German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen has launched the largest yacht in their history, the 98-meter Aviva, for UK billionaire Joe Lewis in January 2017. Recently delivered to her owner, the superyacht has been spotted in Palma de Mallorca.Lewis, whose net worth is estimated at $5,3 billion by Forbes, is also the current owner of the 68-meter Aviva, delivered by Abeking & Rasmussen in 2007. The new 98-meter is to become the UK billionaire's 4th Aviva.During the weeks before the launch, the shipyard prepared a special system for the new yacht. A large pontoon from Norway had been shipped in and moored in front of the new building shed. A special hydraulic platform trailer with 60 wheels combined with a winch moved the 98m yacht onto the pontoon.Reymond Langton Design were chosen to style the exterior, who, working with designer Toby Silverton on the exterior, developed a sleek and elegant profile. Inside they created a modern interior with a full sized padel tennis court, 20m x 10m x 6m high. The powerful looking hull is the result of new research and testing which ensures superior seakeeping abilities combined with a 20% decrease in drag. Less engine output is required, fuel consumption is reduced and the maximum speed is a full 20 knots. A very special feature is the hybrid drive system: it allows Aviva to run at up to 11 knots without the use of the main engines, using electric motors only. As a result of a vast planning program, A&R managed to launch the yacht within 33 months from signing of the contract. Photos by @thilowitting
August 24, 2017
Van der Valk has recently delivered 26-metre Forum to her delighted owner. This Raised Pilothouse yacht was designed by Guido de Groot, and boasts an interior devised by the owner’s own interior architect in partnership with our in-house department. Built for sailing principally in the Baltic Sea, she features a mast that lowers hydraulically to keep her clearance below six metres, as well as a very large flybridge designed specially for entertainment. Forum’s king-size flybridge includes an American barbecue & grill, a wet bar & pantry, and two L-shaped settees with two tables that can be merged into a single large one. This level also features an outdoor helm station as well as several delightful alfresco lounge possibilities, including sun pads forward to port and a large sunbathing area far forward on the flybridge level (accessed directly from the main deck).The main deck aft is taken up by a large outdoor dining space and a hydraulic platform for the tender. The lovely saloon includes a spacious conference room for business meetings, which contains lots of communications & entertainment equipment and doubles as an informal dining space. The galley has a practical direct connection to the utility area below, which contains a large storage room and freezer room. And the generous master suite forward on the main deck features a king-sized bed on the centreline as well as a beautiful bathroom forward.Forum’s other accommodation spaces are below deck. They include two identical VIP suites with large beds as well as one guest cabin for up to four people; each of the cabins has its own bathroom. The crew mess forward links to a captain’s cabin and a crew cabin with bunk bed, as well as a bathroom and pantry.Forum sports a V-drive propulsion system with twin MTU 10V 2000 M93 engines of 1502 hp each, which can deploy a substantial maximum and cruising speed of 23 and 18 knots, respectively. She also has twin 26-kilowatt generators and a Najad hydraulic fin stabilization system.Contributing to what has already been a busy 50th jubilee year for the shipyard, the delivery of Forum adds to a series of achievements that has already included the 23-metre Flybridge Valencia and Anemeli.
August 23, 2017
On Saturday, the 18th of February, 49.9m superyacht has been launched at the Rossinavi facility in Pisa. 300 guests were present at the ceremony, turned around the speeches of the owner family thanking the shipyard and the team involved in the boat construction.Christened Endeavour II, the yacht features exterior design by Enrico Gobbi - Team For Design, interior style by Achille Salvagni with the naval architecture by Arrabito Naval Architects. This all-aluminium displacement yacht comprises a total volume of less than 500GT and can sleep up to 10 guests, as well as a crew of 9. Performance wise she is powered by 2 x CGT/Caterpillar C32 Acert engines providing the yacht a maximum speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots. Inside, a generous full-beam owner’s suite forward to the weather deck enjoys plenty of light and a wonderful panorama thanks to the long windows along the two main sides and an unusual private balcony. The exterior areas of the Endeavour II make various configuration possible, including an exclusive sun area forward, placed over the wide garage.Rossinavi has recently sold 70m motor yacht project King Shark and is currently building 63-meter Project Vector for JR Ridinger.Photos by Emmanuel L
August 23, 2017
Lurssen has launched the 74-meter Aurora at their facility in Rendsburg, Germany, in March 2017, with Moran Yacht & Ship confirming the delivery 2 months ago. Now the yacht has been captured cruising in the South of France.Previously known to the public as Project Thor, the yacht was commissioned back in the first quarter of 2014 through Moran Yacht & Ship. With an interior and an exterior by Winch Design, the 74-meter Aurora, known internally as Project Gatsby, features accommodations for 16 guests in 8 well-appointed staterooms. With an interior volume of 2113 GT, Aurora is larger than most yachts of comparable length.Her interior is based on the early 1900s Art Deco era, taking inspiration from influential artists and designers from the time period. Unique and particular, the interior was heavily influenced by the owner's input. The master suite is based on antique artworks and each guest cabin boasts individual characteristics.Powered by twin MTU engines, Aurora stretches over a beam of 13.2 meters and reaches a top speed of 18 knots and cruise at 16 knots. The last Lurssen yacht to bear the name Aurora was a 61-meter yacht also designed by Winch Design launched in 2004 under the name Phoenix for the late Jan Kulczyk.In 2009, Phoenix was listed for sale asking €65 million and then sold in 2010 at an asking price of €55 million, ahead of the delivery of the 90-meter Lurssen, Phoenix 2. Following the sale, she was renamed to Aurora. In February 2015, she was listed for sale again asking €49,750,000 and then sold a little over a year later at the same asking price. The 61-meter yacht has since been refitted and is now known as Avanti.Photos by @acyachts_monaco
August 23, 2017
First unveiled during press conference in Milan, Sanlorenzo has today launched its new SX88 crossover yacht. Measuring 27m, the yacht features interior by Piero Lissoni, who will collaborate with the yard to develop the rest of the SX range. As for the exterior, it has been penned by Officina Italiana Design.Built from a GRP hull and carbonfibre superstructure, the yacht incorporates the best features of an explorer and a flybridge yacht. A particular attention was given by Sanlorenzo to the environment sustainability, with a specific care and sensibility to the environment where the yacht is operating and the one where is built. SX88’s construction process is based on low environment impact procedures and materials developed and tuned by Sanlorenzo. Thanks to the combination of high power lithium batteries with new lighting technologies, low consumption systems, efficient thermal insulation assured by the special new insulating glass fit on the windows, SX88 can use all the services on board for 4 to 8 hours at “zero emissions”. Because of these features Rina awarded SX88 with the Green Class.SX88 is built and assembled in the traditional Amelia’s (La Spezia) boatyard where Sanlorenzo elected its headquarter. She will be officially introduced to the market and press during Cannes Yachting Festival in September. The international market already welcomed SX88, buying the first six units. Next deliveries will beavailable starting from spring 2018.Sanlorenzo’s Superyacht Division, located in La Spezia, has recently launched the third superyacht in its 460Explorer line: Ocean’s Four.
August 22, 2017