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Dykstra Architect X Red Yacht : steamy sailing

Gerard Dykstra is the founder of one of the biggest naval architecture practices there is. But since his studio only works with sailing boats, it’s hard to see how Dykstra could contribute to building motor yachts. Red Yacht, on the other hand, specializes in steamboats, and Dykstra’s expertise is exactly the one they were looking for. At a client’s request, the studio was looking into an alternative propulsion method that could benefit from highly windy days. The principle of a gigantic kite had already been tested on a few supertankers, but was never applied to any leisure yacht. The sail, with its 1600qm of sailcloth held by a rotating mast, allows a boat to reach 17 knots only by wind force. This is a true achievement knowing how energy-consuming these gigantic boats can be. While the request was made out of commitment for the environment (rather than for economic reasons), one can only be glad to witness fuel consumption go down with these kinds of propulsions. As for the rest, there’s no element of comfort missing: six large cabins, a pool, a helipad, and so on.

Dykstra Architect X Red Yacht : steamy sailing

Gerard Dykstra is the founder of one of the biggest naval architecture practices there is. But since his studio only works with sailing boats, it’s hard to see how Dykstra could contribute to building motor yachts. Red Yacht, on the other hand, specializes in steamboats, and Dykstra’s expertise is exactly the one they were looking for. At a client’s request, the studio was looking into an alternative propulsion method that could benefit from highly windy days. The principle of a gigantic kite had already been tested on a few supertankers, but was never applied to any leisure yacht. The sail, with its 1600qm of sailcloth held by a rotating mast, allows a boat to reach 17 knots only by wind force. This is a true achievement knowing how energy-consuming these gigantic boats can be. While the request was made out of commitment for the environment (rather than for economic reasons), one can only be glad to witness fuel consumption go down with these kinds of propulsions. As for the rest, there’s no element of comfort missing: six large cabins, a pool, a helipad, and so on.

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