Built in 2016, the 107-meter Ulysses has become the clearest yet definition of an explorer yacht, incorporating swimming pools, spas with a helipad and a myriad of tenders, the largest of which is 22-meters long.
Sold in 2017 by her original owner, Graeme Hart, she became the largest brokerage yacht sold in 2017 with an asking price of $195 million. The deal lead to widespread rumours that Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg had bought the yacht, a rumour that has since been debunked by Facebook and its CEO.
Ulysses' story starts back in 2013 when Graeme Hart, whose net worth is valued at $10.2 billion by Forbes, commissioned the 107-meter yacht (351 ft) from Kleven, a shipyard in Norway that builds commercial ships. According to designers, Hart's choice was driven by quicker delivery times, a better price point than traditional yacht builders and high enough quality standards.
I am very pleased with the quality of the work that has been done by Kleven, and how our organizations have worked together to bring this exciting project to life.
Graeme Hart in November 2014
Hart's statement was however more than just a PR gesture for the Norwegian shipyard. Shortly after his statement on Kleven's quality, Hart signed an order for a new 116-meter explorer yacht with delivery scheduled for 2018. A move that surprised the industry as the first Ulysses was still two years away from completion but made the yacht one of the most anticipated builds of the past year.
In building Ulysses, Hart already had a clear vision of the yacht he wanted to create, having already owned a 60-meter explorer yacht built by Trinity in 2004. The key points of his design brief in creating the 107-meter Behemoth were reportedly to focus on interior volume, aft-facing guest spaces, a fully-functional helipad and large tenders. Ahead of Ulysses' delivery, the billionaire also sold the 60-meter, which is now known as Grand Russalina. The 116-meter explorer currently in build will become Hart's seventh yacht in total.
One of the most astonishing amenities on Ulysses is her large swimming pool, located aft of the upper deck at a height of nearly 9 meters above sea level. Partly covered by the third deck for shade, the swimming pool stretches for 12 meters and is surrounded by lounging areas for her guests to bathe in the sun.
Aft of this 400 square-meter pool deck is an extensive Jacuzzi, surrounded by sun pads, that overlook the yacht's aft. Although an undeniable advantage of being on a yacht is the ability to swim in the sea, Ulysses is purpose built to be able to navigate in remote areas where the sea could be too rough for humans to bathe in, which is when the 100% jellyfish-proof pool deck comes in.
Near the swimming pool is also located a large dinning table, covered by a solid rooftop and ideal for informal lunches during the summer. The table is however in no way the only option on the 107-meter. In addition to many casual tables located all around the yacht's 6 decks, a formal dinning area is located aft of the main deck with direct access to the kitchen for improved service.
Directly opposite from the formal dinning area can be found a wine degustation area with circular walls filled with the most prestigious wines from all around the world. A small bar is also located in front of 4 large windows directly in this area to allow Ulysses' guests to enjoy a glass of wine whilst taking in the view.
Ulysses' hull and superstructure were built by Kleven in Norway with a clear purpose of having a boat that would have no limits in any respect. The expedition style created by New Zealand-based designer Kyle Dick for the yacht's exterior is a clear translation of this philosophy.
The interior outfitting, penned by London-based studio H2 Yacht Design, was on the other hand done in Germany by Finnish company, Europlan who had in the past mostly focused on cruise ships with only a few superyachts under its belt. According to several reports, the interior cost €20,000 per square meter.
Ulysses features a variety of spaces to entertain its guests, from informal to formal locations. With light colors found throughout its interior, Ulysses boasts a large salon on the main deck with extensive sitting spaces and a large bar.
Unlike smaller yachts where most cabins typically look out onto the sea from a porthole, guest cabins on Ulysses have floor-to-ceiling windows directly opposite of the bed that let its guests take in the full view. Ulysses can accommodate a total of 36 guests.
The largest cabin on board is however the master cabin, which takes up an entire deck and stretches across the 107-meter's entire beam. With panoramic windows on both sides of the cabin, the master was however designed to face the yacht's aft. A lounging area is located forward of the cabin, making up the owner's private deck.
Despite its go-anywhere capability, Ulysses has also all of the amenities one could expand from a superyacht and perhaps even more. One of those is the yacht's spa, which includes a plunge pool, sauna, steam room, massage room and more all designed with white and dark blue theme.
The wellness area is completed by a gym located aft of the main deck with a large variety of equipment and a breathtaking view out of a series of tall windows.
Another one of Ulysses' highlights is her fully-functional cinema room. Packed with comfortable sofas and equipped with a pro-level projector and screen, the room is fully optimized for a great sound and viewing experience.
