Danish Yachts' QuadraDeck shows real American promise

In the QuadraDeck, Danish Yachts and its team offer a breakout design for the U.S. market.
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In the QuadraDeck, Danish Yachts and its team offer a breakout design for the U.S. market.

By Kenny Wooton

Danish Yachts A/S has set its sights on the American market and is taking significant steps to establish a beachhead. Among its frontline weapons is a 40-meter (131-foot-2-inch) advanced-composite design it calls the QuadraDeck.

To create, market and service the project, the Skagen-based shipyard has assembled what it calls a “superteam” that includes American interior specialists Patrick Knowles Designs, Dutch yacht designers and stylists Cor D. Rover Design and Fort Lauderdale-based service, refit and sales operation Bradford Marine. Danish Yachts brings to the table its deep experience in lightweight composite construction in yachts along with commercial and military vessels.

Danish Yachts' QuadraDeck concept

Danish Yachts' QuadraDeck concept

“We were excited by the idea of developing a vessel specifically for the U.S. market,” says Danish Yachts CEO Patrik von Sydow. “Our belief was that our complementary perspectives would create a yacht with a totally unique and exclusive proposition for the market. This is a truly promising partnership of technological innovation and category-challenging design.”

At initial glance, the QuadraDeck appears to divert little from any number of yachts in her class. Her profile is contemporary, handsome and well-proportioned. It is when you examine her general arrangement, though, that you get a sense of the lengths to which the shipyard and its team have gone to address Americans’ love of integrating their yachting experience with the elements.

The full-beam beach club features a fold-down swim platform and side doors that expand its footprint.

The full-beam beach club features a fold-down swim platform and side doors that expand its footprint.

First you notice the expansive, full-beam beach club that features a fold-down swim platform and side doors that drop to extend its footprint over the water. The tender garage, which is often found in that space, is positioned forward under the wheelhouse and captain’s cabin.

Second, you see her unique sky terrace with its patented, folding “wings.” When laid out horizontally over the water, they increase deck real estate by 40 percent.

The side wings on the sky terrace add considerable space on that deck.

The side wings on the sky terrace add considerable space on that deck.

Her owner’s deck can be configured to include alfresco dining, a bar, a sky lounge, a sea-view Jacuzzi and a full-beam stateroom with private, fixed balconies port and starboard with full-height sliding doors.

The main deck is fairly conventional in its arrangement, although the combination of low furniture and tall glass will enhance guests’ connection with the environment. According to Danish, the yacht will have considerably greater interior volume than some other 130-ish-footers.

Most yachts in the QuadraDeck’s class would be constructed of either GRP or aluminum. Over some years, Danish has refined its skills building in advanced composites, delivering a number of carbon-fiber-hulled SWATH vessels for use servicing wind turbines in the North Sea. The QuadraDeck will have an all-carbon hull, which Danish says will be competitive in price with GRP because there’s less material in the layup. Carbon is stiffer than GRP, has a longer service life and is lighter. Danish says the QuadraDeck will be some 50 tons lighter than many yachts her size and predicts her fuel burn at 12 knots will be 24 gallons (90 liters) per hour.

In America, we like things our way. In the QuadraDeck, the Danes and their collaborators may just have our number.

For more information: +45 9845 4200, danishyachts.com; 954 791 3800, bradford-marine.com

SPECS

LOA: 131ft. 2in. (40m)

Beam: 30ft. 2in. (9.2m)

Draft: 6ft. 9in. (2.1m)

Construction: vacuum-infused carbon sandwich

Displacement: 200 tons

Engines: dependent on speed requirements

Speed(max): 25 knots

Speed(cruise): 21 knots

Range: 3,300 nm @ 12 knots

Classification: DNV/GL & MCA alt, ABS x A1 AMS & MCA

Navalarchitecture: Danish Yachts A/S

Exteriorstyling: Cor D. Rover Design

Interiordesign: Patrick Knowles Designs

Builder: Danish Yachts A/S

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