Silver Arrows Marine (SAM), a new UK-registered company with international backers and offices in London and Monaco, in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Style, has unveiled designs for a new 14-metre luxury motor yacht, which fuses marine and automotive influences.
SAM brought in Mercedes-Benz Style designers and two of the most accomplished yacht designers, by the name of Martin Francis and Tommaso Spadolini, in a unique collaboration to bring its vision of a ‘Granturismo for the seas’ to life. Construction of the first Silver Arrow is scheduled for the start of 2013, with first deliveries expected in 2014. Its home port will be the world-class marina of Porto Montenegro in the Balkan state known for its spectacular sailing and world heritage sites.
Built just as much for comfort as for speed, the first SAM yacht boasts obvious automotive influences. With a profile dominated by its long “bonnet”, raked-back windscreen, arching roofline, and short tail, the motor yacht evokes many of the design cues associated with a particularly elegant and dynamic car. In profile, the curved daylight opening is immediately reminiscent of the lines achieved by the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz coupés, while highly sculptural body surfacing is similarly inspired by the premium automotive sector.
In the true spirit of Granturismo motoring, the SAM motor yacht will offer long distance touring in great style at a cruising speed of around 30 knots, chosen for maximum comfort and efficiency. At the heart of the new vessel are innovations in layout and functionality that will transform the onboard experience, challenging conventional yacht design for an open-plan layout that offers a revolution in light and space for a vessel of this size.
Ideas currently being worked on include “morphing” windows that extend skywards like a bird’s wings, together with an opening roof section, effectively merging outside space with that of the interior. New materials and avantgarde control systems, of which many hark back to the automotive sector, will be used for weight reduction, as well as to ensure the highest standards of quality and reliability. In “open” form, the yacht offers a single large and welcoming entertaining area with walkaround access to all parts of the boat. When needed, the cabin is additionally able to transform into a dining area for up to six people or spacious accommodation for two.
One of the yacht’s most stunning features is the “terrace by the pool”, an aft deck that extends to the water’s edge offering unimpeded access for swimming and watersport. Illustrating the boat’s intelligent use of space, this has been achieved by twin sections of superstructure lowering to near water level when it is moored, giving a low and flush deck with walk-in access to the water. At around 15 square meters, the extending rear deck provides a large and easily accessible relaxation area, rarely seen for this size of boat.
SAM’s insistence on luxury in its broadest possible sense has had an effect on every area of the new boat. Low NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) is a priority for luxury according to SAM, along with a good ride and easy handling. Clear vision is equally crucial, and this yacht offers a 360 degree view from the cockpit. A vast amount of research and design work has gone into the ergonomics of the boat, including the layout of the double console, delivering plenty of space and comfortable seats for both driver and co-driver. Other considerations include the precise angle of recline of the built-in loungers in the forward sun deck.
Thanks to an innovative new hull profile created by Martin Francis for optimum comfort and stability, coupled with a power system tailored for maximum refinement and low fuel consumption and emissions, the Silver Arrow Marine Concept Motor Yacht is designed to be sailed anywhere in the world by all, irrespective of their marine experience.
Silver Arrows Marine Concept Motor Yacht – Key Statistics:
Overall length: 14,00 m
Maximum beam: 3,70 m
Draft: 0,80 m
Fuel tank capacity: 1.000 L
Water tank capacity: 300 L
Engines: 2 x 350 Hp@3800 RPM
Maximum number of people on board: 12
Design category: B