The flagship of Silver Yachts, an Australian shipyard formerly known as Hanseatic Marine, Silver Fast has redefined industry standards in terms of what a 77 meter yacht can be. Whilst polarising, her long, narrow hull and fast speed does set her apart.
Reaching a top speed of 27 knots and and capable of cruising for up to 4,500 nautical miles, Silver Fast is the largest in a series of 4 fast superyachts built in Australia. The brainchild of a German industrialist, she's looking for an owner at €79.5 million.
Delivered in 2015 shortly following Hanseatic's rebrand to Silver Yachts, the 77-meter fast superyacht was built with a dynamic clientele in mind. Whereas shipyards tend to increase a yacht's volume vertically, resulting in smaller, more voluminous yachts, the Australian shipyard has chosen to rather expand the yacht horizontally to optimise speed and efficiency.
As a result, Silver Fast's interior volume comes in at just 952 gross tons, a metric typically found on a 60-meter yacht. This is largely explained by the 77-meter's narrow, 10-meter beam, which allows the yacht to cruise at 25 knots, nearly double a traditional yacht's regular speed.
"Our yachts are ultra-modern in design and aesthetic but also in technology and operation" explained Guido Krass, the German industrialist that started Hanseatic Marine and built Silver Fast. "We know they will appeal to a dynamic, vibrant clientele."
Made available for charter following her delivery in 2015, Silver Fast is at the moment still looking for an owner to acquire her from Krass and the shipyard. To find a buyer, Silver Yachts multiplied partnerships, including one with the renowned car manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz, with a special photo shoot and presentation that saw the 77-meter yacht carry the new S Class cabriolet.
Silver Fast's main deck starts with a lounging area towards its aft, located near a staircase leading down to the sea. Once guests make their way inside, they find themselves in the 77 meter yacht's main lounge. Featuring a number of sofas, coffee tables and comfortable chairs, the space is predominantly used for entertainment, relaxation whilst underway or as a place to gather before lunch or dinner.
Aft of the main deck lounge is the yacht's dinning room. In an effort to optimise space, a theme that can be found throughout Silver Fast, the dinning table can either be an indoor or outdoor one, depending on the weather and context. This is achieved by large glass panels that can be used to encapsulate the area into the main salon, or open it up to the outdoors. Sitting up to 12 guests, the table is ideally used for lunch, breakfast or dinner.
Rather originally, forward of the main deck are three, double guest cabins with one of them being a VIP. Designed in a mixture of light fabrics and teak with smart lighting, the feel of the interior cabins mirrors the rest of the yacht. To provide a more flexible layout, the VIP cabin can be connected with a slightly smaller double cabin, for guests travelling with young kids for example.
Each with a large, ensuite bathroom, there are a total of seven guest cabins on Silver Fast, with an additional four located on the lower deck. Two of these are twin cabins. Forward of the cabins on the main deck is a cleverly concealed tender garage that can launch its 7m+ tenders from the bow, right underneath the helipad.
Silver Fast's master cabin is located forward of the upper deck. With the bridge built at split level between the main and upper deck, similarly as one would find on a fast yacht of a smaller size, the master suite overlooks the yacht's bow and can look forward onto the ocean. Stretching across the full beam of the upper deck, the master suite occupies most of the upper deck.
Aft of the master cabin is a sky lounge with a large couch, several comfortable chairs and a playing table. This area can be sealed off, creating an entire private deck for the owner. The remainder of the space on the upper deck is taken up by the master bathroom and closet.
Aft of the upper deck is a small outdoor lounging space, meant to be used by the owner as part of his private deck. The outdoor area also features a table for casual dinning table that can seat up to six guests. A staircase also leads to Silver Fast's sundeck, which is to be enjoyed by all guests.
Due to Silver Fast's optimisation for speed, efficiency and lines, her sundeck is narrower than one would expect to find on a 77 meter yacht, yet it still features everything that's needed for all her guests to enjoy the sun. This includes a large Jacuzzi, an extensive sunbathing area covered with sun pads and a dinning table as well as a wet bar.
