The 98-metre Aviva was seen in the early morning of October 15 arriving at the Abeking & Rasmussen facility in Lemwerder (Germany), where she is expected to remain for a refit until January. She was delivered right before the start of the summer season.
Built for Joe Lewis, whose net worth is estimated at $5,3 billion by Forbes, the yacht became the 4th Aviva owned by the UK billionaire. He 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.
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.
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Vripack has shared the interiors of the superyacht MCP 121. Built by Brazilian shipyard MCP Yachts, MCP 121 is Vripack’s third collaboration with the full-custom, full aluminium specialist boatbuilder. She is the family’s second yacht from the Dutch design studio and maximising onboard space was a matter of priority. The warm interior is inspired by different parts of the world – South America, Cuba, the Virgin Islands, and the Galapagos are a plethora of marine life.MCP 121 exterior “For the owners, it’s less about world travel and more about touring together. They liked our studio’s approach to layout, in that the boat needs to match the family lifestyle, rather that the family having to fit around a typical yacht design,” says Bart Bouwhuis, Vripack’s co-creative director. Deck lounge areaShe has a careful balance with social areas that maintain convenience and flexibility. This point is emphasised by Vripack’s smart architecture and layout.SkyloungeAl fresco dining is granted on virtually every deck, planned for regular use and to accommodate large groups. A super homely environment is emphasised by the warm, rich, wood-heavy trends of Latin America; the exterior with a pronounced grain teak decking and loose furniture in matte varnish. Inside, slatted oak wall panels, stairs and finishes in a grey wash for a contemporary, Scandinavian twist. Clear sight lines out to sea and a muted colour palette allow the beautiful surroundings to do all the talking.Master suite In key areas where symmetry typically rules, an a-symmetric layout prioritises function. In the owner’s suite, a seating area is positioned with starboard and a bed to port. In the main salon, a TV sideboard and formal dining sit starboard allowing for relaxed sofas and a large galley to port. Centred stairs on the lower deck aft create pockets for a beach club, fitness room and storage, while on the main deck, al fresco dining is to port and sun pads starboard.Staircase artworkThe MCP 121’ is a boat with family cruising built into its bones. A 7m tender lives on the foredeck. A top speed of 21 knots delivers fast-paced thrills. Vripack’s signature ambient lighting, with recessed illumination and soft, glowing wall lights, transitions seamlessly from morning through night. But the best seat in the house is reserved for the boutique sized top deck – a modern crow’s nest with comfort and style.MCP 121 exterior Vripack is a yacht-design studio with a portfolio that represents over 7400 designs, made strong through its extensive naval architecture and engineering experience. From the moment they opened their doors in 1961, Vripack studio’s approach to design has been governed by the playful interaction between form and function.Credits: Vripack
December 2, 2021
The UK-based studio Liebowitz & Partners has unveiled the concept of the explorer yacht EXO. The purpose of the EXO design adventure is to deliver a concept that is exceptionally complete, while still welcoming the latitude for rapid but meticulous adjustment to the client’s individual requirements. With a potential range of 5000 nautical miles, positioning the vessel globally, within desirable global cruising grounds, is only a matter of planning. The endurance, capability, and reliability of the ship should cater to almost all eventualities and climates.LP Design’s brief included the following priorities: contemporary, functional, exuding strong attitude, and timeless proportions. Not immediately visible are the circulation paths for guests and crew. Significant planning effort is devoted to refining this key element. While apparently symmetrical, the starboard side of the ship differs from the port, in a number of key ways.Other particulars include advanced direct-bond glazing for ease-of-maintenance and avant-garde looks, state-of-the-art shade devices, a wide range of exterior gathering zones and features, largest tenders-in-class (10.4m), “security stern”, portuguese bridge, and thrilling observation deck way atop.The layout is optimised to offer balanced accommodation, enchanting amenities, and perhaps foremost, an effective and practical service arrangement. This is achieved through effective space planning which allocates the proper amount of space for guests, crew and owner. A contemporary, airy feel was sought in the main salon. Side entrances avoid the common “corridor effect” resulting in the preferred intimacy of this cul-de-sac configuration. Corner window arrays preserve views aft.Centre table offers passengers a secure hand-hold while traversing the space at sea. LP Design’s vision of the owner’s stateroom was based on privacy, exemplary functionality, ample storage, and elegance. A light, neutral palette using exquisitely rich materials, lend this skylighted space both comfort and convenience within the suite.Inevitably, some guests will be less adventurous than others. In which case, relaxation time aboard, especially with the “zero-speed” stabilizers, should be remarkably relaxed.Whether at the outdoor bar, sundeck, pool, beach club, or one of the many other gathering and entertaining spaces aboard. Enchanting ocean wildlife sightings are always a treat, especially from the observation deck high atop the ship.Decisive thrust control and high-visibility wing stations will permit precision manoeuvrability in close quarters, day and night. The energy concept can be summed up in two words: power and silence. Clean, quiet running machinery for both propulsion and the ship’s hotel operation is achievable with the latest, most focussed hybrid diesel-electric technology.Credits: Liebowitz & Partners
