Designed by Rob Humphreys, this high speed motoryacht is constructed using the VIP (Vacuum Infusion Process) in Carbon- fibre to obtain an ultra-lightweight construction able to withstand the extreme loadings of up to 2.2G while travelling at over 55 knots.
Combining design and styling by Humphreys Yacht Design with composite engineering by High Modulus, this was certainly a technically challenging project, adding to an already accomplished resume of high tech, high performance custom projects by McMullen & Wing.
Even with three MTU16V 4000 M90 series engines, each rated at 2,720 kW, and KaMeWa jet units, weight saving remained a critical requirement to achieve the high speed performance. The M&W design team embarked upon a program to critically analyse every component of the vessel to save weight; the vacuum infusion process of Carbon-fibre / Kevlar / Foam composite was utilized in the building of hull and superstructure, Titanium where possible for deck fittings and hand rails, and light weight veneered foam panels for interior joinery, all to Germanischer Lloyds Class and MCA.
Fitted with a generous array of navigation and communications systems, ERMIS2 is a state of the art vessel, complimented with a interior that is streamlined and light. Paint-treated ash and clear varnish maple combine with contemporary furnishings to create a modern nautical language.
The vessel has a relatively narrow 21’ beam and walk-around decks, thus she looks fairly small in company with large-volume around-the-world superyachts, but one only has to step into the bridge control room to realize what Ermis2 is all about. Here seven naval-style Stidd chairs are set up for heavy weather passage making. Surrounded by deep blue ultra-leather, they face an instrument panel that features mostly tried-and-tested Furuno gear augmented by C-Plath autopilot, gyrocompass and speed log, Sestrel compass, Echo Pilot sonar and Brookes & Gatehouse wind instruments.
Above on the flybridge, a troika of more relaxed-looking Stidds is doubtless meant for driving in less stringent conditions. Behind this is fore-and-aft seating for guests, a U-shaped lounge and table for al fresco dining, a sunpad and space for the rescue tender. Four prominent domes for the communications gear are also clustered aft. Deck fittings are partly M&W custom-made in titanium, again to reduce weight, and where stainless steel has been used, it is brushed to match. The forward windlass is from New Zealand-based Maxwell Winches, which supplies many superyacht yards worldwide, and a 3,306-pound C-Quip davit astern, by the swim platform, handles an Aquatx Delta RIB.
The principal lounge, dining area and galley are gathered in a conventional no-nonsense layout, and light, paint-washed ash veneer bordered by clear-finished maple is used throughout. Colonial-style overhead fans in the lounge and master suite, one beneath a skylight, are used to good effect, while the galley mixes Miele with equipment from New Zealand specialist Fisher and Paykel.
Below are two twin and two double staterooms, including the master, which is preceded by a common use lounge and study. Copious storage has been provided behind the paneling, and the same paint-washed theme runs through the lower deck to form a light and airy backdrop for the soft furnishings, with mirrors port and starboard in the owner’s stateroom furthering the sense of space.
The overriding theme is comfortable and minimalist, to comply with all-important weight considerations.