Shock mitigation suspension seating stabilizes crew of the new 23-meter XSV20 during stormy Bay of Biscay crossing
Frank Kowalski, Managing Director of Safehaven Marine, provides a first-hand account of a mighty 2,500nm journey from Cork in Ireland to Porto Cervo on Sardinia’s idyllic coast – a delivery voyage extraordinaire made in one of his own Safehaven XSV20s, a striking 23m all-weather vessel that has the power to court both wealthy superyacht owners and professional mariners alike.
The newly-built Safehaven XSV20 was put to the test during its 2,500nm delivery voyage from Cork Harbour to Porto Cervo on the Sardinian coast. Six-meter waves and 40-knot winds were no match for the vessel and its crew as it journeyed across the Bay of Biscay to its awaiting new owner. A unique hybrid hull design features an asymmetrical catamaran with a wave-piercing monohull, achieving a carefully-calibrated combination of stability and rough-weather performance. The design incorporates a hydrofoil system for efficiency at high speeds, and initial sea trials during the build showed the boat achieved a maximum speed of 45 knots. For crew and passenger safety, the interior is equipped with SHOXS military-spec shock mitigation seating for all personnel. The air shock design of the seating system absorbs wave impacts and vibration acting on the hull, allowing the crew to avoid injury and fatigue from the constant exposure to hazardous forces.