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.
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A design that is asymmetrical in nature. The 48-metre superyacht concept by Aras Kazar is represented by clean sharp lines, incorporating surfaces such as black walnut-wood-planks, a high gloss black hull with a raised matte snakeskin design, with raised glass sides and edges accentuated by gold.Nave Nera is designed to reach a maximum speed of 40 knots; characterized by a wider body and lower centre gravity which provides more stability even on rough seas. This superyacht concept is to be equipped with three engines that can generate up to 8,200 horsepower.The convertible front deck provides great aerodynamics and offers protection to the Jacuzzi area during the ride. The front deck unfolds and disappears into the deck with a push of a button.Inside layout includes two guest cabins, a master cabin and crew cabin, all very spacious in size. The interior design is dramatic yet clean and simple, soft Italian leathers mix with European upholstery and touches of gold.
June 21, 2018
Previously, YachtHarbour has announced that 85-metre O'Ptasia was launched in Greece and completed her sea trials in Aegean. Now, The 85 metre superyacht O’Ptasia has been delivered in Greece. O’Ptasia joined the list of the top 200 largest superyachts in the world. Studio Vafiadis is responsible for interior and exterior design, with naval architecture by N Hellas.O’Ptasia can accommodate guests in 11 cabins - 3 twin and 8 double cabins, including an owner’s suite on upper deck of 95 square meters with 180-degree views and 85 square meters VIP suite with a private cinema room. Other key features on board O’Ptasia include a large beach club complete with wellness and spa centre, an elevator servicing all decks, and a fully equipped gym on the bridge deck. The central superyacht elevator provides quick access between all four decks, while the foredeck helipad allows guests to arrive in style. Tender garage includes 3 Seadoos, a 6-metre Novurania catamaran, a 4.4-metre Avon RIB and 8-metre Chris Craft tender and a lot of water toys. Powered with twin 3,386hp Caterpillar engines with a top speed of 16 knots, while the built-in stabiliser system should ensure a smooth cruising experience, both underway and at anchor. O'Ptasia will be available for charter through Atalanta Golden Yachts starting from €800,000 per week.Timeline
June 21, 2018
Following the launch of 40 m M/Y Kanga, a few days ago another mega yacht hit the water – M/Y Francesca, the sixth craft in CCN’s successful line of CCN 102’ Flyingsport yachts, to be delivered to an American Owner.This 31 m boat in composite material can boast very slender lines and a skilful, balanced mix of style and functionality, combining the characteristics of a flying bridge yacht with the sporty features and high speed typical of large open yachts.The metallic light-champagne colour shade endows the hull with elegance and a strong personality – the same that can be found in the interiors designed by Tommaso Spadolini, who perfectly interpreted the taste and wishes of an Owner particularly keen on design.The layout is the classical American one, with a spacious open country kitchen located on the main deck. This area is extremely bright thanks to the wide glazed surfaces of the salon letting in plenty of natural light, and to the skylight above the central dining table, which can be shaded by an electrically-driven liquid-crystal film. The furniture of the main deck also includes a comfortable custom-made sofa.Across the yacht, the furniture and furnishings combine classical style and ‘bolder’ solutions, overlaying and alternating different materials, like sycamore and dark wood, glass and satin metal. Other materials also include a wide range of leathers, supplied by Marine Leather, obtained through different procedures (braided, smooth, pleated) and coming in different colour shades. In the full-beam master cabin, located on the lower deck, for instance, dark, lacquered colours alternate with lighter and brighter ones. The marbled sycamore wood on the walls is interrupted brightly-coloured fabric panels by Pierre Frey and is stylishly combined with the soft colour shades of C&C fabrics.Great care has also been devoted to the selection of furniture, which is entirely custom-made and carefully designed to use lightened materials, so as to ensure no impact on the yacht’s 40-knot required speed performance.Conceived for cruising in tropical seas, Francesca can boast an over-23 sq. m flybridge equipped with an easily removable awning and ensuring great comfort thanks to an icemaker, a barbecue, and a high-performing custom-made refrigerator. Indoor, a tropical air-conditioning system (248,000 Btu) will ensure the ideal temperature at all times.Onboard technologies also include a state-of-the-art home automation system that fully integrates the two MTU 16V2000 M96L engines, the modern steering system, and all onboard utilities.Another peculiar feature of this outstanding boat is her limited draught (1.20 m), allowing to move safely and quickly even in the shallow American waters, as explicitly required by the Owner.Francesca can also rely on a 4.40 m Williams water-jet tender.After cruising the Mediterranean Sea during the summer, the yacht will be presented as a world première at the Cannes Yachting Festival, to be held from 11 to 16 September.Timeline
