Oceanco’s 109m superyacht turns conventional thinking on its head

Bravo Eugenia – Life Without Limits, Oceanco, The Netherlands

The Oceanco Bravo Eugenia is a cutting-edge 109m (357ft) superyacht that boasts best in the industry hydrodynamic efficiency and an optimized hybrid propulsion system, featuring the latest energy-saving technologies, resulting in truly eco-conscious superyacht. The Bravo Eugenio’s efficiency from ecological advancements not only delivers technical and economic benefits, but multiple lifestyle advantages, too by incorporating flexible lifestyle space for luxury accommodation and leisure areas.

Oceanco Bravo Eugenia’s triumph is thanks to a revolutionary design thinking adopted by her creators, Dutch pedigree yacht builder Oceanco and renowned naval architects Lateral: LIFE, standing for Lengthened, Innovative layout, Fuel efficient and Eco conscious. When it comes to designing a large motoryacht, the length is usually the first thing to be decided, followed by development of the interior design and exterior profile. Designers will strive to amplify space for the luxury living quarters and a maximum speed is set, often based on historic builds. An unfortunate consequence of this extra volume is that the resulting superyacht will require far more fuel to achieve the desired speed, at a cost to the owner’s bank balance as well as the environment.

“This process tends to kick-start a ‘space race’ between designers and engineers,” says Oceanco’s CEO Marcel Onkenhout. “The engineer is focused on enabling design creativity and is therefore left with a very limited envelope to work within. The designer will push up space demands, which drives greater volume, which shifts up the weight, which leads to increased power needs, and so on and so forth.”

By turning this standard approach on its head, Oceanco and Lateral focused on one of the basic principles of hydrodynamics: maximizing the yacht’s waterline length reduces overall demand for propulsion power, and therefore size of engine and related equipment needed. The result is an elegant and slender superyacht that minimizes allocation of technical space and amplifies guest living space, in a positive feedback loop with ever-increasing returns.

“For Bravo Eugenia we created a virtuous circle model: length and speed driving less power, less space and less weight – on repeat,” adds Lateral’s Managing Director, James Roy.

The benefits speak for themselves, where most large motoryachts require an expansive engine room sprawling across two levels, Bravo Eugenia’s engine room is built on a single tier, conferring over 100 square meters of prime real estate to luxury lifestyle areas, such as cabins, on the highly-sought-after lower deck by the waterline. She features and impressive six guest suites on the same level as the yacht’s beach lounge, spa and gym.

The optimized Bravo Eugenia requires 30 per cent less fuel compared to a conventional motoryacht of the same size, which is significantly better for the environment as well as a huge saving on operational costs to the owner. The fast superyacht is still able to achieve impressive speeds of up to 19 knots, and is more relaxing for passengers, thanks to reduced noise and vibration from the smaller propulsion-related equipment.


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