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​​The World’s First “Air Yacht” Would Sail in the Sky and Sea (With Zero Emissions)

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Yachts and private planes make for luxurious ways to zip from one place to another, but recently, a businessman based in Germany and Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini discovered what happens when they combine boats and jets: the ultra-sleek sky yacht. Equipped with eight counter-rotating electric engines powered by super-lightweight batteries and solar panels, the nearly 500-foot-long yacht can traverse the sky (and sea) at 60 knots for more than two days straight with zero emissions. Plus, aside from its full-electric mobility, the air yacht is sustainable in other ways too: It will be built entirely from carbon fiber, which is as high-strength as it is lightweight.

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The 500-foot futuristic vessel comprises three main parts: a central compartment with a living room and dining area flanked by two inflatable helium blimps that house 10 suites.

Lazzarini’s design looks like something out of the future: a spacious living room and dining area housed within the sky yacht’s central torpedo-shaped structure that’s connected via eight carbon bridges (four on each side) to two 150-foot-long blimps. And the blimps that contain a whopping 14,125,867 cubic feet of helium that keep the vessel high in the sky, flanking the main compartment, aren’t just there to elevate the jet: Between the two, there are 10 guest suites, all of which boast 360-degree views.

The two balloon-like compartments on either side of the impressive vessel comprise an inflatable base that allows the innovative machine to float atop the water surface when the owner is in the mood to sail the sea versus the sky. Though being able to choose which medium makes the most sense for specific destinations sounds like an ideal way to travel, the sky yacht is, unfortunately, still quite a ways off from replacing typical ships and planes. 

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The enormous sky yacht is too big to simply park at a marina while its guests climb aboard, so it comes equipped with a retractable staircase.  

For the private owner who commissioned the estimated $627,511,500 sky yacht, however, his new mode of transportation is the way of the future. In fact, Lazzarini has promised that a first-scale model prototype will lift into the air later this year, and a collection of slightly varying designs (of different lengths) is currently in the early phases of both engineering and prototyping. So, perhaps we’ll all be passengers onboard a boat that flies before the end of the decade.

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The Pioneer of Kite-Based Propulsion Systems

A pioneer reaching for new horizons.

SkySails is the pioneer of wind-assisted ship propulsion systems based on kites. After having proven the technology on board of sea-going vessels, a SkySails kite has propelled the Race for Water yacht during its odyssey between 2017 and 2020. Today, the SkySails yacht propulsion system is operated on the MS Porrima , former Race for Water. The experimental ship´s journey to five continents is part of the TEAM EXPO 2025 Special Supporter program that aims to realize the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

However, in order to make the biggest possible impact on the ongoing energy transition, SkySails decided to focus on the dynamic energy sector with its SkySails airborne wind energy systems for power production for the time being.

The SkySails propulsion system for yachts is therefore currently not marketed anymore. 

Harness the power of wind to reduce fuel costs

Wind is the cheapest, most powerful, and greenest source of energy on the high seas, and the best solution to turn shipping more sustainable. The wind-assisted yacht propulsion system from SkySails uses the power of wind to tow yachts with kites. The eco-friendly system reduces fuel consumption and offers a new comfort in yachting.

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SkySails kites fly at altitudes of up to 300 meters and can thus take advantage of the strong and constant high-altitude wind that is not reduced by friction with the water surface. Besides, the flight maneuvers controlled by the autopilot and performed in front of the yacht increase the kite´s airspeed to a multiple of the true wind speed. The SkySails propulsion system therefore generates five to 25 times the propulsive force per square meter of surface area compared to normal sails.

How it works

The ship’s officers operate the SkySails propulsion system using the control computer installed on the bridge. During flight mode, the autopilot software ensures that the kite flies defined patterns based on wind direction and velocity, as well as the speed of the ship, so that it generates optimal propulsion. The launch and recovery process is widely automated and requires only a few simple actions on the foredeck by the ship´s crew.

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The towing kite is the heart of the SkySails propulsion system. Steered by the control pod, the towing kite performs regular dynamic flight maneuvers in the air in front of the ship to generate tractive force.

Control System

The control system consists of the control pod located underneath the kite and the control computer on the bridge. The control pod contains the autopilot system that steers the kite by manipulating the steering lines and airbrakes. The kite is aligned relative to wind direction, wind force, ship course and ship speed in order to achieve maximum tractive force.

Towing Rope

The tractive force is transmitted to the ship through the towing rope. It is made of HMPE and especially developed for applications with a high demand for safety (e.g., cranes and lifts).

Launch and landing system

The launch and landing system manages the deployment and lowering of the propulsion kite. It is installed on the forecastle and consists of a mast with reefing system which unfurls and reefs the kite respectively during the launch and landing process.

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These extreme sailing superyacht concepts prove that the sky’s the limit

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  • October 26, 2020

Feast your eyes on these sailing superyacht concepts. The future looks far-out, and it just might have sails, finds Sam Fortescue

For decades the superyacht world has undeniably been dominated by vast, fuel-guzzling motor boats. And, despite the elaborate marketing spiel of their designers and builders, many of them look remarkably similar from the outside: there’s a pointy end, a wedding cake in the middle, and pool and beach club at the back.

Refreshing, then, to see that many superyacht designers have neither given up on sail, nor on experimenting with form and function. When we spoke to some of the best-known names in yacht design, we received a very enthusiastic response.

First up, get ready to see a lot more catamaran designs. “Multihulls are the future of yachting concepts, simply because of sustainability,” says Espen Oeino, fêted designer of yachts such as 182m/600ft REV and 136m/446ft Flying Fox .

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Phoenicia has an articulated helipad that deploys once the curved boom is raised up against the aft mast

“To make something sustainable, you have to look at what you can do to reduce resistance and therefore power requirements. There the length-to-beam ratio is very important because slender hulls have a much better angle of entry at the bow, displacing water more efficiently.”

