The first Monte Fino ‘EcHo’ is underway...

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The first Monte Fino ‘EcHo’ is underway...


She’s a Rob Humphreys-designed 26m (86ft) composite explorer.


One of Taiwan’s most successful yachtbuilders, Kaohsiung-based Kha Shing has begun building the first of its newest Monte Fino mootryacht model, a 26m (85ft) 'neo-exlporer'. Indeed she's been dubbed ‘The EcHo’, a name made up from ‘eco’ and the ‘H’ from Humphreys, so needless to say this new design majors on energy efficiency and minimal emissions.
The hull is the result of an extensive tank-testing programme conducted by Humphreys Yacht Design in the UK at the University of Southampton’s Wolfson Unit. The result is a fine entry and excellent sea‐keeping characteristics. The streamlining is further enhanced by the enclosure of the propeller shafts in tunnels and positioning them at an angle of just two degrees to the horizontal.
With the designated MAN R800s that will power the first EcHo, the maximum speed will be 15 knots. At 1,400rpm the speed will be 11.5 knots and consumption of the two motors together with the two generators at 50 per cent load will be just 42 litres per hour, which means a useful range of 1,870nm. And reducing the revs still further to a cruising speed of nine knots should drop consumption to 20 litres per hour and so stretch the range out to 2,776nm.
A hybrid power/propulsion package is a greener option, however.
As for lower-deck accommodation, she will provide for up to eight in four cabins forward of the engine-room and three crew aft of it.
The first EcHo, hull number 84/6 will be ready for her owner in the summer of 2011. She will qualify for RINA Green Plus certification.
Building boats since ’77, Kha Shing has thus far delivered over 1,000 boats.

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