Sail assisted superyacht

German builder, Nobiskrug has launched the much-anticipated, unique 143-metre sail-assisted superyacht known as Sailing Yacht A. 

Photography by Nobiskrug

06 February 2017


Nobiskrug’s Sailing Yacht A, a 143-metre sail-assisted superyacht weighing 12,800 gross tonnes, stands apart in design and technology.

Working with the owner’s project director, Dirk Kloosterman and his team, Nobiskrug engineered Sailing Yacht A to break the mold. She is one of the world’s largest superyachts with unique features such as underwater observation pod, hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system and state-of-the-art navigation systems. Her three masts are the tallest and most highly loaded freestanding composite structures in the world. The mainmast towers 100 metres above the waterline.

World-renowned French designer, Philippe Starck created the unconventional design which challenges the expectations of conventional aesthetics. Nobiskrug’s high-tech building technology made this fascinating design possible. The team used steel hull and steel superstructure with high-tech composite fashion plates that can be formed into any shape or size. This is technology that Nobiskurg developed over the past 15 years in co-operation with classification societies and special subcontractors.

“Born from the desire of the owner to ‘push the boundaries of engineering and challenge the status quo of the industry,’ Sailing Yacht A is undoubtedly one of the most visionary projects Nobiskrug has ever been involved in,” says Managing Director, Holger Kahl.

“Thanks to her striking looks and innovative technology Sailing Yacht A is unquestionably the most anticipated delivery of 2017. She will definitely change the future landscape of the Nobiskrug fleet as well as the future of supersail.”

Since its inception in 1905, Nobiskrug has built over 750 vessels. Today, the core business of this German shipyard is the development and construction of large, individually manufactured superyachts ranging from 60 metres to over 40 metres.

In addition, they specialize in the refit and conversion of yachts, naval ships and public authority vessels. The company outfits itself with the best facilities to do its work. Their boats are built in the most modern climate controlled superyacht environment in the world: a 160-metre long, 24-metre-wide humidity and climate controlled superyacht hall.

The company has been cited for its innovative craftsmanship over the years. Between 2006 to 2013, Nobiskrug was awarded with numerous international prizes for six out of eight superyachts they built during that time. They hold records for building some of the largest superyachts, for example the build of 92mTatoosh was one of the largest at the time of completion. Perhaps Sailing Yacht A will be their next award-winner?



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