Yanmar powers Mercedes styled motor yacht
20 May 2016
Yanmar's six-cylinder 6LY3-ETP dieselenginehas beenselectedbySilverArrows Marine to power its distinctive,new,14m Arrow 460 Granturismo motor yacht,which has been designedby Mercedes-Benz-Style.A pair of the 5.8 litre units, each developing 480hp,givesthe pre-production craft a maximum speed of approximately 40knots and 26 knots for cruising.
The yacht, named Mercedes, is described by Silver Arrows as "a complete re-imagining" of luxury yachtsin its category. She is the product of four years' development by Silver Arrows Marine, a UK builder of innovative luxury yachts, in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz. Yanmar is a technical partner in the project.
The design of the yacht, with its long foredeck above a planing hull with a narrowlytapered freeboard, arched roofline and gently dipping rear, deliberately evokes the feel of today's Mercedes cars. Beyond looks, an important part of the "sensual purity"of the design concept issmoothness and efficiency in operation. This is one reason why Silver ArrowsMarinechose Yanmar's refined and efficient engines to power the project.
"We know that Yanmar is a reliable company, with a philosophy that matches our thinking," says Silver ArrowsMarine CEO Jacopo Spadolini. "The Kaizen philosophy (of continual improvement) drives the strategies of both companies," hestates.
The spokesperson continues: "Another very important aspect is that the after-sales and assistance provided bythe brand can be found all around the marine world. The Yanmar service points are extremely efficient, with very skilled engineers."
The choice of Yanmar was reinforced by the fact that its marine engines are all purpose-designed for marine applications. For Silver Arrows Marinethat ruled out competing marine engine brands whose product offering is largely automotive-derived.
After its launch onFrance's Côte d'Azure in April,«Mercedes»is expected to be commissioned in Juneahead of
going into full production later this year. Looking ahead:"Building on our relationship with Yanmar, Silver Arrows Marine plans to create anew collaboration for engines that will be launched in the future," the boat company reveals.