June 20, 2018
Three days of emotional events to celebrate the historic brand of the Italian boat industry, sealed by a flyover by Frecce Tricolori. Great expectations for the debut of the new flybridge Ferretti Yachts 670 at the ArsenaleVenice, June 20th 2018 – Ferretti Group has chosen Venice as the venue for the 50th anniversary of Ferretti Yachts, scheduled between Piazza San Marco and the Arsenale from June 22nd to 24th 2018.A very special appointment for Ferretti Group that will celebrate the 50th anniversary at the Serenissima with an exclusive three-day event. Ferretti Yachts owners from all over the world will be involved, together with the city, in an exciting program dedicated to art, entertainment and Italian culture.Celebrations will start with a gala dinner at Palazzo Ducale, in front of the evocative "Paradise" of Tintoretto, the largest canvas in the world, and the magnificent "Triumph of Venice crowned by the victory" of Veronese. From the ogival windows of Palazzo Ducale, exceptionally donated for the occasion by the generosity of the City of Venice, guests will attend a parade of the entire Ferretti Yachts fleet that will sail the waters of the San Marco basin in front of the most famous square in the world. At 7,45pm, thanks to the extraordinary participation of Italian Air Force, the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale, Frecce Tricolori, will fly over the city and Piazza San Marco. The sky of Venice will be colored by the tricolor in the anniversary of the "Battle of the Solstice", when exactly 100 years ago, in June 1918, the Italian Army heroically resisted the last Austro-Hungarian offensive and during which Major Francesco Baracca, “Asso degli Assi” of the Italian Aviation lost his life. Thank to the availability of the Navy, the Venice Arsenal will be exceptionally open to the City and 11 wonderful yachts from 45 to 96 feet, including the new world premiere Ferretti Yachts 670, will be moored within the Darsena Nuovissima. The Venice Arsenal will also play host to the second evening of the 50th anniversary: on Saturday, June 23rd, where guests will attend a dinner made by Cipriani, myth of Venetian fine dining in the world, and the concert of a great Italian artist. On the eve of the event, Alberto Galassi, CEO of the Ferretti Group, said: "Show at sea and in the sky in the most beautiful city in the world: when we thought about the celebrations for our brand that gives the name to our group, we wanted something unique and never seen before. With the overflight of Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale, the fantastic places generously offered by the City of Venice and the scheduled events, we will celebrate as best we could the 50th Anniversary of Ferretti Yachts and of our Group, a big Italian company whose products are made in Italy in 7 construction sites that employ over 1,600 people. I’d like to thank the City of Venice and its Mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, Lt. Gen. Enzo Vecciarelli, the Rear Admiral Andrea Romani, Commander of the Italian Naval Staff College and of the Navy District of Venice and all those who have made the Ferretti Yachts great in these first 50 years of history and which are going to make this event unrepeatable, showing to the world the excellence that our Country is able to express". "I’d like to thank Alberto Galassi for having chosen our City and to welcome to Venice the whole Ferretti Group, their clients and all the nautical lovers to the fifty-year celebration of a global leader in the construction and marketing of yachts and luxury boats and flagship of Made in Italy - declared the Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro. “We are proud to welcome this important group to our City, which has always made the link with the sea and the commercial and relational skills its signature. The Municipal Administration of Venice supports all those businesses that continue, with effort and willpower, to keep the name of our country and our excellence high. Three days of events where water, industry and innovation will be protagonists in the splendid Arsenale: a suggestive location to host, we hope from 2019, a great boating exhibition open to all the most qualified operators. We will immediately start to work together with the Ferretti Group, and other interested primary operators, with all the Venetian Institutions and the Navy to try to organize the first edition of the 2019 Venice Boat Show at the Arsenale".