Following this logic, the first of his new 35m/115ft SpaceCat design is nearing completion in China, offering 300m2 of interior space and nearly 600m2 on deck – all balanced on lightweight, low-resistance aluminium hulls.

“People’s concept of what is beautiful is changing but it will need a bit of time,” he adds. “There’s an automotive parallel – it was the same thing with the first SUVs. In the end, though, a cat gives you a much better platform for coming up with interesting layouts.”

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British designer Andrew Winch agrees on the point about sustainability. “The main focus of future sailing yachts will be minimising their environmental footprint to zero, to leave no negativity on the planet whatsoever,” he tells me. “The faster and lighter construction of catamarans and multihulls is a huge benefit to the integration of hybrid and electric propulsion, something that will continue to see extended growth for the foreseeable future.”

The right image

Many designers believe the green agenda will ultimately bring wealthy owners back to sailing yachts. French designer Mathis Rühl puts it like this: “In a world more and more threatened by climate change, debauchery and energy waste is negatively perceived. Wealthy people who care about their image and their impact have to deal with this paradox: how to enjoy the luxuriousness of the world without destroying it. Burning petrol must be avoided when the wind can be used!”

He also sees great advantages to the slim hulls of a catamaran or trimaran. It led him to design a 70m/230ft yacht with a radical semicircular superstructure balanced across three hulls. A 20m beam gives Wave Motion plenty of living space, including a sky deck and open deck space.

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Mathis Rühl’s striking-looking Wave Motion trimaran features his own design of WM2 wing-sail

Perhaps most strikingly, he would power the boat with a 20m/65ft dual wing-sail of his own devising, called the WM2. He has compared rig types including traditional flexible sails and the odd-looking Flettner Rotor for drag and efficiency and concluded that his design is the best performer upwind. Rühl reports that it is more than three times more efficient than a standard non-rigid sail.

A number of concept boats have looked in detail at the rig and concluded that the best option is one that’s already available. The Falcon or DynaRig is only really suitable for yachts over 60m/200ft, but its ease of handling makes it exceedingly attractive. Just one person is able to set sail, reef, tack or furl the sails thanks to the modular design, which breaks huge sail areas down into smaller chunks, and total computerisation of the unstayed rig. “It’s easier to start and stop,” explains Dykstra’s Thys Nikkels. “The percentage of time that you sail is much higher with this rig.”

Philippe Briand chose it for his mould-breaking 152m/499ft trireme design, originally penned for a Russian client. So did Bill Dixon for his 70m/230ft New Dawn. “Unlike a conventional rig which requires a small army of crew, this vessel can be commanded and operated single-handedly,” Dixon says. “The twin rigs offer a healthy sail area to displacement ratio and will assure an exhilarating sailing experience.”

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Bill Dixon’s New Dawn combines the features of a motoryacht with sailboat performance

New Dawn is billed as a game changer, and not just because of her regeneration potential of 75kW under sail, 60m2 of solar panels, ballasted centreboard and ability to motor at 9 knots under purely electric power. Dixon says the real novelty is to combine motoryacht features with sailboat performance.

“It’s clear that customers expect the comforts and space planning of motoryachts,” he explains. “They want ample entertainment spaces, a pool and large tenders. We have created this design on this premise rather from a traditional sailing yacht design approach. This does not mean she is not an efficient sailing yacht, in that department there is no compromise. This is a project that appeases the environmental consciousness of a potential owner.”

Roman galley roots

Briand’s design is on another scale altogether. A key plank in the client’s brief was to ensure there was a vast central gallery whose volume exceeded that of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles – something he has achieved with room to spare. An astonishing 725m2 of glass and openings surround the gallery, while no fewer than three owner’s suites offer the choice between 180° views from the glass bow; the full 20m beam amidships; or an aft suite perched 14m above the water.

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The brief for Philippe Briand’s trireme-inspired superyacht was to have a vast central gallery bigger than the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

Lower deck beach clubs amount to more than 750m2 of real estate, plus room for pools, a helipad and more. Echoing the design of the Roman galley which inspired it, the yacht features dozens of hydraulically-operated ‘oars’ amidships, designed to move in time to the music on board.

“It is possible to imagine very different boats tomorrow,” Briand explains. “I foresee that boats will evolve towards even more efficiency, for sustainability’s sake. Also hybrid boats. We will assemble different energy sources, and wind energy should be the first. Wind by sails, motor by engines today. Tomorrow it will be motor by electric or by hydrogen.”

Interestingly, another designer has also drawn inspiration from the galley. Igor Lobanov’s design is called Phoenicia and features the same reverse bow, sloping down to a rostrum-like point at the waterline; it also picks up the motif of the raised ‘bowsprit’ and ‘bumpkin’ and recreates the effect of two decks of oars by aiming 33 ‘laser lights’ into the water at night.

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Pronounced reverse bow and exaggerated ‘bowsprit’ give an unmistakably trireme look to Phoenicia

Her four masts drop down through a great glass-walled gallery that dominates the main deck. She also employs something akin to a traditional staysail rig , complete with gigantic fishermen sails. Used by schooners and ketches, these sails resemble inverted jibs strung between the masts.

Despite the veneer of antiquity, both yachts feature ample shell doors to enlarge deck and living spaces. Phoenicia even has an articulated helipad, which unfolds from the roof of the raised owner’s suite when the curved boom is pinned up to the mast.

This is designed, “with the intention of creating the feel of ‘a house on the cliff’, with a balcony and panoramic windows that surround the space, leaving the views completely open to the vast open sea,” Lobanov explains.

He thinks the yachts of the future will be more automatic. “Probably there will be less crew on board, which may have a trickle-down effect on all the spaces, including water and food storage.”

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A key design concept in Phoenicia is the long gallery with its all-round glass walls. Special Venetian blinds allow a game of light and shadows to create an arresting pattern inside

Inspired by nature

Even now, most yachts – whether sail or motor – are built using a linear arrangement of ribs, stringers, beams and plates, with the result that the space inside is often divided up into regular-shaped boxes. Some designers find this strange. “It’s not a hotel!” exclaims Ken Freivokh. “We’re very retrograde in terms of the structure. The bigger [yachts] get, the more they rely on one of post and beam: just columns and beams, like buildings were built.”

