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
Australian custom Superyacht builder Echo Yachts have proudly revealed their 84m superyacht newbuild project White Rabbit during an exclusive VIP event at their shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.White Rabbit is 100% custom designed and built according to its experienced Owners exacting requirements and is the culmination of 4 years of detailed design and construction efforts by the team involved. At nearly 3000 gross tonnes, 84m in length and 19.6m beam, White Rabbit is largest superyacht built in Australia as is the largest aluminium and largest tri-hull superyacht in the world.Designed by Sorgiovanni Design, White Rabbit showcases the highest standards of luxury cruising and will provide amazing seakeeping, speed and fuel efficiency for a vessel of its size and magnitude. Echo Yachts celebrated the reveal of White Rabbit in style during the exclusive reveal function featuring an evening of VIP speeches, video documentary of the build, plus an evocative and memorable sound and light show including special guest and cellist Ms Joanna Quail of London.Guests were provided the rare opportunity to step onboard and view some of the expansive exterior entertaining spaces and enormous luxury interior spaces thanks to the hospitality of White Rabbit’s owner and family who were in attendance for the special event. Echo Yachts director Mark Stothard: “The Echo Yachts team are extremely proud to have been entrusted to create this truly unique and amazing superyacht for our valued client and it has been a pleasure to achieve such a fantastic result together with Sorgiovanni Design, One2Three Naval architects and ALIA Interiors.The enormous trimaran hull form and refined styling of White Rabbit create a profound and immediate Wow Factor that no other hull form can quite achieve. We are confident that this unique Trimaran will produce outstanding performance and provide distinct benefits compared to other hull forms in terms of shear guest space, plus sea keeping and fuel efficiency which we intend to prove during sea trials in the near future.Our team are really looking forward to launching White Rabbit and demonstrating the amazing benefits and performance characteristics this special type of yacht delivers”. Final preparations are now underway for the launch of White Rabbit in early September. Echo Yachts will be attending this year’s Monaco Yacht Show and available for appointments to discuss newbuild and refit opportunities, with immediate build capacity available.
August 16, 2018
Two of the world’s largest sailing yachts, Eos and Athena, have booked the same timing for their coming refit projects.The 93-metre three-masted Lürssen schooner Eos, until recently the world’s largest sailing yacht, has for some time been a regular customer for Royal Huisman’s superyacht refit division, Huisfit. The Eos team has just signed a new contract with Huisfit, taking full advantage of the flexible choice of deep water location offered to meet their needs and schedule.At the same time, the Huisfit team is delighted to announce that the 90-metre three masted schooner Athena, built by Royal Huisman in 2004 and with a seriously impressive log book of globe-circling adventures, has booked the same timing for her latest refit programme. In 2014 the Huisfit team also took care of various aesthetic and technical updates by sending its own ’flying squad’ of specialist personnel out to Athena during a stopover in the Mediterranean.Athena arrived on 6th of August and Eos is expected later this summer. Both yachts will be at a deep seawater location in Holland for several months during the winter “refit season”.
August 16, 2018
German shipbuilder Lurssen launched their first superyacht in the year 2018 in Rendsburg - 111-metre project TIS. Next, she will be outfitted, before her sea trials. This massive volume yacht, Project TIS was commissioned for a long-time charter client of Moran Yacht & Ship, who has over the past seven years, chartered some of the largest and highest quality motor yachts in the world. This experience has led to owner input on nearly every level, from guest accommodations to propulsion package selection, all the way to crew area design.With an interior and exterior styling by Andrew Winch Design, Project TIS will feature 2 helicopter pads, a 12 meter swimming pool, a resort inspired spa in the aft of the vessel, and palatial staircases that to date have only been seen in palaces. Her tender garage will accommodate 2 13 meter tenders, 2 additional 10 meter tenders, a submarine, and a abundant selection of other water toys. Lack of space will not be an issue for this family-oriented owner. In addition to a massive private owner’s deck, eleven other guests staterooms will accommodate twenty-two additional guests in absolute comfort.TIS is expected to be delivered later this year.All photos by Klaus Jordan.
August 15, 2018
With just a couple of weeks to go before the Cannes Yachting Festival opens its doors on 11 September, the Van Der Valk team is very much looking forward to this fantastic boat show.After the success of last years, we’re delighted to present two members of the Van Der Valk fleet. The 27M Explorer "Seawolf Explorer" will be on display on the Super Yacht Extension at berth number SYE035. We will also have a dedicated lounge tent next to the yachts at SYE220, ready to welcome you and discuss how Van Der Valk might be of service. Furthermore we will display 25M Raised Pilothouse "Jangada" at the brokerage section in Port Canto.Both these superyachts have distinctive designs and showcase the many options available at Van Der Valk. We look forward to meeting you in Cannes any time from Tuesday 11 September to Sunday 16 September.
August 15, 2018
54-metre superyacht Mischief was launched in 2006 by Italian shipyard Baglietto and was regularly refitted, with the latest in 2018. With newly painted French Navy hull and white boot stripes, her racy lines cuts a sleek form on the water. Her interiors are just as special - the dramatic use of white reflective surfaces accented with blues and blacks gives her a real sense of identity. Large photographs of stars of the screen, music and fashion add to the relaxed, fun feel.Mischief accommodates 12 guests in 6 cabins including a luxurious full-beam master suite, 3 VIP double guest cabins and 2 twin guest cabins. Timeless styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating feature throughout her living areas to create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere. Her crew quarters are for 14 people. The spaces are fashion-forward rather than formal, inviting relaxation and enjoyment. The main salon features a large marble bar, with back-lit mirrored wine and glass racks - a theme found in two further wine stores within the cabins. The upper deck sky lounge is yet another bright white space, with curving glass bays inviting you out to the dining and eating areas on the aft deck. One of the VIP cabins also enjoys this vantage point. The full master suite lies forward on the main deck, with two further large doubles and smaller twins on the lower deck. These twin rooms would be great for children - and with beam all the entertainment on offer they’ll barely spend any time in their cabins - or get up to Mischief! The twin cabins aslo convert to super kings in the case there may be a full group of adult couples on board. Mischief's impressive leisure and entertainment facilities make her ideal yacht for socialising and entertaining with family and friends, as well as a good option for charter. She boasts sundeck gym equipment, eight-person Sienna SPA Pool, state of the art audiovisual equipment, extensive water toys including a Jet Skis, Jetlev, flyboard, fishing gear, Seabobs and Paddleboards. The inflatable slide lets you slip off the bow, then you can to climb back up via the over-water climbing wall or take to the floating pontoons from the stern where you can relax on loungers right on the water.She features an ultra-modern stabilization system that reduces roll motion effect and ensure the ultimate comfort throughout the cruise. With a cruising speed of 17 knots, a maximum speed of 15 knots and a range of 4,500nm from her 90,000-litre fuel tanks, she is the perfect combination of performance and luxury.Mischief underwent an extensive 2015/2016 refit which included new carpets, new furniture and TVS throughout, deck updates and installation of the latest in AV technology. Her refit in 2017 saw her addition of a stunning new cocktail bar and a 3x2m video wall in the main salon. And most recently, in 2018, Mischief had it latest refit. Mischief is asking € 24,000,000.
August 14, 2018