#685 - Calixas 105
Displacement Expedition Yacht
Using principles and software that the automotive and aeronautical communities have mastered in recent years, the highly talented team at Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architects began developing early models of the Calixas C2 almost immediately after the initial styling exercises wrapped up. Engineers at GCMNA tackled their most complex and complete engineering assignment to date. In some instances manufacturers made available 3-D models of their devices in addition to traditional 2-D shop drawings. Existing 3D computer models were used whenever available, but many had to be “built”—a costly and time-consuming process. Some were contracted to offshore programmers in Pakistan. The results of this commitment have provided Calixas with a complete library of every system onboard the yacht, and will make future designs for all Calixas yachts much more efficient. Immediate benefits to the process will greatly improve the quality of the 105 Hull#1. The library is the most comprehensive of any large yacht built to date, according to Marshall. The value of the process was also affirmed when MCA plan inspectors praised the GCMNA team, noting that “the changes to plans were the least they had ever seen for a yacht submitted for MCA approval.” MCA is considered the yacht industry’s “Gold Standard” for safety issues and in many countries is a requirement for yachts to be offered for charter.