"Silver Fast is the 4th yacht in a series we've designed" her exterior designer, Espen Oeino explained at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2015. "They're a different concept, super-efficient, built with very light materials so we can reach good speeds with fairly modest power. It took about 3 weeks to get from Australia to Monaco, only one fuel stop. So despite its speedy appearance she's actually a very ecological boat by design."
Hanseatic Marine's fleet of fast superyachts, all designed by Espen Oeino, were initially all commissioned by German industrialist, Guido Krass, who also owns the shipyard itself. The first three, 73-meter yachts, were sold shortly following their launch. In business circles, Krass is, however, most well known as the owner of Pari Group, a group of independent companies in healthcare, technology, green tech and renewables.
Earlier this year, Krass has sold the shipyard to Chinese aluminium manufacturer, Zhongwang. The second world's largest producer of industrial aluminium extrusion products, Zhongwang acquired a controlling interest in the Australian operation with the idea to expand the operation to China in the near future.
"China Zhongwang’s strong backing will enable us to accelerate our pace of expansion and broaden our market reach" said Krass. "Going forward, SilverYachts has plans to expand its team in Australia as well as in China."
"We are delighted to join hands with SilverYachts to navigate the high-end marine sector at full speed" said China Zhongwang CEO, Lu Changqing.
Despite being the largest yacht built so far by Hanseatic in Australia, this is set to rapidly change as two more superyachts are under construction in the country. At Silver Yachts itself, an 85m superyacht, designed by Oeino as well is under construction at the moment. Codenamed Silver Loft, the yacht will share the speed of efficiency of Silver Fast.
At 85-meters in length, Silver Loft could however still not hang on to the title of largest yacht out of Australia either. Echo Yachts, Australia's only other superyacht shipyard is building an 84-meter trimaran designed by Sam Sorgiovanni named White Rabbit. Due for delivery soon, beating Silver Loft to the water, she's being built for Singapore-based billionaire, Goh Cheng Liang according to local media.
In addition to the 84-meter trimaran, which is set to close remarkably close and possibly ahead of Silver Loft in length, Echo Yachts built a 46-meter support vessel for White Rabbit.
The second hull of the 42-metre E-Volution hybrid sloop has been launched in the water at Perini Navi Istanbul facility. It is the second launch of that particular model within a year, with construction still in progress on both hulls.With ‘E’ standing for electric the 42-metre E-volution was first presented at the Monaco Yacht Show 2017. The vessel features a hybrid propulsion engine system, combining diesel engine with eco-friendly electric motor and contributing to the yard's course on environmental sustainability. While the yacht’s naval architecture was designed by US-based Reichel-Pugh studio, the head of Perini Navi in-house design department developed the yacht’s exterior styling. The 42-metre comes with aluminium hull and carbon fibre superstructure.Within 275GT interior, the design concept trademarks a foldable transom door, giving staircase access to both sides of a sea-level alcove. A sail drum storage is situated below deck, whilst carbon fibre helm pods lay at the aft.Accommodation on-board will be provided to a total of eight guests across four cabins, while the crew quarters will accommodate seven people.The diesel-electric system will allow silent cruising with a range of 3,200 nautical miles at the speed of 10 knots, given that the yacht's total fuel capacity will make 20,000 litres.The vessel will now be moved to Viareggio for completion. She remains on track for a 2021 delivery. Meanwhile, the builder has recently sold the first unit of the 47-metre sailing yacht of the E-volution range.
December 6, 2019
Financial news source Milano Finanza has reported that Italian yard Sanlorenzo has been on track for its trading debut on Italian Stock Exchange on December 10.Sanlorenzo CEO Massimo PerottiDuring the Cannes Yachting Festival 2019, CEO and majority shareholder of Sanlorenzo, Massimo Perotti, made an official announcement about the company’s IPO plans by the end of the year. Now, the release date for the Milan Stock Exchange has been announced. Meanwhile, Perotti has been recently named the Entrepreneur of the Year in Italy.According to Milano Finanza, Massimo Perotti has completed the company’s international roadshow with the share offering covered by several Italian and international investors. Among institutional investors are Kairos, Mediolanum, Fideuram and Azimut, along with JP Morgan, Amundi and Norges placing ‘heavy-hitting’ bets on Sanlorenzo.The final share price has not been revealed so far. Sanlorenzo will have 31.9% of its share capital on offer, with an indicative price of €16 to €19 per share, to a targeted valuation of €480 to €570 million.Noteworthy, Ferretti Group, one of the main competitors of Sanlorenzo, abandoned the idea of trading on the stock exchange due to unsatisfactory results of the public offering period earlier this year.
