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Adventures in Yacht Design

The recently unveiled project Argo has all the makings for being an compact and capable explorer

Presented in September during the Monaco Yacht Show, Rossinavi’s project Argo promises something a little different from what has come before. Federico Rossi, COO of Rossinavi, speaking at the ship’s presentation explained that the shipyard is changing the mix of elements typically associated with such an endeavour. Re-thinking the entire concept of the boat and placing greater emphasis on off-ship adventure.


Boasting a nautical range of over 5,000 nautical miles and a category D ice-class hull constructed out of aluminium, the fast displacement yacht is expected to perform superbly in all conditions – from the Arctic to the Amazon Delta.


Argo’s propulsion system utilises two Rolls-Royce pods instead of the traditional shaft lines with propellers, allowing for extra manoeuvrability and will feature “zero noise” technology for quiet operation. To date, the hull has been tank tested for trim and roll, the results so far indicating a great performance.


A Ken Freivokh design, Argo began as a 42m project, developing over time into a 48m go-anywhere, do anything yacht capable of hosting 12 guests. To keep a dozen guests occupied, large toys such as a fast limousine tender, submersible and amphibious craft, plus some smaller ones such as jet skis will be present when Argo embarks.


When asked for his idea behind the project, Freivokh explained that it was targeted to be elegant and beautifully proportioned, without pretending to be a “gin palace” – “A true, all purpose, latest technology, pocket superyacht”, he adds.



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