Barely cracking the first half of the world's 100 largest yachts, Aviva became the first yacht to have an indoor padel tennis court. Built for a UK billionaire, the 98-meter Aviva is also the largest yacht ever built by Abeking & Rasmussen. 

The yacht is currently anchored by the Ross Dock picnic area near the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. Abeking & Rasmussen’s superyacht Aviva is a winner at this year´s World Superyacht Awards which took place on May 19, in Florence.


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Launched in January 2017, Aviva was designed by British design studio, Reymond Langton, morphing into their largest creation to date. Boasting large interior volumes throughout its hull, Aviva also manages to feature some exterior space to take in the sun. Its sheer scale required Abeking & Rasmussen to create a special system to launch the yacht with a special pontoon.

Delivered within 33 months of signing the contract, Aviva was commissioned by UK billionaire Joe Lewis, currently valued by Forbes at $5 billion. His fourth superyacht named Aviva, Lewis' former yacht was a 68-meter version of his current flagship also built by Abeking & Rasmussen. Extensively used as a floating home and office by the investment mogul, Aviva's volume would be impressive for any yacht.


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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.

Aviva's main feature, however, became an indoor, full-sized padel tennis court. Stretching across a length of 20 meters and a width of 10 meters, the court area goes up 6.65 meters high, a space that would be difficult to fit into any type of yacht. Aviva's 5,000GT of interior volume, however, allowed to blend in this space without compromises as to the size of the court.


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"It is not only a lifestyle change for the owner but also for the crew as this is also the largest gym of any yacht." the yacht's designers' commented. "The crew is encouraged to play with the owner and guests and when the court is not in use for padel, the net can be removed and the crew plays football and use other exercise equipment in the space. It is after all a sports hall."

Perfectly lit through lights on the ceiling, this indoor court sits amidst the yacht's hull and stretches down to the bottom of its draft. In addition to the padel tennis court is a small lounging and viewing area up a series of stairs. Hidden away behind a net to protect the ball from flying away, the viewing area can also be used for gym equipment whilst a game is being played. "The owner is adamant that this is the best padel tennis court in the world, period!" the studio continued.


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In terms of exterior relaxation areas, Aviva features a circular set of lounging pads up on her sun deck as well as small, hidden away lounging pads towards the yacht's bridge. Powered by an eco-friendly system, the 98-meter can reach a top speed of 20 knots and cruise at 11 knots by using only electric power. This is achieved, in part, thanks to her innovative hull design couple with an electric propulsion system.


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Apart from her sundeck, most of the areas on the 98-meter superyacht are found inside, which gives it tremendous volume required for a live onboard owner. An exterior lounging area can, however, still be found aft of the main, upper and third decks with a series of lounging chairs and sun pads. A swimming platform also opens up onto the sea, creating a beach club area, her tenders being launched through side doors.



"Featuring a fresh and dynamic contemporary exterior design, unique, highly personalized layout for the interior and a cutting edge technical platform, Aviva is intended as a home away from home, and as a result the layout moves away from current trends to maximise the spaces that will be used the most, and create a welcome, inviting atmosphere, with a combination of spacious, open social lounges alongside more intimate and discreet areas for dining, working and relaxation." commented Andrew Langton. 



"The interior design features a number of avant-garde architectural elements and details, and uses a rich combination of fabric and leathers in light, warm tones."

Throughout the yacht, Aviva features a modern design with sleek shapes couple with an extensive use of glass and stainless steel. Opting for a clear colour scheme with sprinkles of vivd soft furnishings, Aviva's exterior and interior look follows that of Lewis' former 68m Aviva.



"Communication and information are critical to me." Lewis said in an interview with regards to his requirements for his floating office. "To be effective, I need reliable phones and internet, these have improved much over the past few years, but, it is too expensive, too slow and not consistently reliable. Aviva is more than an office; it is also my home for much of the year. So for me, it is relaxing working from home, wherever Aviva may be in the world."

Currently valued at $5 billion by Forbes, Joe Lewis sits as the 5th richest man in the United Kingdom. Chairman of the Tavistock Group with investments in over 200 companies, the 81 year-old started his career in the catering business in London, joining his father's company at the age of 15 in 1958. 



