An avid sailor may commission this throwback sailing yacht from Ocean Survey Services, a Turkey-based yacht builder, and Barracuda Yacht Design. The 190-foot (58-meter) megayacht design is still in the early pre-production plans, which the client is in the midst of reviewing.
Ocean Survey Services may be new to some of you, though you might actually know at least one of its deliveries. The shipyard, located in Bodrum and which constructs both motoryachts and sailing yachts, had a hand in the build of the 184-foot (56-meter) sailing yacht Regina. She’s a charter yacht delivered in 2011 and has gained quite a bit of fame after starring in the latest James Bond film. While Oguz Marine was the shipyard of record for Regina, last year it joined Ocean Survey Services to create new lines of both sailing yachts and expedition motoryachts in conjunction with well-known designers. The partners of Ocean Survey Services now own the build shed.
As for this sailing yacht project, Ocean Survey Services approached Barracuda Yacht Design. The owner had conveyed a desire for styling reminiscent of about 60 to 70 years ago. That explains the white deckhouse, adorned with varnished wood trim. However, the aluminum and steel megayacht design also has a flying bridge, though Barracuda Yacht Design keeps it relatively low profile, so as not to detract from the classic lines.
The megayacht further reflects modern-day conveniences like a tender garage for two boats (maximum of 29’5”, or 9 meters) beneath the foredeck, plus a concealed davit to launch them. Hydraulic furling booms are specified as well, of course, as is the option for a retractable daggerboard. (Draft varies from 14’8” to 26’2”, or 4.5 to 8 meters, though the daggerboard option deepens the latter figure to 27’9”, or 8.5 meters.) Then there’s a dive center amidships to port and a beach club on the opposite side, each with fold-down hull partitions. A hot tub and sunning space aft on the flying bridge should also delight the owner and guests.
Further for guests’ enjoyment, and in keeping with Turkish gulets, the 190-footer has a good-size seating/sunning area aft on the main deck. Up to 10 in the owner’s party can be accommodated aboard, though the formal dining area, aft of the inside bridge, seats 12. In an interesting twist on general arrangements, Barracuda Yacht Design includes a removable partition between the bridge and dining room, to allow amazing sightlines forward during meals. That, along with the numerous windows to each side and a skylight above the table, should make for a striking setting. The width of the room will understandably be less than the megayacht’s maximum beam of 38’6” (11.5 meters), though still ample enough to be comfortable.
Barracuda Yacht Design kept crew considerations in mind, too, ensuring their cabins meet MLC 2006 standards, which go into effect this coming August. The two double cabins and two bunk cabins each have private heads and the proper floor space requirements of MLC. While the galley is also below decks, fitted with its own cold room, it’s a location that European and other non-American buyers don’t mind. It has a dumbwaiter leading up to the dining room.
Something any owner regardless of nationality can appreciate is the performance promise behind this the 190-footer. Barracuda Yacht Design’s philosophy is that a yacht should always be capable of holding up under extreme winds, even if rare. So, whether this owner plans to challenge the conditions off Cape Horn or in the English Channel, or he suddenly gets caught in a storm, the sail plan takes light to stiff winds into account. For light to moderate air (say to 25 knots), the megayacht will rely on a furling genoa, measuring 5,920 square feet (556 square meters). For winds up to 40 knots, she’ll have a self-tacking, inner furling staysail. To put her full sail plan into perspective, the main sail area is 5,188 square feet (482 square meters), the mizzen sail area is 3,175 square feet (295 square meters), and the self-tacking jib is 2,906 square feet (270 square meters).
If the owner decides to build, Barracuda Yacht Design says the proposal can meet Germanischer Lloyd, Lloyds Register, or RINA classification standards.