The renowned UK-based design studio Dubois Naval Architects is delighted to announce the successful program of tank testing on their 100m sailing yacht 380 by Dubois. With naval architecture by Dubois, interior design by Josep Juanpere Miret of GCA Arquitectes Associats, as well as project management by Klaus and Sebastian Allebrodt, the Dubois 380 superyacht justifies a high level of testing and is progressing in fine style.
The Wolfson unit – probably the world’s most experienced research establishment with regard to sailing yachts, were engaged for the 100m Dubois luxury yacht 380 testing.
The Haslar tank (270 metres long) was used with a 1:17 scale model (5.88 metres in length – 19 feet, 3 inches). The 100m Dubois 380 megayacht was towed at scale speeds up to 26 knots.
The test tank is an invaluable tool for the yacht designer. While computer predictions are, today, very accurate, certain aspects of the design benefit from visualisation.
Furthermore, sailing balance, centreboard design, rudder design and other areas vital to the concept can be refined. The tests confirmed Dubois’ expectations of the yacht’s performance. Also tested was the specialist 16m high-speed yacht tender.
Again Dubois computer predictions were confirmed. The 100m Dubois 380 megayacht was also run in waves as it is a requirement that the vessel should be dry and comfortable in a wide range of sea states.
Finally, the special 7.5 metre sailing yacht was also modelled and tested for performance.