Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman has launched their largest superyacht to date and the world’s largest all-aluminium sailing vessel, the 81-metre schooner Sea Eagle II. The launch took place at the builder's main shed in Vollenhove, specially extended for the project. Sea Eagle II reportedly belongs to Taiwanese billionaire businessman and philanthropist Samuel Yen-Liang Yin.
The superyacht came from the drawing boards of designer Mark Whiteley, with naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects. The project was first revealed at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show as the largest Asian-owned yacht. Within a year, Royal Huisman completed the design phase, and began construction in 2017.
The exteriors of Sea Eagle II incorporate the owner’s requirements for world cruising, fast yet comfortable and iconic look. The distinguishing superstructure features a half-raised bridge for inside steering. The yacht’s flybridge offers full controls during sailing, comfortable seating for guests wishing to be close up with the yacht’s navigation, and opportunity for sunbathing. The sheltered main cockpit beneath the flybridge features a bar, sofas and a large table.
A variety of innovative features enhance the yacht’s appeal. The newly developed sliding Rondal door with individually operated moving glass panels provides a seamless transition from the cockpit into the interior, whereas the flybridge steering stations give access to the hydraulically operated crow’s nest for an exhilarating ride up the main mast with breathtaking views.
Various watersports gear such as water scooters, a large guest tender with dive equipment, kayaks and SUP boards will be stored under the aft deck, and the deck design comprises a number of clever features, such as the crew tender in front being recessed into a pocket, which can be used as a cockpit after launch. The design of the crew entrance on the foredeck ties in with the looks of the main deckhouse.
Dykstra Naval Architects have focused all their expertise on the creation of a hull with a distinguishing hard chine and schooner rig that combines good performance with sea kindliness, stability and comfort. The carbon rig by Rondal – ‘clearing Panama Bridge’ – will be supported by carbon standing rigging. Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects explains that “the plumb bow, very long waterline, sleek hull and large sail area will give the yacht the required high speed and good performance.”
Mark Whiteley designed a modern interior in balance with the exterior living spaces. The design is based on Alpi Walnut bulkheads and comprises oak floors. The yacht can also be used as a platform for business meetings. The forward part of the superstructure has been reserved for the owner and his guests, featuring a combined saloon with comfortable seating and a large table with 16 seats for formal dining. Accommodation acapicity meanwhile allows to sleep 12 guests.
Samuel Yin is currently holding an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion (Forbes). Yin is a chairman of Taiwan's Ruentex Group, which has interests in financial services and real estate; he also has stakes in Sun Art Retail Group, a leading hypermarket operator in China. Noteworthy, he once claimed to donate 95% of his wealth to charity during his lifetime.
Samuel Yin’s previous sailing yacht Sea Eagle is nearly 37 metres shorter and has 800 GT less of interior volume compared to Sea Eagle II.
Photo: Dutch Yachting.
Sunreef Yachts has revealed a 40 metre catamaran explorer concept. The yard adds an unstoppable explorer concept to the shipyard’s range of luxury catamarans. The 40M Sunreef Power is a versatile multihull craft dedicated to discovering new horizons. Her propulsion options allow for transoceanic range and solid performance in rough seas.Blending elegance and modern technology, the 40M Sunreef Power can be heavily customized to match ambitious navigation plans. The extended aft deck houses a launching crane, a 7m tender, two jet skis and storage for a variety of water toys. With the hydraulic aft platform lowered, guests can enjoy a full-beam private beach.The superyacht’s 13,34m beam provides for immense living areas totaling 654m² with accommodation spread across three decks. Custom features available for this concept include a playroom with a self-leveling pool table, a steam room or a master suite with a private fold-out balcony.⠀Alfresco relaxation areas include a large sun lounge with a spa pool surrounded by oversized sunpads and a bar as well as a vast bow terrace.
