Pratt Naval Architecture were approached to design an inland cruise barge destined for a new type of cruising experience on European waterways.
Over a period of almost four years, various design concepts were explored and as a result the design developed from around 20 m to 38 metres in length.
The design developed was for a vessel with outstanding passenger accommodation on a single deck in order to navigate the low bridges on the proposed cruising routes with twin screw diesel/electric hybrid propulsion allowing quiet cruising, minimising use of diesel propulsion whilst retaining flexibility of operation when in “off-grid” waters.
Pratt Naval Architecture investigated design factors including propulsion and powering, damage stability and disabled access during the project and were delighted when the vessel was reported to have attained its design speeds under the different modes of propulsion during trials.
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