December 2, 2021
Benetti has unveiled the first B.Now 50M. This 50m vessel is one of four B.NOW models with a length of 50, 58, 66 and 72 meters designed by RWD. Iryna, the first B.Now 50M, built for a Ukrainian owner – loyal customer of the Azimut|Benetti Group – is characterised by large glass doors that create a strong sense of continuity between the outdoor and indoor spaces. She offers exclusive access to the water with a 36 sq. m beach club and an infinity pool that seems to be an extension of the stern deck. Nearly half the liveable surface area is outdoors, while the fully customisable interiors, as well as being enriched by sophisticated detailing in palladium, one of the most precious metals in the world.Iryna, like the other models in the category, is ideal for long cruises. The interiors are the result of collaboration between Benetti’s Interior Style Department and Visionnaire, the interior designer chosen by the owner and an emblem of ‘Made in Italy’ style. Like Benetti itself, Visionnaire produces projects tailored to its clients’ desires and here has created a modern ambience with unique furnishings. The claddings and ceiling panels are made with the finest woods, such as silk-coloured satin-finish frisé maple contrasting with oak. An ivory-coloured leather was chosen for the ceiling and palladium, a precious metal in the platinum group, is used in manually applied, leaf-shaped satin-finish details.Key features of the layout include the gym on the upper deck, the roomy relaxation and sunbathing spaces, and the outdoor lunch area on the main deck, which also has an indoor saloon with a lounge and dining zone, as well as a gloriously light-filled owners’ suite in the bow with a private balcony.Total privacy, always a priority in the Benetti range, is guaranteed by scrupulous separation of guest and crew flows, with the latter able to manage the boat without encroaching on the spaces reserved for the former.The external garage forward of the main deck can house a 6.25 meter tender, a jet ski, a rescue craft and four seabobs. The hull was designed by P.L.A.N.A Design in collaboration with the Azimut|Benetti Research & Development department and the top speed is 15 knots. The yacht has a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 12 knots.Founded in 1873, Benetti is the oldest Italian shipyard specializing in luxury yachts. They design, build and sell composite vessels from 29 to 44m and steel and aluminium boats from 37 to over 100m. Their fleet consists of five categories: Class, Oasis, B.Yond, B.Now and Custom, to meet all the needs of the market, and they belong to the Azimut|Benetti Group, the largest privately owned luxury yachting group in the world.Credits: Benetti
December 2, 2021
The 32.7m yacht Exit Strategy has been sold by Denison Yachting's Drew Offerdahl and Russ Schafer who both introduced the buyer. Clint Matlock with Galati Yacht Sales represented the seller. The 32.7m Exit Strategy was delivered in 2006 by Hargrave and had a full refit in 2014. This family-friendly yacht can accommodate eight guests across four cabins, including a master suite, VIP suite, and port and starboard twins that convert to double cabins. Each stateroom comes with ensuite bathroom facilities. A favorite spot onboard Exit Strategy is the flybridge, which offers a comfortable and shaded socializing area. Guests can also set up a cabana on the bow.Her classic interior was made by Shelley. She has a top speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 17 knots.Exit Strategy was sold with a last known asking price of USD 3,700,000.Credits: Denison Yachting
December 1, 2021
The 37m Benetti Papaito is now available for charter with Northrop & Johnson. The luxury charter yacht will charter in the Bahamas in the summer and the Dominican Republic in the winter. Charters start at $125,000 per week, plus expenses.Papaito was delivered in 2009 with a refit in 2020, bringing her updates and upgrades throughout her interior and exterior. The motor yacht’s stabilizers allow for guest comfort when anchored or while underway.She offers a splendid charter yacht for groups of up to 10 people. The yacht’s contemporary interior areas and expansive exterior spaces make her ideal for on-water holidays. She has a classic Benetti styling across all her interior areas; from the main salon to the stunning staterooms, guests will feel the elegance of being onboard a luxury yacht. The yacht’s five sumptuous staterooms include a full-beam master suite with a king-size bed, two with queen-size beds and two with twin-size beds. The yacht’s tri-deck layout is a functional feature for optimal privacy between guests and crew. Papaito’s aft deck, skylounge, flybridge and foredeck offer commodious seating options for alfresco dining, socializing and sunset-watching.Credits: Northrop & Johnson
December 1, 2021