Imagine This Yacht Doing 52 Knots

Canados says the top-end speed for the 29 Meter Gladiator 961 Speed is 52 knots.

Canados 29 Meter Gladiator 961 Speed
Hull No. 1 of the Canados 29 Meter Gladiator 961 Speed has triple MAN engines and a four-stateroom layout. Courtesy Canados Yachts

Canados Yachts in Italy is building its first 29 Meter Gladiator 961 Speed, a 96-foot yacht that is expected to launch in 2023. The top-end speed is projected to be 52 knots, with a cruising speed of 42 knots.

The 29 Meter Gladiator 961 Speed is an in-house design with interiors by Cristiano Gatto’s firm in Venice, Italy. The yacht will be the new flagship of the Gladiator line, which includes some models capable of hitting 85 knots, according to the builder.

Owners can order the yacht with one of three power packages: twin 2,000-horsepower MANs with U-drives for speeds that Canados says are “in the region of 38 knots”; twin 2,600-horsepower MTU 16V 2000 M96Ls; or triple 2,000-horsepower MAN V-12s “for the most speed-addicted clients.”

With the second and third setups, the engines are coupled to JDM Surface Drives that have JDM Auto-Trim and Auto-Flaps that let a computer adjust tabs and trim for better fuel burn.

Belowdecks, owners can choose a three-stateroom layout with a home cinema, or a four-stateroom layout.

Hull No. 1 is being built with the triple MANs and the four-stateroom layout. That layout places a full-beam master in the center of the boat and the VIP stateroom at the bow. The owner intends to take the helm himself from time to time, and also specified a joystick, bow and stern thrusters, and 360-degree cameras.

Where will the 29 Meter Gladiator 961 Speed make its public debut? Canados says the yacht will be at the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival.

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