Construction has recently commenced on a significant new **** from the design office of Barracuda Yacht Design in Madrid and Studio Scanu from Viareggio. The new yacht is due for completion in February 2009 and will be constructed at the Alu International Shipyard and Y.B.M. in Gdańsk.
The yacht is intended for a dynamic 42 year old Spanish client who, since the project started, decided to formalise a long-term agreement with Alu International to build and market further examples of this kind of superyacht under the ‘Best Boat’ brand name.
Alu International and Y.B.M. were chosen due to their resource, experience and reputation for constructing high quality aluminium yachts of this size. In fact a growing number of well known Northern European shipyards are sub-contracting more and more hull work out to Poland with great success.
From an initial brief to oversee design improvements over the keel, rudder and sail plan, Barracuda’s talented team were then asked to become more heavily involved in a wider range of aspects as the project gathered momentum.
To date this has included more work on the production of the design, as well as all aspects of the interior space planning and all of the furniture design. Extensive work on weight control and noise and vibration has also taken place.
Despite a gradual role reversal Barracuda’s close working relationship and mutual respect for Studio Scanu, who have been in business since 1983, remains as strong now as from the outset.
The external General Arrangement drawings show a relatively low side view profile for the length and a proportionately slender hull form. In fact most would agree that in appearance the new 45m more closely resembles a sailing yacht than a motor sailor, even though primary propulsion will be provided via twin 725hp engines for a cruising speed of 14knots.
A fully carbon-fibre cutter-style rig, with hydraulic controls and captive winches and sail area of 880sq.m will ensure the new 45m is an exciting yacht to sail.
Other key external features include a 60ft fly-bridge, where the main steering and sail control systems are located, and where plenty of informal seating and sun bathing areas can be found.
From a discreet position on the foredeck, a 19ft dinghy can be launched via crane, whereupon this space doubles as a plunge pool with dinghy removed. At the stern a large hydraulic door opens to become a swimming platform, whilst a large under deck garage will house an additional dinghy, jet-skis, scuba equipment and other fun and safety related equipment.
Underneath the hull a pneumatically operated dagger-board offers the flexibility of deep and shallow draught cruising. Extending from 3.4m draught when raised down to 6.85m fully extended.
Inside the new yacht an un-fussy, modern and simple look and feel will prevail. Above all the requirement was to provide a welcoming and very comfortable environment for the owner and his young family.
Wenge will be used for most of the furniture and panelling, which will be trimmed with leather and intended to contrast well with the mainly teak-laid flooring. Considerable thought has been given to the use of internal lighting on board and to the intelligent installation of the air conditioning system and location of the outlet vents.
The main deck houses the formal dining and saloon areas and access to the aft and side deck areas with further external seating. At the forward end is the fully enclosed bridge area with captains cabin immediately behind. A feature spiral staircase located just to the rear of the mast leads down to the guest cabins via a central lobby area on the accommodation deck. A discreet separate crew stairway has been incorporated from the day pantry, offering access to the galley, laundry and service areas, without the need to enter the dining area un-necessarily.
Towards the rear of the 45m accommodation for eight people comprises a full width owner’s stateroom, with two en-suite bathrooms, and doorway access to two twin berth children’s (or guest) en-suite cabins. A further en-suite double cabin is situated slightly further forward on the starboard side.
At the forward end a maximum eight crew can be accommodated, in three en-suite bunk-bed cabins plus the Captains cabin on the main deck. A large laundry, galley area and crew mess complete the services area of the boat.
The engines and twin generators are located in the engine room aft of the accommodation area, with direct access to side deck and aft garage.
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