Freivokh, whose projects include everything from production sailing boats to the much-praised 107m Black Pearl , is desperate to get more organic forms and creative design into superyacht building. Taking an example from nature, he thinks that yachts could rely on the strength of a kind of ‘exoskeleton’, which would free up the interior to create more curved and open spaces without littering them with columns. Couple that with the emergence of structural glass, and you have a blueprint for a very different type of yacht.

But the problem is not just due to conservative shipyards and cautious classification bodies, according to Freivokh. Part of it is the owners themselves.

“It is quite typical that most owners when they’re briefing you make reference to existing projects,” he says. “If you ask an owner ‘why do you need a saloon on each deck? Why don’t you have a single saloon with double heights, and totally unique?’ Then the shipyard says how much they love the plans, but if we just did it like this… In the end, they point out it is £2m cheaper to use an existing technical platform, and that’s hard to resist.”

Briand says that every one of his superyacht clients starts from an existing yacht, not a blank piece of paper. “Sometimes those boats have been designed ten years ago,” he says. “Of course, this is not very positive for pushing us towards new technology. You have to make a long and difficult speech in order to convince them that progress in terms of technology is possible.”

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Dykstra’s Exo concept borrows the idea of exoskeletons from nature to create wide open space below decks

Dutch J-Class maestros Dykstra published an ambitious design a few years back which made use of another exoskeleton design in a 46m/150ft concept called Exo. Produced as a collaboration with Claydon Reeves, it takes the root structures of a tree as its inspiration.

“Not only does the long vertical trunk represent the mast, but the root ball forms the hull, providing strength and the support for the vertical structure,” explains James Claydon. “We also considered the skeletal structure of small but strong creatures. In nature it is the exoskeleton, which provides the ‘chassis’ for these organisms.

“These exoskeletons do not employ straight lines but instead have twisting and turning curves which imbue the creature with optimal strength – their forms defined by millions of years of evolution. By setting aside some of the established thinking of past projects, we strived for a new aesthetic that was both attractive and buildable.”

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Exo’s composite lattice enabled the interior to be completely opened up, with curved glass panels amidships to create a unique sensation of sitting on the waves. I asked Dykstra’s Thys Nikkels why he thought the concept wasn’t picked up, despite a positive reaction at the Monaco Yacht Show .

“Maybe we haven’t pushed the concept hard enough,” he shrugs. “It’s probably a piece of art in itself. That opened our eyes to what is possible in structures. I think the owners are ready for it, but are we as a market ready for it in a way the owner can contemplate it: ie cost?”

Squares and polygons

There is another design school which prefers brutally straight lines. Aspiring yacht designer George Lucian has garnered more column inches than many veterans with a series of increasingly radical designs, none of which have yet been built. The aptly named Origami is a sailing boat that is entirely composed of triangular and trapezoid shapes connected with hard angles, like the folds in a piece of paper.

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Folded paper is the inspiration for George Lucian’s Origami

This is a concept, so there is no attempt to work out how this craft would actually function, but it involves acres of glass and huge fold-out wings to offer a helipad close to water level. “I think the necessary technology and materials already exist, but all my projects would be very challenging to build, that is for sure,” he admits. “I really think that if one is going to put so much money into a project, it has to be recognisable, different, iconic.”

More recently, Lucian published a design for a motoryacht partly resembling a jumble of ice blocks, and making use of a kite to assist propulsion. Another headline-grabber put a 100m/330ft airship at the heart of the design for a yacht shaped like a wedge, her lines angling out of the sea like arrows.

Beiderbeck designs in Germany has put more intense studies into its design for a gigantic 200m+/660ft+ catamaran, named Galileo2. Capable of berthing an 80m/260ft yacht alongside her beach club, the boxy cat includes a host of innovative features such as marine thermal energy generation, which exploits the lower temperatures far below the surface of the sea, and methanol propulsion.

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Galileo2 is so large that it would have to be built in parts and assembled afloat. It has a 500m2 swimming pool, can carry 25 tenders, toys or submarines and can still do 22 knots

“This was a study to figure out what was possible; to figure out the step ahead of the next one,” says partner Immo Lüdeling. “It is a catamaran in a size that isn’t built yet; its own shadow vessel.”

Galileo2 is buildable now, but there were still unexpected design challenges. “Just the routes to walk get quite long – from the beach club up to the upper-deck saloon, for instance. Galileo2 has lifts to the bathing platforms.”

The bridge was another problem area on a boat with an 80m/260ft beam. “Our bridge can fly from one side to another, like on a very large crane where you have the crane house moving from one side to the other.” The boat is already sparking interest, including a serious enquiry about a smaller 120m/394ft version. “It’s half the size of Galileo2, but that means eight times less space.”

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Another of Lucian’s concepts involving trapezoid shapes

Limited only by imagination

Electric propulsion is one of the great hopes of the yachting world, but the question is how to get the power on board. In principle, methanol offers carbon-free electricity, although it is usually manufactured using fossil fuels. Stellar Dutch design house Sinot made waves last year when it published a design for 112m/368ft Aqua , using the technology.

Andrew Winch, designer of monster yachts like 156m/512ft Dilbar and 99m/325ft Madame Gu , has taken a different approach in work with Royal Huisman for a super-efficient 30.5m/100ft sailing monohull, where he favours using renewable energy. “The widened stern deck allows for increased underdeck storage in the stern-wings, allowing for the placement of fan-extending solar panels,” he explains. “The concept also has twin rudders and a canting keel for maximum efficiency, as well as twin electrical propulsion that can be used for the regeneration of power at anchor or while sailing.”

There are as many different concepts as there are designers, and while they all have their own take on the yachts of the future , they agree on one point. It will take daring owners to push the boundaries and help these concepts off the drawing board and into the water. Or, as Andrew Winch puts it: “The only limitation is the imagination of the client.”

