Innovation in the superyacht space can sometimes seem barely incremental, until a ship is launched that changes the game. 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 is also the largest yacht ever built by Abeking & Rasmussen.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Galeocerdo was built by Wally in 2003 as WallyPower for Luca Bassani, the founder of Wally. He had no contract for this boat, so Luca Bassani owned the boat for 8 years, before sale in 2012. Wally designed and built Galeocerdo from ultra light carbon fiber, with Intermarine responsible for naval architecture and interior design by Lazzarini Pickering Architects. The yacht has wind tunnel tested by Ferrari. Galeocerdo was highlighted in one of the Top Gear series as water version of supercar Pagani Zonda. Galeocerdo is still notable and unique on the water, though it was first launched in August 2003. Her exterior lines remind a Stealth bomber.Luca Bassani says : "The motion is not actually the speed; the motion is first of all the shape of the boat and the fact that you don’t hear anything. It’s just this great, beautiful sheet passing by at high speed with the only sound a light whistle." He makes a hissing sound between his teeth and laughs. "Another thing I like is that from the outside, when the boat is anchored in a bay, you really don’t see it… the sage colour blends and changes with the colour of the coast, the rocks and the green of the water."Galeocerdo was developing for 4 years. The task was to make a speedy boat ideal for short Mediterranean day cruises and able to keep high speeds even in rough seas. Deep V hull was a solution, with the shape of the bow and the use of interceptors, allowing the boat to pierce the waves comfortably, even at maximum speeds. "Extensive research and tank testing resulted in a hull design different and better than any other," he claims. "Like our sailboats, the design is an evolution of all our experience. For us the ride of the hull is the key to our sales.""It is really fantastic. If weather conditions allow, you would rather cruise at 60 knots, but in reasonable conditions, at 40 knots you can do all the missions you have to do." Luca Bassani says.The cockpit of the Galeocerdo is similiar to sailboats. The water jet propulsion has a very low noise, makes no vibration, has perfect manoeuvrability and there is no problems with draught. Carbon fibre plays the key role for cutting through the waves : "You need a very rigid, light hull. You don’t use carbon fibre for the bottom of the hull because it would become too brittle, but the structure inside has to be carbon.", the creator says.Galeocerdo's gas turbines has 17,000 hp, and diesel is used for cruising at up to 10 knots. "With the two diesels you have a great range - 1,800 miles - while if you went with the gas turbines at 40 to 60 knots the range is 400 to 500 miles, no more." This brings up the subject of sustainable power: "We are studying a new concept that will substantially improve the sustainability of powerboats," says Bassani.Galeocerdo is the 4th fastest yacht in the world.
March 21, 2018
Oyster Yachts, the struggling UK shipyard, has been bailed out of administration by gaming software entrepreneur Richard Hadida. Locals hope the investment, for which the amount was undisclosed, will see the majority of employee jobs saved.The Southampton-based builder of luxury sailing yachts stopped operations last month in a collapse caused by a combination of low margins and poor cost control. This compounded with an insurance claim relating to the capsize of the Polina Star III in 2015.KPMG was brought in as administrator during the bankruptcy of the shipyard to try to find a buyer for the business. Mr. Hadida move to rescue the company with many expecting to see as many as possible of the company’s 420 staff based in Hampshire and Norfolk re-employed."We are delighted to have a concluded a sale of the business, ensuring the recommencement of yacht production at the sites in Southampton and Wroxham, together with the opportunities for employment that this will bring." commented Neil Gostelow, partner at KPMG. The failure of the company, which builds, services and charters sailing yachts came despite it having its largest-ever order book, thought to be about £10m higher than the £70m reported for 2016.Annual accounts for the parent business Oyster Marine Holdings show that the company had revenues of £42m in 2016, and made a pre-tax profit of £104,000 according to the Telegraph.Figures for 2015 show the business suffered a £5.2m hit from the sinking of the Polina Star III sailing yacht, which dragged it to a £7.4m loss for the year, leaving the company’s finances foundering.