June 20, 2018
Cantiere delle Marche is glad to announce that another contract has been recently signed: Explorer 40.22, a 40-metre ocean-going yacht designed by Tommaso Spadolini with naval architecture and engineering by Hydro Tec.Explorer 40.22 is another example of CdM’s ingenious approach to yachting. Her clean and well-defined lines are undoubtedly those of a pure expedition vessel besides being cohesive to CdM's tradition. CdM's Explorer 40.22 encompasses all qualities that define a top-class explorer yacht.First and foremost Explorer 40.22 has been designed to handle all weather conditions. Being an explorer yacht she has a very efficient, sea-kindly and sea-worthy hull form. Safety and comfort of guests and crew are at the forefront of her design. Another distinguishing feature of Explorer 40.22 comes with how far she can navigate without refueling. Proven high-end equipments in a large and well laid out engine room designed for ease of service by crew is another fundamental feature of Explorer 40.22.“This project stems from a client who wishes to have a strong, comfortable, reliable vessel featuring technical characteristics similar to that of a merchant ship. He is indeed an Italian shipowner and has a vast knowledge of the yachting market.” says Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and Sales and Marketing Director at CdM. “He asked for a robust steel construction along with system redundancy and proven commercial-grade components to make his new yacht capable and reliable while maximizing quality oflife aboard,” Buonpensiere adds. Throughout the design and building process the Owner avails himself of a team of technical consultants that usually work with him. “The yacht is designed for family use with top class service, yet all family members don't disdain to be involved in all sort of activities on board, cooking included,” Vasco Buonpensiere says.Taking a look at both her exterior design and interior layout, it can be seen that the purpose of Explorer 40.22 is twofold. Firstly she offers comfortable cruising to her guests and secondly she allows exclusive and extended holidays 'far from the madding crowd'.“I worked with this client many times in the past and two of his most recent yachts bring my signature,” says Florentine designer Tommaso Spadolini. “He asked me for a clean and simple silhouette and generous interior/exterior areas to provide him and his family plenty of spaces to spend long holidays in total relax. These may seem very common requirements for a large yacht, yet he gave us precise indications about how private and social areas should be calibrated. He is an experienced yacht owner and he is aware of his family's expectations and habits.” As for Explorer 40.22's interior design, the Owner asked Spadolini for an elegant yet understated style. “The yacht will feature 7 guest suites, and 4 cabins for Captain and crew. All areas, both interior and exterior ones, both private and social, will pamper, delight and entertain all on board as they are on holiday,” says Spadolini. “The yacht has been designed to the standards set by a very experienced client who decided to switch from a planning yacht to a displacement one,” says Sergio Cutolo, founder and team leader at Hydro Tec. “Explorer 40.22 has been a totally new challenge for us,” Sergio maintains. “The beautiful design from Studio Spadolini required the highest degree of integration with the naval architecture and engineering to keep its unicity and perfect balance. Having already worked with Tommaso Spadolini, this was a successful and smooth process. The naval architectural aspects have been influenced by the peculiar weight distribution and from the bow profile that has been designed to the Owner’s Specific esthetic requirements. The hull is a typical round bilge displacement hull, with generous bulbous bow and flat sections aft. The beam/draught ratio has been taken to an optimal value and special provisions were taken to allow for high diameter/high efficiency propellers. Maximum speed will be higher compared to similar designs, and this was duly considered in designing the waterlines. From the structural point of view we minimized the impact of the structures on the hull and superstructures to maximize internal spaces. In the superstructure we managed to create the perfect match between the designed interior layout and windows positioning/size.”With a length overall of 42 metres and a beam of 8,50 metres, Explorer 40.22 will have a displacement at full load of approximately 400 tons. Powered by two Caterpillar C32 Acert delivering 970kW each at 2100rpm, Explorer 40.22 will reach a top speed of 14 knots with a range of 3500nm at 10 knots. Here below a short list of technical data:LOA: 42.00mLWL (at full load): 39.00mBeam: 8.50mDraft (at full load): 2.60mDisplacement (at full load): 400t approxMain engines: 2 x Caterpillar C32ACERT 970kW each @ 2100rpmTransmission: 2 x ZF 3310 free standingGenerators: 2 x Kohler 70kW + 1 Kohler 40kWMaximum speed: 14 knotsRange at 10 knots: 3,500nmFuel capacity: 60,000 litresFresh water capacity: 8,000 litresBlack/grey/bilge water: 9,000 litresTimeline
June 19, 2018