The design concept for the RMK 45 was created in response to a design brief presented by an experienced European yacht owner. He was impressed with Ron Holland’s design for the Transocean Explorer Yacht, Marco Polo, yet wanted his personal requirements to be incorporated in a way that necessitated an overall review of the exterior lines and interior general arrangement plan.
After studying the accommodation possibilities of a 40 metre yacht, it was determined that too many interior design compromises were going to be necessary. He needed a larger yacht and this strategically coincided with a final volume at the critical MCA 500 GRT limit. The design review and development carefully maximised the interior volume and exterior styling with this important limit in mind.
Within the influence of this maximum volume envelope, Ron Holland wanted to create a design with classic ocean capable motor yacht proportions. A design concept that was trendy or 'avant- garde' was not the intention. Ron Holland wanted to present a fresh styling that would allow a distinctive recognition for the first collaboration with the RMK Marine shipyard. Besides the high bow and classic stepped shearline, the RMK 45 has superstructure lines that cleverly camouflage the incredibly spacious upper deck interior volume. Most of this area is exclusively reserved for the owner's accommodation where the full width lounge interior space is exaggerated by the full beam floor area and full height feature windows. This creates attractive exterior lines when linked to the privacy of the 90 sq metre owner's deck and allows private living and social spaces for the owner and his family.
Complementing this uniquely private upper deck space is the VIP accommodation located forward on the main deck; the location usually reserved for the owner. Also, with full beam floor and large 'picture windows', guests invited to accompany the owner will experience a sense of equality, unusual on a yacht of this length.
On the lower deck, four spacious guest cabins are accessed from the main deck lobby giving a 12 guest complement; the maximum charter group that is allowed under the SOLAS rules for a yacht of this type.
The RMK45 has been designed to cross the ocean with maximum efficiency and comfort. The hull lines have been optimised incorporating the Ron Holland Design studio's experience with refined ocean capable sailing yachts. A fine angle of entry, integrated with bulb bow and fair clean lines aft, ensure maximising fuel range within the constraints of a twin screw displacement motor yacht of this length. When the destination harbour is reached, the RMK45 will deploy her anchors from a system that prevents the chain from scraping on the bulbous bow. Large tenders will be launched off the foredeck allowing privacy to be retained for guests enjoying the socially preferable aft deck areas.
The intention for this new design is to fulfil her owner's personal requirements, and to create a foundation for a potential series to be launched from the RMK Marine Shipyard.
This is another new build for the yard currently working with some of the principle names in yacht design. RMK Marine currently has a 52m Sparkman & Stephens ketch with a Redman, Whitely and Dixon interior due for completion later this year plus the Dubois design Oyster Yachts. With a pedigree that includes several Vripack explorer boats RMK are ideally matched for this new Ron Holland build.
RMK Marine Yacht Division Director, Mike Burnham commented “This latest signing for RMK Marine is as a result of the excellent facilities and skills base available at the yard. Our workforce has built several high standard, award winning yachts and we look forward to starting this new exciting build”.
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