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| VARD | 182.00M | REV - Research Expedition Vessel | 2021 |

Discussion in 'Unique, Custom or New Yachts' started by ELEMEENOOPEE, May 9, 2017.

  1. rtrafford

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    ....what a cool project to undertake from all perspectives...
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    I'm guessing it's a metallic then...wondering about the bow sprit....form versus function.
  3. captholli

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    I'm curious to what's being described as a "wave splitting bulb" below the sprit. I understand the hydrodynamics behind bulbous bow appendages but a splitting bulb is new to me so taking a S.W.A.G it must be a hybrid between a wave piercing appendage and a bulb? What says you Carl or Pac Blu?
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    The main difference I see in the picture on Post #19 is the leading edge of the forward appendage comes to a sharp-edged point as opposed to a radius shape normally seen on bulbous bows. So it offers less buoyancy, lless volume but gives a finer entry to split seas as they encounter them. May also be a consideration for Ice operation.

    But man, that picture of Hull and Forward Appendage is impressive as hell!
  5. Capt Ralph

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    Bulb bow for ice?
    Cutting thru or still getting top?
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    Both?
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    Here's a link from Vard, the engineering firm behind the design:

    https://maritime-executive.com/corporate/vard-secures-contract-for-research-expedition-vessel

    Since it is a research vessel, it appears they have pushed on environmental and quite operation design goal:

    "Environmental performance has been crucial throughout the concept- and development phase. The VARD 6 16 design is developed for navigating waters in the most challenging and vulnerable environments, from arctic to tropical areas. To secure the most cost efficient, silent, comfortable and environmentally friendly expeditions in all weather conditions, the vessel is designed with slim hull lines in combination with wave-cutting bulb, slender foreship, large propellers and two pairs of stabilization fins. Other key features are the energy recovery rudder system, medium speed engines, a direct drive diesel-electric propulsion system with battery package, and an exhaust cleaning system."
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    Take the LOA over 180-meters lol. Seriously though, we can see that the sprit can be walked on comfortably. Might come in handy as a lookout... checking the bow in icy conditions, spotting fish etc.
  9. Kevin

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    Yep.

    "Sir, this build is a few meters short of being the largest yacht ever..."

    Owner: "Install a bowsprit, stat!"
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    Still debatably smaller by volume. Will be interested in seeing if she will be classed as a mega yacht or fall under the RV side and take her off the listings of the largest. Fulk Al Salamah is still largest by volume but seems that many don’t consider her to be a yacht.
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    If you remember the old building wars, the Empire State Building kept adding tower height till B S was called in. Then they called it a Blimp tower and added some more structure to it, legally adding height.
    Only had to work once. It did.
    Can you imagine walking off a blimp to a exposed tower in the sky? And back?

    Can you imagine walking out that skinny sprit to watch fish?

    F M to both..
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  13. HTMO9

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    He Ralph, that is a Norwegian Project. This bow sprit is for mounting a whale hunting harpoon gun. But only for scientific reasons of course :).

    Harpoon.jpg
    Nice project by the way and one way to make profit with Your yacht or have the tax payer help financing private yachting. For me a large yacht project from the same category like the two Kleven yachts.

    Must be interesting what classification this giant will have. The little trick calling scientists ACMs (additional crew members) could make them stay within the LYC limit of the 36 Px.

    I like that design, I must say but not those complicated work around procedures with operating such yachts. I rather like the straight forward operating methods of the deceased Paul Allen with his Yacht Octopus. He donated all scientific use of his boat out of his deep pockets, period.

    "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and unto God that which is God's".

    Just my 2 (Euro) cents
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    Glad I'm not the only skeptic around here... o_O
  15. Norseman

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    Looks like it is funded by the wealthy owner:

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/t...built-to-help-the-ocean-2019-08-28?siteid=rss
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    That is exactly what I ment Norseman, that is the trick :).
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    Aha, there is a trick to funding a boat and operate it as a non-profit, no taxes?
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    Yes, that is the trick, especially in those high income tax scandinavian countries. But that will not work with all countries / flag states. In my country, non-profit das not mean, just to make only so much profit that after all deductions are placed, there is no profit left. The rules for charitable non-profit projects (foundations) are pretty strict around here.

    But a large boat (yacht ?) that can be exclusivly chartered for 1 million per week or more is IMHO hardly a charity foundation. Just remember what happened to the famous Mr. Flavio Briatore with his charter and tax avoidance setup on his yacht.
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    Ha, that is where I am at with my charter business, no profit left, and there never was. Good for tax deductions though, the IRS feels and let me deduct it all. :cool:

    I was worried about you Mr. HTM09 after the heli crash in Mallorca, the news
    Said a German Citizen was involved, looks like it was not your turn..
  20. HTMO9

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    No it was an italian commercial helicopter pilot and a German Charter Helicopter with a 43 year old German business man with his family (wife and two young children) from Munich on a sightsseeing charter flight, celebrating his birthday. The company undertakes these charter flights from Son Bonnet airfield, the old Palma town airport. The two spanish microlite crewmembers involved in the mid air collision were from the spanish main land. Very sad accident. The authorities have no clue yet about the course of the accident. None of the aircraft had a crash recorder of course.

    This sight seeing tour along the Tramontana mountains is very popular in Mallorca. The problem is, that the VFR traffic has to fly pretty low because they have to cross under the LEPA international final approach. During summer the airline traffic comes in at 90 sec intervall.

    Norseman, I will only burn down in flames in about 34 years (btw. my hundreds birthday!) but definately not in a helicopter, promised.

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