First published in the October 2020 issue of Yachting World.

air yacht concept by pierpaolo lazzarini sails both skies and seas with zero emissions

Pierpaolo lazzarini introduces zero-emission air yacht .

while long-distance traveling by air doesn’t allow full electric mobility yet, italian designer pierpaolo lazzarini thinks there is actually a solution to sailing both skies and oceans without emissions in the future — the ‘air yacht ‘. this latest boundary-pushing watercraft takes shape as a 150-meter-long vessel that can fly in the sky pushed by a 400.000 m3 (200.000 m3 on each side) of helium. the flying object can hypothetically reach a maximum speed of 60 knots, for more than 48 hours consequently, and can then safely land on the sea surface, thanks to its inflatable base. 

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150-meter-long yacht flies in the sky and floats on the sea

the air yacht by pierpaolo lazzarini (find more here ) incorporates two extended side blimps, resulting in an overall length of 150 meters and a width of 80 meters. each floating structure (20m x 20m x 150m ) is subdivided into hive areas (cells), ensuring hermetic isolation of each helium compartment. inside the blimps, there are also tanks of compressed helium which release the necessary quantity in order to balance the aircraft. the two airships are connected through four carbon bridges on each side, connecting the main central structure to the two floating balloons. in the lower part, these floating structures incorporate an inflatable base to accommodate the yacht while it floats on the water surface.

lazzarini’s creation is also equipped with eight counter-rotating electric engines of 950hp each, powered by ultra-light batteries and solar panels, allowing it to fly at high speed. the entire construction is conceived to be entirely made with dry carbon fiber.

conceived for a private owner looking for evolution in aviation

 the air yacht is not designed to be used for public transportation or touristic purposes. on he contrary, it is conceived to accommodate a private owner with a vision who looks for evolution in the world of aviation. in the central area of the ship, there is a spacious living room with a dining area, while five suites for the passengers are available on each blimp side and a special shipowner suite is placed on the center with a 360° view.

the particularity of the sky yacht is the possibility to land on the ground or either in the water. while the air yacht is pushed down from the rotation of the engines, it can stand on the water through the depressurization of helium and its ballast anchor system and then sail quietly with a speed of 5 knots .’ hypothetically with € 550.000.000, there will be enough budget to build on-demand a first air yacht (or sky yacht) for a client.’ pierpaolo lazzarini shares.

the flying object can hypothetically reach a maximum speed of 60 knots, for more than 48 hours consequently

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The 30.5m/100'1" sail yacht 'Red Sky' was built by Nautor's Swan in Italy at their Pietarsaari shipyard. Her interior is styled by design house Nautor's Swan and she was completed in 2003. This luxury vessel's exterior design is the work of German Frers and she was last refitted in 2019.

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Red Sky has been designed to comfortably accommodate up to 6 guests in 3 suites. She is also capable of carrying up to 4 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience.

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Red Sky is built with a composite hull and GRP superstructure, with teak decks. Powered by 1 x diesel Perkins Sabre (M265TI) 265hp engines, she comfortably cruises at 10 knots, reaches a maximum speed of 12 knots with a range of up to 1,820 nautical miles from her 2,502 litre fuel tanks at 9 knots. Her water tanks store around 1,719 Litres of fresh water. She was built to BV (Bureau Veritas) ✠1 3E/E Yacht C classification society rules.

Length 30.5m / 100'1
Beam 7.06m / 23'2
Draft 4.1m / 13'5
Gross Tonnage 91 GT
Cruising Speed 10 Knots
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A General Description of Sailing Yacht RED SKY

This sailing yacht RED SKY is a 30 metre 100 (ft) well sized composite ship which was at Oy Nautor Ab (Nautors Swan) and conceived in the office of German Frers. Sleeping 6 guests and 4 qualified crew, sailing yacht RED SKY used to be (Swan 100). The naval architect which delivered this yacht's design work with respect to the yacht was German Frers. Moreover, her interior design was sucessful creation of Nauta Yachts.

Building & Naval Architecture for Luxury Yacht RED SKY

German Frers was the naval architect involved in the technical vessel composition for RED SKY. Her interior design was conceived by Nauta Yachts. German Frers is also associated with the yacht general design work for this yacht. Finland is the country that Oy Nautor Ab (Nautors Swan) built their new build sailing yacht in. After the formal launch in 2003 in Pietersaari she was thereafter passed over to the yacht owner having completed sea trials. The core hull was constructed with composite. The sailing yacht superstructure is fabricated for the most part with composite. With a width of 7.06 m / 23.15 ft RED SKY has reasonable size. She has a deep draught of 4.02m (13.19ft).

Range & Speeds & Engineering Figures For S/Y RED SKY:

Fitted with one PERKINS-SABRE diesel main engines, RED SKY will reach a maximum speed of 12 knots. Connected to her Perkins-Sabre engine(s) are a single screw propeller. Her total HP is 265 HP and her total Kilowatts are 195. As for thrusters she was fitted with Sander.

Guest Accommodation Aboard Superyacht RED SKY:

The good sized luxury yacht S/Y RED SKY can sleep up to 6 passengers in addition to 4 crew members.

