ER YACHT DESIGN 60-METRE CLASSIC DESIGN PROJECT
ER Yacht Design announced on the first day of the LYJPCS an order for the redesign and naval architecture of a classic sixties-built superyacht for a discerning client.
The design is for the conversion of existing vessel into a 60m expedition yacht, which will retain the original classical hull lines with the new modernised superstructure integrated sympathetically and seamlessly into the new form. The vessel’s powerful lines, structurally strong hull and modern insulation will make the yacht a functional expedition yacht with Ice-rating, capable of long distance cruising to the remotest parts of the World.
Technically speaking, the yacht will retain the structural backbone of the original hull and fore section of the superstructure and, with the addition of new deck and extension of the existing decks, will achieve spacious accommodation and entertainment areas that are important for this size of vessel.
The result is the creation of a new boat with minimal changes, timeless styling that will give the boat a new look and purpose of a thoroughbred expedition yacht.This is a modern classic redesign of a perfectly formed hull with a good seakeeping ability, manoeuvrable, economical to run and both strong and reliable vessel. It offers accommodation of generous proportions such as a full beam owner’s stateroom with panoramic aspect, en-suite guest cabins, two salons and plenty of entertainment areas. The outside space, spread over three decks, with the fly-bridge deck as an observation area, whilst the main and the upper decks spaces are large enough to accommodate two 8.5m heavy-duty tenders, full size helipad on the upper deck, Jacuzzi and the transom swim platform, which still leaves a lot of space for entertaining, outdoor dining, sunbathing and games.The yacht is being designed for an experienced owner who appreciates the beauty of the classic ship’s form and who is planning to undertake extensive long distance cruising.
The yacht, fitted out with all mod cons and equipped with fast robust expedition tenders, helipad and up to date communications systems will be a very comfortable long-distance cruising vessel but also a base from which to manage all day-to-day business as well. The reconstruction project, managed through Earlymarket LLP of West London, and slated to start middle of the year and expected to take nine to twelve months with delivery expected in 2016.
KINGCAT 85 – FAST CRUISING POWER CATAMARAN
ER Yacht Design also announced they refined the original design of the KingCAT 85 power catamaran for Kingship Marine of Hong Kong.
This spacious catamaran capable of accommodating eight guests and crew of two now comes in two distinct versions, one with an open fly bridge and second with fully enclosed, air- conditioned fly bridge, both with the aft sun deck and Jacuzzi. The brief by Kinship was to produce minimalist styling with clean lines and a boat with big yacht features, a fast comfortable cruiser but very manoeuvrable and easy to handle at sea and in marina.
The KingCAT 85 is an all-aluminium yacht with powerful twin hulls, pleasing shear lines with a modern neat looking superstructure enveloped in panoramic windows all around the main deck accommodation and the fly bridge with commanding views of the whole boat. The exterior profile features sleek streamlined hulls with plumb stems and a long waterline for speed and efficient carving in the seaway. The propulsion is twin diesels powering water-jets with a maximum speed of 28 knots, which, in combination with bow thrusters, will provide exceptional manoeuvrability.
The deck space is maximised using the full 31ft beam available, the leisure area is covered in teak decking fitted with flush glass hatches for natural light below. Aft, the space between hulls and under the spacious cockpit deck is used to neatly store the tender covered by a permanent swim platform, which, together with platforms on each hull makes a spacious beach club, a feature normally found on much larger yachts. The access to the main deck is from the platforms on each hull, via steps leading to the cockpit; the steps cleverly doubling as engine covers giving unrestricted access for maintenance.
The accommodation is arranged over the main deck all on one level and below in the twin hulls, the latter ones mirroring each other in layout. The owner’s stateroom is on the main deck to the front giving it immediate access to the salon and by stairs to the pilothouse station, whilst the glass door to the front of the stateroom open directly onto the fore sundeck.
The main accommodation is divided into four distinct areas, a dining room seating eight in comfort, served from a fully fitted well-equipped galley with a full size six-burner stove and oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, icemaker, wine cellar and plenty of storage cupboards. The galley is fronted by a neat cocktail bar ideal for serving aperitifs and snacks and to service rest of the boat. The leisure areas are arranged in two sections over the full width of the accommodation and includes games and entertainment area and a quiet relaxation area open to the cockpit, looking aft.
Amid-ship are port and starboard stairways leading to the respective hull’s lower deck accommodation, each leading into a lobby and self-contained en suite double cabins, to the fore and aft of the hulls. The below deck accommodation has over 2 metres headroom throughout and gets plenty of natural light from large oblong portholes in the hull and from the overhead opaque glass hatches. All cabins are air conditioned for comfort, whilst the engine compartments are acoustically insulated. Both main deck and the lower deck accommodation layout is flexible and can be customised to clients’ preference, providing it doesn’t require structural modification of the yacht. The interior styling, fixtures and fittings use only a high quality natural materials and fabrics, which also can be customised to clients’ taste and style.
The fly bridge is reached from the cockpit by stairs to the port side leading immediately to the relaxation area with a plush outdoor L-shape sofa and a large Jacuzzi to starboard flanked by sunbeds on one side and a large grill bar to the other side. To the front is the centrally located fly bridge steering position with a commanding view of the whole boat and a step or two away from the port and starboard end of the bridge with the wing controls stations and a perfect view of each hull when docking. A Bimini hardtop supported by twin masts covers the fly bridge, carrying radar, communication dome, antennae and other obligatory equipment.
The alternative is a fully enclosed fly bridge version with panoramic glass windows and full height glass sliding doors to the aft sundeck. The enclosed fly bridge is fully air-conditioned and can be reached externally by stairs from the cockpit on the main deck or directly from the salon below by a spiral staircase. Aft of the centrally positioned steering station is a generous sun lounge with a cocktail bar and two L-shaped sofas and coffee tables. A round-shaped Jacuzzi can be located amid-ship on the sundeck with a perfect view of the cockpit and the beach club below. Altogether, a spacious yacht with plenty of room and space for leisure and entertainment, a perfect cruising yacht and a party boat in a marina.