September 4, 2010

Project: Kingship 116 Hydro Tec Explorer

Kingship yard from Hong Kong has commissioned a new project the 116 Hydro Tec Explorer, to Italian Engineer Architect Sergio Cutolo’s firm. The Chinese yard recently presented the yacht at the Seoul boat show, eliciting very interest from the crowd. The Kingship 116 Hydro Tec Explorer, for which Cutolo designed the external lines as well as the hydrodynamics and engineering, is a typical example of yacht with extended cruises in mind and as such has extensive fuel and water capacities, excellent sea keeping in all conditions and extensive internal volume. She will be a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure build. The hull is a classic full displacement type and with a rudder profile optimized for the propeller wake along with a powerful bow-thruster, allowing for good maneuverability. The 116 Hydro Tec Explorer performance is characterized by her excellent fuel efficiency. The propulsion choice led to the use of twin 600hp Cat engines that provide a maximum speed of 13 knots or a range of 7000 NM at a cruising speed of 11.5 knots. The yacht also incorporates an active stabilization system which works at anchor, based on two non-retractable fins. The Kingship 116 Hydro Tec Explorer will have an interior lower deck with four large guest suites, plus three double cabins for the crew. On the main deck, from bow to stern, there is an enormous lounge complete with dining room, kitchen and an amazing owner’s stateroom. The stateroom is extremely spacious and will be used exclusively by the yacht’s owner. On the upper deck there is a passageway with the captain’s cabin along with an area to relax with a small lounge and open space, complete with Jacuzzi. On the Sun deck, there is a solarium and dining area with both a bar and barbecue. All decks are interconnected with an elevator. The 116 Hydro Tec Explorer came about through an agreement that Cutolo firm made with the Kingship shipyard and led to the development of another two models, all destined for the global market. The 116 is the first of the series and will be followed by a larger 148 and then a smaller 87 foot. All three projects will be presented at the Monaco boat show in September. This new series of Explorer Vessels will certainly enrich the yacht design portfolio of Sergio Cutolo Hydro Tec where the core theme is for expansive space, low fuel consumption and extended cruising range, a market which is increasing in demand. Engineer Cutolo has such a broad experience when it comes to this type of yacht that he is currently exclusively working on three further projects for Navetta or Explorer type yachts.