La Bella Cherie

Custom catamaran motor yacht combines speed and comfort

In mid-2020 Dongara Marine was approached by a private buyer seeking a bespoke leisure vessel. Working closely with the clients and Southerly Designs, we developed a liveaboard vessel concept tailored to the specific requirements, which included high speed for quick transits to favoured cruising grounds. This client focus and custom design and build capability led to a contract being signed within weeks of the initial approach.

For cruising with family and friends, the 25 metre long catamaran motor yacht has two guest cabins and a shared bathroom in each hull plus a large, full width owner’s suite with ensuite on main deck level. These cabins provide sleeping for 10 persons in queen and king sized beds.

The remainder of the main deck is fitted out for a combination of indoor and outdoor dining and recreation. Transom platforms and a lifting tender storage / swim platform between the hulls provide easy access to and from the water for the full range of water sports.

Waterjet propulsion has been selected to enable the owners to achieve the high speeds they desire. Speed is expected to top 40 knots, with economical loaded cruise speed of approximately 30 knots. Fuel tankage has been maximised to enable long range and extended duration cruising.

The waterjets also enable the vessel’s draft to be just over one metre, greatly expanding the range of locations that can be safely navigated and allowing for anchoring close to the shoreline for beach and other land excursions.

Dongara Marine is combining its skills and experience in both aluminium and high-tech composite materials for the vessel’s construction. As with recent pilot boats and commercial fishing vessels, the hulls will be fabricated from aluminium while the superstructure will be composites; in this case a full carbon fibre reinforced main deck cabin and fully enclosed flybridge.

While primarily intended and equipped for leisure use, the liveaboard catamaran is being designed and built to AMSA NSCV survey requirements.

“This is an exciting project for us. We look forward to providing the client with a vessel that will be the source of great enjoyment and wonderful memories, as well as demonstrating how well our skills transfer to the custom motor yacht arena.”

Rohan Warr – Managing Director - Dongara Marine


Principal Particulars
Propulsion & Performance
Other Details
Project type
Vessel Type
Hull type
Southerly Designs
Construction materials
Aluminium hull, composite superstructure
Survey / Class
Length overall
25.25 metres
7.6 metres
1.1 metres
10 passengers
19,000 litres
Fresh water
2,000 litres
Main engines
2 x MTU 12V 2000 M96X
Main engine rating
2 x 1472kW
2 x ZF 3060
2 x HamiltonJet HTX52 waterjets
Maximum speed
40+ knots
Service speed
30.0 knots
Five (1 x King, 4 x Queen)