Barracuda Yacht Design from Madrid has recently completed the hull design and naval architecture for a 32metre aluminium motor-sailor of significant proportions, constructed by the Barcos Deportivos Yard to the rigorous standards of Germanischer Lloyd.
Following the wish of the Spanish owner, the new yacht will be very space-orientated and will incorporate the use of as much natural light as possible. This has been achieved mainly through the use of tall windows set into the hull and, similarly, for the elevated pilot house area, ensuring the new yacht will be very distinctive and stand out from the crowd.
The hull profile is traditional and extremely attractive, with a gently rising shear-line, traditional bow and raised counter stern. From the side profile the windows in the hull offer a unique exterior visual appeal and complement the equally imposing windows that surround the pilot house.
One of the key areas of this design involves the deck layout; the whole area has been used to the full by positioning the cockpit coamings and seating right out to almost the full width of the beam. This has allowed for a generous and very sociable living area, which includes the provision of plenty of seating, separate dining area and acres of room for sun bathing and generally enjoying as much time outside as possible. Captive winches and concealed mooring cleats below deck ensure the whole area will remain free of rope clutter.
Barracuda have used glass to make a further statement in the design of ‘French Window’ style doors, leading from the pilot house into the cockpit area. This is a design feature quite commonly replicated on large motor boats, but making a welcome appearance on a large sailing yacht.The use of the cockpit space has been improved further by the inclusion of forward looking port and starboard helm stations, situated towards the middle of the yacht, where the cockpit area meets the pilot house. This means that the helmsman can steer the boat, looking over the roof of the pilot house, without intruding in any way into the area at the rear. A permanently inflated dinghy will be kept in its own position forward of the mast and completely clear of the main public areas. With dinghy removed this position doubles into a Jacuzzi, as required.
As a precaution to inclement weather and for added privacy, there will be a large canvass awning, mounted over a fixed frame, covering a large proportion of the cockpit area. This structure allows for easy standing headroom and, despite its size, has been designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. A large stern lazarette will have enough room to store a wave-rider and various other items of equipment for entertainment and for enjoying life at sea to the full.
Underway the Barracuda 105 has been designed for ease of handling and will carry a self-tacking jib and no running backstays. Electric winches will enable push button control on all main areas of the rig.
Any potential concerns about the integrity of the carbon fibre rig, bearing in mind the larger than normal window area in the hull, have been alleviated by ensuring the rig tension is focussed on the double bottom rigid structure, thereby diverting most of the stress away from the hull.
A retractable bulb keel will enable deep and shallow draught cruising and offer the flexibility of anchoring further in-shore than normal, for a yacht of this size. The draught range will be from 3.6metres to a maximum of 5.5metres, when the retractable dagger-board is fully extended through the bulb.
Entering the pilot house from the cockpit brings you into the upper saloon area with dedicated navigation and communication areas to port, where the yacht’s interior designer, Javier Mu͂noz, has made great use of the ample headroom and living space. This area will be used for less formal occasions during the day and this whole area will be flooded with 360° natural light. Comfortable settee style and free standing seating surround a large table to starboard, with a smaller table with seating for two, positioned opposite on the port side. There is plenty of cupboard and storage space for the safe keeping of everyday essential items.
From the upper saloon there are two separate stairways; the forward stairway, which is slightly off-set to port, leads down into the lower saloon, offering the owner and his guests more privacy and a more formal dining experience centred around an imposing dining table with seating for eight. The lower saloon has an open link with the upper saloon area, where natural lighting will be able to flood downwards. To port there is a desk and office area for quiet periods of study. Behind which steps lead down to offer access through to the large engine and incorporated cold room to centralise all installations.
The large galley and crew quarters are situated immediately forward of the lower saloon area, for ease of serving and clearing away by the crew. There is sleeping provision for a maximum of five to six crew members as required.
Entering the rear stairway from the upper saloon spirals down to two twin bedded guest cabins of generous proportion, each with full en-suite facilities. Then following on through a central doorway takes you into the spectacular owner’s suite, utilising the full beam width of the yacht, and dominated by the glorious use of four large viewing windows on each side. This room has twin bathrooms, separate settee seating and separate desk area with plenty of storage space, as befits the prestige and importance of the owner’s stateroom.Much attention has been paid to the area of noise and vibration control, and with the new yacht designed to cruise under power at speeds in excess of 13.5 knots, this was considered an extremely important factor. So, with everything considered, life on board is expected to be an extremely pleasant experience.