Espen Oeino was born and brought up in Norway. Completing naval architecture studies in Normandy, he further worked his way from employment with UK designer Martin Francisto to building his own renowned design company based in Monaco. Espen Oeinio is nowadays considered one of the most influential exterior designers in the yachting world, with his project REV, the largest vessel ever, currently being built in Norway. Yacht Harbour takes a look over some of his most legendary works.
#1. Ocean Victory
Length: 140 m
Ocean Victory was built for Russian billionaire steel magnate, Victor Rashnikov and delivered in 2014. At the time of delivery, she was the largest superyacht constructed in Italy and the 9th largest yacht in the world.
This seven-deck vessel is packed with such alluring features as 6 pools spread out over her 7 decks, an internal foldable dock hosting a 14-metre tender, a helideck with lifting platform and internal helicopter hangar and a spacious (over 300 m2) spa zone. As to accommodation capacity, she can house up to 36 guests on-board.
Length: 156 m
Currently the world's largest yacht by gross tonnage with 15,917 GT of interior volume, Dilbar has once redefined the notion of space in yachting. She became Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov's, valued by Forbes at $16 billion, third yacht and the third yacht to bear the same name, after the businessman's mother.
With the yacht’s beam of 23 meters and a deep draft of 6 meters, cabling used on board stretches over 1,100 km with guests and owner's spaces totally combined to 3,800 square meters of living space. What is more, Dilbar was the largest yacht, featuring a diesel electric power plant from an engineering standpoint.
Ever since her delivery in 2016, Dilbar has been drawing great attention of press as well as social media users around the globe. Her travels throughout the Mediterranean have been essentially documented, with photos of her taken from almost every possible angle.
Nothing less than the largest superyacht in the world once completed, this is one of the recent ambitious projects designed by Oeinio. REV is currently taking shape at the VARD shipyard in Tulcea, Romania.
Built for environmental research missions in partnership with WWF Norway, the Research Expedition Vessel (REV) will also be available for charter for recreational purposes and expeditions.
By virtue of her purpose, REV is designed for long-term operation in remote and harsh waters without external support, able to operate autonomously for up to 114 days. The ship will be equipped with laboratories and hi-tech instruments for exploration of the entire marine ecosystem, able to analyse, document and collect.
REV’s robust exterior lines and modern features ensure she is able to cruise in both arctic and tropical areas alike, with her hull built to ICE PC 6 for navigation in ice. The yacht will also deploy mini-submarines and actual submarines, drones and helicopter, while overhead cranes can lift and launch equipment weighing up to 20 T over the side.
With a beam of 22 metres, REV will also become the largest yacht in the world by gross tonnage of 16,000GT, reportedly overtaking Alisher Usmanov's Dilbar by 100 GT. When in expedition, the vessel will be able to accommodate up to 90 people including the crew.
According to the information from social media, DreAMBoat was built for US billionaire and owner of the Atlanta Falcons NFL team Arthur Blank, who is valued at $4.7 billion by Forbes. Her delivery is scheduled to summer 2019.
DreAMBoat is trademarked with generous overhangs from the superstructure and cut outs in the bulwarks lending her classic and strong appearance. The vessel’s exterior features numerous large windows offering panoramic views. Swimming pool aft at the main deck, a partially closed sundeck with Jacuzzi and plenty of seating and entertainment zones and a private Jacuzzi at the Owner’s deck
Her impressive interior volume of 2,950 GT allows accommodation for 23 guests on-board, along with up to 33 crew members.
#5. Silver Fast
Builder: Silver Yachts
The vessel represents one of the most advanced and eco-fuel efficient vessels built by Silver Yachts. She is one of the world's largest and fastest aluminium motor yacht with conventional propulsion in terms of length to speed ratio. Silver Fast is capable of crossing the Atlantic at approximately 22 knots cruising speed.
Silver Fast’ alluring amenities include a winter garden, helipad, outdoor cinema, Jacuzzi with capacity for 8 people, a spa area fitted with sauna, steam room, beauty salon and a gym. She can accommodate up to 18 guests in 8 cabins on-board.
