Beauty & Power

Dy­namiq’s Jet­set­ter looks great and per­forms at the top of her class.

Yachts International - - Con­tents - By Justin Rat­cliffe

TTra­di­tion­ally, yachts have come in two fla­vors: plan­ing and dis­place­ment. Plan­ing hulls are fast with styling to match, but they have lim­ited range and com­fort. Full-dis­place­ment hulls of­fer more com­fort un­der­way, but they are gen­er­ally slow and less ex­cit­ing to look at.

“Why can’t we have some­thing in the mid­dle?” asks Sergei Do­broser­dov, a Moscow-born yacht bro­ker turned de­signer and builder. “A new cat­e­gory that com­bines fast per­for­mance with good com­fort and range?”

His answer is the 126-foot (38.6-meter) Jet­set­ter, the first D4 model, which made her de­but at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show. She is the first in the Dy­namiq range of all-alu­minum dis­place­ment yachts with a com­mon tech­ni­cal plat­form.

To cre­ate the Dy­namiq range, Do­broser­dov gath­ered some of the top names in the yacht in­dus­try: Azure Yacht De­sign & Naval Ar­chi­tec­ture for hull lines, Van Oos­sa­nen Naval Ar­chi­tects for op­ti­miza­tion and Ban­nen­berg & Row­ell De­sign for in­te­ri­ors. To­gether, they de­vel­oped three mod­els that vary in size, vol­ume and per­for­mance: the D4, with a top speed of 21 knots; the S4, at the same length over­all but with a top end of 25 knots; and the 131foot (40-meter) D4 L, also with a top speed of 21 knots. Do­broser­dov calls the fleet Gran Turismo Transat­lantic (GTT) yachts, bor­row­ing from Italy’s gran turismo cars, which are fast and can cover long dis­tances in stylish com­fort.

“The num­ber of very wealthy peo­ple in the world is in­creas­ing, but yacht sales do not re­flect this growth be­cause the prod­ucts are not ap­peal­ing enough,” Do­broser­dov says. “I sim­ply be­lieve we can pro­pose some­thing bet­ter that of­fers own­ers more choice.”

Jet­set­ter’s re­verse bow and fluid lines, in­spired by au­to­mo­tive styling, give her a dis­tinc­tive ex­te­rior pro­file. Her top speed is in excess of 20 knots. At 10 knots, she burns just 80 gal­lons of fuel an hour for a cruis­ing range of 3,000 nau­ti­cal miles.

But Do­broser­dov’s ob­jec­tive was not just longer range and higher speeds: Al­though the yacht is com­pact by su­pery­acht stan­dards, he be­lieves own­ers should not have to com­pro­mise com­fort based solely on size.

Jet­set­ter’s ceiling heights of more than 7 feet (2.1 me­ters) ex­ceed ri­val brands of equiv­a­lent length over­all, and Do­broser­dov says that aboard Jet­set­ter, the ship­yard used the same mar­ble sup­plier that Lürssen did on Az­zam, the world’s largest yacht.

To re­duce the like­li­hood of sea­sick­ness, Azure de­vel­oped the fast dis­place­ment hull form by cal­cu­lat­ing a “com­fort in­dex” that in­cludes wa­ter­line length, beam, dis­place­ment, draft and cen­ter of buoy­ancy. The de­sign team opted for elec­tric, at-anchor sta­bi­liz­ers,

Smart So­lu­tionS

an­other as­pect of the Dy­namiq busi­ness model makes it dif­fer­ent: Clients can use an au­to­mo­tive-style, on­line de­sign tool to per­son­al­ize their yachts.

Deluxe and Sport pack­ages are avail­able, or clients can se­lect in­di­vid­ual items rang­ing from ex­te­rior paint to in­te­rior fin­ish, a/V sys­tems and tech­ni­cal equip­ment. Clients can se­lect the shape of the hot tub, add wa­ter toys, choose crew uni­forms and even add a crew car. Start­ing from a base price of around $15.5 mil­lion, Dy­namiq yachts with these op­tions can be viewed in real time on­line, with prices for each op­tion dis­played.

Dy­namiq aims to de­liver a fully fin­ished yacht in 17 months. this is achiev­able thanks to the fixed tech­ni­cal plat­form; the in­te­grated bridge is one of the few ar­eas that cannot be cus­tom­ized.

Even still, the ‘build your own’ on­line tool re­moves much of the mys­tery associated with yacht own­er­ship—a fur­ther fac­tor likely to ap­peal to the wealthy mil­len­ni­als who Dy­namiq is tar­get­ing.

which are qui­eter, more re­ac­tive and take up less space than their hy­draulic coun­ter­parts. With U.S. clients in mind, Jet­set­ter’s range and rel­a­tively shal­low draft of 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 me­ters) make her Ba­hamas-friendly.

