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Busy Year At Kingship

New models join growing line

Ocean SUV 148

Ocean SUV 148

Earlier this year, Kingship unveiled several new edgy models. The affable Roger Liang, who heads the Kingship Shipyard, expressed concerns about the environment in his home of Hong Kong and elsewhere. The perceptible changes in his immediate environment motivated him to develop greener and more fuel-efficient boats. As of the end of 2010, construction had begun on the Green Voyager, a 144’ yacht to be built in compliance with RINA’s Green Plus notation that will feature a Siemens Eco Prop hybrid system. The projects announced earlier this year feature conventional propulsion, but all tout fuel-efficient hulls. The Kingship 156 combines the talents of Donald Starkey and Azure Naval Architects. The attractive design features a plumb bow and a generous 8,500-nm range at 10 knots. Top speed for this six-stateroom yacht under the 500-GT threshold is 15 knots. The shipyard also unveiled a series of so-called ocean SUVs, ranging in size from 87’ to 148’. These “frill-free” and economical expedition-style boats, with generous interiors able to satisfy discriminating yacht owners, have extended ranges from 5,000 to 9,000 nm, depending on the model. Unlike their automotive counterparts, they are designed to be fuel-efficient, but like them they are sturdy, comfortable and long-lasting. Sergio Cutolo of the Varazze, Italy, firm Hydro Tec, is the naval architect working with Kingship. Previous projects by Hydro Tec include the trawler-style Vinidrea built by Proteksan-Turquoise in 2002 and the 82’ explorer-style Naumachos.

Meanwhile, the shipyard also delivered a Columbus 90 and the second Magellan 110. The series designed by Vripack and styled by Pieter Beeldsnijder, features an interior by Miami-based yacht designer Luiz de Basto.

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