A List of the Specifications of the RED SKY:

Superyacht Name:Sailing Yacht RED SKY
Ex:(Swan 100)
Built By:OY Nautor Ab (Nautors Swan)
Built in:Pietersaari, Finland
Launched in:2003
Length Overall:30.21 metres / 100 feet.
Waterline Length:26.46 (86.81 ft)
Naval Architecture:German Frers, German Frers
Interior Designers:Nauta Yachts
Gross Tonnes:119
Displacement:72
Hull / Superstructure Construction Material:composite / composite
Owner of RED SKY:Unknown
RED SKY available for luxury yacht charters:-
Is the yacht for sale:-
Helicopter Landing Pad:No
Material Used For Deck:teak
The Country the Yacht is Flagged in:Cayman Islands
Official registry port is: George Town
Home port:St. Thomas Vi, USA
Class society used:BV (Bureau Veritas)
Max yacht charter guests:6
Number of Crew Members:4
Her Engine(s) is one 265 Horse Power / 195 kW Perkins-Sabre. Engine Model: M65 TI diesel.
Overall output: 265 HP /195 KW.
Cruising at a speed of 10 knots.
Top Speed: 12 nautical miles per hour.
Bunkering capacity: 2500 L.
Potable water capacity: 1500.00.
Power generation: Kohler 1 times 25kva, 1 times 16kva.
Bow Thrusters: Sander.
Area of Sail: 449 Metres Squared.
Beam: 7.06m/23.15ft.
Waterline Length (LWL): 26.46m/86.81ft.
Draught at deepest: 4.02m/13.19ft.
Draught minimum: 4.12m/13.2ft.

Miscellaneous Yacht Details

This sailing yacht has a teak deck.

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As hull No. 1, Red Sky was the Swan 100’s dawn. Back in 2003, when this cardinal-red hull was launched, it was designer German Frers’ and Finnish master builder Nautor AB’s singular goal to set the bar for creature comforts and speed in a semi-production boat of that era.

“I remember doing a delivery, on the way back from Bermuda, and we got into some heavy weather in the Gulf Stream,” says Chris Clarke, one of Red Sky ’s past skippers. “I was the first mate at the time and I admit I was freaking out in the forward cabin. Finally, one of the watch captains came up to me and said, ‘You do realize this is a Swan. You would break waaay before this boat would.’”

That bit of tough love was enough to settle Clarke’s nerve and then open his imagination to the performance potential of Red Sky . “In those conditions, you felt like you were driving a big dinghy. This was an all-luxury hundred-footer, doing 14 and 1/2-knots with just a storm tri and staysail,” says Clarke. “It was amazing.”

In 2018, after 15 years of solid service in and around the East Coast, including a Transatlantic crossing, cruising in New England, the Chesapeake, and the Caribbean, Red Sky was losing a bit of her crimson luster. It was time, says Clarke, to upgrade her major systems and ready the boat for sale. Red Sky needed a new engine, generator, and deck, as well as improvements to her standing rigging, propeller, and other systems.

Clarke, who was the captain of Red Sky during the refit, says he found Lyman-Morse to be not only a full-service boat yard, but one filled with great minds capable of doing anything. And what Clarke truly appreciated about the facility was the family feel.

“I always felt at home. I could bring up any issue,” he says.

One of the trickiest problems, he recalled, was the thickness of the retrofitted decks. The new teak decking came in with a few extra millimeters of thickness over the old deck. That sliver of an inch was just enough to raise the deck above Red Sky ’s existing hatches. That would not do; Red Sky , like most Nautor Swans, calls for strictly flush through-decks. So, Lyman-Morse Project Manager Howard Myers and his team found a way to remove the existing hatch lenses, space them accordingly and then re-glaze the safety glass back into place. “Because we changed the thickness of the original deck,” says Myers, “We needed to reset the height of the glass lenses so everything was planar on the new deck. Getting things back to proper elevation can be a significant challenge in a deck replacement job.”

The result? An elegant, if a bit thicker, teak deck that was as perfectly flush as any Swan boat on earth.

The overall enthusiasm for Red Sky is not lost on her current crew. “People call her the red sled,” says Ryan Hanger, the vessel’s present skipper, who’s working with the yacht’s owner and broker to keep Red Sky fully staged for the sales process . “She’s gorgeous. She has beautiful lines. She sticks out in the mooring field. Everybody wants to go for a ride on her.”

Scroll down for a photo essay of all the major work done as Red Sky found her way to a new dawn. Enjoy!

Specifications

  • draft 13'2"
  • fuel capacity 661 gallons
  • water capacity 454 gallons
  • type Sailing
  • designed by German Frers
  • builder Nautor's Swan
  • model Swan 100
  • hull material Composite
  • location Newport, RI
  • boat engine Cummins QSB6.7-M
  • horsepower 305

Red Sky, Swan 100 offered by Lyman-Morse

2018-19 Refit

Red Sky Refit - Deck Hardware inventoried

Previous Red Sky Refit Projects

2015-16 systems overhaul and maintenance.

  • Top end re-build of main engine
  • Clean, polish and Permanon mast, boom, deck and hull
  • 5-year service on Hundested system
  • New shaft seal
  • New cutlass bearings
  • Prep and coat bottom with Interlux Ultra black
  • New coating of PropSpeed on shaft and prop
  • Load tested all battery banks
  • New start batteries
  • Design, build and install new hot water manifold
  • New exhaust hoses
  • New gray water hoses
  • New black water hoses
  • New fuel line hoses
  • New sea chest hoses
  • New supply and discharge hoses for A/C pump
  • New accumulation tank
  • New Racor System
  • New water filters
  • Re-certified all fire extinguishers and fire suppression system in engine room
  • Tender overhaul: re-build alternator, re-build fuel pump, clean fuel tank, replace water temp. sender, clean and touch up paint engine
  • New engine drive emergency pump
  • Service and clean all gray water sumps
  • Clean all air conditioning air handlers
  • New WiFi antenna
  • New starting battery bank charger
  • Service all thru-hulls
  • Inspect and service all bilge pumps

AUTUMN 2014

  • New Hot Water Tank
  • Permanon Deck and Hull
  • New bearings in Anchor deployment arm

AUTUMN 2013

  • Pre-Caribbean prep:
  • Fresh bottom paint (Interlux Ultra Black)
  • Polish and protect prop and shaft with Prop Speed antifouling epoxy, refresh all zincs.
  • High gloss waxing of hull

AUTUMN 2011 – SPRING 2012 – 8-Month Major Refit

  • Paint hull, deck, mast, boom and garage
  • Replace generator with new PTO bracketsAll new batteries – 24 x 12V Batteries
  • Varnish all soles, most interior, wheels, cockpit table, flagpoles
  • New teak installed around most deck hatches
  • New running rigging
  • Standing rigging pulled, die-tested, inspected and re-headed by Navtech
  • Full maintenance on Hundested propeller
  • Remove shaft, polish, replace cutlass bearings
  • Major electronic wiring
  • New helm station panels designed and built
  • New main and jib
  • New rope lighting in cockpit, salon, helm station
  • Refurbish jet tender – paint job, rebuild engine
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Penny Lancaster dons tiny bikini as she parties on board £50m yacht with husband Rod

Rod Stewart has whisked his family away to Sardinia on board a luxury £50m super yacht on which his wife Penny Lancaster has been sunning herself in a barely there bikini

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  • 10:26, 18 Jul 2024
  • Updated 09:17, 19 Jul 2024

Penny Lancaster looked sensational sporting a tiny black bikini on board a £50m yacht with her husband, Rod Stewart, on Wednesday.

