Newcastle Shipyard/Tyneside Yachts 2012
The owners of the 128-foot Newcastle Safira not only tapped Sparkman & Stephens for its expertise in naval architecture, but also insisted on environmental responsibility throughout the design and construction process, as well as in the finished yacht herself.
To that end, Sparkman & Stephens gave Safira a hull form coupled to Schottel azimuthing pod drives, allowing the yacht to cruise 20 percent more efficiently than similar-size yachts with conventional propulsion systems. LED lighting reduced electrical loads on board, and outfitting materials were renewable and recycled, including cotton, silk and wool. Safira’s outdoor decking was spec’d in Esthec, a composite material that resembles teak, but without a single tree being felled.