March 20, 2018
The 106.7m (350ft) three-masted sailing yacht Black Pearl is unlike any yacht the world has ever seen. This unique and complex vessel is the realization of a discerning Owner’s vision. She is the result of an elaborate and successful collaboration on the part of an international group of designers, engineers, naval architects, builders, and project managers.The designers Ken Freivokh Design, Nuvolari Lenard and Villate Design all played a significant role in Black Pearl’s design evolution. Dykstra Naval Architects designed Black Pearl’s three 70 meter (230ft) DynaRig carbon masts and sailing system. The sail area is subdivided into smaller lesser-loaded sails and they can be set or furled by pushing a button. Astonishingly, all 2,900 square meter of sails can be set in 7 minutes.BMT, Nigel Gee collaborated with Oceanco to create Black Pearl’s hybrid propulsion system as well as other onboard systems such as waste heat recovery.Since her launch, Black Pearl has proven to be a new generation landmark sailing yacht with a unique identity. Not only is she the largest sailing yacht in the world, but her unique features such as the state of the art DynaRig system, single level engine room, a hybrid propulsion installation and regeneration mode when under sail – she is set to turn heads the world over - and for decades to come.Text by Oceanco
March 19, 2018
The Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 22 - 25, 2018, is one of the top five boat shows in the country - featuring more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers. It is truly an International Show. The event includes hundreds of Boats from 8 foot inflatables, power boats, fishing boats, center consoles, bow riders, personal watercraft to superyachts over 150’. The finest pre-owned yachts, tents full of the latest electronics and accessories, seminars and kids fishing clinics. Exotic cars, live music and fun for all. A new yachts making their boat show debuts, as well as a range of yachts in search of new owners.1. Lady Sheridan listed for sale by Burgess and Merle Wood & Associates for $43,900,000.With rich architectural styling, state-of-the-art luxuries and infinite comforts, the yacht is available for a once-in-a-lifetime charter experience.Spanning four decks, her interior offers the ultimate in luxury and style. Each room is carefully tailored to suit your needs; be it the opulent main saloon and dining room with its beautiful soft furnishings and unique works of art, the cleverly designed upper saloon which transforms into a surround-sound theatre, or the beautifully-appointed, spacious cabins accommodating up to 12 guests. Most impressive is the owner's suite which spans the full width of the main deck with its adjoining office and "quiet" cabin.Expansive outdoor deck spaces are unrivalled and offer the perfect opportunity for chilling in the Jacuzzi, soaking up the sun, enjoying cocktails at sunset or dining al fresco. For the more active members of the charter party, an impressive array of water toys is on offer.All of this is topped off by an outstanding crew who will make your experience on board Lady Sheridan a truly unique one, offering only the highest standard of service.2. Coral Ocean listed for sale by Moran Yacht & Ship for €31,950,000. Launched in 1994 and refit in 2016, Coral Ocean is widely acknowledged as one of the defining masterpieces of the late, legendary designer Jon Bannenberg. She features generous accommodations for 12 guests in 6 staterooms and is capable of carrying up to 19 crew. Much admired and often imitated, she is elegant, luxurious, sleek and understated - a true superyacht. Coral Ocean features an impressive facilities for leisure and entertainment making her ideal for relaxing with family and friends. She is powered by Caterpillar 3516 engines allowing her to reach a maximum speed of 17 knots. She cruises effortlessly at 14 knots and has a maximum range of 6,000 nautical miles. 3. Silver Lining listed for sale IYC for $34,000,000.Silver Lining is the only 2017 pedigree fiberglass motoryacht in the world market available today. At 570 gross tons, she is the largest Christensen yacht ever delivered. Along with her voluminous interior and exterior living and entertainment spaces, she comes equipped with a certified touch and go Helicopter pad with fueling, elevator to all decks, 4 generators in lieu of 2 to meet demand, an emergency Generator on the sundeck, a day head on the sundeck, a bulbous bow, ABS Certification, and 6 large staterooms.4. Sovereign listed for sale by Worth Avenue Yachts for $31,000,000.The 180-foot (54.86m) luxury superyacht Sovereign offers her charter guests expansive living spaces and luxurious amenities.Sovereign is the ultimate charter yacht. She has six stylish and comfortable staterooms with accommodations for up to 12 guests on board. The upper master stateroom features a 270-degree view. The main-deck master offers guests incredible views through eight large oval windows.Sovereign contemporary-styled main deck features a large main salon and dining area, which create the perfect space to relax on board. The upper deck is home to a panoramic skylounge with almost 10 feet of headroom. Her sundeck has incredible seating and lounge space, as well as a full-service wet bar and an infinity-edge pool/Jacuzzi for guests to enjoy. Additionally, Sovereign offers a full compliment of tenders and toys. Sovereign has been meticulously maintained to the highest standards, in order to provide the highest level of comfort to all guests on