The Sailing star, 79, has whisked his huge family away to the Italian island of Sardinia as they make the most of the sun-kissed scenery. Mum-of-two Penny stripped off into her tiny two-piece as she partied on the deck of the super yacht along with Rod, who looked somewhat more conservative with a towel on his head, sporting a canary yellow shirt and multi-coloured shorts. Penny later swapped her bikini for a floral print cover-up as the family hopped on a dinghy to head to shore.

Joining the special constable and the singer on the gorgeous getaway are six of Rod's eight children, as well as his baby grandson Otis and several of his kids' partners. The blended family took to Instagram this week to share some sweet snaps from the idyllic holiday,

One special shot showed Penny and Rod playing with one-year-old Otis on the boat, as the little boy laughed contentedly. The couple - who married in 2007 - were joined by their two sons Alastair Wallace, 18, and Aiden Patrick, 13, as well as Alastair's girlfriend Eloise Darlington, 18.

Joining them were Kimberly, 44, and Sean, 43, — Rod's two children from his marriage to actress Alana Stewart. While his daughter from his relationship with model Kelly Emberg and Otis' mother Ruby, 36, was there with her fiancé Jake Kalic.

With a glittering career spanning 60 years, music icon Rod would be well entitled to hang up his microphone. However, the Scottish star is showing now signs of slowing down, with Penny revealing he will "never retire".

Speaking to HELLO! magazine , Rod said he still has a huge zest for life, like his contemporary Tom Jones, who recently revealed he will keep singing as long as his voice allows him to. Talking about his own future, Rod said: "I don't see any possibility of slowing down anytime soon."

Penny confirmed: "He loves what he does so much and will never retire." The Loose Women star also explained the effort it takes to gather their blended family and she said: "We like to take every opportunity to bring the family, children, and grandchildren together. Part of the family lives in America, part in England, so it requires a lot of planning, but at least two or three times a year, the whole clan comes together."

She added: "There are the usual family ups and downs. You have to use a lot of diplomacy, be patient and understanding. In the end, it's worth it because you experience this wonderful bond that only a family can have. The epicentre of it is ultimately Rod: he's the Rodfather."

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Boats participating in the Race to Mackinac pass by Navy Pier at the start of the race on Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Chicago. (Vincent Alban/for Chicago Tribune)

Crews hope the weather is favorable for record-breaking year of fast finishes for boats competing in this weekend’s 115th Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac. People come from all over the world to compete, departing a few miles out from Chicago’s Navy Pier. The finish line is between the lighthouse on Round Island and the race committee trailer on Mackinac Island, both in Michigan.

Boats participating in the Race to Mackinac pass by Navy Pier at the start of the race on Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Chicago. (Vincent Alban/for Chicago Tribune)

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The largest yachts attending the Monaco Yacht Show 2024

The highlight of the superyacht calendar, every year the Monaco Yacht Show attracts the latest and greatest builds from around the world. Over 20 entries in the 50-metre-plus range have already been confirmed, with the show set to return to Port Hercule from 25 to 28 September.

BOAT takes a closer look at the biggest yachts both in the port and at anchor, beginning with a behemoth from German shipyard Lürssen ...

Length : 122m Builder : Lürssen

This year's headliner is also one of the industry's latest deliveries. Kismet was handed over to her owner Shahid Khan in May 2024, who previously owned the 95.2-metre Lürssen yacht Whisper (formerly Kismet ). His new yacht reunites him with Reymond Langton Design for the interior, but the exteriors on the new build have been helmed by Nuvolari Lenard . She's now one of the world's most expensive yachts for charter , asking a staggering €3,000,000 per week with Cecil Wright & Partners . And no wonder, with a helipad, beauty salon, indoor and outdoor cinema, dance floor and gym at guests' fingertips.

Length : 90.1m Builder : Oceanco

Luiz de Basto first dreamt up Dar ' s sinuous, shark-inspired design eight years before her delivery, while seated in his Miami office overlooking Biscayne Bay. Dar features around 390 square metres of glass in her superstructure alone, not counting the doors and hull windows. Once inside, the result is said to be like floating in mid air. Standout features include an owner's deck – complete with private saloon and Jacuzzi – as well as a wellness area, with Hammam, sauna and massage room. She won Motor Yacht of the Year at the 2019 World Superyacht Awards and was recently selected to be BOAT International 's charter yacht of the week . The superyacht is making her return to the Monaco Yacht Show after first appearing in Port Hercule shortly after delivery. 

Dar is asking €208,000,000 with Large Yacht Corp .

Length : 78.4m Builder : Abeking & Rasmussen

Chandeliers, Macassar ebony furniture and custom floral panels: Amaryllis is a five-deck superyacht best known for her dazzling display of Reymond Langton -designed Art Deco decor. She can sleep twelve guests across six cabins, including an owner's cabin with a clawfoot bed, lime marble en suite and 180-degree ocean views. Standout features include a piano lounge and a cinema suite, while her beach club boasts a dedicated spa with a sauna, steam room, plunge pool and massage room. Amaryllis last underwent a major refit in 2019 and will be looking fresh on the docks during the 2024 Monaco Yacht Show. 

