The new explorer yacht Kiribati 38 by Floating Life is born

Yacht Design

12/04/2023 - 06:40

Modern with bold exterior lines, the new Kiribati 38 project is the collaboration between Floating Life, responsible for the concept and design, engineering and international sales, the CCN-Gruppo Baglietto shipyard for its construction, Zero13 studio for the naval architecture and Satura Studio for the interior and exterior design.

The hull was thoroughly designed and tested by Andrea Pezzini, director and co-founder of Floating Life, together with Zero13 studio, to optimize fluid dynamics reducing fuel consumption at all speeds and making navigation safer and more comfortable. With a 5,000nm-range at 10 knots and vast storage capacity for supplies and water to enable extended periods at sea, Kiribati 38 is a true explorer yacht designed for challenging adventures and safe long-range cruising in the most pristine areas of the world even in extreme conditions.

"The hull design, combined with the use of CFD as well as tank tests, has led to important results in terms of efficiency of the hull and its appendages, increasing hydrodynamic efficiency by 10% compared to a similar hull and an equal tonnage with consequent reduction in consumption” – says Emilio D’Onofrio of Zero13 studio - “Moreover, the balance achieved between the hull volumes and the geometrical centres guarantees excellent sea keeping, also verified by the tests carried out at the CNR-INSEAN Institute of Marine Engineering in Rome." Efficiency, reliability and robustness were the focal points for the development of this project.

“The study done for Kiribati 38 focused on the possibility to use two different types of propulsion without changing the dimensions and shapes; making it possible to mount both a traditional and a full electric propulsion.” – explains Andrea Pezzini of Floating Life - “For this reason we have reworked the hull shapes together with Zero13 studio, so as to be able to reduce the applied power to a minimum, while still maintaining the promised range. The study of each dimensioning and system has been revised to optimize both performance and weight, without however reducing in any way the reliability and sturdiness that an Explorer, called to go around the world, must have."

Kiribati 38, with a length of 38.7 metres and a maximum beam of 8.50 metres, offers incredibly large volumes, as Francesco Viola by Satura Studio explains: "The most important features of this boat are the absolutely unique volumes in her category. A 38-metre with five decks and an uninterrupted lower deck layout, capable of connecting the cabins directly with the beach area. The exterior design developed around straight and pure lines, and the surfaces, by connecting with each other, give her a marine, impressive, pure and elegant character."

Inside, the large and private owner's area is located forward of the main deck and boasts a study with a sitting area at the entrance, a spacious full-beam cabin, a dressing room and two separate bathrooms with a large shared shower.

The other 10 guests find accommodation on the lower deck across five comfortable and independent suites equipped with all amenities. Separate crew quarters for eight people across four cabins with a laundry room, a crew mess and a remarkably well-equipped and very functional professional galley.

The solution adopted for the arrangement of the engines on the under lower deck allows for a lower deck layout to be arranged on one level, thus enabling the guest cabins to be located on the lower deck giving direct access to the beach platform through a gym area. The external layout offers, in addition to the beach area, five other external areas to ensure great privacy even when all 12 guests are onboard.

The tender can be housed in a tender garage inside the gym, an ideal solution for long voyages when the tender is on board, which also allows for a large tender up to six metres in length.

“The Kiribati 38 is a true Explorer yacht, without compromises, conceived for long-range voyagesin complete safety and great comfort.” - explains Filippo Rossi, CCO of Floating Life – “With a range of 5,000 nautical miles she offers exceptional autonomy. Her name is inspired by the Kiribati Islands, an archipelago in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, which has always been a safe haven for ocean explorers, so there could not be a better name for a project with these characteristics."

Floating Life's Charter&Brokerage division has the worldwide central agency for this project to promote and sell it on the international market with a starting price of 23 million Euros. Delivery is expected in 24 months from the start of construction entrusted to CCN, a division of the Baglietto Group.

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