The boats of theSUV rangeby Nomad, a Gulf Craft brand, have been designed for those looking to venture further afield. The project of this hull allows you to cope extremely well in sudden and difficult weather conditions
by Emma Procter
THE LAST DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW SAW GULF CRAFT launch three new Nomad Yachts from the SUV range. A type of boat that is positioning itself as the future of eco-friendly, family yachting.
Dubai continues to scale global rankings – this time when it comes to marine hot spots. The emirate has just nudged up to ninth place in the world’s top maritime capitals, according to a recent report by Menon Economics and DNV GL, international organisations that specialise in benchmarking similar cities globally.
This is good news for yacht manufacturers like Gulf Craft, which has always had a close eye on consumer and industry trends. At this year’s Dubai International Boat Show, Gulf Craft gave its best with the launch of three yachts featuring a very distinctive new style.
The manufacturer, which has managed its own UAE shipyard since 1982, showcased its Nomad Yachts – SUV Collection. The SUVtag is borrowed from the car market, but in this case means Sports Utility Vessel.
So, what’s special about the Nomad SUVs and why should yacht enthusiasts get excited? The three models, the 20 metre 65, 22.8 metre 75, and the 30 metre flagship 95, have the option to use the latest solar panel technology to constantly charge batteries during daylight hours, providing enough power to run all the boat’s lights and electrical equipment.
The new models also feature semi-displacement hybrid hulls designed by renowned naval architect Andrew Wolstenholme. Semi-displacement hulls are generally more efficient at medium cruising speeds of around 18 to 22 knots and most boat users tend to travel at these speeds.
The SUV’s hull design is also more efficient at lower cruising speeds, which provides a much greater range than fully planning fly-bridge yachts. This means that the boat can go further and stay out for longer, without needing to refuel. For those looking to venture further afield, this hull design allows the boats to cope extremely well in sudden and difficult weather.
The SUV is extremely robust and designed to slice through big waves, so if the weather turns unexpectedly rough, these boats can take it in their stride and keep everyone onboard safe. The semi-displacement hybrid hull on the SUV has also a different profile than a fully planning hull. It’s much finer at the bough, with a more rounded under water area.
This allows it to cut through rough seas much easier with a much smoother and comfortable motion, providing a much more pleasant experience for those onboard. In short, the three new models are practical, long range, luxury yachts aimed at adventurous seafarers with a desire to explore new cruising grounds.
Developed as part of the Gulf Craft’ ambition to reduce its carbon footprint, the SUV yachts’ exterior and interior styling is designed in house. The same design formula was used on all models, with Wolstenholme drawing the hull lines and the Gulf Craft design team creating the styling of the superstructure, the interior layout and the engineering detail.
The Nomad Yachts range also incorporates the latest construction materials such as CarbonFibre and Kevlar in the deck, and fly-bridge increasing stiffness, reducing weight and enhancing the stability of the yacht overall.
The first Nomad yachts by Gulf Craft were originally launched back in 2015. Until recently, the range has consisted of four yachts, the Nomad 55, 65, 75, and95. These have a more conventional flybridge design and are therefore named the Nomad Fly range.
The new SUV range won instant plaudits for its unique, innovative design features, such as the master cabin being at main deck level – not below deck in the hull as in all other boats of an equivalent size.
Adding a touch of extra elegance, curved windows surround the front half of the cabin providing great views and an abundance of natural light. Boats in the SUV range also feature an enclosed sky lounge on the upper deck, another feature you won’t find on equivalent boats of this size.
This extremely versatile space can be fully enclosed to provide air-conditioned comfort or opened to enjoy the sun. There is also a big ship-style enclosed wheelhouse on the upper deck, providing excellent visibility and protection for the skipper and crew in all conditions.
The SUV 75and 95 have the extra benefit of a huge garage providing lots of space for tenders and water toys. There are also extensive crew quarters, ideal for those longer cruises. The whole Nomad range has created a unique category within the yacht industry, with specific design features that you would only find on yachts of a much larger size, providing everything neededfor family and friends to enjoy time on the water.
NOMAD 75 SUV
HULLLength overall 23.42m • Waterline length 19.50 m • Draft 1.50m • Beam 6.12m • Air Draft 7.95m • Hull Type Mono hull • Hull Material FRP • Superstructure Material Carbon Fiber and FRP • Number of Guests + Crew 8+4 • Displacement 68 tons • EC Certification Notified Body RINA Design Category A • Fuel Capacity 7,880 l • Fresh Water Capacity 1,320 l • Grey Water Capacity 380 l • Waste Water Capacity 380 l
MAIN PROPULSION Twin MAN, V12-1550, 1,550 HP, 1140kW, 2300 RPM • Generator Kohler, 33kW, 230/400V AC, 50Hz, 3~phase • Electrical Power System 230/400V AC, 50Hz, 3~phase, 24V DC
NOMAD 95 SUV
HULL Length overall 30.55m • Waterline length 26.86m • Draft 1.77m • Beam 7.40m • Air Draft 7.95m • Hull Material FRP and Kevlar • Superstructure Material Carbon Fiber and FRP • Number of Guests + Crew 10+7 • Displacement 100 tons • Certification Bureau Veritas – Commercial Design Category A • Fuel Capacity 14,570 l • Fresh Water Capacity 1,700 l • Grey Water Capacity 750 l • Waste Water Capacity 750 l
MAIN PROPULSION Twin MAN V12-1900, 1874 HP, 1397 kW, 2300 RPM • Generator Twin Kohler, 40 kW, 230/400V, 50Hz, 3~phase • Electrical Power System 230/400V AC, 50Hz, 3~phase, 24V DC
NOMAD 65 SUV
HULL Length overall 20.00m • Waterline length 17.60m • Draft 1.45m • Beam 5.55m • Air Draft 7.60m • Hull Material FRP • Superstructure Material Carbon Fiber and FRP • Number of Guests + Crew 8+2 • Displacement 40 tons • EC Certification Notified Body RINA Design Category A • Fuel Capacity 5,410 l • Fresh Water Capacity 940 l • Grey Water Capacity 210 l • Waste Water Capacity 265 l
MAIN PROPULSION Twin MAN i6-800, 800 HP, 588 kW, 2300 RPM • Generator Kohler 28 kW, 230V AC, 50 Hz, 1~phase • Electrical Power System 230V AC, 50Hz, 1~phase, 24V D
(Nomad by Gulf Craft, control the waves – Giugno 2019)