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.
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