Gulf Craft launches world’s largest composite yacht

The Majesty 175 is UAE shipyard’s new flagship

author icon By APB Staff | 27 November 2020

Gulf Craft has announced the launch of the 54-metre Majesty 175, the largest composite yacht in production today. A splashing ceremony was held at the brand’s shipyard in the United Arab Emirates, with the yacht’s owner, a prominent Emirati businessman, in attendance.

The project was first announced at Monaco Yacht Show in 2016, and has been eagerly awaited by many in the industry in the last four years. The Majesty 175 has a beam of 9.6 meters, and is Gulf Craft’s largest yacht to date; shining a spotlight on the brand’s growing prowess in the superyacht sector.

“This is a very special day in the history of Gulf Craft,” said Gulf Craft chairman Mohammed Hussein Alshaali. “I’m proud of everyone who contributed to this magnificent jewel and to launch it today as the largest composite production megayacht in the world. This project took four years of hard work and dedication from the entire team to manufacture. I believe that with building the Majesty 175, we have set a new trend in the market that many shipyards in the world will follow.”

The yacht’s interior and exterior lines were penned by Cristiano Gatto of Cristiano Gatto Design Studio based in Italy, while the naval architecture was provided by Massimo Gregori of the Yankee Delta Studio, who was also responsible for the hull of the shipyard’s Majesty 155.

With a gross tonnage of 780, the Majesty 175 offers accommodations for 14 guests in seven spacious staterooms. The owner’s suite is situated forward of the upper deck allowing dual side access to a 5-metre-long pool with a unique swim-stream feature. There are six large crew cabins as well as a private captain accommodation.

Being built to MCA regulations (for yachts above 500GT) and using advanced composite materials such as carbon fibre and vinylester, the Majesty 175 sets new standards for innovation and technology in the yachting industry.  This material advancement allows her to cruise through low draft areas, such as the Caribbean, drawing only 2.25 metres of water.

 

She is propelled by two fixed pitch six-blade propellers and is powered by twin heavy duty MTU engines 12V 4000 M63 developing 1500kW each. Her onboard electrical supply comes from a pair of 175 kW Kohler generators, and is equipped with two pairs or TRAC fin stabilisers. On completion, the yacht will have a full speed of 16.5 knots. At a cruising speed of 10 knots she has a range of 4,000 nm, making her a transoceanic vessel. All safety equipment required for a yacht over 500GT has been installed. This includes SOLAS rescue boat and an emergency generator.

The yacht is fitted with an advanced navigation system on a stylish glass bridge console which is integrated with multiple onboard control stations, sensors, and monitors. The vessel is also equipped with ethernet and a Wi-Fi network that integrates into the automation system for controlling audio/video devices, lights, curtains and blinds. Two satellite antennas of 1m diameter are installed for tracking TV satellites and VSAT satellites for internet connection.

Kostas Christadoulou, the yacht’s project manager, said: “I’m extremely honoured to be part of this historic event. We worked closely with Cayman Island Shipping registry and Bureau Veritas class society to interpret and comply with rules for vessels over 500GT that normally apply on metallic vessels.”

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