With the recent boom in the realm of superyachts delivered to or ordered by the richest people of sports, Yacht Harbour recalls some of the largest yachts, ever owned by sports teams owners.
Builder: Oceanco (2019)
Team: Atlanta Falcons
According to the information from social media, DreAMBoat was built for US billionaire and owner of the Atlanta Falcons NFL team Arthur Blank, who is valued at $4.7 billion by Forbes. Meanwhile, Forbes values the team at $2,6 billion as of September, 2018.
DreAMBoat is trademarked with generous overhangs from the superstructure and cut outs in the bulwarks lending her classic and strong appearance. The vessel’s exterior features numerous large windows offering panoramic views. Swimming pool aft at the main deck, a partially closed sundeck with Jacuzzi and plenty of seating and entertainment zones and a private Jacuzzi at the Owner’s deck
Her impressive interior volume of 2,950 GT allows accommodation for 23 guests on-board, along with up to 33 crew members. DreAMBoat’ delivery is scheduled to summer 2019.
Builder: Blohm+Voss (2010)
Team: Chelsea FC
Famously built for Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich and the owner of Chelsea football club as the flagship of his fleet, Eclipse was delivered in 2010 by German shipyard, Blohm+Voss (now part of Lurssen), as the largest yacht in the world, a title that she held until the delivery of the 180-meter Azzam in 2013.
Although not on the open charter market, Eclipse is available for rent according to several sources at a rate of €3 million per week with the owner's team dealing with the management of the superyacht's operations themselves, without the involvement of any brokerage firm.
Refitted in 2015, Eclipse boasts a 56-meter private owner's deck, a 16-meter swimming pool that can transform into open deck and can carry up to three helicopters at a time.
#3. Lady S
Builder: Feadship (2018)
Team: Washington Redskins
According to credible media sources such as The Guardian, the yacht belongs to Dan Snyder, the owner of Washington Redskins football club who is valued at $2.2 billion by Forbes, but no official confirmation though. The football team is meanwhile valued at $3,1 billion as of September, 2018 (Forbes).
Lady S is currently Feadship’ fifth largest yacht, scheduled for delivery this spring. At the moment, she is receiving final touches in Amsterdam. Her exteriors and interiors were developed by UK designers Michael Leach and Reymond Langton accordingly.
This superyacht features a generous beam of 14,1 metres. She is trademarked with such highlights as a commercial helicopter landing pad, facilities to play golf, basketball, volleyball and football on-board, four VIP suites each with 8k TVs, a large swimming pool and impressive two-deck IMAX cinema.
The latter is an extraordinary hallmark even for a superyacht. It has been an exclusive feature ordered by the owners, and according to the designers it is so immense, that the vessel “had to be built around it”.
#4. Bravo Eugenia
Builder: Oceanco (2018)
Brand: Dallas Cowboys
Bravo Eugenia had been technically launched in 2017 and delivered in 2018 to her reported owner, US billionaire and owner of the Dallas Cowboys NFL franchise, Jerry Jones. The latter is estimated at $6,9 billion. Meanwhile, Dallas Cowboys acquired by Jones for $150,000,000 in 1989, currently worth $5 billion.
Designed by Nuvolari Lenard with naval architecture by Lateral Naval Architects, the yacht claims to be the first to feature a LIFE (Lengthened, Innovative, Fuel Efficient, Eco Friendly) design.
The 109-meter's interior was created by Reymond Langton, with an expected over 4,000GT of volume stretching across a 16,3-meter beam. Powered by a hybrid propulsion system, the yacht is capable of reaching a top speed of 17,5 knots.
Builder: Lurssen (2014)
Team: Fulham FC, Jacksonville Jaguars
This superyacht is owned by Shadid Khan, Pakistani-American billionaire and business tycoon, who is also the owner of the Fulham FC and Jacksonville Jaguars. Kismet also boasts a symbolic jaguar on the bow, representing the team acquired by Khan in November, 2011 for $760,000,000 according to the New York Times.
Kismet is stretching over five decks, designed with corporate entertainment and charter in mind, thus suitable for parties of up to 270 guests. As an innovative feature, Kismet boasts video walls, extending up to two decks high, able to show regular television but programmed to display high-definition moving artwork.
