Barracuda Yacht Design’s Classic Flybridge Sailing Yacht

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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.

Barracuda Yacht Design 170-Foot Performance Motorsailer

Is she a cruising motorsailer, or a performance motorsailer? She’s may look like the former, but this 170-foot (52-meter) sailing superyacht design, by Barracuda Yacht Design, is definitely performance-oriented.

How so? Try anticipated 14-knot (or better) speeds upwind in 20 knots of breeze, with a heeling angle of less than eight degrees. Barracuda Yacht Design’s director, Iñigo Toledo, feels confident in the prediction. It’s based on the performance of somewhat similar craft he’s penned, with retractable daggerboards, a low-resistance hull, and transferrable water ballast.

The 170-foot Barracuda Yacht Design Performance Motorsailer was designed for a client who wants quiet, vibration-free running. It’s especially important for the megayacht’s additional purpose, entertaining family and friends. To further the enjoyment factor, Barracuda Yacht Design incorporated several large windows in both the hull and superstructure, akin to what the studio did aboard the sailing yacht Akalam, delivered earlier this year by Pendennis.

While the 170-foot sailing yacht is not yet under contract at a shipyard, Barracuda Yacht Design anticipates the project being submitted for bid. Once she does start taking shape, she’ll have a few surprises in store. Rather than feature the master suite in its traditional location aft below decks, she showcases it forward and nearly on the same level as the main deck. It also has a fold-down balcony on each side. In the aft position, there’s the VIP stateroom, with direct access to a private swim platform. Guests in the other four cabins aren’t excluded from excellent access to the water, though. As the image here shows, fold-down platforms transform the gym, forward of their accommodations, into a beach club.

A crew of 12 can also be accommodated, though Barracuda Yacht Design says eight should be sufficient for most days. All of their cabins are forward below decks. Crew also have dedicated access to the tender bay (forward of the owner’s suite), plus other working and service areas.

Sailing Yacht Akalam Delivered

Pendennis superyacht Akalam

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Keep your eyes open in the Caribbean for Akalam, recently delivered by Pendennis. The 32-meter (105-foot) megayacht boasts 441 square meters (4,747 square feet) of sail area and significant design challenges met by Pendennis and Barracuda Yacht Design.

One look at Akalam’s profile, and you can see the biggest challenge met. There’s an abundance of windows for the superstructure, especially the pilothouse, and hull. Though the smoked glass in the hull blends with the rich, graphite-tone paint job, there are one dozen vertical ports to each side, plus a rectangular horizontal port. Now, a sailing yacht’s rig transmits stress to the hull. Therefore, Barracuda Yacht Design created a structure beneath the sole to absorb it and therefore alleviate concerns about the windows. The structure takes the form of a double-bottom, rigid aluminum box.

Pendennis superyacht Akalam

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Another challenge was specific to Barracuda Yacht Design. The owner wanted Akalam to break free of traditional yacht-design elements—ones followed simply because of tradition. Akalam’s owner also wanted a lot of alfresco space. Iñigo Toledo, principal of the design studio, and his team delivered by creating a 60-square-meter (646-square-foot) aft deck, seen above. It comes courtesy of the coamings being pushed nearly to full beam, which is 7.6 meters (25 feet). It’s completely devoted to relaxation, as the steering stations are abaft the pilothouse. A bimini keeps it nicely shaded, and side screens help keep bugs out.

The technical and design challenges seem to have paid off. Akalam can enjoy close sailing angles thanks to a retractable daggerboard. Draft ranges from 3.6 to 5.5 meters (12 to 18 feet). The captain has joystick control over performance, including spinning the yacht nearly in place via bow and stern thrusters. A self-tacking jib and remote-control handling of lines and winches also make things smoother.

Pendennis superyacht Akalam

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As to Akalam’s lifestyle aspects, imagine the natural light that spills inside, from the saloon to the three staterooms, via all those windows. Now imagine the close-up, angled view of the water from the master, shown here, when Akalam sails upwind… quite the picture, no? Barracuda Yacht Design says megayachts like Akalam typically can sail upwind at 25 degrees apparent. For those of you who aren’t sailing aficionados, that’s pretty close to the breeze by most standards.

Also related to lifestyle, the sliding-glass doors from the aft deck to the interior are special. LEDs let them turn opaque at the flick of a switch. They also stay closed via a gas seal. This yields additional privacy if the owner and guests are inside. There, they get to enjoy a decor highlighted by gray-stained zebrano wood, olive wood, and panga wood (a dark wood similar to wenge). Interior designer Javier Mũnoz embraced a non-traditional look akin to that of a luxury apartment.