September 10, 2020
How to design a yacht for Freddie Mercury and Forrest Gump? Feadship reveals new 109m Superyacht concept
If you could combine rock star level partying with down-to-earth innovative design, what kind of superyacht would you end up with? Meet Project FG (Freddy Gump), a Feadship design created for the fictional combination of Freddy Mercury and Forrest Gump. It is the latest design to be revealed from the “Carte Blanch Exclusives” archives.⠀The 109-metre Project FG came to life during the Feadship Brokers Course in 2019. Together with the Feadship design team from Studio De Voogt, the invited brokers created a design for a wild – but down to earth – Freddy Gump. In a few days’ time, Project FG was born as a technically feasible design that allows for wild partying at night and peaceful relaxation during daytime.More than 200 people can party in the outdoor beach club. Hidden from the outside world, FG includes a mysterious hidden club in the bow of the yacht for exclusive private gatherings.Marsha Van Buitenen and Jan Schaffers in conversation. Credit: FeadshipFeadship sales director Marsha Van Buitenen says:“The group wanted a character that embodied extremes. They thought about a client that one hand has a party attitude but on the other is very down to earth as well. They combined a fictional character and a real character to dream up the client – for the down to earth side, it was Forest Gump, and for the wilder side, it was Freddie Mercury. With that, Freddie Gump as born.”On the aft deck there is a huge outdoor beach club, which is four times larger than Feadship designed “Savannah”. This beach club accommodates parties of up to 300 people while a panoramic piano lounge on the upper deck acts as the heart of the superyacht and the meeting point of the two personalities – a place that both Freddie Mercury and Forrest Gump could retire to as dusk falls and from where the rest of the yacht design branches out into the individual elements of each character.Other unique design elements of Project FG include a pop-up table tennis court on the tip of the bow that features a glass tube that “pops up” at the push of a button and encloses the table-tennis table so that the players are protected from the effects of the wind.One particular design feature that certainly caters to the rockstar inspirations of Freddie Mercury is the hidden club for where the really crazy parties happen – even crazier than those happening on the aft deck. Guests are not given directions on how to get there but instead have to find a hidden door past an engine in the superyacht’s belly.While Project FG Freddie Gump has yet to find an owner, the technically feasible Feadship design is still open for the kind of owner with an appreciation for wild nights of partying like Mercury and peaceful days of relaxation.Farouk Nefzi, Feadship marketing and brand director, says:There are so many future concepts coming out, but they are simply designed for 50 years from now. That too easy. Everybody can dream but to create something using technology that's applicable today, if you just have the will to do it, that's what we're showcasing. We feel like we can bring some joy to people's life by showcasing the possibilities that we are able to do right now. If you look at these designs, they trigger people to move forward and leverage on the existing technology. We want to showcase what is possible and not be dominated by the generics of this industry. It's very easy to make baby steps into what the next stage of yachting should be. We think we could really speed up the process if we find clients ready and wanting to invest in this.
September 9, 2020
Avanguardia, meaning ‘vanguard’ in English, is the latest luxury yacht concept from Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini, known for his unique watercraft concepts. This mega yacht proposal takes its name from the positioning of the control tower, which also resembles the head of a swan.Like other Lazzarini creations, Avanguardia is also modular, and the owner can pair it with Lazzarini-made jet capsules.With the inspiration for the 'head' stemming from a 1970s Japanese manga, the swan ‘head’ functions as a control tower to maneuver the 137-metre long yacht.This isn’t just for aesthetics, as the control tower can be lowered down to water level and detach from the main vessel, transforming into an auxiliary 16-metre boat, while a second control point aboard Avanguardia keeps her in motion.Avanguardia is subdivided into 5 decks, which include two helipads each with a hangar, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and an abundance of sunbathing and social areas for up to 60 guests while cruising. There is the potential for even more guests for dockside events.As for the overnight accomodation, Avanguardia sleeps up 24 guests as well as 12 staff and a crew of just 10.The imagined propulsion is conceived with twin fully-electric side engines, as well as a central MTU Rolls-Royce engine which would enable the yacht to reach a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots.Lazzarini says the extreordinary yacht can become a reality. To turn this concept into reality, a client has invest $500 million USD in the build.