A large swimming pool and Jacuzzi area, spa zone, movie theatre, an outdoor fireplace and winter garden can be found among the yacht’s luxury amenities.
The yacht’s entertainment and design characteristics have been attracting top artists and events on-board. For example, Jay-Z and Beyonce were spotted on-board last year, while Netflix filmed Kismet in party scene from its biggest production so far, "Six Underground".
Builder: Lurssen (2012)
Team: Manchester City F.C.
The seventh largest yacht in the world, this giga vessel belongs to Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, according to media. With an estimated personal net worth of $4.9 billion, Sheikh Mansour also owns ADUG investment company that owns Manchester City F.C.
Topaz features sleek exteriors by Tim Heywood and the interiors conceived by UK-based studio Terence Disdale Design.
The eight-deck vessel has been built up by steel displacement hull and aluminium superstructure. All the decks are connected with a lift, giving access provides access to two helipads and swimming platforms.
Topaz is also highlighted with a fully equipped gym, two Jacuzzi, movie theatre and a conference room. Heк large tender garage offers space for a wide choice of water toys, including jet skis, inflatable boats, catamaran and a mini-submarine. The yacht can accommodate up to 62 guests within 26 cabins on-board, along with 79 crew members.
Powered by specially designed Pielstick diesel engines of 7,990 HP each, Topaz achieves her maximum speed at 25.5 knots and cruises at 22.9 knots. When at anchor, particularly in rough water, stabilisers ensure comfort on board.
Builder: Lurssen (2003)
Team: Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks
At the time of writing, Octopus remains the largest explorer yacht in the world, not surpassed in 16 years from her launch. She belonged to the late Paul Allen, one of Microsoft founders, who owned NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and NFL’s Seattle Seahawks teams till he passed away in late 2018. His fortune was estimated at $20,3 billion as of March, 2018 (Forbes).
Allen once described his yacht: "Octopus is less a Bentley than a Range Rover". As part of this, the yacht is fitted with two submarines, one of which can dive for up to 8 hours with 10 people on it; the second submarine can be remotely controlled.
Octopus is capable of accommodating 26 guests in total, with up to 57 crew members. Other amenities found on-board include a second helipad, a swimming pool and a music studio as well as a courtyard-like set up on the third deck of Octopus occupied by guest space.
Despite her expedition nature, the yacht has been much favoured by the world’s top-rate celebrities, with Mick Jagger recording an album in on-board studio in 2011 and Usher, U2 and Johnny Cash listed among other performers.
Lürssen has launched its 87 metre motor yacht Project Hawaii. The gross internal volume of the yacht with a length of 87 m will be 2950 GT, which is larger than, for example, the 99-meter Madame Gu (2920 GT). The hull is made of steel, and the superstructure is made of aluminum. The exterior design of the vessel was developed by Bannenberg & Rowell. Details of the layout are not reported, but the photographs show that on the bow of the main deck there will be a helipad, and a beach club with a round pool will be located in the aft part. Project Hawaii will be equipped with two MTU 16V 4000 diesel engines with a capacity of 2,311 hp. each. The yacht is expected to be handed over to the owner in 2020. The contract for Project Hawaii construction was signed 3 years ago.
January 28, 2020
Italian superyacht builder Ferretti Yachts has announced its new flagship on boot Düsseldorf 2020. The 30.48 m long Ferretti Yachts 1000 superyacht with a carbon fiber hull promises to set a record for internal volume among 100-foot boats. Ferretti Group chief operating officer Stefano de Vivo stated that Introduced Ferretti Yachts 1000 will become the “biggest 100-foot boat on the market”. The exterior of the superyacht was designed by Filippo Salvetti, and the interiors were designed by IdeaeItalia Studio. The novelty will partly inherit the appearance from previous Ferretti Yachts models, and partly it will be able to guess the aesthetics of a series of yachts with a flybridge of another Ferretti Group brand - Riva. The racers will go inside the bulwarks on the sides of the two L-shaped sofas with tables, and not close on the nose, like all today's Ferretti Yachts models. Thus, the fence will not block the view of the company of guests, which gathered in the bow. On the other hand, the silhouette of the yacht will look more elegant due to the combination of curves: a thin line of rails, a pointed nose and bulwarks of the upper deck ending in a spacious flybridge. De Vivo stressed that the “revolutionary stern” of the 1000th model will be fundamentally new to Ferretti Yachts and will “change the way our owners use the stern of the boat”, he said. During the construction of the vessel, carbon fiber will be used, which will also lead to lower fuel consumption. “Because you’re lighter, you go faster with less fuel,” Stefano de Vivo said. Details of the layout, data on the number of guests on board and driving characteristics of the Ferretti Yachts 1000 will be published later. Meanwhile, Ferretti Group chief executive Alberto Galassi described the new model as “the biggest revolution in the Ferretti Yachts brand.”
