Yacht Designers Join Forces

September 8, 2015

Yachting Journal

Photo courtesy of Federico Fiorentino

After achieving success from the public disclosure of The Belafonte a few months ago, the Milan-based design firm Federico Fiorentino decided it was worth taking the 50-meter concept a step further.

As the yacht was perfectly suited to being coupled with the revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), Mr Perry van Oossanen invested time and resources in a preliminary study on The Belafonte. This in turn officially paved the way for collaboration between the Italian design firm and the well-known Dutch naval architecture firm.

The numbers from the study on The Belafonte are typical of those found on the FDHF patent, which, as it is well known today by the majority of people in the yacht business, can grant astonishing performance improvements of up to 30 per cent in displacement speed ranges and up to 20 per cent in semidisplacement speed ranges.

Besides the advantage of a flashy top speed of up to 30 knots and more, the significant fuel savings obtainable with the FDHF patent at lower speeds make it possible to turn The Belafonte into a transatlantic yacht at 13 knots and push it beyond the transpacific barrier at 9 knots. Not a speed for ‘every day commuting’ but still a playable card if desired and requested.

The excellent performance results of the Fast Displacement Hull Form make it highly possible for the aggressive looking superyacht to be able to turn into a modern, huge high performance Mediterranean power craft one day, and into a long-range tool suitable to cruise the whole globe the next.

This is a significant step forward for The Belafonte project and for what may be the first of other future collaborations between Van Oossanen Naval Architecture and Federico Fiorentino design firm.