Perini Navi’s second Picchiotti-Vitruvius…

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Perini Navi’s second Picchiotti-Vitruvius…

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She’s the 56m (182ft) MY ‘Galileo G’; her construction time was 40 months.


Perini Navi Group’s second Philippe Briand-designed Picchiotti-Vitruvius project is now in the water and undergoing sea-trials. She is the modern-explorer Galileo G. Although this latest one obviously sports a very similar profile to the first and widely acclaimed 50m (164ft) Picchiotti-Vitruvius Exuma and a similarly efficient displacement hull form, there are marked differences beyond the dark-blue hull colour; Exuma was metallic silver.
For a start, at 55.7m (183ft), Galileo G maybe only 10 per cent longer than Exuma, which launched a year ago from the group’s Picchiotti Shipyard (formerly Cantieri Navali Beconcini) in La Spezia, but she is substantially bigger. MY Exuma squeezed in under 500GT. MY Galileo G is 725GT, which means she delivers over 45 per cent more in terms of volume.
The other big difference is hull material. Galileo G is steel. MY Exuma is aluminium. The steel choice stems from the fact that the ABS-classified Galileo G has an ‘IB’ ice-class rating, which is easier to deliver in steel than aluminium. It allows navigation in 'multi-year' rather than 'first-year' ice. Her European owner wants at some stage to take her through the Northwest Passage, the channel that connects the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans via the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
Beyond her Farsounder forward-looking sonar and all manner of winterization requirements for cold air and sea temperatures, her hull is reinforced around what is termed an ‘ice-belt’, a one-metre (3ft) or so band that rings the vessel either side of the waterline, and at the stem, the plate of which is 40mm thick, and all appendages are strengthened appropriately including the propellers themselves; indeed there are even ‘ice knives’ on both leading and trailing edges of her twin rudders. She also has an enormous bowthruster, because good manoeuvrability in icy waters is crucial.
While Galileo G’s profile maybe very similar to Exuma, her profile is unmistakable thanks to the extraordinarily large SeaTel 9797 dome that she carries; the diameter of that is 2.4m (7ft 10in). It enables the yacht to stay in touch up to and beyond 70 degrees north and south.
As for the interior, that was conceived by Perini Navi/Picchiotti’s own in-house team in association with the owner. It majors on satin-glossed mahogany. There is accommodation aboard for up to 12 guests and 12 crew.
Like Exuma, Galileo G carries her tenders and toys forward beneath that high foredeck. This one’s main tender is a military-spec ‘Hurricane by Zodiac’ 9.3m RIB, which like the mother vessel is suitable for navigating through ice zones. She sports an aluminium hull and bulletproof tubes.
MY Galileo G’s explorer credentials are underpinned by her substantial autonomy. At 11 knots, with all usual systems running her consumption is just 14 litres per hour, which translates to a huge range of around 9,000nm.
Close to her handover in September, she should be at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show.
The third Picchiotti-Vitruvius project is a whopping 73m (239ft). The hull of that one is under construction at the Perini Navi Group's Yildiz facility in Tuzla, near Istanbul, Turkey. Like Exuma and Galileo G, she will be transported for fit-out to La Spezia, where she will arrive later this year. The contract for this one was signed in August '09 and delivery is scheduled for 2013.
Vitruvius Yachts is an indepedent company based in London that has commissioned Philippe Briand to design the boats. Picchiotti is the preferred builder.
You will be able to read a lot more about Galileo G and her ice-class specification in Yachtbuilder International Magazine No6, which will be live this autumn.

Basic Spec – Picchiotti-Vitruvius Galileo G...
LOA: 55.70m (182ft 8in)
LWL: 54.33m (178ft 3in)
Max Beam: 10.39m (34ft 2in)
Draught: 3.20m (10ft 6in)
Displacement: 753 tonnes (1,656,600lbs)
Tonnage: 725GT
Fuel: 152,000L (40,169 US gals)
Water: 20,000L (5,285US gals)
Main Engines: 2 x 1,174kW (1,575hp) 3512C Cats
Max Speed: 16 knots
Range: 9,000nm @ 11 knots
Construction: Steel/Aluminium
Classification: ABS Malta Cross A1 Commercial Yachting Service - AMS + MCA LY2, ICE Class IB
Naval Architecture/Design: Philippe Briand/Vitruvius Yachts
Interior Design: Perini Navi
Builder/Launch: Picchiotti/Perin Navi Group/2011

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