New Barracuda designed 36m performance motor sailor

Barracuda Yacht Design has just completed the naval architecture for a striking looking 36m (120ft) aluminium Motor Sailor, incorporating some very interesting design features.

The 36m is in proposal stage at the moment, and intended for a European client impressed after seeing Barracuda’s original design for a 150ft motor sailor, now under construction in Poland. Although a motor sailor was called for, the client insisted the yacht should sail and handle as well as possible. In this respect, displacement of 140 tonnes is moderate and a cutter style rig will carry over 800sq.m sail area.

Barracuda have kept the waterline length long with a fairly plumb bow. The aft sections have been kept flat, to minimise drag and ensure the boat is inclined to ‘rest’ upon the aft wave, minimising drag underway.

Underneath the hull a lifting dagger-board retracts into a pocket within the keel. The gives a flexible draft range of between 4m (board up) and 6m (board down) and a further pointer towards her intended performance potential both up-wind and down. A high-efficiency, balanced spade-rudder will improve feel and offer better close-quarters manoeuvrability in tight areas such as in a small marina.

The new 36m takes a number of design influences from the 150ft. In particular, a large and dynamic ‘sweeping’ fly-bridge situated on top of the saloon. This area surrounded by a low-level screen, made up of a tinted plexi-glass style material.

The fly-bridge is separated into two distinct areas: the ‘active’ area at the front contains twin helm stations, halyard winches and all other major controls, and the ‘leisure’ area, towards the rear contains a large table, ample seating and separate sun-bathing area.

The exterior of the saloon features long, un-interrupted side windows which, when combined with the fly-bridge above, give the design an elongated, sleek-looking profile.

The client wanted plenty of useable space for dining and entertaining, therefore concealed captive winches will ensure the deck is generally clutter-free with an ‘open’ look and feel about it. Because the saloon and deck area are on one level, and there are clear glass doors at the entrance to the saloon, there is a completely un-interrupted standing sight line, from the stern through to the bow.

Upon entering the saloon the interior could be described as being fairly geometrical and orderly in appearance. But clever use of silk and leather upholstery will ensure a ‘modern but still cosy’ ambience. There are two distinct areas of the saloon containing both formal and relaxed seating and dining areas. A separate internal helm station and bench seating area is located at the forward end of the saloon.

Access to the accommodation deck reveals a full width owner’s suite aft, with twin bathrooms and further twin and double cabins, both en-suite.

The large galley in the forward section of the yacht has its own dining area and there are two further double and two bunk-bed style cabins, all en-suite, which ensure plenty of over-spill guest accommodation if required, or will act as crew accommodation depending upon the owner’s requirements.

A large stern garage will house a full size tender, jet-skis and other water-fun equipment. The engine room has a ‘cold room’ entrance system - a separate room located at the entrance to the engine room, acting as an extra sound barrier space, when access to the engine room is required.

Motor power will be provided by a 725hp Caterpillar, offering a maximum speed of 13knots and 3600nm range at 10knots cruising speed.

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