The ancient Greek storyteller Aesop wrote a fable titled the Tortoise and the Hare in the 6th century, BCE. The takeaway of the tale advises that slow, steady progress wins the race over short bursts of speed.
Boats can be tortoises. They can also be hares. It doesn’t, however, have to be an either/or situation.
Bering has written its own version of Aesop’s fable. In their story, it is the combination of slow, steady progress combined with bursts of speed that wins the race. The race we refer to is your own personal race. It’s that race you have with yourself and your schedule. Not focused on speed, but your own itinerary, using resources of speed, fuel, and time wisely for your ultimate satisfaction.
Did you know that a slower yacht may actually get you to your destination faster, and in greater comfort, with more memorable stops on your itinerary than a faster yacht? The secret lies in a combination of strength and speed: a Bering steel hull yacht equipped with a Hysucat hydrofoil supported catamaran. The strength of steel. The speed of hydrofoils and air tunnels on a catamaran. Consider the details.
Durability and Safety are Interlinked
On a lightweight, 70/100-foot fibreglass cruising yacht, it is not unusual to see spec sheets boasting speeds of 20, 30, or even 40 knots. Admittedly impressive, other considerations may give thoughtful captains pause. What damage might be inflicted to a GRP yacht hitting a shipping container, an oil drum, a coral reef, or other debris at that speed? Not a pleasant thought. Know that the sturdy steel hull of a Bering yacht is a proven survivor should it meet with such challenges, enabling you to maintain your itinerary while protecting precious cargo on board.
Passenger Comfort Matters
How comfortable is the passenger ride in a GRP yacht at high speeds? Is it a smooth ride, or one that rocks and rolls with waves and swells, tossing things about even with active stabilizers? Can passengers sit and enjoy a meal or a cocktail on an outdoor deck without a sea shower? More importantly, can they hold a conversation above the noise created by the engines and the vibration of the superstructure?
On our Bering luxury explorer yachts, the ride is pleasantly smooth due to the weight of the hull and its design. Full displacement yachts like Bering are extremely comfortable for sleeping, for dining, or for relaxing. Our yachts are also remarkably quiet in comparison, with a hushed 50 dB noise level allowing civilized conversation on any outdoor deck underway. That is comparable to the sound of moderate rainfall.
Range May Prove an Issue
At higher speeds, what kind of range can lightweight yachts achieve? Sporting smaller tanks that consume fuel at astonishing rates is not an appealing feature for crossing oceans or heading out to remote locations. Even if you’re hopping along the coast, time spent securing and stopping for refueling could be a concern.
Most of our steel-hulled yachts have extraordinary range (3000-9000 nautical miles) and substantial fuel storage.
Popular yacht profiles with sweeping, low-volume interior space designs on faster yachts often present a chic line that looks gorgeous from the outside, but interiors often tell another story. Low ceiling heights, odd angles, and tight spaces are not comfortably livable over the days of a long journey.
High volume spaces on board our Bering luxury explorer yachts allow installation of normal, home-sized appliances, real storage space, and high ceiling clearances of 7’2”. That translates to a home-away-from-home feel on board, with room to breathe and enjoy your voyage.
… But I’m in a Hurry and Need a Faster Yacht
Yes, the higher speeds do seem attractive, but consider that high speed, GRP yachts normally run only during daylight hours. Additionally, after several hours on board a fast yacht, most passengers welcome the opportunity to take a break from a noisier, bumpier, less spacious environment.
Consider the 12-knot cruising speed of one of the Bering. This sturdy, steel-hulled yacht can run at that speed all day, every day, slowly and steadily making way along your itinerary. That equals 288 nm per day, over 2,000 miles per week, on a smooth, comfortable, spacious, quiet yacht.
When your need for speed surfaces and you want to go day tripping on shore to various locations, or simply speed on ahead to a destination, we have a fix for that.
An incredibly versatile RIB tender, the Hysucat is fast, smooth, quiet, and comfortable. Rising up on hydrofoils, this fabulous craft keeps passengers dry while smoothing waves and chop. It can handle 6-foot seas at 40 knots, sips fuel at 4 nm to the gallon, and can cover 5-6 times the distance of a fast yacht in short order. You can skip in and out of ports, around islands, or just let off steam with the throttle full out, taking in much more than a fast yacht allows.
The advantages of this combination make it a smart, efficient choice over a fast, primary yacht. Discover the true luxury of ocean travel, enjoying the best of both the fast and the slow, winning your own race to experience more in less time, in greater luxury. Where will your race take you?