The yacht that won the Monaco Yacht Show Award for Best Exterior Design in 2014. Espen Oeino has created harmonious lines and balanced proportions for the yacht, encasing a vast selection of outdoor living, dining and entertainments zones.
Solandge’ panoramic top deck plays host to a beach club area with customised dance floor, Jacuzzi and a bar while the bridge deck is ideal for relaxation and casual al fresco dining with a spacious seating area. On the bridge deck, there is also a fully-equipped health spa featuring massage room, sauna and gymnasium leading out onto a glass-edged plunge pool.
The yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests in 7 staterooms on-board, including a panoramic master deck featuring 180 degree windows, and a private deck with spa pool.
At the moment of sale in 2017, Solandge was asking €155,000,000.
#7. Flying FOX
Delivered in March, 2019, Flying Fox is the world’s 14th largest yacht at the moment of writing. Nonetheless, she boasts the most elegant and graceful exterior design, maintaining striking looks despite her massive volume of 9,100 GT.
This superyacht’s key features include two helipads, capable of hosting the largest helicopters. Another highlight of the vessel is the large swimming pool located aft of the main deck. Flying Fox also boasts vast sea terraces, swim platforms for watersports.
This superyacht is owned by Shadid Khan, Pakistani-American billionaire and business tycoon, who is also the owner of the Fulham FC and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kismet is stretching over five decks, designed with corporate entertainment and charter in mind, thus suitable for parties of up to 270 guests. As an innovative feature, Kismet boasts video walls, extending up to two decks high, able to show regular television but programmed to display high-definition moving artwork.
A large swimming pool and Jacuzzi area, spa zone, movie theatre, an outdoor fireplace and winter garden can be found among the yacht’s luxury amenities.
The yacht’s entertainment and design characteristics have been attracting top artists and events on-board. For example, Jay-Z and Beyonce were spotted on-board last year, while Netflix filmed Kismet in party scene from its biggest production so far, "Six Underground".
At the time of writing, Octopus remains the largest explorer yacht in the world, not surpassed in 16 years from her launch. She belonged to Paul Allen, one of Microsoft founders, who passed away in late 2018. Allen once described his yacht: "Octopus is less a Bentley than a Range Rover".
As part of this, the yacht is fitted with two submarines, one of which can dive for up to 8 hours with 10 people on it; the second submarine can be remotely controlled. Octopus is capable of accommodating 26 guests in total, with up to 57 crew members. Other amenities found on-board include a second helipad, a swimming pool and a music studio as well as a courtyard-like set up on the third deck of Octopus occupied by guest space.
Despite her expedition nature, the yacht has been much favoured by the world’s first-class celebrities, with Mick Jagger recording an album in on-board studio in 2011 and Usher, U2 and Johnny Cash listed among other performers.
This month the 23.5-meter sailing yacht Pelagic 77 left the canopy at KM YachtBuilders in the Netherlands, where there were installed the keel and rudders. The boat has now moved to the outfitting shed. The representative of Pelagic Yachts Skip Novak and Jordi Griso also took part in the construction. Tony Castro (design) described yacht as "an evolution of the 22.5-metre Pelagic Autralis". The aluminium work is now complete and the interior is underway in the Dutch yard's joinery department. The next stage will include the mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems installed before interior outfitting takes place. Expeditionary ship Pelagic 77 is designed for expeditions in high latitudes. This implies an enhanced autonomy, ease of handling of sailing areas and simple technical systems that a crew can operate without any special assistance.Key features include a large pilothouse and a comfortable seating area, as well as a stern galley, which makes up most of the guest areas. The interior is made in bright colours and consists of six double cabins located in front of the wheelhouse, with two heads and shower cabins, divided between them.A yacht with a beam of 6.2 meters is expected to be delivered at the end of 2020.
