(cold hard science blended with the art of yacht style)
“H.A.R.D. Yachts” is a Limited Liability Corporation operating in Florida. Our marketing and sales staff is located in Ft. Lauderdale. Our design and engineering personnel are located in Florida.
H.A.R.D. Yachts has a long experience practicing “virtual shipyard” methods so the actual shipyard location can vary depending on the requirements of the buyers. Our founders have relationships with facilities in Florida and also outside the US. Our shipyard management team emanates from Florida with a “maker’s list” “ of an “A” rated vendor base worldwide.
H.A.R.D. Yachts (Historic Armour Reinforced Design Yachts) has a corporate mission to scientifically produce the strongest, the most seaworthy, and safest possible vessels for their intended use. The present project under study now, is a rugged expedition style hull form that has a superstructure with the beauty of a fine motoryacht.
The requirement for armour reinforcement for these yacht designs shall be engineered to achieve a MARPOL Polar Ice Class “C” rating. Additionally, according to the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), a Polar Class rating system, the level PC6 ice strengthening, shall be the goal.
At H.A.R.D. Yachts we believe the yachting community will benefit from a deeper knowledge regarding ice strengthening by design. For instance, if your 100 foot yacht is capable of serious exploration into Polar regions, it stands to reason that when the yacht is moved to a sub tropical environment, it is now in a best case scenario. Since the yacht was constructed with extra toughness and more seaworthy characteristics than the lighter scantling Equatorial and coastal vessels, it stands to reason that the H.A.R.D. Yacht will give its owners a higher sense of safety and security.
At H.A.R.D. Yachts we believe that extended cruising alone in isolated regions may present some danger from pirates. Naturally this worst case scenario is unlikely to ever occur. Merely as a precaution, we believe the yacht owners would benefit from a scientific use of armour reinforcement strong enough to stop small round fire.
At H.A.R.D. Yachts we believe all ocean exploration eventually leads the yacht into shallow harbors. To minimize the risk of grounding, our designs are engineered to maintain ocean going comfort and seaworthiness with a shallow draft. We achieve this with practical uses of fixed and movable ballast, gyroscopic stabilizers, and extensive tank testing coupled with CFD (computer fluid dynamics).
To this end, when the hull will be a GRP composite lamination, there shall be an outer Kevlar skin in key locations. Around and below the waterline the Kevlar belt shall be double thickness. Around the bow, the Kevlar shall be double thickness. Along the centerline keel from the forward stem to abaft amidships the Kevlar shall be double thickness. The twin skeg keels protecting the running gear shall be Kevlar double thickness. The Kevlar shall be further protected from osmosis with a West System, epoxy resin. In addition to the Kevlar, the forefoot of the bow, the vertical cutwater at the stem, the anchor pockets, and the keels shall be further reinforced with stainless steel cladding.
The superstructure above the main deck shall be an infused GRP. The Hardtop and the mast shall be Carbon Fiber. All of the window material shall be mineral glass, resourced, and based upon its ballistic strength to withstand severe storm conditions in all climates.
When our buyers prefer metal, we are prepared to build the larger designs with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. The metal chosen to reinforce the hull chosen for the double cladding will likely be a US manufactured high strength, high toughness, HSLA -80 (high strength low alloy) type steel. Thus the bow stem and the immediate area at and below the waterline can be toughened to a very large degree.
The stabilization shall be from ship stabilizing gyroscopic technology with a pair of internally mounted Gyro stabilizer blocks mounted centerline along the keel fore and aft. This technology has been developed since the late 19th century and only in recent years proven to be effective in large scale production.
The centerline keel shall be able to carry the 2/3’s of the grounded weight of the vessel on a hard surface. The twin skeg keels aft, that protect the propellers and running gear shall carry 1/3 of the ship’s grounded weight. This feature allows the yacht to stand structurally balanced fore and aft as well as athwartships, either on a sea shelf at low water or during a haul out for service. When exploring from the tropics to the arctic, it is an advantage to be able to enter shallow anchorages with no fear of damaging your running gear or not maintaining an even keel.
The twin screw propellers, shafts and rudders shall be mounted within the twin skeg keels which offer a natural protection from flotsam and jetsam, submerged logs, and small ice flows.
There will also be extra maneuverability with bow and stern thrusters as a standard feature.
In addition to the extra strength of the outer hull skin, the frame spacing at the bow shall be doubled for added impact capabilities. Also, there shall be sufficient structural watertight bulkheads that will improve the yacht’s ability to survive in a “damage stability light ship condition.”
The hull form shall be a modified version of the historic “Kochi,” scantlings. The Kochi fleet was originally operated by the Pomor people in Northern Russia in the 11th century. A typical Kochi vessel had a shallow draft of monocoque hull form. In this method of construction the hull defined the internal framing to follow. The fore foot entry at the bow was angled upward from below the waterline to enable the hull to ride up onto ice rather than experience a head on impact. The hull below the waterline was also rounded to a bowl shape to allow the hull to rise upward during unexpected encounters with freezing ice. The hull could squeeze upward rather than being crushed.
Kochi construction methods were made world famous when the Norwegian explorer, Fridjof Nansen circumnavigated the North Pole aboard the “Fram,” in the 1890’s. This ship was specifically designed to not only cruise among the ice, but to be deliberately frozen into the ice without damage for years.
The founders of H.A.R.D. Yachts have direct first hand experience building an armor reinforced, Kevlar toughened (bullet proof) hull following monocoque principals since 1990.
Stay tuned for further information regarding the H.A.R.D. Yachts historic and scientific construction methods…
Contact: Tim Kings
850 NE 3rd Street, Suite 213
Dania Beach, Fl. 33004