Advanced plans are being developed in South West Wales to build a fleet of trimaran superyachts for the international luxury market. The project will bring significant employment opportunities to the area.
Flagship of the fleet is a three-masted, 80 metre aluminium vessel with five decks, powered rotating masts, aerofoil sails and folding amas (outriggers) to save space in harbour. The fleet would also include 50m and 35m versions as well as a baby Dragon at just 25m. Swansea-based Pi Yachts Ltd recently approached McPherson Yacht Design to develop this exciting new range of sailing trimarans.
Starting with the Flagship of the fleet, the brief was to create a style that was elegant and in-tune with what a Superyacht client would expect of a vessel of this size, while also maintaining a sporty image which will reflect her performance. The result is the Dragonship 80.
The project is the idea of Pi Super Yachts Director Will O'Hara. “We looked for a designer with the imagination and creative flair who would produce a design that would easily convert into a realistic vessel. McPherson Yacht Design has done an incredible job. The yacht will be the flagship of our 'Dragonship' range of trimarans that we propose building over the coming years. The range will consist of the 80m, a 50m, 35m and our baby Dragon at just 25m.”
The rig is highly innovative and cutting-edge, similar to the wing masts recently used on the America’s Cup AC72 yachts. The system is the brainchild of Jack Manners-Spencer who’s been pioneering his Autosail rig since the 1980’s. It does away with the use of sheets for control, instead relying upon a powered rotating mast which supports the aerofoil section sail. Along with being fully automated the system also has the advantage of being able to rotate the sail surface to achieve the most efficient angle to the wind on any point of sail. Another unique feature is the ability to gybe the sails over the foredeck due to the 360 degree rotational freedom of the rig. Two rig options are planned, ‘Sports’ and ‘Cruising’ depending upon the client’s wishes. Propulsion will be all electric using new leading technology fast recharge batteries with charging from solar cells integrated into the fabric of the Autosail. Pi Super Yachts will be working closely with Autosail in producing their existing model and the new taller sail seen here on the Dragonship 80m. The yacht will produce zero emissions and be capable of sailing around the world without using a drop of fuel.
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