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Gulf Craft debuts 30m Nomad 101 in Dubai

1 March 2023 • Written by Katia Damborsky

UAE-based shipyard Gulf Craft has added a flagship to its Nomad range with the 29.7-metre Nomad 101. The new superyacht made its debut at the Dubai International Boat Show, alongside the 34-metre Majesty 111.

The model was described as a “surprise” new addition to the line by Gulf Craft managing director Abeer AlShaali. “We had been planning for her to come to the show, but she’s a surprise to the market,” explained AlShaali. The market has already received her well, according to Alshaali, with one unit already sold to a dealer. Meanwhile, the first unit will be based in Australia. 

The Nomad line focuses on long-range cruising and durability, but the 101 aims to offer an upgrade to the finishes and materials used on board. Blonde woods, marble surfaces and cream fabrics contribute to a “breezy” ambience. There is also an increased focus on sustainability, with AlShaali pointing to the mock-pineapple leather and the recycled fishing nets used in the carpet.

The Nomad 101 has a seating area forward of the wheelhouse

The Nomad 101 offers 130GT with a five-cabin layout, including a main deck owner’s suite connected to a foredeck lounge space. The remaining four cabins can be found on the lower deck, where there is also an open-plan laundry area which is operated by crew and owners — a feature that Gulf Craft considers essential for long-range voyages.

Elsewhere, the yacht has a full-walkaround upper deck with 35 square metres of exterior space and 16 square metres of interior space. Forward of the wheelhouse is a small seating area, while aft there is seating and dining. A flybridge offers an alternative spot to unwind and relax, and there is further deck space for storing two three-seater Jet Skis and a Williams 325 tender.

The Nomad 101 has a range of 1,030 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots and offers “minimum fuel consumption for her size”, according to the yard. “The usage of space on board coupled with how she moves in the water is probably the best part,” said Alshaali. “If you can be lighter and more efficient but still fast, it’s a difficult balance to achieve but I feel we have achieved that. We’re really happy with how she turned out.”

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