September 8, 2020
Yacht designer Gian Paolo Nari has revealed the 45-metre superyacht concept named Lovesong.Designed in collaboration with UK builder Brythonic Yachts and with engineering by Kobus Naval Design, Lovesong features a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. There is also a full aluminium version available.Lovesong's key features include a fold-out beach club towards the stern, a large swimming pool above on the main deck and two Jacuzzis. This area also features a helipad that can be converted into another space for summertime soirées in between jaunts to the city. The sun deck is completed by a lounge area with a bar and a helipad that can also be used as an open entertaining space.The 500GT interior can accommodate up to 10 guests across a full beam owner’s suite, two VIPs and two twins. There are also four separate crew cabins. The main saloon and skylounge are fitted with oversized windows and doors providing far reaching ocean views.As for water toys and tenders, Lovesong is equipped with two big tender garages: one at the stern that can hold a seven-metre tender, and one forward which can fit a 4.5-metre boat, along with the two Jetskis. Two 1200HP engines enable Lovesong to have a top speed of 17 knots and cruise speed of 12 knots.
September 7, 2020
The interior of the 48m hull #10233 intended for a South American owner has been revealed for the first time.The interior of this yacht, curated by the Interior Design of Baglietto in collaboration with the tastes of a refined and highly experienced Owner, is defined by "sobriety, calmness and elegance". Natural and warm colors of bronze and ocher compliment the soft shades of brown that personalize the rooms, which are characterized by the use of few, but precious materials, aimed at creating an ever-unique contrasting harmony. Accents in glossy dark wood against the neutral oak background of walls and floors cut out furnishing elements, consoles, and wardrobes, embellished with bronzed inserts, which together with soft shapes and radiated walls create a uniform and welcoming living space.The exterior bears the sign of Francesco Paszkowski Design and presents stylistic and functional improvements that enhance the value of a well-established platform.The vessel has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. It offers incredible volumes and outside areas that are both exquisite and unique – including a vast 140-square-meter sun deck.The stern has a big pool with tanning beds. Still, those looking for soothing shadows can unwind by the roll-bar and lunch area, which has a coffee-bar, barbecue grill, and refrigerator, and is directly connected to the galley thanks to a dumb waiter.A wide sun-bathing area is located forward to this deck. The rounded shape of this deck offers a 360-degree view that is enhanced by glass bulwarks. As per the Owner’s request, a crystal lift connects the decks, including the sun deck.Compared to her two sisterships – M/Y Andiamo and M/Y Silver Fox – , this model has a different layout for the upper deck, which offers more space to the sky lounge and extends to the outside thanks to a semi-circular window. This layout creates a winter garden that houses a comfortable dining table for 12 guests. The large, full-height windows with no obstructions both on this deck and the main deck allow natural light to enter and provide a direct connection to the sea.Another key feature is the lower deck’s layout, which includes two large double cabins that can be transformed into four double cabins thanks to a sliding partition wall. This feature was explicitly requested by the Owner, who now has three real master suites. Finally, the aft 46-square-meter beach area includes a relaxation space and a spa with fully-equipped gym and steam bath. The tenders and two jet skis are found at the bow.The motorization with MTU 12V2000M72 has been slightly de-rated from the previous model, a choice that highlights the shipyard’s environmental responsibility without losing performance. The yacht can easily cruise at a maximum speed of 15 knots and 11 knots of cruising speed.The yacht is currently under construction at the shipyard in La Spezia with the supervision of Camper & Nicholsons International New Build Division, as well as the Owner’s technical advisor and project manager. Hull no. 10233 will be delivered to her Owner during the summer of 2021.
September 4, 2020