The second instalment of our round-up of key superyacht happenings in 2015
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After a number of years in development at the Abu Dhabi Shipyard, the 141-metre Yas was spotted on her maiden cruise entering Gibraltar. A decommissioned Dutch frigate when she arrived at the yard in 2009, the long-running conversion to a private yacht features exterior and interior styling by Pierre Jean Design. The yacht certainly isn’t what you’d call classically styled, with the forward areas of darkened windscreen a striking feature.
Also spotted on sea trials off Norway was the 107-metre Ulysses. Built at the Kleven yard, the explorer yacht first hit the water in 2014. Her 116-metre sister launches later this year.
Arriving in Venice on her maiden cruise is Taransay, Rossinavi’s beautiful 38.5-metre recreation of a gentlemen’s motor yacht. After leaving the yard in Viareggio, the yacht cruised to Malta and then headed for Venice and a berth close to St Mark’s Square. The yacht’s Studio Tassin interior, in mahogany and bleached ash, harks back to an era of captain-owners with a reefer jacket and a characterful pipe. There is accommodation for ten on the lower deck.
Promising a charter with a difference this winter was Northrop & Johnson’s Alaskan Collection. Three yachts, including the 40-metre Westport Serengeti, will be cruising the region, which is becoming increasingly popular with charterers.
This year’s Baccarat SuperYacht World Award was handed to François Fiat and his wife, owners of the staggering MV Yersin, who received a unique piece of Baccarat crystal at a special event during the Monaco Yacht Show. This 77-metre yacht-cum-exploration-platform is the work of the Piriou yard. “The stewardship of the oceans is one of the most important issues facing us in the decades to come, and what François Fiat and Piriou have achieved with MV Yersin is an example to all owners about the value of thinking creatively about the challenges of running a 21st Century superyacht,” we said at the gathering of industry heads and special guests aboard the yacht.
At the Monaco Yacht Show, Damen Shipyard – the parent of the Amels yard – revealed more details of its SeaXplorer range of go-anywhere yachts from 65 to 100 metres. A key innovation is the ‘double acting’ hull – a knife bow to cut through a big sea, and an ice-breaking stern for when the yacht gets to polar regions.
Wider’s flagship 165 was on the move at midnight, and the yacht’s hull made a 900-metre journey down Italian public roads to the finishing facility that had recently been vacated by Wider’s 150, which had just launched. The 50-metre Wider 165 – known as Project Cecilia – took two hours to move. She was created by designer Fulvio De Simoni in collaboration with Wider’s founder and CEO Tilli Antonelli and the in-house design team, with a brief to enhance the owner’s contact with the sea. She is expected to be launched in 12 months.
Also reaching us this month were further details of the Riva 50M. The two flavours of the 50-metre will be a sporty line with echoes of the Riva coupé yachts, and a more traditional version, based in the 1964 Caravelle.
On the move at the Lürssen yard was Project Omar, the details of which are so tightly held that even her LOA of 156 metres is a best estimate. If she is that long, she’s the fourth largest superyacht ever built and said to be the biggest ever in terms of internal volume. Her nameplate reveals her name as Dilbar. There are at least five decks above the main deck, and she is constructed in steel and aluminium. She was first seen on the water in April on a floating dock, and is expected to be handed over later this year.
Hakvoort launched its biggest ever yacht, the 61-metre Just J’s. She left the Monnickendam facility for Oranjewerf, where her mast was to be fitted before sea trials.
Moran Yacht & Ship announced the sale of the 139-metre Project Redwood. The yacht will be built at at Lürssen, and designed by Nuvolari Lenard. She will accommodate up to 36 guests in 20 staterooms. The Moran Yacht & Ship new construction team will be overseeing her construction – she is due to be completed and delivered to her new owners in 2019.
Bringing the superyacht year to a close is the remake of the cult movie Point Break, which opens on Boxing Day, and features a supporting cast that includes the superyacht Ocean Emerald. The 41-metre, launched at Rodriquez Yachts in 2010, plays host to a party of the criminal masterminds in the film, the yachting sequences of which were filmed off Brindisi. Ocean Emerald also charters through Floating Life.