Based in San Diego, Sharp Design has developed a new line of custom megayachts called Sport Yachts, intended for oceangoing use and, equally important, construction within the United States. But they’re not just megayacht designs; they’re part of a full program that includes every aspect of design and construction.
“We are launching this program primarily to offer U.S. buyers a program that encourages more intimate owner participation and controls the build process through the Design for Manufacturing discipline resident in the Sharp Design offices, from the very first stages of planning and throughout the build,” Sharp explains. Design for Manufacturing includes developing build kits and packaged systems, such as mechanical and even electronic components. It further includes arranging the purchase of needed components. The goal is to offer seamless integration of all stages of development and, equally important, determine precise costs and timelines. Of course, the Sport Yacht designs further follow classification and certification rules under flag-state requirements for commercial-yacht operations. And, as Sharp adds, “The program will also offer the ability to choose an assembly and commissioning location more convenient to the American owner than currently available in foreign builds.” Owners and their representatives are welcome and encouraged to be involved in all stages, too.
The megayacht featured here is just one of the Sport Yacht designs, which include models termed Sportfishers and SportCruizers. She’s a 131-footer (40-meter) developed with Evolution Yachts, another design firm. The full lineup will eventually include some smaller and some larger megayacht models. But, as Sharp says, “The 40-meter design is a good starting point for expansion up and down in size.”
The 40m SportCruizer design details, straight from Sharp:
“The EVO SPORT 40m-SC is a new design for the capture of casual sport yachting cruising with a bit of the classic yacht styling in the hull and modernistic flowing lines in the superstructure.
“Underwater, the hull is designed for maximum waterline length within the set hull envelope and smooth, straight bottom lines for easy motions and high straight-line performance. Above the hull, the house lines are gracefully molded, hard edges minimized, and frontal area held to a minimum to provide least drag coefficient, enhancing performance in all weather.
“The interior arrangement of the yacht is all that an owner would expect in a more standard 40-meter motoryacht design. The unique layout places tenders forward in a hidden garage, owner and guests suites and all public spaces isolated from the noise and confusion of the machinery spaces and everyday operation of the yacht, and the crew centrally located for best non-intrusive service to the owner and guests.
“Making use of the very latest in direct-drive systems, the 40m utilizes custom-designed drive units with contra-rotating propellers for maximum efficiency and short coupling to the propulsion engines, eliminating vibration, noise, and drag associated with conventional propeller shaft/struts/rudders. Directional jet thrusters are provided fore and aft for low-speed maneuvering and station keeping.
“The hull is made of welded aluminum alloy, the superstructure molded monocoque carbon fiber composite. This combination will provide the strongest, stiffest structure for the weight while allowing the necessary interior volume for tankage, machinery, and accommodations to be maintained. With the natural thermal and acoustic insulation properties of the superstructure’s composite construction and separation of spaces by the accommodations layout, additional heavy traditional insulation materials can be minimized, saving weight and enhancing performance.
“The interior accommodations and public spaces will be finished to the highest yacht standards, and choice of fabrics, natural woods, and stone will be to individual owners’ requirements.”
LOA: 131’2″ (40m)
Maximum molded beam: 29’10” (9.09m)
Full-load draft: 6’5″ (1.98m)
ITC gross tonnage: 315
Fuel capacity: 10,040 gal. (38,000 liters)
Water capacity: 1,700 gal. (6,500 liters)
Propulsion: 2/MTU 12V 4000 M73L diesels
Guest accommodations: master suite, 3 guest suites
Crew accommodations: captain, engineer and double crew
Top speed: 29 knots
Economical cruise: 20 knots