board.5. Unbridled is listed for sale by Burgess for $24,999,000. Lavishly luxurious yet effortlessly chic, Unbridled embodies the superyacht lifestyle at its finest. She is the ultimate yacht for comfortably enjoying the far reaches of the World. With one loving owner since new and an interior refurbishment in 2015, she now presents immaculately.Unbridled is a proven global cruising platform and comes with an enviable charter record. Her sumptuous interior boasts accommodation for up to 16 guests in six adaptable en suite cabins with two Pullman berths.The layout includes a full beam master suite with a private study, four oversized guest cabins (2x VIP and 2x twin with an additional Pullman berths), and a dedicated guest office that can convert into an additional cabin. The elegant formal dining room, wine cellar and one of the largest sky lounges you will find on a yacht of this size, have made Unbridled the entertainment choice of royalty.Unbridled outdoor spaces provide endless areas for entertaining. Her expansive sun deck boasts an oversized jacuzzi and bar area which is perfect for relaxing with family and friends. Unbridled highly experienced owners have fitted out the yacht to ensure enjoyment for those with an active lifestyle and also for avid divers, boasting an extensive array of dive equipment. In addition there is a large compliment of tenders and water toys accommodated in the garage, ensuring every anchorage will be enjoyed to the full.Having been lovingly maintained and adored as a family home, the owners are now moving to the next chapter in their yachting career. Inspections encouraged.6. Fortunate Sun is listed for sale by Burgess for $24,500,000.The only yacht with both exterior and interior design by renowned superyacht designer Tim Heywood, the perfectly balanced aesthetics of Fortunate Sun's sleek profile combine completely with her elegantly contemporary interior which features stunning bird's eye maple and madrona burl panelling throughout. The yacht provides spacious appointments for relaxation and entertaining both inside and on her well-executed deck areas.A formal dining room is located on the main deck, while up on the bridge deck, the sky lounge is framed by large picture windows and houses comfortable sofas and a bar area. Doors open out to the aft deck dining area which features a custom circular teak panelled table. The expansive sun deck offers a jacuzzi pool flanked by fitted sunbeds forward with a separate generous lounging area aft.The full beam master suite provides a private study and his and hers marble bathrooms, while four guest suites come with en suite marble bathrooms and offer the flexibility of conversion into two full beam VIP suites. The yacht boasts state-of-the-art audio visual and communications facilities with flat screen TVs throughout and high speed internet access. Comfortable both at anchor and underway, this proven world cruiser boasts a fastidious maintenance history.
March 16, 2018
Third Mediterraneo 116’ yacht Botti was launched yesterday by Benetti.Against a festive backdrop last March 14, Benetti successfully launched the third Mediterraneo 116’ unit, a 35.5-meter with a displacement fiberglass and superstructure carbon fiber yacht in the Class product line, for delivery next April 30. The exteriors are designed by architect Giorgio M. Cassetta, while the interiors have been developed by Benetti’s Interior Style Department in partnership with Radyca, a firm called in personally by the owner who played an active role in the choice of furnishings and fabrics. The flowing, streamlined design of the exteriors is reflected in the layout of the interiors and the decor, where light and big spaces come together to create bright, comfortable settings.Fine fabrics, details in warm-coloured woods and soft lighting are the leading actors in the communal areas and the spaces dedicated to the owner and their guests. The indoor area of the Main Deck contains a comfortable lounge with a dining area and an American bar to enjoy the shared settings to the full. Further forward, the Master Suite is dominated by two large glazed surfaces and furnished with wood floors in the night area and marble for the bathroom area. Next to the Master Suite, a comfortable studio with sofa and TV creates a private rest and relaxation area. The stern area on the Upper Deck, with wood flooring everywhere, is dominated by a roomy dining area with a big round table seating up to ten people. The interior is designed for moments of leisure and fun, with a Sky Lounge furnished with a big sofa, a 75-inch TV and a game table with four seats. A big Jacuzzi and a completely personalised sun lounging space are the center of the bow area. The stern of the Sun Deck is also furnished with a customised sun lounging space, while deckchairs, sofas and sun loungers in the bow contribute to making the outdoor area comfortable and convenient. The four guest cabins are on the Lower Deck. The two VIP cabins with double beds are arranged symmetrically, while the other two guest cabins have sliding twin beds and pulman beds. Still on the Lower Deck, the three crew cabins are located in the bow area and, with the captain’s cabin next to the helm station on the Upper Deck, provide accommodation up to seven people. Top speed is 15 knot thanks to two MAN V12-1400, of 1,029 kW (1,400 mHP @ 2,100 rpm each), and cruising speed is about 14 knots. The range at 10 knots is 3,200 nautical miles, with stabilization during navigation and at anchor provided by electric stabilizing fins.
March 16, 2018