Ulysses' technical capabilities however perhaps best set in to guests when they go up to the guest lounge, located inside the explorer's bridge on the top deck. This acts as a dedicated area for guests to take in the view without being bother by crew operations and vice-versa.
One of the key requirements set forth by Hart was the development of a fully-functional helipad. This took the form of a large, dedicated helicopter landing pad located at the top of the yacht, with the capacity of taking up the world's largest helicopters up to 3,6 tons.
One of the key aspects of the explorer is of course her gigantic toy garage, containing anything from jetskis to motorbikes to SUVs to seabobs, bikes and flyboards. It's not unseen for superyachts to carry a lot of toys but this amount of toys on a 107-meter is something that few have ever seen before.
The most unique feature amongst the whole boat may however be the 21-meter tender that Ulysses carries on its bow. The two-deck boat, which most would call a yacht in her own right, requires to custom built cranes to lift in an operation that takes just over an hour to execute.
Sold at an asking price of $195 million, Ulysses became the largest brokerage yacht sold so far this year, topping the 85-meter Solandge, which sold at an asking price of €155 million. An even larger version of Ulysses is however set to be delivered to Hart later this year with the 116-meter explorer already now in the final phases of construction.
Valued at $10,2 billion by Forbes, Graeme Hart is currently the wealthiest man in New Zealand. Having made his fortune in the leveraged buyout private equity space, Hart consolidated a number of under-performing assets in the packaging space to create an empire in everyday products such as milk cartons, water bottles, paper and foil.
Prior to his successes in acquiring large companies and optimising them as part of his empire, Hart started off as a tow-truck driver after leaving school at 16 years old. He completed an MBA from the University of Ortego in 1987. His first big buy was the Government Printing Office in New Zealand, which he managed to acquire for less than capital value.
Although it is yet unclear who has acquired Ulysses from Hart, rumours within the yachting sector of a buyer from the US tech scene has led to media firing off guesses in all directions, without any concrete evidence. The most high profile of these guesses became Facebook's founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, which emanated from a Turkish newspaper that since deleted that article. "The reports related to Mark purchasing a yacht are completely inaccurate as he did not purchase a yacht." a spokesman for Facebook rapidly debunked.
Whilst it is yet unclear who purchased the 107-meter explorer, its sheer scale can't be denied. In November 2017, her new owner decided to cruise the yacht to Molokai in Hawai but wasn't able to anchor there. Indeed local militants initiated a protest to prevent the yacht from anchoring there to protect their island due to its large size, with Ulysses eventually cruising away on its own will. At the time, the yacht's owner was presumed by media to be Russian billionaire investor, Yuri Milner. "Yuri Milner does not own the boat Ulysses" a spokeswoman for the investor was, however, quick to debunk.
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Taiwan yacht builder Horizon Yachts has signed a contract for a new-build FD87 hull, becoming the fourteenth unit in the series.The 26.5-metre vessel specified as a Skyline version, was commissioned by US customers. They have previously built and owned a 27.24 metre Horizon E88. The yacht will become the fourth FD87 delivered to US clients within 18 months.This FD87 hull will feature a unique main-deck layout, where the owners specified a large country kitchen forward in place of an on-deck master. The yacht's accommodation space will be placed to the lower deck, comprising a full-beam master suite amidships and two VIPs forward and to starboard. The exterior deck space of FD87 will be maximised from the spacious aft main deck dining and lounging area to a Jacuzzi tub for 8 persons forward of the pilothouse. The yacht will also feature an enclosed skylounge extending aft into a protected exterior bar area with lounge zone and tender storage.The 26-metre is scheduled for delivery in summer 2020; the owners plan to cruise her along the U.S. East Coast, Bahamas and beyond.Meanwhile, the Taiwan-based builder has been recently honoured with the “Best Asian Yacht Builder” award for the 13th time. The annual Asia Boating Awards ceremony was held on in Singapore, organised by Asia-Pacific Boating magazine and China Boating magazine. The event, established in 2005, is considered the most renowned yachting awards in Asia-Pacific region.
