MOTORBOATS 13 September 2019
Gulf Craft’s activity is intense in order to expand the presence of their brands in Europe. During the Cannes Yachting Festival, which will close on Sunday, Oryx 375 made its European debut. The Monaco Yacht Show, which kicks off on 25 September, will see the arrival of the new Nomad 95.
The new 12-metre Oryx made its first public appearance in March, during the Dubai International Boat Show, and now it is time for its Europe’s premiere. The United Arab Emirates-based brand was founded in 2005 and is part of the Gulf Craft Group, the largest boat builder in the Middle East (based in the United Arab Emirates).
Mohammed Alshaali, President of Gulf Craft, has decided to launch this new sports line which, drawing on the Group’s experience in the construction of luxury superyachts (which we have recently talked about) will be composed of models with contemporary design and competitive price.
Oryx 379, designed by Hussein Alshaali, in his first collaboration with the brand, stands out from previous models of Oryx for its remarkable originality and, above all, there is an almost vertical bow to characterize it. Below deck in the basic version there is a large master cabin, a bathroom and a convertible dinette, but it is also available a two-cabin layout.
Also available with inboard engines, the model exhibited at Cannes is equipped with three Mercury engines of 300 hp (for a maximum speed of 48 knots). The first model in the Oryx range will be followed by a new boat, about 50 feet long, already in the design phase, which will be launched at Cannes 2020.
Oryx brand manager, Talia Maggi: “With 379 we have created a more modern and elegant boat, completely different from the classic Oryx range. The shapes at the bow are more attractive, the design is original and the price is extremely competitive. We have already had fantastic feedback from new and regular customers. “
The flagship of the new Nomad Yachts SUV Collection will make its European debut at the Monaco Yacht Show. Nomad is another Gulf Craft brand and the SUV tag has been borrowed from the automotive market, which in this case means “Sports Utility Vessel”.
The range will consist of three models, the 65 20-metre long, the 75 22.8-metre long and the flagship 95 30-metre long, all of which have the option of using the latest solar panel technology to constantly charge the batteries during daylight hours, providing sufficient power to operate all the lights and electrical equipment on the boat.
The new models also feature semi-displacement hybrid hulls designed by naval architect Andrew Wolstenholme. Semi-displacement hulls are generally more efficient at medium cruising speeds of around 18-22 knots, which is what most users tend to achieve.
The hull design of the SUV line is also very efficient at lower cruising speeds, offering a much greater range compared to yachts with fully planing fly-bridge. This means that the boat can sail much further and stay out longer, without needing to refuel. The Nomad Yachts range also uses construction materials such as carbon fibre and kevlar for the deck and fly-bridge, which increases the stability of the boat.
NOMAD 95 SUV
Length overall 30.55 m – Length at waterline 26.86 m – Dive 1.77 m – Beam 7.40 m – Height of construction 7.95 m – Material of hull construction Kevlar and Vtr – Material of superstructure construction Carbon fibers and Vtr – Number of guests 10 – Crew number 7 – Displacement 100 t – Certification Bureau Veritas – Commercial – Category A – Fuel tank 14,570 l – Drinking water 1,700 l – Grey water 750 liters – Black water 750 liters.
Engines: 2 MAN V12-1900, 1874 HP, 1397kW, 2300 rpm – Generators 2 Kohler, 40kW, 230/400V, 50Hz, 3~phase – Electric system 230/400V AC, 50Hz, 3~phase, 24V DC