Sometimes, a few people make the smart decision to retrace their steps, reconsider their convictions and, if necessary, change them – sometimes profoundly. They demonstrate that they have positive intelligence, and their creative strategy on these occasions benefits hugely from it.
One example is Mr Chambers, a US businessman and automotive tycoon, who, alongside cars, has a real passion for yachts. And all of his yachts are named Excellence.
After a series of four Excellences, built in larger and larger sizes, Mr Chambers paused for thought and after careful consideration, he had the fifth Excellence built.
This time, the yacht is smaller than the previous one: a decision that goes against the flow but is nonetheless the best practical solution so that he can enter his preferred ports and follow his favourite routes.
A change of mind, then, but to good effect. In any case, Mr Chambers clearly wanted Excellence V to have smaller exterior measurements in comparison with Excellence IV, but when it comes to interior measurements, the new yacht is hardly any smaller than the previous one.
This is the result of an extraordinary design challenge met by British firm Reymond Langton Design, which produced both the exterior design and the interior design for Excellence V.
Thanks to skilful use of the available space and a functional layout concept, Excellence V offers the kind of generous space on board that is normally present on considerably longer vessels.
The extensive space is accompanied by a wealth of furnishings, creating luxurious, exclusive interiors in a contemporary style. Classic and modern elements are cleverly combined, using a palette of warm and neutral colours brightened by vibrant colour accents in the furniture.
All of this makes Excellence V an ideal choice for charter use, currently available from the professionals at Sapphire Seas with cruises supported to perfection by the experience of Captain Ray Shore and his crew.
The main dimensional and technical data
Bearing A&R hull number 6486, Excellence V is based on naval architecture and engineering developed in-house by Abeking & Rasmussen. High-resistance steel has been used for the construction of the hull and light aluminium alloy for the superstructure.
The build complies with the LRoS (Lloyd’s Register of Shipping) standards and the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) regulations.
Excellence V has a length overall of 200 feet / nearly 61 metres, a length at the waterline of approximately 178 feet / more than 54 metres, and a beam overall of 42 feet / nearly 13 metres.
Under medium load, the draught is nearly 12 feet / approximately 3.50 metres. The hull has a zero speed stabilisation system with two lateral fins, as well as a 185-ekW bow thruster and a 165-ekW stern thruster.
Excellence V’s engine room contains two MTU V16 4000 M53 R turbodiesel engines, each with maximum power of 2,005 BHP / 1,495 bkW supplied at 1,600 rpm.
With this configuration, the yacht has a top speed of 15.5 knots and can maintain a cruising speed of 13 knots. At the economy cruising speed of 12 knots, the yacht has a range of 4,400 nautical miles.
On board, Excellence V has fuel tanks with a capacity of 114,000 litres, or more than 30,000 US gallons, and freshwater tanks with a capacity of 26,000 litres, or nearly 7,000 US gallons.
These are supplied by two desalination plants, producing a total of 32,000 litres, or nearly 8,500 US gallons, per day.
Excellence V’s equipment includes three MTU generators: two main 8V 2000 M40A generators, each supplying 360 kW / 450 kVA, and one emergency 8V 2000 M50A generator supplying 308 kW / 385 kVA.
The motor yacht also has two main tenders approximately 28 feet / 8.50 metres in length, one service tender and a rescue boat 14 feet / 4.20 metres in length, as well as two water skis / waverunners. [...]
Excellence V technical specifications
|Hull||Twin Screw Motor Yacht|
|Material of hull||Steel|
|Material of superstructure||Aluminium|
|LOA||60,00 m / 186’85’’ ft|
|LWL||54,14 m / 177’62’’ ft|
|Beam max||12,80 m / 41’99’’ ft|
|Cruising speed||~ 13,00 knots|
|Maximum speed||~ 15,50 knots|
|Range @ 12 kn||~ 4400 Nautical miles|
|Fuel oil||~ 114,00 T|
|Fresh water||~ 26,00 T|
|Lubrification oil||~ 2,00 T|
|Grey water / Black water||~ 18,00 M|
|Waste oil / Bilge separator oil||~ 2,50 M|
|Main engines||2 x MTU, Type 16V 4000 M53R Continuos rating approx. 1495 kW|
|Gear box||Reversible gears are provided
Make: Reintjes, or ZF or equivalent
|Propellers||5 Bladed fixed pitch|
|Generators||2 x MTU, Type 8V 2000 M40A, 360 kW, 450 kVA
1 x MTU, 8V 2000 M50A, 308 kW, 385 kVA
|Bow thruster||One Jastram, Schottel orequivalent bow thruster, diameter approx. 800 MM is provided|
|Stabilisers||An active roll stabilization system with two fins
|Classification||LLOYD’S Register of Shipping (LROS)
Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA)
|Stabilizers||Quantum QC 1800, 2 fins, zero speed|
|Naval Architect||Abeking & Rasmussen|
|Exterior design||Raymomnd Langton Design|
|Interior designer||Raymomnd Langton Design|
|Shipyard||Abeking & Rasmussen www.abeking.com