Centurion is a striking 112-metre concept launched at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show by the newly established Sigmund Yacht Design based in Vienna, Austria. Following the presentation of 98-metre Sigmund at Monaco in 2009, studio director and founder Peter Symonds teamed up with Olivier Dorrell, a joint partner in Totti Design, which specialises in tender design. Together they hope to push into the superyacht market under the Sigmund Yacht Design brand with the aim of “attracting clients and owners to advanced design and forward thinking.”
“The design combines elements of stealth with hard, aggressive lines and some innovative features”, explains Symonds, who has a background in the automobile industry (he won an ADI—Association of Italian Industrial design—award in 2006) and worked with Siddartha Yachts on large sail boats. “These include retractable bow thruster doors for extra efficiency and a flying superstructure (the three delta wings) with large windows for viewing the sea on the move.” Symonds claims that Centurion’s Ice Class, tumblehome hull has been adapted from a Queen Elizabeth II class destroyer hull concept, dramatically reducing slamming noise, vibration, longevity while improving sea-keeping as super-explorer vessel. The design also includes four custom tenders and a helipad in accordance with its long-range explorer vocation. With plans to attend the 2011 Abu Dhabi Yacht Show in March, Sigmund Yacht Design is already talking with an undisclosed American shipyard interested in joining forces.
Able to accommodate up to 14 guests, Centurion will have a steel hull and alloy superstructure and be capable of a top speed of 26 knots and a cruising speed of 22 knots when powered by twin 8710 MTU engines with propulsion pods. There is also a provision for using thorium reactors, an idea subject to a pending patent.