Feadship luxury yacht SHINKAI has left the facilities in Aalsmeer to the outside dock for final outfitting before her delivery. The Owner has extensive experience cruising the world over and has specifically requested a submarine and dramatic mast for this 55m/180ft full-custom expedition yacht. For the launch and retrieval of the manned submarine, limousine tender and Owner’s car the crane can lift 7,400 kg and has an outreach of 8m/26ft to take the car from the shore.
When it comes to roaming across the globe, E/Y SHINKAI has been constructed with an Ice-Class hull and engineered for fuel efficiency as well as complete autonomy to tackle remote regions safely. The North-West Passage will be among the first adventures in the coming years, and the advanced WASSP sonar system installed onboard will reveal the secrets of the ocean floor wherever she cruises. In a first for a yacht of this size, the hull has been fitted with gyroscopic stabilisers instead of traditional stabiliser fins. These gyroscopic stabilisers are the largest built to date, measuring 3×3 metres (10×10 feet) and weighing 23 tonnes.
Traditional stabilisers on the hull could hinder retrieving the submarine in certain sea conditions, however, the tank deck has been arranged so that fin stabilisers could be added at a later date if desired.
The interior has been designed by Boutsen Design in collaboration with the Owners. Once outfitting has been completed, E/Y SHINKAI will head to the North Sea for sea trials before she is delivered before the end of 2021.