Launched in early 2021 T/T Skorpios is the first custom Catalyst from Auckland’s Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders. Constructed as a high-end yacht support tender, this customised Catalyst’s design genesis lies in the high-performance chase boats of Emirates Team New Zealand, previously built by Salthouse Boatbuilders. Since 2019 the ever-popular Catalyst found a new home with LSB.
T/T Skorpios is a multifunctional support tender but her primary roles are as a chase boat and weight reduction for her mothership S/Y Skorpios, a 125’ high-performance superyacht currently under construction in Finland. A Catalyst straight from the mould is 45’ whereas T/T Skorpios has been extended to 50’ to create additional cockpit space and room for holding tanks inside her hulls. She also houses the motherships anchor and custom fairlead in the transom between the hulls, with a chain box in the cockpit. The 160kg anchor can be deployed via a Maxwell winch from the tender and attached to the mothership creating significant weight savings by carrying her 400kgs of chain. She also holds an additional 500 litres of water and 1000 litres of diesel including a high-speed fuel transfer system.
Another noticeable custom feature is the narrowed offset cabin creating massive deck space for sail storage and superyacht maintenance tasks. Unlike other Catalysts, T/T Skorpios also has an enclosed foredeck area between the hulls with Hypalon tubes around the bow giving her the ability to nudge up to the mothership for crew and passenger transfers without risking damage. This foredeck platform also doubles as an unobstructed viewing platform for race days.