Text by C.C. Schindel & Running Photos by Nicolas Claris
For nearly 10 years, De Birs Yachts (De Birs) of Egypt has been working towards a stronger linkage between aeronautical engineering and design and superyacht design. Though this linkage was achieved, and proved successful, in their 85 series, De Birs, teaming with Arrabito NA of Italy, has now earned its position in the superyacht world with the new 100 SP series. The 100 SP series sports superyacht, Little Sarah, was debuted to the world at the Cannes Boat Show in September 2008.
When asked, Karim Aly, De Birs Project Manager and Lead Engineer on Little Sarah, tells SuperYachtTimes.com that the Engine Room was his favorite aspect of this project, he says "it was a real personal challenge and I spent a lot of time evaluating systems, drawing from experience, and troubleshooting the original design to create a uniquely functional and innovative space." During her sea-trials, Karim is pleased to share with us that this superyacht was, “dry and very stable during cruises."
With a transversal weight difference of less than 0.13 of a percent, Little Sarah is the first superyacht of its type, a 100 Sports Yacht with the precision of a first class business jet. Her measurements include an overall length just over 30 meters and a beam of 6.85 meter. The Italtecnica/Arrabito-designed composite hull is propelled by two MTU 2,000 hp diesel engines, giving Little Sarah a maximum speed of 28 to 30 knots and a cruising speed of 24 knots. She's powered by two 27 KWA diesel generators.
Important in Little Sarah's design features is the mini flybridge that doesn't compromise on her sleek profile. Not only does the flybridge add more living and entertainment space, it stresses situational awareness for the captain in command. As a living space, the flybridge is fully equipped with lounge seating mini bar, ice maker, fridge and sink. As for situational awareness, and true to the aeronautical design approach, the flybridge provides pilots/captains with as much understanding of the environment as possible, such as when maneuvering near reefs, rocks, and/or everyday tasks.
The interior of this superyacht, designed by Egg and Dart of Munich, has a natural, rich modern feel that provides luxury and unique multi-functional areas, such as the main salon, the mini flybridge, and dining areas.
This sport superyacht's main deck offers a degree of comfort previously unknown in this class. Not only does Little Sarah provide an open floor plan with bar, comfortable entertainment area, and unique foldable dining and tapas table for up to 10 guests, but she also separates a crew of four from the main salon. Her designers innovatively developed a screen between the crew piloting this superyacht and the lower level staircase, providing guest privacy, without impairing or compromising navigation.
There are five staterooms onboard, including a full-beam master suite and a multi-functional bow suite that has a split V berth that can be put together to become a single double bed.
Toping all these features, even the aft area has been designed for dining, entertaining, lounging and sun bathing. Tables that turn into sun beds and sun beds that turn into a chill out lounge. Needless to say, the same goes for the mini flybridge that is also fully equipped with a mini bar, ice maker and fridge and sink.
Little Sarah, from the internationally diverse team from Egypt, Italy, and Germany, packs a lot in a relatively small space. Today, Little Sarah intended use is as the chase boat to the owner's main yacht, the 104.85 meter Lady Moura. Truly first in her class, we can only expect great things in the future from this engineering and design team.