Derecktor and Vripack Design “Ice Nudger”

Derecktor Vripack project

While she’s not intended as an ice-class yacht, the Vripack 60M Expedition Motor Yacht will “definitely be capable of nudging ice out of her path.” That’s according to Marnix Hoekstra, Vripack’s sales director, whose firm is collaborating with Derecktor Shipyards on presenting this design to potential buyers.

While some people may think of Derecktor purely for its traditional yachts, it actually has deep roots in the commercial sector, too, with ferries and tugs that need to perform no matter what the conditions. So a go-anywhere, cruise-anytime expedition yacht suits it.

Despite her name, the yacht will actually measure 61 meters, or 200 feet. She’ll feature a steel hull with a round-bilge displacement form intended to operate efficiently in colder climates. Vripack says the 60M Expedition Motor Yacht should also see the highest range of any similar-size or type of superyacht. In fact, her 8,000-nautical-mile range will come at 12.5 knots on just one engine, with that engine operating at 80-percent load and with a 15-percent weather allowance. (A weather allowance takes poor conditions into account, as those conditions typically result in greater hull resistance and therefore more fuel consumption.) In ideal conditions, top speed with both engines running should be 14.5 knots, at half load.

No specifics have been given on the engine package, though the build and naval architecture teams can recalculate the performance should a buyer want something different. Definitely open to the buyer’s input is the interior design. The 12-meter (39-foot) beam should ensure comfort and flexibility in space arranging. Fourteen guests and 14 to 16 crew will probably be the maximum number of people accommodated. Something interested clients will probably opt for: One of the seven decks can be devoted to private owner’s spaces.

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