April 8, 2020
Turkish builder, Alia Yachts, has presented its fully custom 135-foot (41.30-meter) superyacht, Rüya, designed inside and out by Sorgiovanni Designs.Rüya— which means ‘Dream’ in Turkish— is a high volume tri-deck motoryacht built in composite to Lloyd Register with a Gross Tonnage of 499 GT.Launched in July 2015, Rüya is a triumphant example of a pure custom creation. She demonstrates how a truly capacious yacht can be designed and built to grace the ocean with the timeless elegance of a far leaner vessel.Commissioned by experienced owners seeking a fully custom-built, go-anywhere superyacht, Rüya is a 499 GT Lloyd’s Register classed composite construction. Her clean, flowing lines flatter the tri-deck configuration, emphasising her length.The well-protected bridge and the open main-deck seating areas are further complemented with a fabulous 93 m² sundeck with full bar and a 10-person Jacuzzi. To fulfill the owner’s brief for a yacht that would facilitate relaxed living, the interior design is very much that of a luxe beach resort in the tropics.Exotic woods, bamboo and other natural materials create a sumptuous, tactile appeal, and a casual ambiance that belies the design discipline at work in this exceptional yacht.
April 8, 2020
Following Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order issuing a Stay-At-Home directive through April 30, the Palm Beach International Boat Show has been postponed until further notice. Andrew Doole, President, Informa Markets U.S. Boat Shows and George Gentile, President of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, said that the primary concern continues to be the safety and well-being of their staff, exhibitors, partners, and attendees. The team is closely monitoring the latest developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it might further impact their show. The Palm Beach International Boat Show has a total statewide economic impact of $682.7 million and supports 4,394 full-time Florida jobs. Team of the show continues to assess the situation and will provide a detailed update on the show’s status by April 17.
April 8, 2020
Ocean Alexander took the industry by surprise with the launch of the Divergence line. Their newest 45’ boat that transcends boundaries by flawlessly merging the comforts of a yacht with the size, swiftness and accessibility of a sport boat.The forward main deck holds a large and comfortable settee that can be converted into a table with wrap seating, making it the ideal spot for luxurious sunbathing and pure, restful relaxation.The helm on the 45D is completely focused on functionality while still maintaining the level of luxury you’ve come to expect from Ocean Alexander. The fibreglass helm station contains the latest Mercury and Garmin electronics and has the option of being customized with carbon fibre inserts. A/C vents and triple bolster seats ensure everyone at the helm is as comfortable as possible. As always, the console and display pod are designed for more ergonomic ease, enhancing the piloting experience.The spacious, open-air galley on the 45D is perfect for a quick snack or cooking up the catch of the day. Amenities include a Scandvik stainless steel sink, a U-Line refrigerator, Kenyon stove and fully enclosed fibreglass cabinets that provide plenty of storage space. The spacious salon is perfectly finished with dovetailed, solid-wood cabinetry, and features a hi-low walnut table as well as a U-shaped settee that converts into a comfortable queen berth with extra storage below. With a wet bar, Isotherm fridge, enlarged skylight and three windows, this area is the perfect spot to sit back and take a break from the outdoors.
April 7, 2020
Dutch shipbuilder Holterman Shipyard showcases new 32.65m superyacht X-Treme105. The yacht is made from the steel and aluminium and features Diana Yacht Design naval architecture and a robust exterior designed by Bernd Weel, while Trimm Design completed her interior designs. The X-105 features the latest technological developments such as a wet launch system. This system is suitable for a RIB up to 10m and contains an integrated 5m long swimming pool with adjustable depth due to a movable bottom. The midship holds a garage with doors folded on either side. The garage offers plenty of space for multiple water toys such as two jet skis and a RIB up to 3.45m. All essential technical systems are double-equipped for optimal reliability, such as bow thrusters, stern thrusters, stabilizers and watermakers. The two steerable nozzles do not only make the ship silent but also makes the ship more manoeuvrable.The outdoor deck flows seamlessly over into the spacious salon with a well-equipped and grand Galley. That same level holds the owner's quarters with ensuite sanitary facilities. On the lower deck, the 4 double guest bedrooms are accommodated with ensuite sanitary facilities as well. This deck also holds the crew area with two double cabins, of which one with bunk beds. The wheelhouse has an open connection to the salon and is located above the owner's cabin. The robust exterior and stylish interior make for an exclusive experience suitable for a yacht of this calibre.X-105 equipped with two Volvo D16MH engines and also can reach a maximum speed of 15 knots and cruise at 10 knots with 2,400 nautical miles. The first hull expected to be delivered in July 2021.
April 7, 2020