Silver Arrows sea-trials new 46-footer

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The first Granturismo of the seas - the Silver Arrows Marine 46-foot luxury motoryacht being styled in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Style - has come a step closer to reality after the successful completion of its first sea trials.

“This was an exciting moment for Silver Arrows Marine and I am pleased to say the boat showed all the potential we expected, and more,” Silver Arrows Marine CEO Jacopo Spadolini said in a statement. “The boat looked solid, powerful and like nothing else afloat.”

The sea trials provided the first taste of how the new hull performs in a variety of trim, load and sea states. High-tech data acquisition techniques were employed, with the results providing a basis for future development work. As befits a project that merges the marine and automotive worlds, many of the techniques used, including automotive-style data acquisition, have their origins in motor racing.

Silver Arrows Marine engineering director Giorgio Stirano, who has run Formula One motor racing teams, said in a statement: “Boats are not racing cars, but to use F1-style telemetry for data logging makes a great deal of sense. With equipment such as accelerometers and gyroscopes, along with GPS positioning, we have been able to build up a good picture of the boat’s abilities.”

The prototype used in the sea trials is an open hull and lacks the distinctive superstructure, with its many new design features, of the finished yacht. The trials included an offshore “racing circuit” complete with virtual corners so that comparable lap times could be taken to gauge how different setups affected the boat’s performance, handling and comfort.

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