Amaryllis is asking €89,000,000 with Moravia Yachting .

Length : 77.8m    Builder: Amels

Tasked with a brief to "defy convention and find ways to connect with the ocean", naval architect Espen Øino and interior designer François Zuretti came together to create Energy . The design duo first worked together on Blohm & Voss ' 74.5-metre Eco , now Zeus , with Martin Francis in the 1980s. The superyacht has an impressive volume of 2,885GT which houses accommodation for 14 guests, an upper deck aft pool, a spacious gym, a large beach club with spa and a glass elevator, to name a few. She has only been used privately since new and was recently selected as BOAT International 's brokerage boat of the month .

Energy is POA with Burgess .

Length : 73.3m    Builder : SilverYachts

Dragonfly was hailed as the fastest, most fuel-efficient long-range cruiser when she was delivered in 2009, with a transatlantic range of 22 knots. Her streamlined exterior and elongated bow sprung from the boards of Espen Øino , while her rich, ambient interiors are by Danielo Silvestrin . Dragonfly 's outdoor cinema, large sunpad that can convert into a dance floor and swim platform – dubbed the "ultimate toy launchpad" by the broker – are the major crowd pleasers. She was also commended for her contribution to the disaster relief effort in Vanuatu after Hurricane Pam devastated the island in 2015.

Dragonfly is asking €27,000,000 with Y.CO .

Planet Nine

Length : 73.2m Builder: Admiral - The Italian Sea Group

Admiral's Planet Nine boasts an ice-classed steel hull, a range of 6,000 nautical miles and a bold, militaristic exterior by British designer Tim Heywood . Her interiors were custom built by German luxury outfitter Fitz and feature accommodation for up to 16, including an owner's suite with balconies and a VIP cabin with a private outdoor space on the bridge deck. Exterior and interior relaxation options are also plentiful, including a large beach club designed for use in both warm and cool climates and a sundeck spa pool. Planet Nine recently underwent a comprehensive refit and is best known to the public for her starring role in Christopher Nolan's time-bending thriller Tenet . She will be the largest explorer yacht attending the Monaco Yacht Show.

Planet Nine is asking €79,500,000 with Fraser .

Length : 62m Builder : Viareggio Superyachts (VSY)

Another Espen Øino design, Sealion accommodates 12 guests across six cabins, including an owner's suite with a raised layout for panoramic views and"spa-like features", including a Jacuzzi tub. Meanwhile, a cinema room in the skylounge and her two-level sundeck – complete with a bar, Jacuzzi, sunpads and mist options – are ready to entertain guests. The superyacht's previous name, Candyscape II,  alludes to her eclectic interiors courtesy of Candy & Candy studio . Highlights include a spectacular Schimmel glass grand piano in the main saloon and an ornate glass lift that links the lower deck to the bridge deck. She was recently selected as BOAT International 's charter yacht of the week .

Sealion is POA with Denison Yachting .

Length : 61.5m Builder : Sanlorenzo

Making an appearance at the Monaco Yacht Show 2024, Lemon Tree was delivered in 2021 as the first Sanlorenzo 62Steel. What sets this superyacht apart is her owner's cabin, fitted with a private deck and pool and an adjoining sky lounge, which can be converted into a family cinema. Another highlight of this yacht is the large Hammam and beach club, which has openings on three sides and a glass ceiling that filters natural light through the pool. Accommodation is for a party of 14 guests in seven cabins – one of which can be turned into a massage room.

Lemon Tree is asking €59,500,000 with Y.CO .

Length : 60m Builder : Amels

Entourage won big this year, cinching a BOAT International Design & Innovation Award and a Neptune at the World Superyacht Awards . While the first hull in the series, Come Together , features distinctive geometric windows, the design team customised this second Amels 60 with long strips of glazing that allow additional light into the interior. Another noteworthy design choice is the extended bridge deck and sundeck which, first requested by the owner, has now been implemented in all subsequent builds. It was this "fantastic evolution" that swayed the judges, though they were also impressed by Entourage 's clever use of space, including her optimised storage.

Entourage is available to charter with Moran Yacht & Ship from €435,000 per week.

Length : 60m Builder : Lürssen

Another World Superyacht Awards winner, Caipirinha picked up the coveted Motor Yacht of the Year Award in 2010. She was designed by Espen Øino and Mark Berryman and has a "versatile" layout, according to the broker – including a formal saloon that can be converted to a cinema via a hidden screen and projector. Other highlights include a formal dining room for 14 guests and a sundeck arranged with a Jacuzzi, a gym, an onyx-topped bar and a casual lounge area. This is not her first yacht show appearance, but her German pedigree and impressive design credentials will make her worth a visit in Monte Carlo during the boat show. 

Caipirinha is asking $59,990,000 with Burgess . 

Pink Shadow

Length : 58m Builder : Damen Yachting

Delivered last summer, Pink Shadow is an eye-catching new entry in the SUV (Sports Utility Vessel) sector and the first unit in the Dutch shipyard's 58M Xplorer series. The superyacht is widely known for her richly coloured, eclectic Design Unlimited interiors, inspired by the Amazonian adventure-drama Fitzcarraldo . Highlights include a crocodile-teeth table, neon wall hangings and "The Habana Room", an upper deck cigar lounge made complete with a bespoke humidor. However, it was her fun, multi-functional exterior that won her a BOAT International Design & Innovation Award earlier this year. 

Diamond Binta

Length : 58m Builder : Tankoa Yachts

This full-custom superyacht was launched in late June, making her one of the newest entries on this list of yachts at the Monaco Yacht Show 2024. Diamond Binta was designed by long-time collaborator Francesco Paszkowski Design for a repeat Tankoa client, who previously owned the 50-metre Binta D'Or (now Sp1 ). Leisure highlights include a forward helideck, a large beach club with a spa and a sundeck set up with a gym and pool. A glass-encased corridor stretches from the beach club to the cabins directly through the engine room, offering a glimpse at the inner workings of the superyacht.

