Her hull is made of E-Glass and Vinylester resin lamination using infusion process, deck and superstructure are made of vacuum bagged carbon fiber, and all floors are structural and made of vacuum bagged E-Glass.
All interior furniture, produced in house, are made of lightweight cored material such as high-density polyurethane foam or composite and aluminum honeycomb.
The Gladiator 961 Speed can reach the speed of 50 knots and is available with three different power packages: Twin MAN® 2000 HP with U-Drives and propeller shafts for clients looking for speeds in the region of 38 knots; Twin MTU® 16V 2000M96L delivering 2600 HP; Triple MAN® V12 – 2000 HP for the most speed addicted clients. In the last two cases, engines are coupled to JDM® Surface Drives equipped with JDM® Auto-Trim and Auto-Flaps computer allowing to electronically reach, at a given speed, the best tabs and trim settings optimizing fuel burn. Hull #1, which will be based in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, is currently being built in the triple engine configuration.
As of today, hull number one has been completed, faired, with all structural floors already glassed in, all bulkheads installed, lower deck piping and structural tanks completed and carbon fiber deck in the making and planned to be installed in June with engines going in in July.
Comfort is always a priority, that’s why the yacht features the large transom sun pad which hides a 3,80-meter jet tender launched with a hidden crane. The laminated glass windows recessed on the swimming platform are located above the propellers for easy visual inspection of the transmissions. To add to the excitement, a heavy-duty camera will be installed, recessed in the transom underneath the swimming platform, relaying the images of the three 5-Blade surface propellers spinning on the onboard TV screens. The aft deck offers a lounge area for 12 people with direct access to a wet bar with grill, ice maker and fridge. At night, two carbon fiber poles will take place at each aft corner of the sun pad to install a 1,60 x 2,80 m screen which will turn the entire aft deck into an outdoor cinema. The foredeck is coming with a lounge with two gigantic sofas and an ergonomic sun pad.
The main deck interior is designed with two face-to-face sofas with full height side windows offering unobstructed views of the water. Further fore, the round dining table is separated from the wheelhouse by a floor to ceiling totem equipped with a mirror TV wall. The helmsman will be seated in the exact center line for a better feel of the boat at high speed. Visibility from the wheelhouse is considerably increased by the structureless single glass panel windshield. The lower deck cabins’ access stairwell is located to the port of the wheelhouse while, to the starboard side, is the automatic side deck access door to the passageway. An independent stairwell aft leads to the Boffi® galley, crew quarters for four and to the engine room access.
Down below, the boat is offered either with three cabins and a home cinema or four cabins. Hull number one will be a four-cabin layout with the full beam master in the center of the boat, two twins on each side and the VIP at the bow.
The Gladiator 961 Speed will be launched next spring 2023 and will be unveiled to the general public at the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival.