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The 253-foot M/Y Silver Fast looks quick even while tied to the dock. The largest yacht at Yachts Miami Beach is also the world’s largest aluminium motor yacht with conventional propulsion.
And she is fast, said Capt. Mike Ebsworth. He and a crew of 15 brought the yacht from the shipyard in Perth, Western Australia in May of last year for the maiden voyage.
“It’s nice crossing oceans at 18 knots,” Ebsworth said today during an onboard tour to see the yacht’s contemporary and innovative designs.
“This yacht is brand new, it’s a different color, it’s a standout,” he said of the unique silver metallic paint. “It’s modern, contemporary and outside the box.”
The yacht’s 33-foot beam is narrow for its length and aircraft honeycomb materials in the construction keep the yacht light.
Talk of the yacht’s 4,500 nautical mile range at cruising speed of 18 knots, sparked Jr. Stew Caitlin Hayward to discuss her favorite thing about her job – the travel. It took several minutes for her and the captain to run through where the yacht had visited.
“It’s been about 18 cities, nine countries, in six months,” Hayward said.
“Name them all,” Ebsworth prompted.
“Sri Lanka, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai,” he started.
“Oman, Egypt, Montenegro,” Hayward said.
“Monaco, France, Spain, Balearics, remember?,” Ebsworth said.
“I’d wake up in the mornings not knowing where we were,” Hayward said laughing.
After the show, the yacht has a few trips scheduled and then will be at the Palm Beach International Boat Show that runs March 17-20.
Chief Engineer Jozef Kosior has worked on many different vessels in his 40 years of sea service, but he said his favorite thing is the yacht’s design.
“She’s different,” Kosior said. “Others are almost the same, but you can spot her straight away.
“She’s a different technology, like a different generation of boat.
“All of them are like sisters and brothers,” he said pointing down from the sundeck toward the other boats docked at Deep Harbour for the show. “But we’re different.”
Dorie Cox is associate editor of The Triton. Comments on this story are welcome at email@example.com.