Abeking & Rasmussen launches SWATH yacht Silver Cloud

Yesterday saw the launch of the 41m SWATH yacht Silver Cloud at the Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard in Lemwerder. Abeking already used the SWATH design successfully on military and commercial ships, but not on a yacht before.

SWATH stands for “Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull”. The concept is based on two submarine hulls, completely submerged below the water surface. These hulls are connected to the yacht by two narrow struts. Silver Cloud is the first SWATH yacht and the yacht’s website explains some key advantages of this concept:

“The cross-sectional area at the sea surface is approximately 1/6th that of a comparable size yacht and thus only a minimum part of the ship is exposed to the lifting forces of the waves while 5/6 of the buoyancy is on the submarine hulls. Additional stability is provided by the SWATH’s broad beam which is twice that of a comparable yacht. The idea of SWATH was taken from the principle of semi-submersible offshore rigs, which are designed to provide a working platform with minimized motions in open seas.”

The naval architecture and exterior styling of the yacht were done by the in-house team of Abeking & Rasmussen, while the interior was designed by London based Kirschstein Design Ltd and Susan Schuyler Smith of Spectrum Design. The yacht will be delivered to her American owner in September 2008.

For more information visit the website of Silver Cloud: www.yachtsilvercloud.com

By Merijn de Waard

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