Project Fury: Redefining Superyacht Sailing
An original collaboration between Rob Doyle Design and Van Geest Design
“The essence of sailing comes from feeling in control of the elements on a sailboat, it is something felt but not seen.
You are now a sailor for life,” says Rob Doyle. “All sailors want to go faster and the larger the boats, the more luxury is demanded. The genesis of this project is high performance, fanatical weight reduction and going full beam on the main deck to maximize interior volume. Currently on the market, a 60m to 63m sailing yacht will have a Gross Tonnage of 500gt max. With this design, Fury pushes 705GT with this design (40% more).”
Weight is minimized via an aluminum hull and carbon fiber in the superstructure.
A drop-down prop running on a DC bus diesel electric system and a swing keel performance centerboard, that acts as a long keel when up for motoring, give good directional stability and damping when at anchor. The idea of this project is to offer huge performance gains with an alloy hull and have race boat foils and rig package but still have a safe /clean deck that is client friendly.
As the concept progressed it became apparent that yacht performance and onboard energy management were two areas which are highly interlinked. Creating a yacht with extremely high performance over a wide wind band has given the opportunity to explore energy recovery from the propulsion system, which influences the energy storage and generator system capacity & performance. By taking unnecessary equipment off the boat, the intention is to simplify the systems (no roller furling boom etc).
Circulation while sailing:
Having seen developments in the round the world racing yachts where sailors are navigating fully inside and well protected and the other extreme of latest America’s Cup developments Doyle and Van Geest came up with the general layout and workings of this concept. As the yachts are getting wider the deck spaces are also growing. The designation of functional areas is becoming an important factor. Areas for sailing and controlling the yacht are designed to be situated apart from the leisure areas. This will result in a safer circulation and environment for all on board.
The interior spaces are maximized for the owner and guests and the engineering spaces are as efficient as possible but still give a comfortable workspace for the crew to operate the vessel at the highest level.
The reason for the full beam interior main deck is that the side decks are the most expensive square meterage space that an owner and guest rarely get to use while sailing. This is due to the sail handling equipment etc.
The large Space Deck is twice as big as any similar sized sailing yacht/ motor yacht Skydeck in the market The pods on either side of the Space Deck house the helm and control stations as well as comfortable guest seating. They also contain space for aft deck access, crew access, captive winches, dumbwaiter, storage, and life rafts. In the center of the space deck there is a dedicated area for guests to enjoy the sailing while being at ease. This area is divided into sunbathing aft and lounge/dining forward with bar/counter and access to the main deck in the center.
The Master Stateroom is on the Main Deck forward with its full beam forward glass looking down on the bow, it is something that has not been seen on any sailing yacht and creates an amazing connection to the outside private spaces. Its entrance houses the office. The stateroom and office feature large hull windows and balconies for full appreciation of the outdoors.
The Foredeck is all flush. Two large tender bays can contain two 233ft /7m tenders which can be launched by hydraulic crane. The tender bays can be converted to pool(s). The owner can have private access to this area from the stateroom.
The main lobby is the transition area from the owner’s stateroom to the salon. A breakfast area and lounge are set in the large open space with full height, deck to deck, windows giving ample light and 270-degree views to the outside. An interactive galley and crew mess are located on the portside of this deck. The aft deck seating overlooks the back end of the yacht.
The ½ deck wheelhouse deck gives a commanding view of the vessel from the front of the Space Deck center pod.
This wheelhouse can be accessed by crew through the office and guests by the lobby on SB.
The lower deck aft has a large bay to store sports equipment like surfboards, sea bobs as well as all required dive equipment. The aft transom deck has an integrated transformer swimming platform. Forward of these areas is an extensive engine room space. Two double guest cabins and two VIP cabins are situated in the middle of this deck. The crew areas forward are comfortably planned with spacious service areas and one additional multipurpose cabin
According to Pieter Van Geest: “The approach in Project Fury has been from the start “Why Not”. Just because superyachts are what they are now does not mean they should stay this way. New, never done before, seem impossible or too complicated when first suggested, are no reasons to rule it out. We were constantly looking at every aspect of the design and saying, I know we do it this way normally but is there a better way?’
If we did not have to worry about any financial, practical, or technological limitations what would we do, then is that better than what we have and can we now make it work within the context of the limitations of the project.
This is why we truly believe that this project will redefine what a 63m sailing Superyacht can be, and we also know where we want to and can go next in this development.
As a result of a growing demand for larger sailing yachts we have already been asked to take this design philosophy and implement it for yachts above the 2200GT.”