The New Future Feadship Qi (pronounced chee), is the sixth Future Concept Feadship has unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show in as many years. Like its predecessors, Feadship Qi has been created by De Voogt Naval Architects to reflect the likely requirements and desires of the next generation of superyacht clients. Measuring 56 metres (183’9”) in length, Superyacht Qi is designed to generate a fresh sense of energy among owners and their family & friends as they reconnect with nature in the most inspiring surroundings.
The word Qi (pronounced chee) represents an Eastern idea of a circulating life force or energy flow that permeates creation. This notion neatly encapsulates the essence of the 2011 Future Concept Feadship, incorporating the lines of the Chinese character in its design and making the most of her surroundings both inside and out.
The ancient way of writing ‘qi’ in Chinese consisted of three wavy lines, an image of one’s breath as seen on a chilly day. These curved lines are clearly visible in the shell above yacht Qi’s waterline and mirrored in the hull. Another inspiration both visually and conceptually was the snow owl, an elegant creature that spends most of its time soaring gently or in steady flight.
Snow owls are renowned for the way they protect offspring in their nest, and Feasship superyacht Qi also features protected areas for the whole family. At the same time the yacht can also be opened up to allow guests to bask in the environment and enjoy all forms of outdoor entertainment and watersports.
“Qi combines phenomenal views of the changing environment outside while enhancing a safe and secure feeling within,” says Ronno Schouten, who led the team of designers and naval architects during the ten-month project. “We set out to prove that a wish for privacy need not conflict with open panoramas and an easy connection to the water. The yacht’s luxury areas are centred around the energy tower, which rises through all decks and connects people literally and metaphorically with the outside world. The glass exterior bathes the interior with light at this virtual centre point, offering fabulous views and a genuine sense of outdoor-in living. The fore and aft ship open areas provide a seamless transition from private to public, from interior intimacy to outdoor pleasures.”
Qi offers all the facilities imaginable for maximum onboard comfort. The four guest cabins are located on the lower deck, each with sliding doors to their own private terrace. Amidships the hull doors open up to reveal a gigantic spa and a portside gym. The main deck lounge offers stunning vistas and be easily transformed into a party area, seating and relaxation zone or a gigantic cinema with a 180-degree screen. Cosiness is assured on the sun deck, where a ‘camp fire’ can be enjoyed at night in the centre of the Spa Pool.
Shaped for performance
A blend of past experience and future thinking is also seen with yacht Qi’s propulsion set-up. In 2010 De Voogt came up with the revolutionary Breathe Superyacht concept, which reduces fuel consumption by 20 to 40 percent at cruising speed. The subject of enormous interest, this system has been developed in more detail with Feadship‘s suppliers and is now ready to be incorporated in a new design.
To achieve such fuel consumption the hull has a wedge-like shape with the centre of buoyancy far aft, while the wave damping aft body creates negligible stern waves. As there is only one shaft line, appendage resistance is significantly reduced. The system has only one main propeller, making the most of the very latest innovations. Reliability is ensured by fitting a large contra rotating and azimuthing sternthruster just aft of the main propeller. This can provide Qi with a speed of up to 12 knots, sufficient for getting home should something happen to the main engine.
While a conventional twin screw yacht will lose all its propulsion capacity in case of fire or damage in the engine room, Qi’s propulsion concept sees the main engine and generators placed in separate rooms to guarantee the highest level of redundancy.
Three different propulsion modes can be distinguished. In dynamic positioning or diesel electric mode only the generators will be running, providing clean and quiet operation up to 12 knots. In range mode only the medium-speed diesel will be operating, consuming 10 percent less fuel than its high speed equivalent. Electrical power for hotel load and the thruster are provided via a shaft generator, further reducing fuel consumption and generator running hours. Finally, at full speed both the main engine and generators are deployed to offer maximum power.
For another opportunity to see Qi on display this year, visit our exhibition stand at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (October 27 – 31, 2011).