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January 2004

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Fabio Petrone


The Danish yard Royal Denship is without doubt one of Europe's foremost for the construction of big boats in composite. Large fast motor yachts, sailing superyachts, expedition yachts, displacement vessels etc. are all part of its extremely wide and heterogeneous repertoire of customised boats, making this northern European company one of the most interesting and successful on the whole international scene, also in virtue of its consolidated skills in building steel and aluminium vessels.

Six well structured and efficient yards, reporting to general headquarters in Aarhus, plus a highly qualified workforce. Strategically located agencies in two great sailing centres, Florida and Italy: the cutting edge of well organised business and service networks in the USA and in Europe but also in the East. A staff of top professionals, technicians and managers, who have always worked closely with the most famous international designers and architects on hulls, structures and systems that offer maximum guarantees in terms of toughness and reliability. The speed with which the boatyard succeeds in "packaging" its superyachts (from 18 to 24 months). All these factors give a better idea of what lies behind the important successes achieved during the history of this Danish boatyard. A success story further consolidated by a recently built 137 foot vessel, launched with the name of "Unforgettable". Hull and structures are in fibreglass and composite materials, with a special displacement bottom designed to maintain, fully loaded, a cruising speed of 10 knots in sea state 6 and also guaranteeing full efficiency and handling under even worse weather conditions.

All in all an outstandingly seaworthy vessel, built to meet the strictest international directives governing safety, as certified by DNV (Det Norske Veritas) with the attribution of class 1A1, LC, R0, YACHT, but also a boat with a wealth of good looks and an undoubtedly classic layout without excesses. Precisely for this reason her indisputable elegance of form and her ageless appearance will probably remain constant in time and certainly find admirers for many years to come.


Overall length: 42.40 m
Beam: 8.10 m
Fuel tank: 49.962 litres
Water tank: 19.985 litres
Standard motorisation: 2 x 600 HP Caterpillar 3406E DITA
Declared maximum speed: 13.6 knots.

For further information contact Royal Denship A/S; Delgas Avenue 42; 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark; phone +45 86117353; fax +45 86117453.

The same goes for the interior by Francois Zuretti, the skilful interior designer behind some of the most interesting motor yachts launched in the past few years. The flair and personality that he manages to infuse into the overall décor integrates well with the functionality proper to a seagoing boat like the "Unforgettable", thus obtaining a most enjoyable mix of refined luxury and full exploitation of space. The elegance of the interior, featuring wall panelling in finest American cherry, expresses the concept of a design aimed at total comfort for those living on the yacht. Right down to the smallest details, which are obviously abundant on a three deck plus sundeck vessel. The lowest houses the night- time areas for guests and crew - each with separate access from the main deck - and is furnished luxuriously in minute detail to ensure maximum relaxation. There are four guest cabins in the central area: two VIP cabins aft with double bed, relaxation corner, dressing room and bathroom complete with Jacuzzi, and two forward with twin beds and office corners, each cabin with its own private bathroom. Forward of the guest area, the three cabins for the crew all have private bathrooms. There is also a dinette furnished with L-shaped sofa, armchairs and dining table. In line with the principle of total comfort Royal Denship has put latest generation multimedia systems in all the cabins, including the crew's. Right at the stern is the hatch which, when lowered, gives access to the garage for tender and sports equipment and serves as a runner for launching and hauling aboard. The main deck features a full-beam constructional solution forward, thus exploiting the entire width of the structure. The layout was designed to offer as much comfort as possible since most on-board activity will very likely take place here. Indoors there are two saloons, one for relaxation and one for dining. The former is furnished with sofas, coffee tables, corner bar, card table and foldaway plasma TV in its own unit, while the dining area, forward of the saloon in a slightly separated area, has a table for ten. On the same deck there is a large galley/dining-room and a service room for the electrical control units and panels which are therefore easily inspected and accessed for use. The owner's cabin, farther forward, is furnished with double bed, relaxation corner, wardrobe and breakfast table. There is also a private bathroom with double washbasin and central dressing table, a large Jacuzzi, shower cabin and separate toilet and a private study equipped with multimedia system. Still on the same deck there is another bathroom with toilet and washbasin. The cockpit is for relaxing in the open air and has a sofa and coffee table. The bridge is on the deck above. The central cockpit is furnished with an ergonomic chair, chart tables and a sofa for the skipper's moments of relaxation. His cabin, aft of the bridge, has a double bed, office corner and a bathroom complete with shower. For leisure time indoors there is a saloon with sofa, armchairs and coffee table on the port side and a card table, bar corner and bathroom on the starboard. Outdoors, on the sea-terrace, there is a round dining table, seating eight, and sunbathing cushions aft. The sundeck expresses the stylistic concepts of modern yachts and features a Jacuzzi in the centre, sun-beds aft, a cocktail cabinet and three sofas each with a coffee table. The "Unforgettable" is a yacht whose strong point is comfort under way. The Danish yard was not seeking high performance but rather a means for enjoying the sea in total relaxation, with a long range at cruising speed. So two 600 HP Caterpillar engines were chosen to power the "Unforgettable" at a declared maximum speed of 13.6 knots.