December 6, 2019
By November 2020, new superyacht marina should be completed and open for yachts on Navi Island (Fiji). Located in a 10-minute drive from Savusavu Airport, it is set to become one of the region’s first green facilities.The 150-berth Marina is conceived as one of the first eco-friendly yacht harbours in the world, by forbidding the use of disposable plastic bags on its territory. What is more, the marina and associated resort will be powered by renewable solar energy.Nawi Island Ltd’s Managing Director Mike Gann commented: We intend to be one of the first green marinas in the world. In doing so, the development on the island will be powered by renewable energy, namely solar. We are also putting in place an organic wastewater treatment system for the whole island and in addition, the company is using sustainable and organic building materials on the island.The marina’s berths will be able to welcome boats from 10 to 60 meters in length. In addition, fuel and power connections along with fire service pedestals, wastewater pump-out, ferry and taxi pontoon and a 75-tonne travel lift will be provided.The yard will offer repair and maintenance services, a hard stand, pull-up fuel and wastewater pump-out, and long-term dry storage. The marina will also comprise a hotel with a spa and sports facilities, 38 private villas and a yacht club.The works should be completed by early 2020. The official opening should take place ahead of the 2021 America's Cup yacht race held in New Zealand.
December 5, 2019
The 78-metre Full Custom superyacht project by Dutch builder Amels has touched water for the first time. The vessel is the builder’s largest superyacht in terms of interior volume. Earlier launched at Damen hull-building facility on the Danube, the 2,850 GT yacht features Espen Øino design and naval architecture and interiors by Zuretti Interior Designers. She is scheduled for completion in 2021, following transport to the AMELS outfitting yard in the Netherlands.Although several Amels superyachts including the 83-metre Here Comes The Sun and the 82-metre Ilona outdo the new-build in terms of LOA, the new Full Custom project features larger Gross Tonnage to make her the largest Amels superyacht once delivered.Espen Øino comments on the project’s details:The layout with the big pool on the upper deck with the boats below either side, but they are all hidden so you don’t see it. And of course the balconies with the direct access from the cabins out which you can spot very easily and it’s actually looking pretty amazing. The contract for construction of the vessel was signed in 2017, during the Monaco Yacht Show. Representing the owner, Andrew Tree of Superyacht Technical Services commented:This truly custom yacht, with stunning design both inside and out, could only be achieved with the greatest collaboration, having the very best of European design and the highest quality of construction and management.
December 4, 2019
The largest private sailing ketch in the world, the 86-metre superyacht Aquijo has been seen arriving in Antigua to take part in Antigua Charter Yacht Show taking place December 4-9.Video: Dutch YachtingThe 6th largest sailing superyacht in the world, Aquijo was built in 2016 out of collaboration between two Dutch shipyards, Oceanco and Vitters. Vitters developed a custom steering system specially for Aquijo. It transmits the hydrodynamic forces on the rudder blades directly to the steering wheels on the flybridge, thus providing the helmsman with immediate feedback and a feeling for how the yacht is moving through the water. German studio Dölker + Voges was responsible for her interior design, whilst Tripp Design Naval Architecture styled her exterior. The yacht comprises 4 decks and accommodates up to 12 guests across 17 cabins. On-board, Aquijo offers space and amenities normally seen on motor yachts, comprising guest elevator, interior and exterior dining for up to 24 people, 3 outdoor bars and a beach club with steam room, sauna and ocean view Jacuzzi. craftsmanship.The package of Aquijo’s toys and tenders includes and does not confine to 3 tender boats, 1 jet ski, 4 kayaks, 2 wakeboard, 3 water skis, 3 stand up paddle boards, 8 diving packs etc.Featuring a mast of of 90 metres, Aquijo boasts a maximum speed of 17.5 knots.The vessel is available for charter from EUR 450,000 per week in winter season.Photos via Y.CO.
December 4, 2019