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Slovenia Business Week no. 30: Expensive Slovenian Yacht Sets Sail

Shipman 63, which has been nominated for European Boat of the Year 2005, is an upgraded version of the prestigious Shipman 50, the first serial production boat made of carbon fibres

The Slovenian company Seaway, owner of the Scandinavian boat trade mark Shipman, launched its sailing yacht Shipman 63 in the Portoroz marina on Tuesday, 19 July. "This is one of the greatest technological achievements for Slovenia," Science and Technology Minister Jure Zupan commented for STA.

Shipman 63, which has been nominated for European Boat of the Year 2005, is an upgraded version of the prestigious Shipman 50, the first serial production boat made of carbon fibres. Shipman 50 became European Boat of the Year in 2003.

The boat development company Seaway, yacht designer Japec Jakopin and his team of internationally acclaimed experts have invested some 12,000 hours into the construction of Shipman 63. They are very proud of their product, the daily Dnevnik reported on Wednesday, 20 July.

The most expensive yacht (EUR 1.3m) with the label "made in Slovenia" is not designed for regattas, but for fast cruises, the daily said. It is suitable for demanding yachtpersons who want to have both style and comfort.

Among other features, the boat's sailing and navigability potential for shore cruising as well as cross-ocean voyages have been perfected, according to Dnevnik. In addition to carbon fibre technology and epoxide pitch, the almost 20-metre boat's novelty is that it can be steered by a single person.

Jakopin, one of the Seaway owners, told Dnevnik the company expected to sell five Shipmans 63 per year. The first one has already been sold to Hong Kong, he told the daily, and added it was little known that most yachts in the world were designed by Slovenian engineers.

The boat was christened by track athlete Marlene Ottey, who at first had difficulties breaking the champagne bottle. "There's something wrong with this bottle," Ottey complained, admitting she has never done anything like this before, according to Dnevnik.

While Ottey was honoured to become the "godmother" of the new yacht, the first person to test it will be the French legend of trans-ocean solo sailing and distinguished yacht expert Michel Desjoyeaux.

Desjoyeaux was also on the development team, mostly in charge of sailing manoeuvres and intuitive navigation of the boat, according to Seaway.

Minister Zupan, who was the speaker of honour at the yacht launch, stressed that Shipman 63 was a Slovenian product, the price and quality of which place it among world top-level yachts.

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: STA