Rossinavi is still on track to deliver what will be its second largest vessel to date, Vector 63, in Q1 of 2018. The Team for Design creation not only exhibits a sporty profile, it is also an interesting technical proposition.
First presented to the market, this 63m vessel has been specially designed for shallow Caribbean and South Florida cruising, meaning it has a draft of just 2.2m. This aggressive hull form, which lends itself to the new ‘fast displacement’ phenomenon accommodates a top speed of 28 knots, with a range of 3,600nm at half speed, and an economical 18-knot speed utilising just 35% of the propulsion power.
This innovative model was first brought to market at the 2016 edition of FLIBS, where its amiable owner, JR Ridinger was on hand to explain why he was relishing the receipt of his largest ever yacht, and proving that he understands the technology driving the vessel as well as anyone.
“Most people are going twin-screw, displacement, deep hull… but this is 63 metres, wide, shallow draft, and fast”, Ridinger explained. “This [vessel profile] is a new paradigm… [She is built] to go over the shoals and the shallows, and the manoeuvrability is incredible, thanks to the [four] waterjets and the steering. I’m not sure how the captain will figure that out!
“It can cruise across the Atlantic at 14 or 15 knots. The more I look at the engineering, it all makes sense, and [this hull profile is] the way of the future. I’ve got a great captain, and an incredible engineer, and when they go [to the yard], [Rossinavi are] so complete in their reporting, there’s no BS. They’re leading the parade with this technology, this hull and this design.”
JR Ridinger talks about his experiences in yachting in ‘Lessons Learned’, appearing in issue 177 of The Superyacht Report.
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