News: The Blue Coast 95′ Cartouche plays the design trump card

April 7, 2011 by klavreeva
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Designed by the renowned naval architecture office Coste Design & Partners, the Blue Coast 95’ « Cartouche » heralds a new generation of high tech opulent sailing yachts. With a length of 28,8m and a beam over the 12m she is certainly one of the most elegant luxury catamarans ever built. The BC 95’ has been launched in falltime 2010 at the reputed shipyard H2X in the south of France. She was just delivered to her owner and will be starting operations in May in Caribbean waters.

In addition to her timeless elegance, the Blue Coast 95’ offers superior comfort and premium performance combining modern styling with elegant aerodynamic lines seamlessly integrated into the vessel’s voluminous interior. This superyacht is built for ease of handling and fast cruising with a minimal need for crew. For example, the BC 95’ is to date the biggest luxury sail catamaran to be equipped with a fully automatic furling boom operated from the helm station and with an automatic bagging system to protect the sails. This allows a very safe and easy sail reduction and open new perspectives in the manoeuvring of giant sailing catamarans.

With the Blue Coast 95’, Blue Coast Yachts is reinforcing its advance regarding its competitors. Her sporty appeal and comfort at sea provide an idyllic means of enjoying the thrills of luxury sailing with all the high-end amenities of an exceptional cruising vessel.

The Blue Coast 95’ is a three decks sloop rigged catamaran designed as all Blue Coast Yachts to exceed modern super yacht standards. She is equipped with all the amenities of a motor yacht with the performance and sensations of a fast sailing vessel. Her high cruising speeds under power as well as using her efficient sail plan allow long-range cruising in every condition. The well known catamaran’s stability is such that rolling and heeling are reduced to the minimum at anchoring while sailing in rough conditions. The comfort is at its best due to the catamaran’s long narrow hulls. The hulls’ shallow draft enables anchoring and cruising close to shore. The Blue Coast 95’ has a beam of 12m, a rotating carbon wing mast measuring 33m in height, a carbon furling boom and an overall weight of 60 tons. This is an outstanding yacht in every respect and one of the most refined and beautifully appointed sailing vessels in its class.

The concept of the Blue Coast 95’ is the result of highly advanced naval architectural studies including high tech computer simulations. Extensive research using high end Computational Flow Dynamic studies developed hull lines capable of remarkable performances and sea worthiness. The yacht’s structural calculations were executed by Finite Element Analysis to optimize weight/resistance while maintaining optimum integral and at-sea safety. The powerful design and testing tools enabled Coste Design to conceive of the vessel’s foundations while taking into account the owner’s wishes as to the yacht’s layout.

The « Cartouche » is built of high tech composite materials because of their light weight, strength and extreme durability. The construction process combines the infusion of epoxy resin / fibreglass/ Carbon fibre and PU foam core. The project was subdivided into smaller individual modules, including two full beam carbon fibre composite bulkheads bonded into a single symmetrical arrangement. All structural elements (bulkheads, frames, roof and decks) was carefully integrated with the interior. During the construction, the vessel’s weight was continuously monitored and compared with studied estimates. Each separate structural component was approved by laboratory testing. The yacht was built in a weather protected and temperature controlled construction hall, in accordance with Bureau Veritas (BV) rules. Weight, quality of finish, solidity and ease of maintenance were determining factors in the choice of materials and construction methods. The exterior composite was finished with an Awlgrip system.

The Blue Coast 95’s exterior lines are the result of hydro & aerodynamic research on speed performance, comfort, ergonomics, interior layout, safety and the owner’s particular aesthetic wishes. The exterior aft salon offers shaded lounging with unobstructed panoramic views and is separated from the large interior salon by a wide sliding door. The aft stairs pertaining to each hull lead to Lazarette compartments and down to the transom where the owner will store personal watercrafts, scuba diving equipment and other water sport toys. On each hull a swim ladder grants direct access to the water. From the aft one reaches the flybridge via a comfortable stairway to starboard. The helm station is amidships and the rigging equipment is located to port and starboard for ultimate control and ease of handling. A second, vast sunbathing area is located on either side of a Jacuzzi and amidships there is a dining area where guests can enjoy remarkable views from sofa and bar. A dumbwaiter has been installed to bring food directly up from the galley. The yacht is also equipped with a hydraulic swim platform that drops 60cm below water level to facilitate the launching of the main tender. This platform can also be used as a sunbathing deck and is the perfect support to water sports. The anchoring and running rigging equipment was incorporated seamlessly into the deck’s layout.

The Blue Coast 95’s interior accommodations and décor meet the latest standards in comfort and luxury using lightweight materials and state of the art craftsmanship. The yacht is equipped with a high-end entertainment system that includes flat screen TV, audio and video on demand, high speed internet access, and the like. Interior accommodation includes:
Owner cabin on main deck
3 guest cabins with ensuite bathrooms
1 crew cabin with separated bathroom and shower
bathroom and shower Lounge
Dining area
Helm station

The « Cartouche » in conceived only for private use. Meanwhile, different layouts can be conceived on a next Blue Coast 95′ to make the boat usable for either commercial or private yacht use.

The Blue Coast 95’ is built to be manned by a minimum crew. All the sails and mooring
commands are operated from the helm station. All the sails are made in 3DL by North Sails. The sail plan shows a full battened 235m2 fat head main sail with carbon furling boom, a 115m2 hydraulic furling self-tacking jib and a 280-m2 Gennaker which provides additional power in light wind conditions. The Blue Coast 95’ is equipped with a very efficient high modulus carbon wing mast build in Frejus, France by Petitjean Composites. The Kevlar standing rigging promotes simplicity, light weight, low drag and high efficiency. Mast and boom are studied using 3D technology and finite elements analysis.

High Resolution images are available on demand and are courtesy of Gilles Martin-Raget.

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