The main en­gines are cou­pled to Con­tra Ro­tat­ing Pro­pel­ler (CRP) pods for in­creased ef­fi­ciency, and re­duced noise and vi­bra­tion from cav­i­ta­tion. The fixed pods, un­like steer­able pods, re­quire rud­ders but pro­vide more thrust at high speed. The re­sult is sound lev­els of 40 deci­bels—equiv­a­lent to softly fall­ing rain—in the owner’s suite ad­join­ing the en­gine room when at anchor. Jet­set­ter earned a RINA Com­fort Class no­ta­tion for her low lev­els of noise and vi­bra­tion, and RINA Green Plus cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for low en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

Ban­nen­berg & Row­ell in­te­grated its knowl­edge of larger yachts, de­vel­op­ing a fresh, sporty tem­plate that can be cus­tom­ized by swap­ping out ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes, but with­out fall­ing into the generic de­sign so­lu­tions com­mon to most se­ries yachts.

“The un­usual as­pect of Sergei’s brief was that we should forget ev­ery­thing, but also use ev­ery­thing we know,” says Si­mon Row­ell, the firm’s cre­ative direc­tor. “In terms of aes­thet­ics, there was no de­fined style we had to stick to, but we wanted to weave in a level of de­tail and hu­man soul, if you like, not usu­ally found on a semi­cus­tom yacht.”

AAboard Jet­set­ter, the Lon­don-based stu­dio’s cheeky but taut han­dling of forms and fin­ishes is com­bined with loose fur­nish­ings by Trus­sardi Casa, thanks to a part­ner­ship be­tween Trus­sardi and Dy­namiq. Those fur­nish­ings in­clude a cus­tom Re­lief sofa, Larzia arm­chairs, ot­toman poufs, car­pets, fab­rics, lamps and other items in col­ors rang­ing from co­gnac, sand and co­coa to ecru, petroleum and Air Force blue. Enough of Ban­nen­berg & Row­ell’s pro­gres­sive style re­mains amid the heav­ily branded glam­our of Trus­sardi, and, as Do­broser­dov says, “You can eas­ily take the loose fur­ni­ture out in one day and put in some­thing else.”

Nuovi Cantieri Apua­nia built Jet­set­ter in Tus­cany un­der Dy­namiq man­age­ment. The yard, part of the Italian Sea Group, also launched 180-foot (55-meter) Quinta Essen­tia, the Ad­mi­ral E-Mo­tion hy­brid de­vel­oped by Do­broser­dov.

Jet­set­ter’s gen­eral ar­range­ment went through sev­eral per­mu­ta­tions be­fore ar­riv­ing at a four- or five-state­room lay­out on the lower deck. The former has the added lux­ury of a full-beam master suite, and both pro­vide dis­creet crew ac­cess to the guest state­rooms for ser­vic­ing. There is also a ded­i­cated laundry room and a crew dinette.

In­stead of a beach club, the tran­som garage houses a 17-foot (5.1-meter) Cas­toldi jet ten­der, and the tran­som door folds down to cre­ate more than 320 square feet (about 30 me­ters) of swim plat­form. The ten­der stowage af­fects the size of the en­gine room, but the main ma­chin­ery is read­ily ac­ces­si­ble. The sun­deck has all the fea­tures associated with larger yachts, in­clud­ing a hot tub, cov­ered din­ing area, bar­be­cue, bar, so­fas and sun loungers.

More than of­fer­ing a range of semi-cus­tom yachts that gives ri­val brands a run for their money, Dy­namiq takes the se­ries con­cept a step fur­ther by tap­ping into what it sees as a “lost gen­er­a­tion” of own­ers that falls be­tween the mar­kets for com­pos­ite plan­ing boats and larger dis­place­ment yachts.

“The de­mo­graph­ics are chang­ing,” Do­broser­dov says. “There is a new seg­ment of high- tech in­dus­try lead­ers out there who made their money by be­ing ex­tremely smart and making ra­tio­nal rather than emo­tional de­ci­sions. They want some­thing new and dif­fer­ent.”

above: Jet­set­ter’s main sa­lon. The in­te­rior de­sign is by Lon­don-based Ban­nen­berg & Row­ell with loose fur­nish­ings by Italian fash­ion brand Trus­sardi.

left, from top: Jet­set­ter’s cov­ered din­ing area on the up­per deck; The con­ver­sa­tion zone on the open up­per deck aft; Many of the fix­tures and fit­tings, such as this back­lit onyx bar top, can be selected by the client us­ing Dy­namiq’s on­line con­fig­u­ra­tor.

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