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Old 06-20-2005, 06:21 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by AMG
And I still wait for the call...

Defining what is required is a heck of a lot more difficult when so many functions are involved. The marginal utility of the vessel or even some of it's systems isn't easy to nail down either.
It then goes in to that morass of subjectivity that is dictated by "personal taste".

RM Elegant is obviously someone's idea of "the perfect yacht". All I see is a vessel that I wouldn't want to be aboard when visiting Reykjavik for Christmas.
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Old 09-17-2005, 09:23 PM   #62 (permalink)
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What a fun and interesting thread!!!! Many excellent ideas!!!!

I will add my thoughts as well, as I will likely start planning a new build in early 2006.

First concern (and some of these things are needed as they are important features in my home)...

Crew space: my first visit to Trinity Yachts (Nov. 2003) saw me go aboard the then new 150' Mia Elise. I wandered down into one of the crew cabins and nearly died from a claustrophobic attack...shortness of breath, sweating, cold chills, nausea....the double bunk cabin was tiny...what made it worse were the two Trinity electricians doing some last minute wiring...and they could hardly move past each other So, my build will have plenty of room for the crew. My motto?? "A happy crew makes for a happy owner"..or, I will not make my future crew sleep in a place I would be uncomfortable in. I have seen some of the crew quarters in other boats....and owners wonder why they cannot keep crew!!!!

A serious theater: Quality gear, period. And a serious space to put it in...same goes for audio gear, as I do NOT mix my stereo with my home theater.

A nice sized and fully private owner's deck....enough said!!!

At least 5 guest staterooms (lots of family and friends), and a dive shop and Engineer's quarters in the lazarette.

Good size galley as I love to cook!!!

Full displacement hull for better stability and no worries about speed records. Lots of serious acoustical treatments for quite operation.

As much hydrogen power as possible for both propulsion and gen sets....the less diesel I need, the better!!!! What happens when diesel hits $4?? $5?? even worse?? Watch Paul Allen spend $2MM or more to fill Octopus????

Simple and comfortable interior fancy artwork, carpets, heavy dark wood and millwork...

I think that this is enough to get started....I am sure there is more to add!!!


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Old 10-25-2006, 02:41 PM   #63 (permalink)
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Surely venue is a factor? The perfect yacht for the Inside Passage would not be the same as the perfect yacht for the Med?

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Old 06-11-2007, 08:35 AM   #64 (permalink)
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We're still in search of the perfect yacht. Maybe it's at FLIBS? Maybe it's on someone's hard drive? Maybe someone has some suggestions besides "the perfect yacht belongs to someone else"?
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Old 06-12-2007, 02:42 AM   #65 (permalink)
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Lightbulb Looking for Perfect Yacht 2008 ?

Ok I will try to hit the jackpot this week in Germany (13 million Euro) and after it I will realize my dream yacht. Sorry for my English (my German is better )

Reading this thread I found a lot of my ideas- but not all. Here you have other ideas and questions.

I want to see more places all over the world -> passagemaker
I do NOT want a crew but a lot of room for me -> 60 to 90' explorer trawler or a 50' cat (where is Winter Yachts .... no new "Pacific Harmonies"?)

With latest engine technology are 5000nm or more real?

Diesel-electric is nice, but Z-Drives are in my focus (like Volvo IPS),
can we use Schottel's SRP with electric motors? What is then the best place for the DE generators? To protect the blue planet should we go back to sails?

Can we reduce the draft to 5' for going in flat waters? (this is an argument for cats!) What about bows, axe bows etc...? I like to reduce the needed power for a cruise speed of 10 .. 12kn.

I want to have my state room on the best place in the ship ... is the 2/3 of length rule right? Could I have big windows at stern like the old sail ships? OK with a (double) door to the swimm platform ?

For a long range ship the electronic equipment should be doubled. for the bigger parts hot swap spares.
Central media / entertainment servers coupled with intercom etc..

Cams outside, so I can have my big stern window and a virtual front window
OK the ship network is connected with the Internet- not a question!

Going around the world a car aboard could be nice. I found this in other threads here. OK - can we reduce it to a bike or quad or ...?

What about security? How can I make my ship to a fortress in foreign waters?
Can I have sonars to detect big fish, swimmers and divers around the ship?

With big power generators (DE) can I have an electric tender?

I hope to start new discussions here.
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Old 07-10-2007, 11:41 AM   #66 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by YachtForums
We're still in search of the perfect yacht. Maybe it's at FLIBS? Maybe it's on someone's hard drive? Maybe someone has some suggestions besides "the perfect yacht belongs to someone else"? (that's freeboardin'!)
Originally Posted by AMG
The perfect yacht is maybe impossible to get as we have all different ideas on how to use it, but we could call it the YachtForums Dreamyacht 2005?
Maybe just Dreamyacht, forget the year.

As I look back over this subject thread, I see a lot of catamaran discussions and propulsion discussions. With fuel prices headed ever upwards, I re-introduce the Motorsailer subject that I've touted for a loooong time. Interestingly, I see more and more the subject coming up from a number of builders including Nordhaven....I think the term is getting re-invigorated.