April 24, 2019
Last week, after a nearly year-long process, St. Lucie County and Derecktor Shipyards signed a long-term agreement for the development and operation of a megayacht maintenance, repair and refit facility at the Port Ft. Pierce, Florida.The new shipyard is set to become unique in the U.S. as the first facility designed and built specifically to accommodate power and sailing yachts over 60 metres in LOA. The yard also aims to equip the facility with the largest lift in the world.Derecktor Ft. Pierce (DFP), as the new yard will be known, will provides direct access from the Atlantic through Ft. Pierce inlet, with no overhead obstructions and a maintained depth of 8 metres. The yard itself will feature a concrete apron of over 8 acres, providing ample work and storage area, as well as over 1000 linear feet of deep water dockage. An existing large building will be refitted to house machine, wood, pipe and electrical shops along with other service support activity.Vessel hauling will be accomplished through both a mobile lift and a drydock, giving DFP tremendous flexibility in the range of yachts it can handle. The lift is conceived for a 1500 ton capacity, making it the largest in the world. The lift is planned to start running by the autumn of 2020. The drydock, which will go into operation after the lift, is projected to be able to accommodate vessels up to 4000 tons, meaning that the majority of the world’s largest yachts can be serviced.Paul Derecktor, President of Derecktor Shipyards, stated:This is a big day in the history of our company. This yard lets us bring in a whole new range of boats. It’s a new market for us and, in large part, a new market for the U.S. We see great things ahead for Derecktor, for Ft. Pierce and for the people of St. Lucie County.Initial plans call for infrastructure improvements to begin as soon as permits are in place. DFP will start bringing in vessels for dockside work in the very near future, with operations steadily expanding as the facility improves.Photos and information via Derecktor Shipyards.
April 24, 2019
The Superyacht Show 2019, one of the premium annual superyacht events will take place from May 8th to May 11th in Barcelona. The second edition of the show, following last year's success, will be held at OneOcean Port Vell marina. The Superyacht Show is being developed by the members of the Large Yacht Brokers Association (LYBRA), based in Monaco. This organisation comprises leading superyacht brokerage companies worldwide, such as Burgess, Edmiston, Fraser, IYC, Merle Wood & Associates, Northrop & Johnson, Ocean Independence, Yachtzoo and Y.CO.Yacht Harbour takes a look at the not-to-miss superyachts confirmed for display at the show.#1. Maltese FalconBuilder: Perini NaviLength: 88 mYear: 2006Maltese Falcon is an iconic yacht that had held the title of the world’s largest sailing yacht until Oceanco launched the Black Pearl in 2017.Commissioned in 2000 by Tom Perkins, the late venture capitalist, the Maltese Falcon took nearly six years to complete. Sold to hedge fund manager Elena Ambrosiadou at an asking price of €70 million in 2009, the 88-meter is now one of the largest yachts available for charter with a rate starting from €360,000 per week.Maltese Falcon’ most innovative attribute became her sails that could rotate based on the direction of the wind. This was a first for the yachting industry. This innovative system allows the yacht to even sail against the wind. Maltese Falcon features a cruising speed of 16 knots. Meanwhile, in a storm in the Gulf of Lion, France she demonstrated a speed of 26 knots under sail alone.Designed by Ken Freivokh, the Maltese Falcon was extensively refurbished in 2015/2016 during a refit. She can accommodate up to 12 guests on-board.#2. SecretBuilder: Abeking & RasmussenLength: 82 mYear: 2013Asking price: € 119,000,000A 82.3-metre motor yacht Secret was launched by Abeking & Rasmussen in 2013. She has received full repainting in 2017.Featuring interiors by Jim Harris and exterior styling by Sam Sorgiovanni, Secret is trademarked with a cinema, gymnasium, massage room, Jacuzzi, At Anchor Stabilisers, and an elevator.The yacht offers accommodation to up to 15 guests within 7 cabins on-board with a VIP suite and an extra guest-finished cabin for 3 children or staff. There is also accommodation space for up to 23 crew members.Powered by Caterpillar engines, she can cruise at 14 knots with a range of 5,000 nautical miles, reaching a maximum speed of 16.5 knots.Secret was rumoured to belong to Nancy Walton Laurie, American businesswomanand heiress to the Walmart fortune, who is estimated by Forbes at $5.7 billion. Nonetheless, the yacht was put for sale in January 2019, asking € 119,000,000 with Burgess.