Nobiskrug delivers sailing yacht ‘A’

February 6, 2017 Murielle Gonzalez

The 143m sailing yacht features the tallest masts and most highly loaded freestanding composite structures in the world.

German shipyard Nobiskrug has delivered sailing yacht A. The 143m yacht is the most advanced sail-assisted superyacht ever built.

Measuring almost 143m (468ft) and a gross tonnage of about 12,600gt, she is set to become one of the greatest PYC superyachts in the world in terms of design and technology.

Nobiskrug engineered and constructed the project working with Dirk Kloosterman, the owners’ project director, and his team.

Unique features

Sailing yacht A features several unique features, including underwater observation pod, hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system and state-of-the-art navigation systems.

Her three masts are the tallest and most highly loaded freestanding composite structures in the world. The mainmast towers 100m above the waterline.

Her exterior design is work of Philippe Starck who also pencilled the aesthetics for motoryacht A.

She has been built with steel hull and superstructure with high-tech composite fashion plates that can be formed into any shape or size, a technology Nobiskrug has developed during the past 15 years in co-operation with classification societies and special subcontractors.

“Born from the desire of the owner to ‘push the boundaries of engineering and challenge the status quo of the industry’, “Sailing Yacht A” is undoubtedly one of the most visionary projects Nobiskrug has ever been involved in”, says managing director Holger Kahl.

The German shipyard says sailing yacht A will definitely change the future landscape of the Nobiskrug fleet as well as the future of supersail.

Since its inception in 1905, Nobiskrug has built well over 750 vessels. Today’s core business of the iconic shipyard is the development and construction of large, individually manufactured superyachts ranging from 60 m to over 400 m in length.

German superyacht

Superyacht builder Nobiskrug is also a specialist in refit and conversion of yachts, naval ships and public authority vessels. In the field of repair and maintenance, Nobiskrug offers customized solutions, both in Germany and at customer locations worldwide.

Together with the two sister shipyards in Germany —German Naval Yards Kiel and Lindenau Werft (Kiel-Friedrichsort)— Nobiskrug is part of German Naval Yards Holdings. With an integrated management and joint administration, the German shipyard group employs some 1000 staff.

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