I refer you to another discussion on this forum that got placed over in the 'sailing section'
"Motor and Sailing Vessels (MotorSailer)"

...note that one variation of my DynaRig Motorsailer makes use of the Tennant style hull form, with either a chain drive prop shaft, or retractable rim-drive unit (addresses a few of the propulsion discussions on this thread)

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What do you think about the hydraulic bathing platform like the wavepiercer ?
Included one where the optional fishing chair is located

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I saw so many Yachts on the show but saw nothing new. I feel that all exhibitors are not happy and Yacht sales between 50 and 100 feet are totaly down in Germany in the moment. In some Yachts the Crew cabins are like a casket and also have no storage for clothes. I think we have to think about the people who lives on this PERFECT YACHT first and have to create a design where Owners and Crews can live for a long time. I also saw that the explorer style Yachts come up more and more. A catamaran style Yacht is a good idea because we have enought space a smaller fuel consumption and a higher range with more cruising speed.
Many owners want to charter but i think you will not find a berth ( 2-3 ) in the main season for a Cat Yacht.
I think my DynaCat could be called 'something new'

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In the case of Pacific Harmony's sponson design, the engines would NEED to remain forward in order to accomodate the intake gullet of the jet pumps. The only problem I foresee is the buttocks of the sponsons would need be flat in order to mount the venturis and thrust directors. This would diminish displacement efficiency.

Because Pac Harm has a deep draft, due to the narrow cross section of the sponsons, the props are not exposed beneath dead bottom plane. This protects the running gear in the shallows.

John Winter and Malcolm Tennant have done a remarkable job with this hull. It's extremely efficient.
Fast, fuel efficient, stabile. It's all good.

But... there's always a trade-off. Interior, below deck space favors the monohull. And if you think engine rooms are tight on most yachts... try to service an engine located in a sponson! The mechanic better be an ex-racehorse jockey. (a little humor, don't take me to task!)
My engines are up in a little wider area of the thin hulls

...and finally note that TWO tenders could be carried up forward and launched with the aid of the lower yardarm. In remote locations (expedition yacht) or the islands, your tender becomes your car. It's nice to have a backup, or a second vehicle for those friends and charter guest onboard.
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Old 07-11-2007, 10:47 AM   #67 (permalink)
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IMHO, the "perfect yacht" would have to meet the following criteria:

1) It would cost less than 50% of what any major European or US builder would sell it for.
2) It would be built and finished to such a high standard that even a Feadship engineer or the very best UK or Italian designer, kidnapped à la CIA and transported to the secret shipyard location would be forced (suffering only jet-lag) to ask wonderingly: "Surely this is my, it's even better than I could have imagined...?!"
3) The customer could order one like he'd order a new suit in Hong Kong...
4) The yacht would never ever keep fish awake by shining its' underwater lights.
5) The yacht would never operate sonar equipment or similar which might harm sea-dwelling creatures or whatever else (thinking here about the movie The Abyss) which might use the same frequencies for their own means.
6) The yacht would be equipped with a device to wake up whales etc. sleeping at the surface "in good time" to avoid a collision.
7) The crew would have sufficient room within their accommodations to be able "to swing a cat" if the stewardess is willing...
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:48 PM   #68 (permalink)
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The Perfect yacht is: Somebody else's.
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:29 PM   #69 (permalink)
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The Perfect yacht is: Somebody else's.
That you're getting paid handsomely to work on and enjoy for a great owner. (fixed it)
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:37 PM   #70 (permalink)
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I'm kind of old fashioned and enjoy classic lines. My two current favorites are Feadships on YW. The first is a canoe stern of 95ft called ZaZu. The second is the 101FT Calypso. With a few subtle changes either would be near perfect for me.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:04 AM   #71 (permalink)
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I'm resurrecting an old thread, but my take is the perfect yacht is one that satisfies the owner's needs and desires. As mentioned earlier, a yacht that is suited for a trans-Atlantic voyage will be ill-suited for a cruise on the Erie Canal. I will say though my tastes run towards the more traditional looks. Assuming I won the lottery and wanted a yacht that would be crewed, a yacht like Sycara IV would be my choice. For a single-handed run up the ICW and the Erie Canal I would opt for a Palm Beach 50.
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:45 PM   #72 (permalink)
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Venue's important, not only geographically but lifestyle-wise. What's perfect for the jet-setter is not what's for the family man, or the retired cruiser. I've had both sail and power, love 'em both, but I don't want to be dealing with sails if I'm skippering my retirement vessel. When the kids were young (e.g. not married with their own lives), a big schooner was the perfect getaway. In my youth, frankly anything was heaven. I have to say across all types of boats, classic proven designs are where I've always found contentment... if a yacht's been loved for 50+ years it will show, and will be worth the extra time and $$ required.

I've not had the bucks to have a paid crew, and have mixed feelings about it if I was to "have my ship come in". I like being the captain, including doing the cleaning, maintaining stuff, fixing the things that break, and so on... I'd get bored without all that (plus the navigating and skippering), not that I'm above paying to have yards do the stuff I'm not inclined toward! I guess the perfect yacht is one that matches one's lifestyle, wallet, and skills/inclinations...
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:27 PM   #73 (permalink)
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Hi everyone. I'm looking for owners of Silverton 50' yachts who can tell me of thier experiences as to quality, sea worthiness, reliability etc.
I'm planning to buy a used 50' 2006 and would appreciate any comments.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:22 PM   #74 (permalink)
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After quite few years on the maritime front, I thought I heard a lot, but
"4) The yacht would never ever keep fish awake by shining its' underwater lights" takes the cake!

Make sure you flip the switch on the Full Moon, pull the curtain on the Cloud Cover and tuck all them fishies good night while yer at it
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