Graceful ketch Ethereal
Yachts aficionados are describing Ethereal as the most technologically advanced and complex superyacht ever built. Created by Ron Holland Design, Pieter Beeldsnijder Yacht Design and Royal Huisman, Ethereal is a graceful, 58 meters long world-cruising ketch with classic sheer, easy-on-the-eye superstructure and beautifully appointed accommodation.
However, beneath the surface lies a host of leading-edge design and engineering features that collectively represent a quantum shift in energy efficiency, enabling Ethereal to operate for extended periods under her own resources.
The hybrid electro-mechanical propulsion system can re-charge her lithium polymer battery bank through the drive train under sail rather than relying on generators. She will be able to raise anchor, motor, hoist sails and run ship’s systems from quiet, stored electrical power. Energy demands have been rigorously addressed through major innovations in insulation, lighting, appliances, water making and air conditioning.
Gains in speed and propulsion efficiency have been achieved from model and tank-testing. Large twin propellers and the ability to generate power from the main engines increase fuel efficiency and reduce maintenance. The winged keel increases windward sailing performance, whilst underwater appendages have been faired for lowest possible drag.
Ethereal's rig is well-balanced between main and mizzen and includes two large furling jibs, main and mizzen staysails and an MPS for outstanding performance in a wide range of conditions. Launching in the fall of 2008, Ethereal is likely to attract worldwide attention for her combination of classic beauty and unique technological innovation.
Let’ see the most important technical data: the length over all is 58 meters, displacement is 472 tons when fully loaded and with half tanks, draft is 4.9 meters and it will take to the blue waters at 17 knots.
The interior is as just spectacular as the technical specifications. Descending from the teak trimmed pilothouse the owner enters a light and very airy upper salon. With an atmosphere of easy comfort enhanced by panoramic views, this incredibly spacious area is subtly subdivided.
That intimate seating area offers amenity for board games also cleverly transforms to provide sophisticated dining for eight. On the other side, a full sized dining area for ten flows gracefully into an impressive staircase and to the magnificently spacious lower salon. ■