#3. SeahawkBuilder: Perini NaviLength: 60mYear: 2013Asking price: € 32,000,000All-aluminium sailing yacht Seahawk features Perini Navi in-house exteriors and naval architecture developed in collaboration with Ron Holland Design, along with interiors by French studio Liaigre. She offers accommodation to 12 guests within 6 cabins.With a beam of 11.4 metres and a draft of 12.3 metres, she has an aluminium hull and aluminium superstructure. This adds up to a gross tonnage of 491 tons. Seahawk reaches a maximum speed of 15.50 knots and cruises comfortably at 13 knots. Following her 2018 refit, Seahawk has been listed for sale asking €32,000,000.#4. EminenceBuilder: Abeking & RasmussenLength: 78 mYear: 2013Asking price: € 80,000,000Initially built for American businessman Herb Chambers, the project was sold right before delivery in 2008. Classified by Lloyds, Eminence features a beam of 12.4 metres and a draft of 3.2 metres along with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. This adds up to a gross tonnage of 2054 tonnes. Eminence offers accommodation to up to 14 guests in 7 cabins, within interiors and exteriors by Reymond Langton.Powered by Caterpillar 3516 DITA engines of 2000 HP each, the yacht reaches a maximum speed at 16 knots and cruises comfortably at 14 knots for 6,000 nautical miles.She is asking € 80,000,000 with Burgess.#5. Solo Builder: TankoaLength: 72mYear: 2018The yacht was launched in August 2018, making her international debut at the Monaco Yacht Show the same year. Designed by Francesco Paszkowski in collaboration with Margherita Casprini, Solo’s interiors represent blend of contemporary and timeless air. Her spacious main and upper salons provide relaxation zones with large plush seating areas, along with a dazzling baby grand piano and numerous entertainment options.The yacht’s six staterooms can accommodate up to 12 guests, including a spacious VIP, two doubles and two twins. The master suite is fitted with a private terrace complete with sunpads and a Jacuzzi with panoramic views. On the skylounge aft, there is a swimming pool and a private dance floor, which easily converts to a touch-and-go helipad. Solo’s beach club, meanwhile, represents a spacious and welcoming space with sofa, bar, TV, oversized glass walled gym with fold-out terrace, bathroom, sauna (also fitted with its own fold-out terrace) and hammam.#6. Anna IBuilder: FeadshipLength: 67 mYear: 2007Asking price: € 65,000,000 The 67-metre Anna I with exterior and interior styling by Michael Leach was delivered by Feadship in 2007. She offers accommodation for up to 17 guests in six cabins along with 17 crew members. The yacht’s exteriors are trademarked with several al fresco relaxing and dining zones, including a sundeck equipped with a Jacuzzi, drinks fridge and sunloungers. Anna I is also fitted with split-level master suite with upper deck viewing lounge, and a wellness centre on the upper deck complete with gym, massage room and marble steam room.Thanks to twin 2682 HP Caterpillar engines, she can reach a top speed of 16.7 knots and has a generous range of 5,100 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots.The motor yacht is currently listed for sale for €65,000,000.#7. Lady ChristineBuilder: FeadshipLength: 68 mYear: 2010Asking price: $69,000,000Built by Feadship in 2010, Lady Christine features a beam of 12.5 metres and a draft of 3.6 metres. Within exteriors by De Voogt and Art Deco interiors by Rodney Black, Lady Christine is combined of steel hull and aluminium superstructure. The yacht with interior volume of 1,608 tons can accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 cabins on-board. Her key features include a fully certified helipad for EC130 with onboard refueling, full-beam dining room and piano bar, along with a vast split-level owner’s deck with observation salon, his and her offices and a private terrace. Powered by engines of 1,770 HP, the vessel reaches maximum speed at15 knots, cruising comfortably at 13 knots. Lady Christine is listed for sale asking $69,000,000.#8. Triple sevenBuilder: NobiskrugLength: 68 mYear: 2006Aking price: € 44,900,000The 68-metre yacht was built in 2016 by German shipyard Nobiskrug. She is a winner of 2007 International Superyacht Society Awards in Best Power 43m+ category. Triple Seven underwent a refit in 2014 and full repaint at Pinmar in 2016.The yacht’s design was developed by Newcruise Design. Triple seven is trademarked with an expansive beach club, large sundeck Jacuzzi, custom storage and well-equipped garage featuring a dive room, a 8 and 9-metre tenders and other toys.Powered by MTU engines of 2360 HP, Triple seven reaches her maximum speed at 17 knots, while cruising comfortably at 15 knots. Her maximum range is estimated at 10000 nautical milesThe yacht was sold in 2013 to Alexander Abramov asking €39,750,000. Mr Abramov, meanwhile, is the chairman of Evraz steel company with his net worth estimated at $6.4 billion by Forbes. In March 2018, Triple Seven was listed for sale through Burgess asking € 44,900,000.
