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Superyacht Speed

Article about the ideal speed a superyacht should travel


In the 18th century, ships travelled 5 Knots per hour. They were very stable and rarely broke apart. In the Ocean or open sea, 10 Knots per hour in a sailboat is considered fast. Dolphins can swim nearly 20 Knots per hour which is as fast as the fastest Superyacht. After 20 Knots Per Hour, the vibration of a ship due to impact with waves, increases to the point that people can become sea-sick or even begin to feel uncomfortable. There is a reason that ships do not go fast. It would become dangerous, as the hull could become damaged and the constant slapping of the bottom of the hull against the waves will make the ride completely un-comfortable. During very short distances, it can be tolerated. During a long trans-oceanic voyage, it can be uncomfortable as well as dangerous to marine life. Hundreds of Whales have been killed or brutally injured (blunt trauma, broken bones, etc) by Ships travelling over 10 Knots. The proper speed for a comfortable, stable, and ecologically safe ride is 10 Knots maximum. Under 5 Knots and you are going to be at the mercy of the waves, depending on the height of the waves. Over 20 Knots and the entire ship is at risk as are its passengers. Burning more gallons per hour does not make a ship more fuel efficient. Reducing speed from 20 Knots to 10 Knots results in substantial reduction to fuel consumption, and that means considerable savings during a few thousand nautical mile long trans-oceanic voyage. A comfortable ride is more important than arriving faster to a destination, and it is generally understood that superyacht owners and their guests are not in a hurry to reach any specific destination. The saying “the journey is more important than the destination”, is true when it comes to superyachts and yachting in general. A smooth comfortable cruise in a trans-oceanic voyage is more enjoyable than a fast choppy un-stable one.

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