Voyager class Yacht is essentially a large shuttle with accommodations
suitable for diplomatic personnel on short duration interplanetary
missions. The yacht is docked to the underside of the main Quantum
torpedo turret of the Voyager class, with access via a large roof
ship can cruise at relativistic speed, although Starfleet practice
is to limit all non-critical missions to no more than 0.25 c in
order to minimize time dilation effects. Like all of the new generation,
it is a warp capable design intended to be capable of short and
medium duration interstellar missions as well as interplanetary
trips. The Yacht is capable of warp 9 in an emergency, but its
normal cruise speed is warp 5, giving it the same general mission
radius as a Danube class Runabout. It is capable of atmospheric
operation and landings.
ship contains a small cargo bay and transporter system, two staterooms,
a shared room for the crew, plus a living area and separate flight
deck. The normal crew is 2, although a single person can handle
the flight controls. A third crew member cares for the guests.
standard armament is 2 forward firing pulse phasers, and the yacht
is capable of firing tachyon bursts in an emergency and is equipped
with shields for defensive purposes.
practice, the yacht is not often used. Insystem operations are
of such duration that Captains have generally preferred to use
shuttles for these kinds of roles.