Motor Yacht Types
Some motor yachts are built for fast cruising, others are designed for fuel efficiency, and still others are constructed to achieve around-the-world range.
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Full Displacement Yachts
Displacement yachts, like PERLE BLEUE (picture on the right), are propelled by engines that push them through the water, thus displacing a certain amount of water as they move.
These yachts are stable, with their weight acting as a counterbalance to the forces of the sea.
A full displacement yacht can run in inclement weather and, when features such as zero-speed stabilizers are added, can be comfortable for guests in virtually all conditions.
Typical designs include trideck motor yachts, which offer a great deal of interior volume for guest spaces. Many owners who are interested in transatlantic range are attracted to displacement motor yachts.
A typical displacement motor yacht might cruise at 10 knots and burn 300 liters of fuel per hour. While the speed is slow compared with a planing yacht, the fuel economy is far higher.
Semi Displacement Yachts
Semi-displacement yachts, like O'KHALILA (picture on the right), combine the attributes of a displacement yacht with the attributes of a planing yacht.
The design concept is to achieve greater speed than a displacement yacht can offer while maintaining stability and keeping fuel burn at a reasonable level when compared to a planing motor yacht.
A typical semi-displacement motor yacht might achieve a 15-knot cruising speed at an hourly fuel burn of 450 liters.
Many owners who are interested in regional cruising itineraries are attracted to semi-placement designs.
Planing yachts, like GLADIUS (picture on the right) are propelled by engines that push them on top of the water’s surface to eliminate resistance and achieve top speeds.
Planing yachts are thus typically much lighter in weight than displacement yachts. Planing yachts are usually sleek in design, with low profiles to reduce wind resistance.
A typical planing motor yacht might cruise at 30 knots and burn 800 liters of fuel per hour. While the speed is fast compared with a displacement yacht, the fuel expenses are higher. Many owners who are interested in local cruising itineraries are attracted to planing motor yachts.
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