Savannah 145 — By Diane M. Byrne —
Leap of Faith
|Intermarine Savannah is betting that its 145 will change spec construction in general and yacht-building in particular.|
Nothing worthwhile can ever be achieved without taking a risk. Even though some people may argue that boatbuilders never do this, instead remaining content to produce basically the same boats year after year, many actually step out on that nautical limb all the time. How often, for example, have you seen a yard–production or custom–launch a yacht larger or even faster than usual to prove it can successfully compete against other yards that have experience building in those arenas? And consider how several megayacht yards–particularly within the recent boom years–built a spec yacht to address owners who want the amenities of a custom yacht without having to wait the 18- to 24-month construction time plus the two (in some cases three) years for a build slot to open up.
Of course, it’s not enough to just tack on a few more feet of length or simply begin a spec project; to truly be successful, the yard must ensure the yacht fills a gap in the market and/or addresses specific desires of yachtsmen. Intermarine Savannah is certainly doing both with its new trideck 145. Sure, the 145 is the yard’s largest launch to date, with an alluring profile and elegantly designed interior. But the real story here goes much deeper–literally. The yard is confident that the 145 demonstrates a better way to build a fiberglass yacht and shows that a spec yacht can embody the same deliberate principles as a commissioned project.
Intermarine is no stranger to construction methods that are beyond the normal realm for yachtbuilding. It previously built mine hunters for the U.S. Navy and still has much of the specialized construction and testing equipment as well as experienced staff on hand. When CEO and co-owner Thom Conboy began guiding the yard toward yacht construction about six years ago, he wanted those same specialties to be applied to the yachts.
The 145 reflects this approach in particular in her deck structure, since it was built using the Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP) developed by Intermarine. In short, the method is a resin-infusion process that instead of employing a separate resin-infusion medium, uses the core material itself to assist resin distribution throughout the laminate. To be exact, a system of criss-crossed grooves in the inner and outer surfaces of the coring lets the resin flow lengthwise and beamwise.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.