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If you want to sail off into the sunset, at least temporarily, you need to understand how to get aboard first.

An illustration of the bow of a boat with three women with flowing hair and cocktails looking over a man playing a guitar and then off in the water, four other vacationers are sunbathing on inner tubes.

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This time of year, it’s an inevitable thought: Life would be that much better out on the water. Specifically, on a boat.

Even if you have neither a boat nor boating experience, it’s never been easier to make your nautical dreams come true — whether you want a day trip on your local lake or a fully staffed multiday voyage in a far-flung locale. Here are the initial questions that will help you plan an adventure on the water.

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Dan Lockyer, the chief commercial officer of Dream Yacht Worldwide , strongly encourages travelers to determine group size — and, ideally, get people committed — before booking.

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Edward King, 45, an executive at a streaming company based in San Francisco, is experienced in sailing the city’s waterways. But on vacation, he said he would prefer to let a captain and crew take the lead.

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Kyla Malkani, who has had experience with charters working as a destination wedding planner, recommends consulting the concierge of waterfront hotels, particularly for short-term or day rentals.

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What kind of boat?

Where you want to travel and for how long will likely determine the kinds of boats that are available to you. Crucial at this point, too, is an understanding of the boat’s layout and amenities.

“You definitely want to choose the right kind of boat,” said Ms. Malkani. “If you want more adventure, a sailboat is nice. If you’re looking for a luxury party environment, a yacht is best. And if you’re looking for something smooth, for older people or with kids, a catamaran is great.”

David Barclay is a luxury travel adviser who has also chartered boats for his own vacations.

“You want to match what the travelers want to what the boat offers,” he said.

Perhaps a group of friends might not mind a catamaran with functional but not luxurious marine bathrooms, but a multigenerational group might prefer more high-touch amenities.

When should I book?

Often, charter trips are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that require a great deal of advanced planning.

“You may have a specific place you want to go, or a specific time of year you want to travel,” said Mr. Barclay. “And some places just aren’t good at certain times of year.”

Naturally, you don’t want to be at sea in the Caribbean during hurricane season, or in the Mediterranean during winter storms. But you also might want to avoid peak cruising seasons, too.

The first three weeks of August are quite popular, said Mr. Lockyer. “If you have some flexibility and can travel in early July, you’ll get the same sort of great weather, a greater selection of boats and the anchorages won’t be as crowded.”

How much does it cost?

Charter costs are incredibly variable, dependent on all of the factors coming into play: your boat type and size, your destination, your group size, the amount of crew you’d like and the amenities on board. That said, costs could range anywhere from $2,000 for a day on a sailboat to hundreds of thousands of dollars for a multiday mega-yacht charter. Have a budget in mind when beginning your research process.

What if I didn’t plan far in advance?

While advanced planning is encouraged, and often necessary for bigger boat trips, it’s possible to book a boat last-minute.

Boatsetter , an Airbnb-like platform for boats, is a good resource for last-minute bookings, especially for day trips, and even has an Instant Book option for down-to-the-wire bookings.

“If it’s for a special event, or around major holidays, you may want to book a month or two in advance. But for general bookings, you can find options within a week or two,” said Kim Koditek, Boatsetter’s head of brand strategy and communications, of the company’s overnight offerings, which appear on their platform under the luxury yacht charters category .

Ms. Malkani has used Boatsetter for some of her charters, most of which have been booked with a specific goal in mind.

“I’m a sunset chaser,” she said. “My husband and I just really love being on the water, and we always try to squeeze in some sort of boat day activity when we’re traveling.”

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The Pioneer of Kite-Based Propulsion Systems

A pioneer reaching for new horizons.

SkySails is the pioneer of wind-assisted ship propulsion systems based on kites. The technology was successfully proven on board of sea-going vessels between 2004 and 2012. However, in order to make the biggest possible impact on the ongoing energy transition, SkySails decided to focus on the dynamic energy sector with its SkySails airborne wind energy systems for power production for the time being.

The SkySails propulsion system for vessels is therefore currently not marketed anymore.

Harness the power of wind to reduce fuel costs

Wind is the cheapest, most powerful, and greenest source of energy on the high seas, and the best solution to turn shipping more sustainable. The wind-assisted ship propulsion system from SkySails uses the power of wind to tow ships with large kites. SkySails employed kites of up to 400 m², replacing up to 2MW of propulsion power from the main engine.

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SkySails kites fly at altitudes of up to 400 meters and can thus take advantage of the strong and constant high-altitude wind that is not reduced by friction with the water surface. Besides, the flight maneuvers controlled by the autopilot and performed in front of the ship increase the kite´s airspeed to a multiple of the true wind speed. The SkySails propulsion system therefore generates five to 25 times the propulsive force per square meter of surface area compared to normal sails.

How it works

The ship’s officers operate the SkySails propulsion system using the control computer installed on the bridge. During flight mode, the autopilot software ensures that the kite flies defined patterns based on wind direction and velocity, as well as the speed of the ship, so that it generates optimal propulsion. The launch and recovery process is widely automated and requires only a few simple actions on the foredeck by the ship´s crew.

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The towing kite is the heart of the SkySails propulsion system. Steered by the control pod, the towing kite performs regular dynamic flight maneuvers in the air in front of the ship to generate tractive force.

Control System

The control system consists of the control pod located underneath the kite and the control computer on the bridge. The control pod contains the autopilot system that steers the kite by manipulating the steering lines and airbrakes. The kite is aligned relative to wind direction, wind force, ship course and ship speed in order to achieve maximum tractive force.

Towing Rope

The tractive force is transmitted to the ship through the towing rope. It is made of HMPE and especially developed for applications with a high demand for safety (e.g., cranes and lifts).

Launch and landing system

The launch and landing system manages the deployment and lowering of the propulsion kite. It is installed on the forecastle and consists of a telescopic mast with reefing system which unfurls and reefs the kite respectively during the launch and landing process. The launch and landing system is powered by a hydraulic power pack.

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