Shinkai – the Japanese for ‘Deep Sea’
A new addition to the Vitruvius Fleet. Shinkai has all the hallmarks of a world- cruising vessel – with its own modern, rugged profile.
The steel-hulled, ice-class yacht, has been commissioned by a highly experienced and discerning owner, who has extensive plans for touring the globe. These include an audacious, high-latitude expedition north of Japan through the North-East Passage, which requires various specialist equipment for safe cruising through the ice.
The yacht is equipped with the largest gyroscope built to date, weighing 21 tonnes, as conventional stabiliser fins would be damaged by the passing pack ice.
To enjoy adventures without limits, the yacht is kitted out with a submarine for underwater exploration, a rough terrain vehicle for off-road touring and a bespoke limousine tender for comfortable and protected trips ashore, even in the most challenging of conditions.
This is a special project for us, as the yacht is the second yacht we have designed for the owner. He was the first yachtsman to adhere to the principles of the efficient hulls We are thrilled with the progress that has been made on Shinkai in recent months and are enjoying watching the final stages of her construction at Feadship. As the second Vitruvius yacht to be built at the prestigious yard, this is another meeting of great minds and great names that will no doubt result in a landmark yacht to inspire many more adventurous owners of the future.Philippe Briand
To read about the full brief and Philippe’s approach to designing a yacht capable of exploring high-latitude waters – not just above the waves, but also beneath, please read the Boat International Article.
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Yacht Type: Motor Yacht
Yacht Subtype: Displacement, Expedition Yacht
Naval Architect: Vitruvius Yachts | Philippe Briand