Panorama FF46 Powerboat of the Year
DÜSSELDORF _ A stem-to-stern floor of 45 m² (484 sq. ft). An all-round view from the raised bridge. Ample inside volume. A catchy, contemporary design. The Boot Düsseldorf jury did not think long about the winner of its 2015 European Powerboat of the Year award. The top honor in the trawler class went to Steeler Yachts’ Panorama 46FF (flat floor), an eye-catching design by Vripack Naval Architects.
Vripack’s Bart Bouwhuis and Marnix Hoekstra say the steel-hulled Panorama 46FF “really does not look like a yacht at all. And, yet, it’s the most logical boat ever. In fact, the jury told us they never came to a Best-Boat-of-Europe decision more quickly. They were unanimous in their praise for how the boat meets the needs of the future generation of boat owners. We take that as a huge compliment … A goose bump moment!”
Steeler Yachts owner Hans Webbink is bullish about his flat-floor yachts. He calls the Panorama “a fast moving apartment with a sun deck.” His steel-hulled boat boasts a one-level, bow-to-stern living space, flanked by vast windows, under a flybridge deck. In 2014, based on the drawings alone, he sold 2 Panorama-46FF yachts. He is now working on a 53-footer. On the horizon, looms a 65-footer.
The flat-floor design creates twice as much inside space as a conventional hull of the same length. The FF offers, across a length of barely 14m, the same inside volume as a 21.3 m (70ft) yacht. The Panorama 46FF offers easy access to all areas which is remarkable for a flybridge design that tends to keep you isolated from what is taking place in the main living areas.
The motor yacht has straight bulkheads and two doors on either side so that you can moor virtually dry and get on and off without much hassle. Since the roof runs over the entire yacht the self-draining cockpit is covered offering shelter from the sun.
Three Panorama FF versions have been developed: the FF46 with its water displacement hull (top speed 11 knots), an FF48 Offshore (aluminum hull, 23 knots) en een FF53 (aluminum hull, triple IPS, 34 knots). Hans Webbink: “We are convinced the FlatFloor advantages do not need to be limited to water displacement yachts.
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