To-Kalon Motor Yacht, United States of America


The enclosed-bridge motor yacht, To-Kalon was manufactured by Burger Boats in 2008 for an experienced yachting family from the United States. The contract for building a contemporary-styled, high-speed motor yacht was signed in September 2006. It took the subsequent two years to complete the yacht.

International Superyacht Society (ISC) membership had selected the yacht as a finalist for the 2009 International Superyacht Society Design Awards in the 24m – 40m category. ISC each year recognises yacht owners, builders, designers, interior designers, naval architects and stylists.

To-Kalon design

Burger design team, exterior stylist Cor D Rover Design and Donald L. Blount & Associates were brought together to formulate a technically advanced and elegant vessel. Cor D Rover Design provided the technical naval architect drawings while the interior design was carried out by the interior design office of Burger design team.

The overall length of the yacht is 30.7m. The beam at the widest point is 6.9m and the maximum draft has been kept at 1.67m. The yacht is capable of storing 23,697l of fuel and 4,997l of water.

To enable a luxury yacht vacation experience, the yacht was designed with accommodation for six guests and four crew members.

"To prolong its life expectancy, the ship is coated with highly anti-corrosive characterised paint."

Construction

The To-Kalon yacht is the result of carefully calculated design and engineering parameters. The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) certified yacht incorporates all-inclusive use of strong, lightweight materials.

With the motive of "need-for-speed", the hull and superstructure of the yacht were built using Alustar Aluminium alloy, which is nearly 20% stronger than conventional aluminium alloy. This helps in achieving the structural rigidity of the ship. To prolong its life expectancy, the ship is coated with highly anti-corrosive characterised paint.

Both hard and soft chines are used to furnish the hull. While the hard chine allows it to achieve higher speeds by providing necessary lift, the comfortable sea-keeping qualities are ensured by soft chine. Due to the extensive use of lightweight materials in its construction, the yacht can achieve a top speed of 27.8kts.

The ship's interior has been given a traditional look using Sapele wood panelling with accents of Sapele Pommele, applied extensively throughout the main deck saloon and guest accommodations. A Sapele veneer and hardwood-crafted open spiral staircase, positioned in front of three large, full-length windows, has been built at the centre of the ship. Sapele hardwood handrail of the staircase is supported by antique bronze rods.

The walls of the Sky Lounge and pilothouse, located on the upper deck of the ship, are panelled in Kaya wood, helped by ebony inlays. Featured with leather lounge sofas, the Sky Lounge bears a domed ceiling painted by a New York artist. The pilothouse is fitted with a steering wheel made of stainless steel, and has its instruments, switches, electronics and controls and arranged properly.

Accommodation

The ship can accommodate up to six guests.

"To achieve high speed performance, the To-Kalon is equipped with a pair of 2,400hp marine engines."

The owner's stateroom, which is located on the lower deck of the ship, has interior finishing, decoration and built-in furniture, all of which are furnished with Sapele pommele woods.

The owner's suite is facilitated by two separate bathrooms and has a shared shower. Out of the two guest staterooms, which are situated forward of the owner's stateroom, one is furnished with a queen and the other with twin bedrooms.

The living room is furnished with a desk area, book shelves and flat screen TV.

To-Kalon facilities

The ship's main deck saloon is equipped with electric sliding doors and a custom bar that can be adjusted as a seated or standing position bar. The dining area, which is situated forward of the saloon can easily be accessed and served from the kitchen. The ship also has a laundry area.

The teak wood furnished aft deck is facilitated by an integrated hot tub/pool with sun pads. The tub/pool is fitted with a step-up handrail with slip-proof stairs and stainless steel railings.

Marine propulsion

To achieve high speed performance, the To-Kalon is equipped with a pair of 2,400hp MTU-M93 Common Rail marine engines which are capable of generating 2,400bhp of power at 2,450 rpm. The ship's Quantum twin-fin QC1000 system provides stability while cruising at high speed. For its smooth manoeuvring, the ship uses Quantum's QT-120 Duo-Prop bow thruster. Propulsion of the ship is achieved by twin screw propellers.