ITALY, Milan. In December 2014, we reported on Federico Fiorentino’s 50m The Belafonte concept. The Italian studio has since teamed up with Van Oossanen Naval Architects to develop the design, which will benefit from the Dutch studio’s Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) technology.

“We are delighted to announce that The Belafonte superyacht concept is moving a step forward with the valuable contribution of Van Oossanen Naval Architects,” says naval engineer and designer at Federico Fiorentino, Mattia Ruocco. “As the yacht was perfectly suited to being coupled with the revolutionary FDHF, Mr Perry van Oossanen invested time and resources in a preliminary study on The Belafonte.”

The designer goes on to reveal that the numbers from the study conducted on The Belafonte are typical of those found on the FDHF patent and the team is working to develop their hull further. The main benefit of a FDHF is superior performance. In some scenarios the performance can be up to 30 per cent more efficient in displacement speed ranges, and up to 20 per cent in semi-displacement speed ranges.

While speed is important to some, fuel saving is of interest to most if not all owners. At lower speeds the FDHF patent would make it possible to transform The Belafonte into a transatlantic yacht when travelling at 13 knots and into a transpacific voyager when running at nine knots.

“This is a significant step forward for The Belafonte project and for what may be the first of other future collaborations between Van Oossanen Naval Architects and Federico Fiorentino design firm,” says Ruocco. “We plan to present this concept along with our collaboration with Van Oossanen at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show.”

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