Published: Thursday, 26 September 2013
Mike Fulton

The Monaco Yacht Show was the venue for the unveiling and premiere of Royal Huisman’s new 80-metre motoryacht designed by Andrew Winch and featuring an array of energy efficient technologies. The DART 80 comes in both sail and motoryacht versions.

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The DART 80 is sleek and sinuous in her profile and melds with her surroundings. She employs advanced technologies for what they term a ‘total energy’ approach to design and construction. These include specialized programmes that help optimize weight, reduced energy consumption and even recycle waste heat. She uses hydro-generators, instead of the traditional diesel ones, to drive microturbines. Coupled with this are some advanced energy storage and management systems designed to reduce consumption. She consumes less energy and so needs to produce less and is generally a very quiet ship. Her burdens of maintenance and regulation are lower and her respect for the environment is higher, and all-round winning combination.

The beach deck (aft) and 5.5-metre infinity pool provide connections with the sea both whether at anchor or underway. Panoramic views are also provided from the top decks and the flybridge, so wherever on the boat one is there is a feeling of being at one with the sea.

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The sailing yacht version appears a close sister to the DART motoryacht above the waterline, but below her low-wetted surface, high aspect foils and her centerboard have been designed for speed and maneuverability. She has a low centre of gravity based on her low profile and this gives assured stability. The centerboard is retractable to allow access to shallow bays and the internal ballast helps stabilize the yacht when the centerboard is raised.

The sail plan is very easy to handle and maintain. There are asymmetrical spinnakers that store on retrieval drums below deck, the jib sheets lead to captive winches, the mainsails are square topped for aerodynamic efficiency, the foresail is track mounted for easy handling and the mainsails are double sheeted for optimal boom control.

The upper deck features a huge open area and numerous sunbeds, a Jacuzzi and two circular tables. The pilot house is on this deck with its large dinning area. The full-height windows are retractable giving guests the option of private or open dining.

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The motoryacht version is a lightweight, long-range and high performance boat with advanced propulsion mechanisms. She is characterized by her fuel efficiency, low carbon emissions, very low noise and vibration, and her very easy maneuverability. Two azimuthing pulling propellers drive her and power can also be directed to a forward and retractable bow thruster.

Two large tenders are cleverly concealed beneath the foredeck and the crew quarters are carefully located to ensure guest privacy while still maintaining the highest standards of service and catering. A spiral staircase links the main deck to the upper deck and full-height windows let in plenty of natural light. The sundeck includes a Jacuzzi, a bar and a large lounging area.

The master suite is forward on the main deck with his and her bathroom-dressing rooms. There are six guest cabins on the lower deck, each with a private bathroom and full-length waterline windows. This lower deck also includes a cinema, beach club, spa and gym, all linked to the terraced aft deck and pool by a short staircase.