German billionaire Otto Happel’s 67m Hetairos sailed into Hobart yesterday [and] moored off Sandy Bay, the largest all carbon fibre composite-hulled yacht in the world. Built by Finnish boatbuilder Baltic Yachts in 2011, it is almost 50m high and more than 10m wide, with two big masts.
Naturally, it was Amfortas who sent the page and there were some things which immediately struck me.
Usually, if a classic yacht has a swept up stern like that, it reprises that at the bow, with a swept up, pointy look, but this one doesn’t. In fact it “steals my idea” which I can say has been designed now for months, of the vertical stempost [bow] and the short bowsprit beyond it, and the swept up stern behind.
There are clear reasons for the swept stern in a cruising boat, mainly with following seas. With mine, the difference between bottom and deck at the transom is eight inches and that breaks the wave and forces the stern down. The vertical bow pierces the wave ahead.
Another thing this ship has done same as mine is carrying the dinghy to the side, over the side, so that it can be lowered from derricks. Mine has two cross beams running from the outrigger across the main hull and five feet the other side, under which the dinghy is secured.
Aside from convenience in lowering the ship’s boat, it is facing the right way and it pierces any wave too, as well as providing emergency resistance, should a gust want to flip the boat.
The third thing is that this boat in the pic is green, as mine is … and that’s not a typical yacht colour, so it was surprising to see these design features. The rig is different though.