Sparkman & Stephens (S&S) has been a prominent name in the yachting circle for a series of exceptional yachts introduced since the last eighty years. The yacht builder has generally ventured into sloops, ketches and yawls. However, this time around it is ready with a new design for a 75m Bermuda-rigged schooner. This idea was developed as a result of a former client who aspired for a 56m three-masted schooner.
S&S schooners have had a successful time while making less than a dozen yachts with a schooner rig. Offering an easy way out for yacht management, S&S have now devised a complex rig of a schooner. According to the company with assistance from advanced technology, managing a schooner is as easy as managing a sloop.
Following the latest trends of the cruising yachts, this 75m schooner has adopted a canoe-body shape. In order to lower the wetted surface area, the vessel is designed to have an appendage form. A spade rudder is used while positioning the underbody and the dagger-board for fitting the keel. Bruce Johnson, President and Chief Designer at Sparkman & Stephens asserts that they have tried to offer sophistication and beauty of a traditional gentleman’s yacht above the water without compromising on the performance with a well-organized underbody to sail in all kinds of situations.
There are huge deckhouse windows onboard the 775m schooner offering panoramic views due to the full beam main salon. It also consists of a classic sitting area and guest office while moving towards the aft to port. The starboard features the owner’s private office. When the guests gather to dine near the open area of the main deck, the crew can make use of a small service pantry situated at the aft end of the house.
Besides the main al fresco dining arrangement, there is another such facility designed on the flybridge deck which has outdoor cooking facilities. On the flip side, the premise behind the flybridge offers room for tender and water sports storage along with more tender storage positioned in the lazarette.
The designers have offered space enough to house 10 guests in five staterooms. There are queen berths in two of the staterooms. If required, the other two cabins have transformable sliding double beds to make two queen staterooms. There is a staircase guiding towards the private main deck office, lounge, and the bathrooms and dressing areas. For the crew members who wish to sneak into the cabins for servicing, there is a hidden crew entrance leading from the lazarette.
The system for using the elaborate set of sails inherent in the schooner rig is made easy due to the computer-controlled furling booms, hydraulic roller furling head, fisherman sails and lightweight spars.
Two – tier engine room which features the diesel-electric propulsion system and the remainder of the ship’s machinery is situated amidships. The chief area of the craft houses various electronic components and is situated in a control room with 270° views of the machinery space. The supervision system is centralized due to this climate controlled and sound-proof space.
A team of 12 crew members can be accommodated in the crew space which is divided into three split decks ahead of the engine room. The wheelhouse has most of its electronic equipment designed in such a way that it gives observation and management from multiple places. There is also a glass-bridge system which combines sailing function, machinery data output and ship’s system status.
Conclusively, Bruce Johnson states that their team heavily concentrates on the design of the system and machinery areas from the start of the project. This not only ascertains swift management of the system but also reduces the time consumption so that the owner can enjoy more during the vacation without affecting charter revenue.