Porsche Design Group and Singapore-based megayacht builder Royal Falcon Fleet have reached the first milestone in the construction of the RFF135 with the laying of the keel for the innovative 135-foot/41-metre power catamaran.
The megacat was conceived for a client who wanted a "spacecraft on the water."
By the end of the year, the hull will be relocated from Singapore to Sweden, where the technological installations and interior fit-out will be carried out. Royal Falcon Fleet has engaged the Kockums and the Incat Crowther firms for the construction design of the catamaran. Kockums, a Swedish subsidiary of Thyssen-Krupp, is known for leading-edge technology in the area of marine technology. The Australian-based shipbuilding engineers of the Incat Crowther firm have decades of experience in the construction of large power catamarans. The launch of this first Royal Falcon Fleet power catamaran designed by Porsche Design is planned for the fourth quarter of 2010.
“In 1987, we designed the ‘Kineo‘ power yacht, an exclusive speedboat, of which there are only three examples worldwide and which drew attention for its characteristic dolphin form,” says Dr. Jürgen Geßler, CEO of Porsche Design Group. “Our newest project once again demonstrates that our design, outstanding in many ways, is setting trends in numerous fields. With the first Royal Falcon Fleet yacht, we are building a bridge to the Porsche Design Sport textile collection that was developed specifically for the maritime area.”
“We have now reached an important milestone in mastering this path-breaking project,” says M. A. Zaman, president and CEO of Royal Falcon Fleet. “Under the guidance of highly qualified experts from Australia, France, Sweden and the U.S., we are constructing the hull of the RFF135. On December 15, 2009, it is going from Asia to Sweden, where it will be completed. And at the end of 2010, the first Royal Falcon Fleet will be launched – the ultimate luxury experience at sea.
“In many respects, this project is an anomaly,” says Roland Heiler,
executive director of the Porsche Design Studio at Zell am See. “The
sole requirement from Royal Falcon Fleet was to implement contours
outside of the stereotypical boat aesthetic. This gave us considerable
creative latitude and the result was a revolutionary design – a real
challenge for the ship architects. This innovative yacht concept
quickly drew them into its thrall, however, so that all the
participants are now working painstakingly on the realization of the
- Shipyard Royal Falcon Fleet
- Designer Porsche Design Group
- LOA 41.20 m/135.18 ft
- Beam 12.50 m
- Draft 1.70 m
- Power 2x4600 HP MTU
- Max speed 35 knots
- Cruising speed 30 knots
- Range 2,000 nautical miles
- Material Aluminum
- Guest cabins 5
- Guest berths 10
- Crew cabins 5
- Crew members 10
- Price US$58 million