The Imperial Approach
Imperial ended its very busy year 2019 around the coastlines of Kiel, on December 12th, for one of the major milestone of 77m Nobiskrug-built Project BLACK SHARK: finally afloat, the striking collaboration between the shipyard, Winch Design, Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design and Imperial shown the aggressive curve of her superstructure and the striking reverse to her bow. This impressive creations speak volumes. “It’s a rewarding feeling for all involved,” says Nobiskrug director Fadi Pataq. “It’s the first time when you see all the designers’ sketches take shape, all the arguments and all the agreements coming together. We sometimes lose sight of how many people it takes to get a yacht from inception to completion.”
It is hard to believe looking at her coherent form in the water, but the hull was built in three huge sections that were welded together at the end of the construction process. In August 2019, the ready-made superstructure was lowered into position and married to the hull over the course of three weeks. “It sounds simple, but it’s a long process,” says Pataq. The towing of a hull from Kiel to Nobiskrug’s Rendsburg facilities always marks a significant milestone in a new build project. For BLACK SHARK, the landmark has been complemented with the publishing of new renderings, which reveal an imposing bow analysed in details by her guests in Kiel prior her departure, generous volume and striking colour scheme.
From the time the vessel is securely installed in the dock, and this one is perfectly dried. the hull will be undercovered and will set in her new home until she is ready to swim again. The construction process takes here a new important step. Here, the hull will be painted matte black to mimic the texture of the skin of a black shark. In contrast, the superstructure will wear a sporty, metallic silver colour to complement the mast, which has been designed to resemble a shark fin. The dark exterior colour will wrap three decks which have been specifically designed by Winch Design to emphasise the yacht’s voluminous 2,080GT. That won’t be until 2021, when her transformation into one of the world’s most eye-catching superyachts will be complete.
Flashman adds: ” The next milestone is floating for dock trials in 12 months’ time. By then, the vast majority of the interior cabling will be done, plus all the exterior outfitting. We’ll also be looking for an operational captain in a year’s time. We’ve now got five Imperial staff working full-time at the yard. There’s lots to be done before everything is up and running.” Imperial is delighted to share new full renderings of the vessel, which undoubtedly give a new approach to this exciting project!
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