge and the state of the art surround-sound entertainment system includes a DVD, CD, and pop up TV which can be lowered and stored when not in use. The galley is incorporated in the saloon area so the cook is always part of the party and is fully equipped with a dishwasher, stove, convection microwave and a large double door fridge/freezer with ice maker. (This feature is also available in out 54′ St Polly Girl.
Port side is dedicated to the owner. The spacious accommodation is fitted with a queen size bed, full size hanging storage, ensuite and office area. The right side of this really spacious vessel has a guest stateroom forward with king size berth and full size storage. Separating the forward and aft cabin is a shared bathroom, aft of the boat is a double cabin fitted with lots of storage space and can be used for additional guests or crew.
This boat is not only beautifully appointed but it boasts the state of the art technology in both electrical and
engineering. The Empirbus system said to soon become standard on most boats was first fitted on a Powerplay Catamaran and has now become a standard feature on all their boats. The intelligent system can communicate faults or alarms to the captain by SMS when the vessel is unattended. You can also request the position of the boat, the charge of the batteries and turn off the lights all via SMS.
Powerplay is the first displacement Catamaran in the world to have the new Volvo IPS motors fitted and it has proven to be incredibly maneuverable and efficient. The IPS system, along with joystick control takes all the stress out of docking at the end of a perfect day as they allow you to maneuver the boat to what ever position you need with incredible ease.
It must be said that while the figures below accurately reflect the performance of the day on this particular vessel, which was configured to enable high speed dashes in the sportfish sprint environment, if it had been configured for long range cruising, it’s range would be substantially improved in keeping with the differing power trains and lower range of speeds associated with that sort of cruising.