Damrak II is a Sunreef 70 powercatamaran with a top speed of 23 knots.
First Impression: Damrak II
Date toured: December 2011
Damrak II, which launched in 2011, is one of eight Sunreef 70 powercatamarans expected to be launched by summer 2012. Only a handful are available for charter, including Abuelo and Sea Bass, and Damrak II is currently the newest. Damrak II is also noteworthy because her owner built her with lessons learned from his prior Sunreef 70, the original Damrak.
“The two biggest differences are speed and comfort,” Capt. John O’Connell told me during my tour. “The first Damrak had a top speed of 14 knots. Damrak II has a pair of 800-horsepower MANs and a top speed of 23 knots. So we are much faster. The owner also changed the downstairs layout a little bit. There was unused space in the first layout, so now the VIP cabin has a much bigger and nicer bathroom.”
O’Connell and his partner, Sharon Stannard, ran the first Damrak for charter before moving aboard Damrak II. O’Connell is a PADI scuba instructor who enjoys diving with guests. Stannard is a PADI dive master who also enjoys scuba when she is not working in the galley. Her culinary background includes training in the Loire Valley, France.
They have worked with the owner to outfit Damrak II with lots of water toys, including a pair of Seabobs and a Jet Ski. They also proudly (and rightfully so) told me that Damrak II has LED lighting as well as solar panels, all of which help to keep energy expenses in check.
The first Damrak had a lowest weekly base rate of $47,000, but Damrak II is being offered at a special introductory base rate of $39,000. She is expected to charter in the Mediterranean during summer 2012 and then return to the Caribbean for the winter 2012-13 charter season. Damrak II takes a maximum of eight guests with three crew.