Van Triumph was built in Hong Kong in 1984 as the private yacht for a well known Hong Kong ship owner, and has remained in his ownership since new. She was designed and built to meet the owner’s requirement for a very strongly built yacht, capable of going anywhere and operating for long period of time without side assistance. Van Triumph is indeed one of the very first “Expedition” type yacht long before the concept gained widespread acceptance.
The hull is overbuilt and exceeds Lloyds 100A1 rule in most areas. The design has the ability to withstand extreme sea conditions. Van Triumph has a high bow and free board and has the capability to load 122 tones of ballast amidships to decrease the center of gravity. The double bottom is divided into 26 compartments port and starboard. Longitudinally the yacht is subdivided into 10 watertight compartments. The Ship is built to a 3 compartment standard and also has a double hull with 1m separation in the area of the engine room and control room. Each side of the double hull is further sub-divided into 4 compartments. This construction creates a very strong hull which has the ability to keep the vessel afloat even after sustaining major hull damage.
The accommodation and wheelhouse are quite literally bullet proof having been built for areas in the world where piracy was and remains a real threat.
The Van Triumph has an estimated range of 15,000 miles at 11 knots. Total fuel capacity is 260 tones. There is also a provision for 5 tones of gasoline for the tenders. Very large refrigeration areas allow for long voyages without the need for re-provisioning. A stainless steel tank gives 17 tones of drinking water, plus there is a water generating capacity of over 20 tones per day.
As Van Triumph is designed to operate in remote areas, the yacht has fully equipped workshops for running repairs.
The end result of this is a significant vessel, which has enough capability for extended voyaging in remote areas.