The UK’s Princess Yachts has linked up with BAR Technologies (BART) to develop a new range of yachts in the 9m (30ft)-plus size range.
The first of the new craft, which was captured on film last week at BART’s test facility, is expected to launch later this year.
BAR Technologies was formed to exploit the wealth of design knowledge, technical skills and resources built up through Land Rover BAR’s (Ben Ainslie Racing) involvement in the America’s Cup.
The new boat will establish a whole new class of yacht. The mid-30ft craft will bring speed, efficiency and new technology while remaining true to Princess’ core with high-quality materials, comfort, seakeeping, craftsmanship and design that will stand the test of time.
Antony Sheriff, executive chairman of Princess Yachts, confirmed: "We pride ourselves on creating yachts of exceptional design and quality. Now, working together with BAR Technologies, we are thrilled to be working on a brand-new fully carbonfibre yacht that will deliver an exhilarating experience through bold innovation and cutting-edge technology. While we cannot reveal more at this point we are confident this entirely new class of yacht, which is one of the most exciting and revolutionary products Princess has developed, will become this year’s most sought-after product.”
At the Superyacht UK Technical Seminar, held as part of the London Boat Show, Simon Schofield of BART also talked about its work with Baltic Yachts. The company designed the new DSS bearing installation for the Baltic 142, which will be the largest yacht fitted with this lifting foil technology to date.
Schofield pointed out that the company is now undertaking design, engineering and construction projects for external clients. It is also developing mechanical and control systems associated with the use of foils.