Kingship’s first Columbus 90...

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Kingship’s first Columbus 90...

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The first of these steel/aluminium motoryachts rolled out recently at the Chinese yard and there's plenty more work in progress.

JULY 2009

Designed and engineered by Dutch firm Vripack International, this semi-custom long-range raised-pilothouse motoryacht is good for 4,500nm at 10 knots. She is pushed along by twin C18 Cats to a maximum speed of 12 knots.
There are several alternatives for the interior layout. Boat No1 accommodates up to eight guests in four ensuite cabins. Suffice to say the large windows forward on the main deck deliver her owner’s stateroom with the most extraordinary panoramic views, and that includes from the bed.
The crew complement is four.
Columbus 90 No1 will be available for charter in the Mediterranean for the 2010 season.
Kingship’s modern 45,000 square-metre (485,000 square-feet) facilities are on a 60-acre site in Zhong Shan, which is at the heart of the Pearl River Delta District and a 90-minute ferry ride from the former British colony of Hong Kong, which is where the company is headquartered, and not far from Macau. The operation is owned by Roger Liang, who founded the company in 2004.
Kingship claims to be the first builder in Asia to specialize in high-quality steel/aluminum projects and to be the first in the region to have built to Lloyds and MCA rules.
Beyond the Columbus 90 semi-custom model, the Kingship portfolio also includes the Pieter Beeldsnijder/Vripack-designed 33.6m (110ft) Magellan 110, Vripack-designed Gentleman 131 and the Vripack-designed Kingship 138.
Kingship has delivered two boats thus far. Its first was the Ward Setzer/SeaQuest-designed 33m (108ft) Expedition 110 (KS001) China in '06 and the second was the first Magellan 110 (KS002) Princess K. WShen she hands over this autumn, the first Columbus 90 (KS003) will be its third delivery.
Then work in progress includes the second Magellan 110 (KS005), which will deliver for spring 2010, the first Gentleman 131 (KS006), which delivers for late 2010, and the first Kingship 138 (KS007), which delivers for early 2012.
Capacity for the yard is 50m (164ft).

Basic spec – Kingship Columbus 90...
LOA: 27.22m (89ft 4in)
LWL: 23.95m (78ft 6in)
Max Beam: 7.4m (24ft 3in)
Displacement (Half Load): 184 tonnes
Engines: 2 x Caterpillar C18 (479hp @ 1,800rpm)
Gearboxes: 2 x ZF W350 3.5:1 ratio
Props: 2 x Stone Marine 82.5cm diameter five-blade NI-AL bronze
Generators: 2 x 55kW Cats
Shore Power Converter: ASEA AC45-3, 45kVA
Switchboard/Distribution Panels: Terasaki
Exhaust Systems: Deangelo
Steering System: Jastram hydraulic/electro-hydraulic
Max Speed: 12 knots
Range: 4,500nm @ 10 knots
Fuel: 25,935 litres (6,854 US gals)
Water: 4,553 litres (1,203 US gals)
Grey/Black Water: 2,760 litres (730 US gals)
Sewage Treatment Hamann Super-Mini
Bowthruster/Stabilisers Quantum
Passerelle/Cranes: Opacmare
Naval Architecture/Design: Vripack International
Classification: Lloyds/MCA
Construction: Steel/aluminium

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