Big green monster

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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.

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10 comments for “Big green monster

  1. November 21, 2017 at 10:29

    The Bowstard has $ 3 bil and he hacks your design. Probably an Illuminated one. They just can’t help themselves.

    • November 21, 2017 at 10:50

      Yeah, a bit rich, warrntit? Bstd.


      [That’s one fine boat he has there. He even does the wheelhouse like mine, with vertical and flat, rather than curved.]

  2. November 21, 2017 at 11:52

    One thing he does not seem to have, which most boats have, is a transponder readable by the Global Shipping Traffic monitoring system. As he came past I looked up the site and he was ‘not there’ He still isn’t.

    • November 21, 2017 at 14:07

      Doesn’t want to speak to anyone, also like me.

  3. dearieme
    November 21, 2017 at 14:55

    “it is almost 50m high and more than 10m wide, with two big masts.” What an odd description. How long is the ruddy thing?

  4. November 21, 2017 at 15:12

    67 m [219.8 ft].

    Seems like a young journo description.

    • dearieme
      November 21, 2017 at 17:41

      “with two big masts” sounds more like a primary school description.

      • November 21, 2017 at 17:47

        Precisely the mentality of early 20s girl journos. Never matured. Also celebs, e.g. Charlotte Church.

  5. November 21, 2017 at 23:57

    Yes, folk. Settle down now. The Journo was a Hobart Mercury one. This is a place way off the beaten career track and those who get to write the news are the sons and daughters of the local Lilliput hoity toity. Do not expect too much.

    • November 22, 2017 at 06:21

      Not sure the ‘Hobart’ bit is the key here. This ‘childlike’ persona [not childish, that’s a different thing] comes out all over the world and that has all sorts of ramifications. Think I might do a post on it.

      I’d lay odds her handwriting [if she ever uses it] would have big, rounded cursive letters and she loves birds with broken wings. She’d hate Trump and want him killed, the pardonning of the turkey notwithstanding.

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