Floating Life, the Swiss-based superyacht services group, has confirmed that construction of its new Series K flagship is on schedule at the Cerri Cantieri Navali (CCN) shipyard in Carrara, Italy.

The 41m four-deck K40 is a Light Ice Class vessel that weighs under 500GT. It was commissioned by Floating Life in October 2015 for an American owner who wishes to cruise in polar latitudes.

Construction began in January 2016 and, as of July 2017, the following progress has been made:

  • The hull has been completely sanded and a 4mm exterior finish will soon be applied, specifically designed for a vessel destined to cruise in polar oceans
  • Propeller-shaft support staffs have been mounted and shaft pre-alignment completed
  • The underlying deck grill is fully completed and tubing is well along. Most of the electrical cabling has been completed and the main electrics panel will soon be installed
  • Bottom, lower and main deck compartment construction is on schedule
  • Hull and exterior passageway priming has begun
  • All elements for interior furnishings have been cut to shape and assembly has begun
  • The garage door has been installed and the overhead lifting mechanism for the tender is about to go in
  • Preparation treatments for the fuel, fresh water and holding tanks are in their final stages

The K40 has a maximum beam of 9.4m and a 2.5m (8.2ft) draft. It can accommodate up to 12 guests and a crew of between nine and 11.

Floating Life specialises in the management, charter and sales of superyachts. The company was awarded the design contract for the 41m expedition yacht in late 2015.