Initially making his wealth by selling that business in 1979, Lewis moved into currency trading, switching his residence to the Bahamas. Teaming up with George Soros in 1992, the pair bet against the pound and earned exponential returns with Lewis reportedly pocketing even more than Soros.

Lewis' portfolio now includes Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur as well as Lake Nona, a fast growing development in Orlando, Florida. In December 2016, he paid $165 million to acquire the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six hotel in Fort Lauderdale through Tavistock. In addition to this, Lewis owns stakes in UK's largest pub operator, Mitchell's and Butlers as well as luxury club resort Albany.



In a deal profiled by the Guardian, Lewis was able to back a Christie's art auction for the Ganz collection, guaranteeing a minimum sales price of $168 million and, eventually, splitting the $38 million net profit with the auction house when the sale fetched $206 million weeks later. "Being a trader means that you are wrong at the very least three times out of 10, and that is very hard." Lewis once told Fortune magazine.



Prior to taking deliver of the 98-meter flagship, Lewis' largest yacht was the 68-meter Aviva delivered by Abeking & Rasmussen in 2007. A smaller version of his current yacht, the 68-meter featured a similar focus towards interior volume and acted as Lewis' floating office with a Bloomberg terminal and several trading screens onboard.

In 1998, Lewis had taken delivery of 62-meter Feadship, Lady Aviva, which later caught fire in the Red Sea. The yacht was eventually salvaged by serial yacht owner, Dennis Washington, who transformed the yacht into Attessa III. Lewis' second Aviva became the 60-meter Oceanco built in 2004 as Alfa Four and now known as Sea Pearl.

