A young and innovative company from Wales, Pi Yachts, Ltd., recently revealed its plan to develop a fleet of stylish new sailing trimarans intended for the luxury sailing market. The Dragonship 80 will be 262 feet long (80m) and will be the company’s flagship product to be followed by 164 ft. (50m), 114 ft (35m) and 82 ft (25m) versions.
Pi will build Dragonship in coordination with McPherson Yacht Design, a leader in the design and manufacture of a wide range of very large, up to 500 ft (116m) luxury yachts. The ship will have three large airfoils reminiscent of boats that recently competed in the America’s Cup competition. Airfoils are supported by masts and rotate 360° clockwise and counterclockwise allowing quick and optimum positioning in the wind.
The new design is environmentally friendly with solar cells integrated into the airfoil fabric recharging the ships electric battery powered propulsion system, eliminating onboard fuel equipment, tanks and emissions. At 262 feet (80m) the design is expected to attract buyers in the luxury super yacht market.
Dragonship will carry a crew of 17, who will have cabins in the two side hulls, plus a captain’s cabin in the main hull where there will also be storage space for equipment and supplies. The side hulls extend the ship’s beam to 100 feet (60m) but can be folded up alongside the main hull when the ship reaches port. In addition to the captains cabin, the main haul will contain sleeping quarters for up to 12 guests. A bar, library, spa and gym are just a few of the amenities.
Manufacture of Dragonship 80 is expected to begin in late 2014 or early 2015.
The image below of Pi Yachts’ “Super Island” shows its willingness to go beyond traditional yacht designs.
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