While Aquos is a collaborative effort bringing together forces from around the world, Delta Yachts in Seattle is an all-inclusive effort that has expanded to offer even more services to its customers. In 2009, Delta opened Delta North, a fully enclosed steel-hull construction center that lets the company build metal hulls more than 100 meters in length. Delta also compiled a highly experienced metal-vessel construction team.
This is not to say that Delta isn’t already experienced in metalboat construction. The company built the 204-foot Laurel a few years ago and is currently working on a 180-foot aluminum hull. When each metal hull is completed, it will be transported three miles to Delta’s main site by barge for outfitting and finish work.
“This allows us to be more innovative, less restricted by history, and find unconventional solutions—lightweight, creative forms that are more progressive in design and utility,” says Jay Miner, Delta’s chief naval architect.
The first hull to be built at Delta North is a 200-foot steel and composite expedition yacht with diesel-electric propulsion and dynamic positioning. Known as Project 200040, the boat is designed to the latest in environmental standards, including a comprehensive waste management plan. It has helicopter-landing capabilities and is currently designed to include a recessed helicopter garage. With an ice-class designation, this yacht is suitable for luxury entertaining and personal exploration anywhere in the world, or even remote oceanographic research. The interior and superstructure can be custom-designed to meet the requirements of the owner. Hull construction is underway, and delivery is scheduled for 2011.
Specifications include an overall length of 208 feet with a beam of 42 feet, seven inches and a draft of 12 feet, eight inches. The boat displaces 1,550 long tons at half load. Twin Caterpillar 3512 1,700 kW propulsion generators give the vessel a top speed of 16.6 knots with a cruise of 15 knots, according to the builder. Maximum range is 7,000 miles at 12 knots. Fuel capacity is 12,300 gallons. Quantum QC-2200XT Zerospeed stabilizers tame roll, and maneuverability is enhanced by a 250 kW Schottel SST 170TLK bow thruster. Accommodations for up to 12 guests and 22 crew are provided in the trideck layout. Delta Yachts, (206) 763-2383; www.deltamarine.com