Pendennis Busy With Refits

In what is hopefully a sign of some economic recovery, by the end of this month, Pendennis will have eight megayachts—both sailing yachts and motoryachts—in its sheds, the majority of which are in for refit work. It marks one of the British yard’s busiest winter periods ever.

The sailing yachts Adela and Andromeda La Dea, the former built by Pendennis and the latter by Perini Navi, each pulled into the shipyard at the end of last year. They’ll both remain at Pendennis through the springtime. This marks the third time that Pendennis was chosen to work on Adela. As for Andromeda la Dea, it may be hard to imagine, but she’s in for her 20-year ABS survey inspection, plus to have a full repaint and some teak decking replaced. Her captain, Mac Auwer, has previous experience with Pendennis, having overseen a refit there a few years ago for the sailing yacht Enterprise.

Other recent arrivals include the motoryachts Audacia and Dardanella, pictured above inside Pendennis’ covered and climate-controlled outer dock. They, too, will be on site through the spring, likely the end of April. The 46.5-meter (153-foot) Audacia will emerge in time to head over to the Cannes film festival with underwater lighting and a two-meter (about 6’4″) transom extension to improve the “beach deck,” plus the installation of Quantum ZeroSpeed stabilizers. The 36.88-meter (121-foot) Dardanella is undergoing a bit more work. The ship’s office is being  reconfigured, and a wet room is being created on the bridge deck for more flexible pilot accommodations. Fun features are being added, too: a hot tub on the sundeck and a steam shower in the owner’s suite. Yet another change: An insulated screen enclosure for the aft deck, for when Dardanella is cruising in higher latitudes.

Any day now, a fifth yacht will arrive for work, an unnamed Feadship measuring 42 meters (138 feet). Pendennis isn’t permitted to release specifics on the work to be performed, simply stating that it will be “substantial.”

All of these are in addition to three new-build sailing superyachts that are wrapping up construction. There’s Christopher, the 46-meter (151-footer) cruising ketch designed by Ron Holland, which should be en route to St. Barts within the next few days to participate in the annual St. Barths Bucket Regatta. Then there’s Akalam, a 32-meter (105-foot) sloop designed by Barracuda Yacht Design that is expected for hand-over in the next few weeks. Finally, there’s Hemisphere, a catamaran originally started at Derecktor Shipyards but brought to Pendennis last year. She’ll be completed by summertime. Measuring 44 meters (145 feet), Hemisphere is the largest of her kind in the world.

Barracuda Yacht Design’s Newest Performer

Barracuda Yacht Design 180 performance yacht profile

The primary purpose of any yacht, motor or sail, is to maximize an owner’s enjoyment of the water. If Iñigo Toledo, director of Barracuda Yacht Design, has his way, this performance sailing yacht will triple the buyer’s enjoyment. Measuring 180 feet LOA, the design emphasizes speed, minimal heeling, and of course interior comfort.

The superyacht is partly inspired by the work the firm did on two Spanish entrants in the America’s Cup race. There’s a canting keel with lead bulb, accompanied by adjustable daggerboards. This, along with 35 tons of transferable water ballast, should reportedly permit the 180 to achieve 15-knot speeds upwind, even when the breeze is 20 knots. To underscore the significance of the performance, Toledo says that the all-aluminum yacht will be capable of running in just 8 knots of wind with no difficulty – and that similar-size, traditional sailing craft typically need 15 knots or more.

Those numbers should appeal to any owner who would like to participate in the popular superyacht regattas held worldwide. But if he or she needs further convincing, the attention paid to the heeling angle should be satisfactory. Barracuda Yacht Design says that even in high winds, the maximum upwind heel should never exceed 10 degrees.

That will keep everyone on deck comfortable whether racing or cruising, as should the large flybridge. There are dedicated areas for sunning, dining, or simply relaxing, along with twin helms. The owner and up to eight guests should feel equally catered to inside, with generous spaces for lounging and dining. They’ll also get to enjoy some interesting visuals: The design team plans for a glass partition to separate the dining room from the hallway, which contains the stairway/elevator. Barracuda Yacht Design is leaving the choice of the stairway vs. elevator up to the eventual owner.

Barracuda Yacht Design 180 performance yacht staterooms

Speaking of the owner, take a look at the layout for the master stateroom, the full-beam suite located aft in the lower-deck arrangement here. It features a private lounge space opposite the bed, his and her heads, and a sauna (fully aft to starboard). The standout detail, however, is what Barracuda Yacht Design calls a “beach zone.” Situated right above the water to port, it’s intended to let the owner cool down in the fresh air upon exiting the sauna.

Add to all of this 1,400 square meters (more than 15,000 square feet) of sail area and a garage capable of holding a handful of watertoys, and the 180 certainly seems to put the “performance” in “performance yacht.”