April 24, 2019
Johnson Yachts introduces a new large-volume, 33,5-meters superyacht with a skylounge. Just in March, the yard has launched the entry-level superyacht Johnson 80.“The Johnson 110 Skylounge certainly looks like a Johnson Yacht,” said Andy Huang, president of Johnson Yachts. “And since we have the capabilities to build a yacht to the owners’ standards, that also meets our high standards for seakeeping and performance, the 110 Skylounge will also feel like one of our yachts at sea and throughout the interior.”The Johnson 110 Skylounge, the latest model from this Taiwan superyacht yard, has a fiberglass hull and superstructure, built from design using the yard’s in-house naval architecture and engineering. The yacht’s exterior is designed by Bill Dixon at Dixon Yacht Design, who added a third level to the vertical window arrays that set Johnson Yachts apart. She was purposely designed to capture the ‘super mega yacht‘ look and the highly sophisticated outcome has succeeded in both style and functionality. Johnson Yachts can design custom accommodations layouts to maximize the yacht’s 23-foot, 7-inch (7.19-meter) beam without compromising performance or handling. So that the additional space gives her owner plenty of customizing options.The skylounge is the key feature of this yacht design, and it makes the most of the upper deck, providing world-class views and onboard comforts to a large party with an L-shaped sofa and bar-style galley counter.The entertainment area on the main deck consists of a lounge area situated aft with an L-shaped sofa and big flatscreen TV. Inside the saloon, the formal dining area forward seats the full guest complement of ten. Wide doors open the space wide to the aft deck, where a transom settee and deck chairs welcome guests to a large dining table. Large swim platform raises hydraulically to use the RIB tender.For accommodations, the Johnson 110 Skylounge features the owners’ suite on the main deck, where a berth is situated to make the most of the lines of sight provided panoramic views forward out the large windows, separated showers and dressing table give the luxury comfort to the owner. At lower decks are four additional staterooms. The en-suite VIP is designed for special guests and uses the yacht’s full beam has a queen-size centerline berth with large hull side windows. Forward, another stateroom is situated abaft the bow sections. Between these two full-width staterooms are two more cabins, one with a double berth and one with a twin.The Johnson 110 Skylounge is powered by a pair of 1,925-horsepower Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesel, giving her a top speed of 22 knots also the yacht is fitted with ABT zero-speed fin stabilizers and a Seakeeper 35 gyro stabilizer.Johnson 110 specifications: Length Overall - 33.53 m Beam - 7.19 m Draft - 1.98 m Displacement 105 tons@Photos by Johnson Yachts Press Office
April 24, 2019
The 12th edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) with title sponsor Loro Piana, is scheduled to take place in Porto Cervo from the 3rd to the 8th of June, 2019 and is set to be more competitive than ever with 24 superyachts already pre-enrolled. Owners who wish to join the fleet, including simply for the Rendez-vous aspect without competing, have to register until the 2nd of May.The 2019 edition of the Regatta will feature two important novelties: an extended duration, with an extra day to hold a cancelled racing if that happens, and the fact that multihulls of over 50 feet can now participate. With three multihulls already enrolled, Ad Maiora, Dragon and R-Six, they will race in their own category alongside any other multihull vessels that may register.The largest yacht enrolled so far is Q, built by Alloy Yachts to a design by Ed Dubois and measuring 51.7 metres. Just two metres behind her, a 49.8-metre Perini Navi Silencio, returns to the Costa Smeralda after winning in its class at the Perini Navi Cup in 2018. Another returning winner is the 39.6-metre Baltic 130' My Song, owned by YCCS member Pier Luigi Loro Piana which won the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta last year and was recently declared Boat of the Year at the Italian Sailling Federation's Sailor of the Year awards.The Southern Wind Rendezvous and Trophy returns to Porto Cervo for its 14th edition with a fleet of 10 boats currently pre-enrolled. Kiboko Tres will be making her debut in June. The yacht represents the second unit of the new 32-metre model, launched in October 2018 and now in the Mediterranean after completing the transatlantic journey from Cape Town where she was built. The SW-RP90 All Smoke, designed by Reichel/Pugh and Nauta Design, will also make its regatta debut. The current holder of the trophy, the SW102 Seawave will fight to retain the title, while the SW82 Grande Orazio owned by YCCS member Massimiliano Florio, will compete on a level playing field with her sister ship Ammonite, returning from the Southeast Asia for the occasion.A new trophy will be presented by the YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo and Pier Luigi Loro Piana personally, and will be dedicated to the memory of the engineer Willy Persico, a YCCS member and the father of all Southern Wind yachts.Among the regular competitors in Porto Cervo will be the Wallycento Magic Carpet 3 owned by Sir Lindsay Owen Jones, the Wally 106' Open Season owned by Thomas Bscher and the Wally 94' Magic Blue owned by Antonio Cacace. All of the aforementioned are owned by YCCS members, and members Paola and Salvatore Trifirò, owners of the multi award winning Ribelle, an innovative design by Malcom McKeon, are also ready to do battle at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.It is worth mentioning that the event is not only about racing however; once back on dry land owners and their crews will enjoy, as always, a rich social programme.Photos via YCCS.
April 23, 2019