M/Y Artefact

The story of M/Y Artefact began through numerous conversations between captain and owner and 2 years of extensive research.  The owner’s vision was to create a yacht with his family’s comfort being paramount, while creating minimal impact on the environment.  Captain Aaron Clark came to him with a design concept from Greg C. Marshall Naval Architects in Victoria, Canada which enabled him to grasp a concept of how together they might create the ultimate marriage of art and science.

A man of science, the owner had very specific requirements in mind for his yacht.  Nobiskrug Shipyard took the challenge and saw an opportunity to create something unique unlike anything the yachting world had yet seen.  Captain Aaron relocated to Rendsburg, Germany for the entire 4+ year design process and build, working tirelessly to push through obstacles and persevered together with an exceptional build team, including his wife Alyssa who is chief stewardess onboard.

Always envisioned as an exclusively private vessel, key aspects for the family’s comfort are stability, privacy and low noise levels. The captain and bridge team control stability with dynamic positioning at anchor, and have the ability to put the boat in directional to create lower impact of the natural forces of sun and wind to the guest experience.  The concept behind the operational layout is minimal interface between owner and crew, ensuring respect for the family’s privacy.  For noise reduction, engineering and interior design features keep the db (vibration) levels down to a minimum.  And it is the personal responsibility of every crew member to always be extremely conscious of footsteps, doors and voices.

To reduce impact on the marine environment, the diesel-electric M/Y Artefact implements new technology such as batteries (DC bus) so that the vessel burns only the amount of fuel it needs for each operational profile.  Solar power contributes energy as well, and its Tier 3 exhaust system limits emissions.  As the vessel is too large to go into most marinas, dynamic positioning (dp) provides an effective alternative to anchoring and thus protects the seabed.

The crew environment created onboard is equally important to the owner and captain, and the layout ensures the best possible situation onboard for everyone.  The generous crew mess is full beam with big windows and top-of–the-line amenities.  There is also the light-filled galley, ample crew lounge and fully-equipped crew gym. Good crew morale works hand-in-hand with stellar service to the owners.  And it helps that the crew is a team of individuals attracted to the idea of a world-traveling, bio-friendly vessel, proud of the image it projects to the world.