Making the leap from the drawing board to its first sea trials, a Mercedes-Benz branded concept luxury motor yacht is one step closer to becoming a reality. The concept was first introduced at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.
Silver Arrows Marine, a new European collective of marine architects and engineers, is working in partnership with Mercedes-Benz on the development of the 14-metre concept. The inspiration behind the yacht's design is the Silver Arrow, a line of Mercedes-Benz racing cars it built in the 1930s.
The open-hull test model being used in the sea trails lacks currently lacks the prominent superstructure featured in the concept drawings. Nonetheless, the test model is providing Silver Arrows Marine data on how the boat handles in a variety of trim, load and sea states.
According to the company, the acquisition techniques being used to gather data find their origins in motor racing. "Boats are not racing cars but to use F1-style telemetry for data logging makes a great deal of sense,' says Silver Arrows Marine Engineering Director, Giorgio Stirano, who has run Formula One motor racing teams. "With equipment such as accelerometers and gyroscopes, along with GPS positioning, we have been able to build up a good picture of the boat's abilities.'
The sea trials provided an opportunity to fine-tune the propulsion system and assess the boat's capabilities in different conditions, and in particular its ability to stay dry at its projected cruising speed of 30 knots. The sea trials are expected to continue into the next few months. "We are not looking for ultimate speed but all-round performance with great comfort and ease of handling,' described Silver Arrows Marine Chief Executive Officer, Jacopo Spadolini. "Our testing shows we are on the way to achieving it but we recognize there is a lot of work still to be done.'