Dynamic Stability System - a new superyacht solution
by Marilyn Mower
The racer will see a cleaner interior compared to a canting keel yacht. There are no vertical dagger-boards or canting keel mechanisms impinging on interior volume and sail handling and packing areas. There are no ballast tanks, so volume is maximised throughout.
The performance cruiser will see an interior that equals the finest interiors of fixed keel yachts with a comparable design brief. Infiniti has been working closely with Design Unlimited, which has designed interiors for such signature vessels as Visione, Ran, Pink Gin and Singularity. The DSS unit is below the cabin sole, and the drive units for the foil itself are easily accessed and serviced, even while sailing.
‘Everything gets lighter. Racing maxis come in at 28 to 30 tonnes – we can do this at 20 tonnes.’
Hugh Welbourn, Welbourn Design
‘The Infiniti 100 S was developed in response to a client brief for an ultra-fast cruising yacht,’ says Kay. ‘He wanted a yacht that was focused on Mediterranean sailing in both light and heavy winds. The yacht should be stylish, provide plenty of outside living with a focus on relaxing, swimming and enjoying the experience of sailing, although he also plans to race. The interior is developed around six guests in three cabins and four crew in two cabins.’
‘The brief for the 100 R was to be capable of breaking all records but without using diesel power to run winches or cant keels,’ says Welbourn. ‘Because it weighs less than 50 per cent of a yacht such as Leopard 3 at the same length, we are able to have a sail plan that can be managed manually – therefore it is eligible for some of the key records such as the transatlantic.’
Indeed, at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale show specialist builder Danish Yachts announced a partnership with Dynamic Stability Systems and Infiniti to build the 100 S under the name FLITE 100, along with others in the Infiniti range, with Yachtzoo appointed as worldwide sales agents.
Employing Danish Yachts’ specialist knowledge of building in carbon, the yacht will be fully pre-preg. It’s all part of that inward spiral of construction.
‘Everything gets lighter,’ Welbourn says. ‘Racing maxis come in at 28 to 30 tonnes – we can do this at 20 tonnes.’
A scaled-down demonstrator has already been constructed at the Danish Yachts yard, and is proving her worth in the Mediterranean.