Boat Review ILIAD 53S Review


Even though ILIAD Catamarans was only founded in 2019, the new brand has already launched three powercat models from 50 to 74 feet. The ILIAD 50 that we tested in MW#169 has already seen seven hulls sold in Australia. Building on its success, the yard is announcing the ILIAD 53S; this new model is innovative in terms of design, as it does not have a flybridge, thus presents a sporty silhouette, or sedan appearance – hence the “S”. With its significantly lowered superstructure, the 53S can venture onto inland waterways, opening up new cruising possibilities. Like her predecessors, this powercat is a beachable cruising boat, solidly built in a foam/vinylester sandwich. This catamaran is also very comfortable and particularly well equipped as standard – air conditioning, generator, complete electronics, bow thruster, electrical appliances, lithium batteries, a 5,000-W inverter, solar panels, video/sound system etc. Powered by two 440 HP engines, the Iliad 53S is expected to reach 24 knots and be capable of covering more than 3,000 miles in long-distance cruising mode.

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