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Winter 2007

Article selected from our quarterly magazine dedicated to the largest and most luxurious boats with information, interviews, technical articles, images and yachting news



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Article by
Angelo Colombo

Photos by Glenn Thiesenhusen and Matthieu Carlin


Mirgab V is the biggest motoryacht built to date at the American Burger Boat Company yard. It was a challenge for the shipyard but above all an occasion for redefining its projects and modifying the set-up of its production infrastructures which are now able to handle yachts up to 200 feet LOA. The Burger Boat Company has entered this sector precisely with Mirgab V.


LOA: 43.80 m.
beam: 8.50 m.
draft: 2.10 m.
full load displacement: 306.000 Kg.
fuel tanks: 64.352 litres
water tanks: 11.356 litres
engines: 2 x 2.735 HP MTU 12V4000.

For further information contact Burger Boat Company, 1811 Spring Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220, USA; tel. +1 920 684 1600; fax +1 920 684 6555; website; email

Previously the biggest Burger boat was 127', this in spite of the yard's 143 years of history with many vessels built. But the owner of Mirgab V, a wealthy gentleman from Kuwait, was struck by the yard's boats which he had seen in various ports around the world and in specialised magazines and he wanted this American yard to build him the yacht he had in mind. It was an important moment for the yard inasmuch as it soon received another six commissions for yachts over 140 feet. Needless to say, Mirgab V is a unique vessel, designed on the basis of the owner's requirements in a contemporary classic style developed by the yard's technical department throughout both the external and internal layouts. As a whole the yacht has been conceived to offer great living spaces for relaxation in the sun or indoors in the generous superstructure. First off, the design is developed on three decks plus sundeck. The guests' night zone is on the lower deck where there are three double bed cabins and two with twin beds, all with private bathroom and all accessible from a shared landing where there is also a stairway leading to the main deck. Forward on the lower deck the crew's quarters include cabins, a relaxation and dining area and a galley. There's another crew cabin fully aft on the port side, with direct access to the spacious engine room which also houses all the on-board systems and control units. Clearly this is the chief engineer's cabin. The main deck is characterised in the forward section by full beam development of the superstructure, a solution which gives abundant volumes to the owner's suite: office, bathroom, relaxation area with sofa and table, central double bed, dressing table, dressing room and another large size bathroom with tub. Aft of the owner's suite we find the galley on the port side and a spiral staircase that links all the decks. This zone is adjacent to the spacious indoor dining area: a central table comfortably seating ten. Proceeding aft we come to the saloon with two L-shaped sofas, four armchairs and four central coffee tables. There are multimedia entertainment systems, a bar, a large size video screen and excellent lighting from the side windows of the superstructure. Access to and from the cockpit is by a sliding glass door. The cockpit is also accessible by two side stairways from the command bridge aft, and from the main deck by a stairway in the superstructure. The furnishings include a sofa set athwartship and a dining table with armchairs around the perimeter. The upper deck features original and decidedly interesting choices, such as access from the covered deck forward by means of an insert in the superstructure that opens up to a relaxation area with sofa and table, just forward of the command station and in a dominant position. Two side gangways lead from here to the command station and to the interior of the superstructure which also houses the captain's night area with double bed, private bathroom and direct access to the technical room. In the same zone there's a daytime bathroom and a room for listening to music, watching films or playing multimedia games, everything of course with high fidelity equipment and suitable sound insulation. The saloon is developed aft, with two facing L- shaped sofas and two tables, and with access farther aft to a relaxation corner with a card table and a small bar. Here too, access to the area aft is by means of a glass door leading to the outdoor dining area with its great circular table and sofas for after-dinner relaxation. The sundeck is very spacious and equipped with everything necessary for enjoyment of leisure time. Athwartship in the stern area the tender is set on special supports and is equipped with handling davit. There's another tender with davit forward on the main deck. The hull is semi- displacement and ABS certificated. This is also the first Burger creation that fully corresponds to MCA standards. The engines are two MTU 12V4000's that give Mirgab V a maximum speed of around 20 knots. As we said, it's a design that includes numerous innovations, not only in the challenge the yard took up in creating this yacht, but also in a stylistic context, thanks to the solutions developed by the shipyard's designer Douglas Richey. In giving concrete responses to the owner's requirements he has developed entirely new and certainly functional concepts, such as for example the terrace obtained by removing a portion of the ship's side on the main deck. As for the interiors, mention should be made of the materials employed, which include facings in African Cherry and Makore, in order to achieve the designer's aim of emphasis on classic style. And attention should be drawn to the numerous works of art on board, including paintings by James Hart Dyke from the London gallery John Mitchell Fine Paintings. Other special details include a pneumatic lift connecting all the decks, set in a glass housing. In developing the project the engineers paid special attention to noise and vibration levels originating from the technical rooms and the engines, creating solutions that result in sound levels in the owner's suite never reaching 28 db(A). Which is to say imperceptible noise. Furthermore, the levels were measured at anchor, with the generators and air conditioning running. Lastly, all the cabins were designed with a concept that isolates them totally from the structure: they are floating on supports that absorb vibrations and sound emissions of every nature.