June 25, 2010

Project: Gamma 20

It is surprising that in these difficult times new brands keep coming challenging over a decade old brand or makers with a new line of yachts. The Italians have been fluent in this stream of new builders cropping up, but seeing them born in this slowing economy time is always impressive. Gamma Yachts was founded in 2008 and the Gamma 20 is the first of its projects of a four model line up which will start from a sixteen metre and go up to a one hundred feet plus Super Yacht. The Gamma 20 looks a bit like the Ken Freivokh and Bill Dixon designed Azimut 74 Magellano presented on the fall of 2009, but unlike the other Italian this project which is currently under construction will be built of steel. Design is by the Dutch Vripack who also introduce to this new model a unique more production orientated method of steel assembly called Smart Constructions which should reduce building times. Accommodation for the Gamma 20 is for a three guest cabin with aft owner suite and VIP cabin to fore, and a two berth crew quarters. Standard power is from twin Yanmar 650hp, with three other options available going up to a max of 900hp, which should give a max speed of 18 knots.