Madsummer

by Lürssen Yachts, Espen Øino Naval Architects and Alberto Pinto

A high tech yet visually appealing superyacht with harmonious forms and an eye-catching colour scheme. The hull is painted a baby blue colour typically used for smaller sized sports hulls, setting Madsummer apart from other yachts as a marvellous “toy”. A very personal yacht, she conveys serenity and privacy, along with a youthful, sociable spirit. There’s no doubt that historic German shipyard Lürssen – known for building colossal warships – is used to dealing with gigantic dimensions for military vessels and private yachts alike.
Indeed, judging by the jaw-dropping size of the yard’s recent and current builds, gigantic is the only way to describe them. Take, for example, project J24, the 85-metre superyacht scheduled to launch next year.
This year, Lürssen Yachts delivers three superyachts: in September, a 110-metre yacht, project name Darius; then in July, the 60-metre Arkley sistership to Linda Lou, which the yard launched in 2006; and finally in autumn, a 75-metre yacht project named Scout.
Last year, Lürssen delivered Martha Ann (70 m), completing the trilogy of three sisterships, each measuring 230 feet, and each commissioned by the same Owner. The trilogy began in 2006 with the launch of Apoise,; she was followed by the Saint Nicolas in 2007, presented in a lengthy article last year in issue number 8 of Yacht Première; and the trilogy was concluded in 2008 when Martha Anna took to the water.
The latter was presented earlier this year in issue number 10 of Yacht Première.
In the past year, Lürssen Yachts has delivered some four other superyachts in addition to Martha Ann.
Namely, the 155-metre Al Said,; the 110-metre Dilbar,; Vive la Vie (60 m,), and lastly, Madsummer, a 78-metre yacht, featured in this issue of Yacht Première. With her contract drawn up back in 2005 and delivery made in late 2008, Madsummer immediately left for her first cruise in the Caribbean, and has spent the summer season in the Med, where her routes coincided with Kismet (68 m / 223 ft); Kismet was delivered by the same yard at the beginning of 2007.
Kismet was featured two years ago in issue number 5 of Yacht Première. Both yachts have spent the summer on private charter cruises managed by Moran Yacht&Ship, a yacht brokerage company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Moran Yacht&Ship also specialises in construction consulting and yacht management and in fact Robert Moran himself supervised the Madsummer project, which was also developed together with Captain Chris Beirne, representing the Owner.
Both these professionals brought their immense experience and expertise to the project, working closely with Lürssen Yachts.
The main dimensional and technical data
Assigned hull no. 13650, Madsummer was completed at Lürssen Yachts’ facilities in Rendsburg on the Kiel Canal. She was built using steel for the hull and aluminium for the superstructure. The new naval unit respects the Lloyd’s Register of Shipping classification, Maltese Cross 100A1 SSC Yacht mono G6, LMC UMS and MCA standards. Madsummer’s length overall is nearly 78.5 metres, or 257 ft, with a length at waterline of nearly 67 metres, or 219 ft.
Her maximum beam is 13.5 metres (just over 44 feet); her hull’s draught when fully loaded is just under 4 metres, nearly 12 and a half feet, while she displaces 1978 tons. Madsummer’s engine room is installed with twin V 16 Caterpillar engines, from the CAT 3516C DiTA SCAC series. Each of these has 78 litres of displacement (around 4765 cc), with a maximum output of 2682 bhp (2000 bkW), supplied at 1600 rpm. The two engines are combined with Reintjes reduction gearboxes and connected via transmission shafts to twin fixed-pitch propulsion propellers by Piening. This powerplant allows Madsummer to maintain an economy cruising speed of 12 knots and reach a top speed of 17 knots.
At 12 knots, her range is nearly 6 thousand nautical miles, using fuel tanks with a capacity of 126 thousand litres, equivalent to nearly 33,400 US gallons. Madsummer’s freshwater tanks can hold 40 thousand litres (around 10,600 US gallons) and are supplied by a Hem system with two watermakers, each producing 25 thousand litres of water daily (around 6,600 US gallons). The yacht’s wastewater system also includes a tank for collecting treated water, which can hold 5 thousand litres (more than 1,300 US gallons); this keeps the treated water on board to avoid releasing it into protected natural environments. [...]

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