Gulf Craft Majesty 175 Completes Maiden Sea Trial

By George Bains

Majesty 175, the world’s largest composite production superyacht and flagship of renowned shipyard Gulf Craft, has completed her maiden sea trial. The 56.40m superyacht is due for delivery later this year, and was sold to a prominent UAE businessman.

The highlight of the Majesty 175’s first sea trial was her remarkable manoeuvrability, speed, robust hull and rigidness. The Majesty 175 undertook a series of inclination experiments for multiple factors at sea in which she reached a top speed of 17 knots powered by her twin heavy duty MTU 12V 4000 M63 engines, delivering 1500kW each.

Gulf Craft Chairman, HE Mohamed Hussein Alshaali, saw the successful completion of the Majesty 175’s maiden sea trial as evidence of the shipyard’s world class superyacht construction competencies. “When we announced Majesty 175 at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show, we had a single-minded goal: To create a masterpiece megayacht with exceptional design and performance standards,” said Alshaali. “Our team worked for four years at our facility in Umm Al Quwain to build this magnificent composite megayacht, our largest project to date.”

Majesty 175 has been built to the specifications outlined by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for yachts over 500 GT, and has a beam of 9.62m. Despite the large GT of 780, the yacht can cruise in low-draft areas, drawing just 2.25 metres of water, thanks to the use of advanced composite materials such as carbon fibre and vinylester. This shallow draft also enables close beach access.

Both the interior and exterior design of Majesty 175 have been penned by the award-winning Cristiano Gatto Design Studio. Massimo Gregori of the Yankee Delta Studio is responsible for the naval architecture behind this stunning superyacht. Among the most exciting features of the Gulf Craft flagship are a 5-metre infinity pool at the forward deck and a hybrid sky-lounge that can also be converted into an open sun deck.

 The smart layout of the superyacht allows for seven lavish staterooms to accommodate guests and a further six cabins for up to 10 crew, as well as private captain accommodation.

Captain Patricia Caswell, Gulf Craft’s Quality Control Manager, was at the helm during Majesty 175’s maiden sea trial. “We are excited to have taken this beauty out to sea,” said Captain Caswell. “She has performed brilliantly on her first sea trial covering multiple factors, including the engines at full speed, the pair of generators, and fin stabilisers as well as the navigation and telecommunication systems. Preliminary noise and vibration levels are outstanding, and these will continue to improve when the entire interior elements are completed.”

Majesty 175 is fitted with two fixed pitch six-blade propellers, while her electricity supply comes from 175kW Kohler generators and two pairs of TRAC fin stabilisers. A SOLAS rescue boat and an emergency generator make up some of the safety features onboard.

"Our team worked for four years at our facility in Umm Al Quwain to build this magnificent composite megayacht, our largest project to date."

HE Mohamed Hussein Alshaali, Gulf Craft Chairman

"Our team worked for four years at our facility in Umm Al Quwain to build this magnificent composite megayacht, our largest project to date."

HE Mohamed Hussein Alshaali, Gulf Craft Chairman
By George Bains
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