The Voodoo Yachts website says their Voodoo Xpedition Foiler is devastatingly fast, immensely capable and supremely comfortable, and is the ultimate boat for the modern-day adventurer.
When Pachoud Yachts launched the 17.4m Voodoo in 2011, they unleashed a beast. Not only was this foil assisted, surface drive, Roger Hill designed powercat incredibly fast (42 knots), it also returned a surprisingly efficient fuel economy. When the boat is up and foiling, the fuel burn varies very little from the 20 knots to 33 knots cruise range.
Voodoo gained prominence after crossing the Tasman Sea at high speed, to attend the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Since then Pachoud Yachts have built three more developed from the original Voodoo and have five on order. Such has been the interest, the company has now set up a separate division, Voodoo Yachts, which is solely responsible for the Voodoo line up of foiled assisted powercats. The boats are built using moulded composite construction.
The first three boats experienced a lot of development from Voodoo, each one containing a number of tweaks and changes in hull and foil design, layout, interior and engineering. Boat five onwards incorporates the best of this development and Pachouds continuous R&D, and will be built with vacuum infusion from the moulds. The boats going forward will be more standardised in design, with customization available to the engineering, interior and finishes.
The range not only includes the well tested XF 60 (18m) but has expanded with the addition of the XF 60 (16m), XF 66 (20m) and the XF 80 (24m). All four have a sprint speed rating of between 37 and 45 knots and a cruise speed of 30-37 knots.
Look for a full company profile on Voodoo Yachts in a future issue of Pacific PowerBoat magazine.