As one of 2019’s most anticipated unveilings, Australian design firm Incat Crowther has opened up about their involvement in the creation of the support yacht Hodor, which until now has remained under tight wraps following her launch in March this year. Built to support the new 87-metre Feadship superyacht Lonian, Hodor was built by Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armón at its Burela facility. Photo: Clint Jenkins Photography
As designers and naval architects of the project, Incat Crowther worked closely with the vessel’s owner to create a fully customised solution that will serve Lonian with safe guest transfers, extended recreational capabilities and additional supplies such as crew and equipment. The design is based on successful offshore crew supply models based on the same multihull platform and heavily modified for the luxury yacht market without sacrificing any of its oceangoing capabilities. Photo: Clint Jenkins PhotographyPhoto: Clint Jenkins Photography
Hodor’s strength lies in its ability to safely carry a fleet of five tenders on its aft decks and to deal with helicopter operations without having to disrupt life on the mothership. A fully-certified helicopter landing pad with a D-value of 16m can accommodate helicopters up to 6t such as the popular EC145. The largest tender carried on board is a custom 17-metre (56 ft) chase boat with four high-performance Seven Marine outboard engines that is launched and retrieved through a special aft lifting platform. In addition to the fleet of tenders on deck, Hodor also carries its own ROV on the foredeck which is launched using a special crane in this part of the ship.Photo: Clint Jenkins PhotographyPhoto: Clint Jenkins Photography
The vessel comes with its own dive centre on board which is fully equipped with compressors, NITROX and O2 facilities and a decompression chamber in the yacht’s hospital. Hodor will operate with 20 crew members, all of whom are accommodated for in double and twin ILO-compliant quarters. Photo: Clint Jenkins PhotographyPhoto: Clint Jenkins PhotographyPhoto: Clint Jenkins
Luxury guest spaces on board include a guest lounge on the main deck which leads out onto a water level balcony on the port side which is also used as a tender boarding platform when guests are transferred to the mothership. Photo: Clint Jenkins PhotographyPhoto: Clint JenkinsPhoto: Clint Jenkins Photography
In terms of cruising capabilities, Hodor can reach a maximum speed of 22.5 knots and can cover 5,500 nm at an impressive speed long-range of 14 knots, with only 160,000 litres of fuel required to reach its maximum range thanks to the efficiency provided by the multihull design. A special IMO Tier 3 compliant exhaust cleaning system reduces greenhouse gasses emitted by the vessel. Apart from two Humphree active interceptors on the stern which reduces pitching motions while underway, no additional stabilisation systems needed to be installed on Hodor given the inherent stability provided by the hull design. Photo: Clint JenkinsPhoto: Clint Jenkins Photography
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