Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Modern Superyacht Project 'Oxygen'

BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of the BMT Group have just released their new Superyacht design which they have developed in collaboration with Claydon Reeves. With this revolutionary design they may have just redefined the expedition style of Superyacht. Oxygen, which the project has been named will be able to take owners and guest on exploration voyages all over the world in exceptional comfort and stability due to her width and semi-SWATH (XSS) hull form.

For those of you who are thinking what does SWATH mean, it stands for 'Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull'. It is a twin hull just like a catamaran but has less of a hull cross sectional area at the waters surface, this will maximize the stability of Oxygen in rough seas and high speeds.

Oxygen is an expedition yacht but not your typical one, her main role is to be used for diving expeditions. Not only is she going to be equipped with top of the range diving equipment, she will also carry her own 5m (16ft) submarine that will be launched from an innovative stern lift that doubles as an adjustable swim platform. Oxygen will measure 55m (180ft) in length and will comfortably reach speeds of up to 24kts.

Claydon Reeves approached the design with a clean sheet of paper. 'We were delighted when BMT Nigel Gee asked us to assist them in creating a luxury vessel on their XSS hull platform.' says James Claydon. 'The extreme beam available only on a catamaran allowed us to set aside conventional motor yacht design principles and instead create a totally original exterior, clothing a practical yet intuitive internal arrangement.'

Her funky and modern glazed exterior appearance will act as a spectacular viewing platform for guests looking out at the surrounding scenery. It will also let in plenty of natural light bring the guests that one step closer to the natural world.

The guest accommodation is spread over three decks with the owner enjoying forward views on the main deck with a private terrace. The dive headquarters are located aft on the main deck and provides changing facilities for the days underwater activities and permits direct access to the water once the stern lift is deployed. The main saloon and dining room are located on the bridge deck above, along with the VIP cabin, captain’s cabin and senior crew accommodation.

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