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margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0dUkJBAjwv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">Публикация от ABEKING &amp; RASMUSSEN (@abekingyachts)</a> <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2019-07-28T11:06:25+00:00">28 Июл 2019 в 4:06 PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js"></script>Key exterior trademark of the vessel is her striking and angular reverse bow, offering a silhouette comparable to a spaceship. Her exterior lines draw the eye to the bridge and owner’s decks surrounded by curved floor-to-ceiling mirrored glass, blurring the distinction between the upper deck and the panoramic skylounge.With accommodation capacity for 14 guests, Excellence offers a swimming pool and platform, as well as Jacuzzi and sprawling beach club and impressive limousine tenders.Hans Schaedla, CEO of Abeking & Rasmussen, stated earlier: We are very proud of this extraordinary yacht and our exceptional workforce, who mastered all requirements bravely. Never before have glass panels been installed in these dimensions. The unusual lines also repeatedly presented employees with major challenges.The 80-metre Excellence is the sixth Chambers’s vessel. Two other Abeking superyachts, the 61-metre Excellence V built for Chambers and the 78-metre Eminence, were sold in May and August 2019, respectively.
Steve Wynn’s 92m superyacht Aquarius listed for sale
The 92-metre Feadship superyacht Aquarius launched in 2016 has been listed for sale. The vessel is believed to have been owned by US real estate businessman and entertainment magnate Steve Wynn.Luxury casino and industry entrepreneur, Steve Wynn created some of Las Vegas' most notable landmarks, including The Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio and Wynn Las Vegas. He also played a pivotal role in the resurgence and expansion of the Las Vegas Strip in the 1990s. At the moment, his net worth is estimated at $3.1 billion (Forbes).First known as Project Touchdown, the superyacht became Steve Wynn's newest flagship, replacing his previous 67-metre Amels Aquarius (which was eventually sold in November 2015 after several price reductions, at an asking price of €53,000,000). The 92-metre features exteriors and interiors by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, along with naval architecture by De Voogt. Aquarius' key features include a helipad on the bow, a beauty salon, a large pool on the aft main deck, a gym, massage and therapy room, Jacuzzi and large outdoor deck spaces.The superyacht is also highlighted with a water-level bar under her glass-bottom pool. When a party starts, the large pool can be transformed into a dancefloor. Her spacious swim platform meanwhile offers direct access to the guest gym with fold-down terrace and a beach club adjacent to a massage and beauty salon.As for the accommodation, 14 guests can be carried on board in 7 suites, including 6 VIP-suites forward on the main deck and an owner's suite on the upper deck. Speed wise, Aquarius is capable of 17 knots.
Damen to build its largest 75m support vessel
Dutch yacht builder Damen has announced a new order for a 75-metre bespoke support vessel. She will become the largest Damen Yacht Support built when delivered in 2022. The model will feature customised in-house design based on the newly developed YS 7512 model in the Damen Yacht Support range.Wright Maritime Group, the consultant on the custom design and technical development, will supervise the project on behalf of the client.The 75-metre will have a beam of 12 metres and a volume of approximately 1,900 GT. She will hangar a helicopter with a D14 value, has state-of-the-art environmental equipment and capacity for containerised emergency relief support equipment together with a wide range of specialised marine gear and tenders. The vessel will be able to accommodate up to 45 people including crew, specialist staff and guests.Rob Luijendijk, Director Sales at Amels and Damen has commented:At the time of delivery she will be the 17th Yacht Support delivered. She will also be the largest to date, which I think continues to show the scalability of the support solution for large superyachts. We are very excited to start construction and can’t wait to see this beautiful Yacht Support on the water in 2022.55.5-metre support vessel B3The YS 7512 represents the largest yacht support offered in DAMEN’s range of purpose-built support yachts. Yachts Supports are designed to carry and operate all the tenders, toys, helicopters and dive equipment that owners want, without compromising luxury spaces on the mother yacht.Being one of the leading yacht support manufacturers, the Dutch yard has recently delivered the 55.5-metre support yacht B3 and launched the 46-metre support vessel Joy Rider.
90m Corsair charter superyacht Nero listed to port in dry dock in Genova
On the 10th of September 2019 at 15:30 local time, the 90-metre Corsair-built superyacht Nero listed to port in a dry dock No. 1 at the Amico & Co refit yard in Genova during drydock operations. According to the official statement by the yacht's managers Döhle Yachts, Nero came to rest at an angle of about 30 degrees within the dock. The news has been received from the Fire Department with the following Tweet: «a yacht leans in a dry dock in the port of #Genova: rescued and evacuated by #vigilidelfuoco some people, who were slightly injured, aboard the boat. Safety work in progress.»The official statement indicates that the yacht did not contact the dock wall and appears to have suffered only minimal damage, though the surveys and inspections are ongoing. According to the statement, the crew left the superyacht safely after the incident and there were no serious injuries sustained.Italian newspaper Primocanale.it, the incident might have been caused by a support panel giving way when the yacht was being relaunched. However, the cause of the accident is under investigation. No pollution or risk to the environment has been reported. Delivered in 2008 by Chinese builder Corsair, Nero was designed by Neil Taylor with naval architecture by Imt Marine Consultants. She offers accommodation for up to 12 guests across six cabins, along with a crew of 20. Nero features a master duplex suite with ensuite bath and shower rooms, a private sundeck and swimming pool.Being a popular charter vessel in the Mediterranean in summer and in the Carribbean in winter, Nero features the authentic charm and elegance of the glamorous 1920's, complete with the state-of-the-art technology of a modern class vessel. Following her extensive refit in 2016, Nero features a beautiful interior by renowned designer, Laura Pomponi, combining contemporary and classic design.Nero was commissioned by London-born entrepreneur Neil Taylor who had originally intended to restore a yacht from J.P. Morgan's era but, when he was unable to find one that met his requirements, he set out to build a modern replica. The superyacht won the Boats International Award in 2019 in the category of the best motor yachts over 75 metres. Nero boasts a cruising speed of 14 knots, a top speed of 16 knots and a range of 3,800 miles thanks to its 176,000-litre fuel tanks. For on-board entertainment, Nero has state-of-the-art AV systems, a cinema room with Dolby digital audio, outdoor cinema on the back deck, satellite TV, satellite and cellular communication services, Wi-Fi internet access and superfast band wide.To get off the ground, the superyacht disposes of, among others, a 9.5-metre Corsair classic tender perfectly in style with the mother-ship.