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Are Gmotion Yachts the answer to our "Green" Credentials in the marine industry?

Post by: TheYachtMarket News
28 August 2013

TheYachtMarket asked Gmotion Yachts Designers Ricky Smith and Stuart Friezer;
"Are Gmotion Yachts the answer to our "Green" Credentials in the marine industry?"
 

GMotion Yachts are much more than just a slippery hull form.

The global launch of Gmotion Yachts has drawn many comments focusing on the hull form being efficient however we feel Gmotion means much more. Gmotion means the integration and optimisation of all design aspects in the boat to achieve lighter, stronger, safer, greener…simply better boats.
 
All Gmotion Yachts designed by Stuart Friezer and Ricky Smith integrate environmentally friendly green innovations like wind generators, solar panels and lower power in combination with an efficient hull form to reduce hull resistance. The lighter and stronger Gmotion Yachts structure, plus the structure to fit out integration system, amplifies these results with economic benefits for the owners and builders as well as huge reductions in environmental impact. The Gmotion Yachts are purpose designed to meet both the owner’s requirements and the shipyards concerns regarding escalating costs of building. Gmotion Yachts are positioned in the market for maximum environmental and economic benefits with vessels up to 65 metres which require cruising speeds over 8knots. That’s a big window.
 
All the Gmotion Yachts efficiencies and viable green benefits are applicable to the high speed "Sportsyacht" market. The very efficient fast cruise speeds of the Gmotion Yachts is achieved by merging innovative elements from within two greatly different sea craft ; High speed Wave Piercing Catamarans and high performance Sailing Skiffs. Stuarts' Naval Architect projects for Incat Tasmania combined with his skills as a designer of competition sailing yachts sits him perfectly to be the leader who designed the innovative Gmotion Yachts range, at a time when environmental sustainability in shipbuilding plus the G.F.C. are having dramatic effects. The "Sportsyacht market" is growing despite the GFC and in its current state is definitely NOT GREEN. They represent everything that is not green: poor fuel efficiency and little sign of green technologies. As a large and growing sector of the MV market surely this tarnishing the image of the whole industry.
 
Less weight and the efficient hull form of Gmotion Yachts mean reductions in the power needed to achieve exceptional speeds with fuel efficiency. These considerations are paramount. Incorporating ballast tanks into the hull allows operators to sit the yacht down in the water for additional stability when moored or in rough sea conditions. The unique hull shape and wider beam ensures improvements in seakeeping and more comfort for all on-board.
 
Working in conjunction with Stuart on designing a sustainable structure to interior fit out method has allowed the conventions of the construction methods to be modernised and dramatically simplified.
Engineering lightweight structure for the preferred interior design is not the normal procedure. Most interior designers and naval architects only face each other when weight has already become a problem, not when they both consciously try to minimise it right at the start of the designing process. Reducing structural weight by design and combining it with light weight timber products and environmentally proven timber veneered plywood wherever possible cuts the wastage normally associated with bespoke interiors.
 
Gmotion Yachts are tailored to meet clients wishes while at all times during the design build and fit out process are working for the best and most sustainable environmental benefits.
 
Gmotion Fast Cruise Speed is an economical cruising speed, above hump or hull speed.
 
Good design and the unique hull form mean that this fast cruise speed is achievable. Gmotion Cruise and Fast Cruise Speeds are:
 
Gmotion Model
Cruise Speed
Fast Cruise Speed
GM20  11  17
GM25  13  19
GM34  15  22
GM45 17 26
GM60 20 29
GM76 22 33
These numbers clearly show that GMotion Sportsyachts offer some green credentials to a market segment that paints an oily slime over the whole motor yacht industry
As the fast cruise speeds are achieved with significantly reduced fuel consumption and environmental impact I believe we can confidently say the work and effort we have invested in designing these unique craft will be good for the industry, this generation and the environment.

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