Shinkai, the 55-metre explorer designed by Vitruvius Yachts, is approaching her delivery date at the Feadship shipyard in Aalsmeer after trials in the North Sea off the Netherlands.
Aboard the superyacht during the trials, Philippe Briand of Vitruvius Yachts experienced her performance first-hand. Briand shared his thoughts on how he measured up to expectations during the sea trials.
“The cold and grey November weather we were presented with on the day of Shinkai’s sea trials could not have been better for testing her unique blend of rugged explorer and comfortable superyacht. When you first step aboard, you are greeted by the ‘technical beauty’ of her striking red submarine and huge ‘goldorak’ style crane; then your gaze moves to the shiny silver superyacht, a combination of style and capability” said Briand.
Briand pointed out the absence of noise from Shinkai’s engines, with only 37dB measured in the cabins (less than the rustle of a sheet of paper). Roderick de Vries and the Feadship team began the real testing process, pushing the explorer to its limits. “The rudder went to 8 degrees and then 35 degrees at full speed, with the yacht gently tilting and steadily heeling before returning to an upright position surprisingly quickly. The 20-tonne gyro was obviously working perfectly,” explained Briand.
Vitruvius Yachts designer and architect said it confirmed all his expectations, which had come after four years of work from the earliest design stages.
(Feadship Shinkai, sea trials with Philippe Briand – barchemagazine.com – November 2021)