The yacht is a larger sistership to Ulysses, which was delivered earlier this year.
Spotted on sea trials in the Norwegian fjords, the latest private yacht to launch for Kleven is 116-metre explorer U116, which is rumoured to also be called Ulysses once the owner’s current Ulysses, the 107-metre U107, is sold. The yacht is the second Kleven for veteran yacht owner Graeme Hart, who also owned a previous Ulysses, a 59.7-metre Trinity now called Grand Rusalina, which was a local favourite in her home port of Auckland.
The yacht bears many of the same hallmarks as Ulysses, including the state-of-the-art bridge, unfaired hull, helicopter deck and dedicated foredeck space for tenders and toys (including a large garage at sea level for land vehicles, diving equipment and further sea toys). U107 boasts a cradle and custom crane for stowing U21, the 50-knot, 22-metre catamaran chase boat, and U116 looks to have a similar set up.
The exterior styling is remarkably similar, with the same rectangular windows and wide, squared-off deck spaces. The only significant different to look at the two yachts is the colour of the hull, with the design team opting for a navy blue finish on U116 as opposed to Ulysses’s light grey.
Photo: Berge Myrene