January 28, 2020
Flying Fox, the 136-meter Lurssen superyacht is ready to set new standards for what's possible to get on charters. 14th largest yacht in the world, she was designed by Espen Oeino and Mark Berryman with Imperial overseeing the construction. The curved lines of the hull and an unusual shade of gray, which the eminent Espen Oino used in the exterior design, make it possible to talk about Flying Fox as a truly unique, unique yacht. Flying Fox meets PYC standards. Comfortable and spacious living spaces feature smart design. Luxurious modern interiors by Mark Berryman include 11 cabins with sea terraces for 22 passengers. At the request of guests, rooms for staff are provided.The vessel’s main interior area, a spacious two-floor saloon, lies on the bridge deck, fitted with wood fireplace, dining table for 22 people and a cinema. The superyacht compliant with PYC can accommodate up to 22 guests across 11 staterooms, along with a crew of 54. For the comfort of her guests, Flying Fox features a 400 square metre spa spread across two floors. The zone comes with a hammam, sauna, massage area, gym and cryo sauna. On the lower deck, spa is connected to the sea lounge which comes with a large Jacuzzi, and access to the sea through the dive centre and sea platforms. With an exterior by Espen Oeino and an interior by Mark Berryman, the yacht's key features include two helipads, capable of hosting the largest helicopters out there. Another highlight of the 136-meter Flying Fox is the generous 12-metre transverse swimming pool located aft of the main deck. The superyacht also boasts large sea terraces, swim platforms for watersports.The 16th longest superyacht and 14th largest yacht in the world in terms of interior volume, 136-metre Lürssen Flying Fox was delivered to her owner in March 2019.In addition, Flying Fox comes with a vast choice of tenders and toys. She stores nine tenders, including a custom 12.5-metre enclosed Limo, an 11-metre open Limo, a 9-metre beach landing craft and an 8.5-metre Super Air Nautique Coastal. The water toys range includes jet skis, sea bobs, and many more.
January 27, 2020
Currently under development at Dominator Yachts, the 42M Illumen will become the yard's flagship and first yacht of its series with transatlantic range. Other unusual options for this series include the option of a helipad on its bow.The Dominator 42M is now being built for a German client. “He wanted each area to represent different countries and continents,” says Pernsteiner. “For instance, the flybridge has a Middle Eastern theme, with a relaxing ambience and even a hookah lounge.” And the main deck resembles a modern, loft-style penthouse in the heart of New York City.The upper deck is Asian-style and designed for a detox zone and lifestyle, complete with a yoga studio, gym, smoothie bar and spacious windows for endless ocean views.Large glass walls and windows, modern decor and an office - the owner plans to spend a lot of time on board the yacht and equipped it with a teleconference screen, printers, scanners, etc. - it resembles a modern loft-style penthouse in the heart of Manhattan, but in the middle of the sea .One of the most unique features will be a fully integrated glass shower next to the owner's bed. Taking a shower in the main bedroom, being anchored in the bay, you will feel one with the water.The aft cabin, the main saloon and the galley are decorated in a European style, showing contemporary art from Milan, with large open spaces, elegant finishes and finishes, as well as a smooth transition between the interior and the exterior.A beach club and four guest cabins are located on the lower deck. The engine room is also downstairs, but you will never know about it, because Dominator installs heat and sound-absorbing insulation so expertly that the heat and noise remain behind the closed doors of the engine room.
January 27, 2020
Innovations in megayacht eco-design seem endless. One of the first designers to take a step forward in this direction in 2020 was a marine engineer, Philip Briand. From the headquarters of his studio in London, he presents the concept of sailing in superyachts, which puts zero-emission navigation at the center of all decisions.The latest concept from the French designer appeared after he was motivated to create a “zero-emission yacht”. This is the second concept from the new Briand family of self-contained yachts, which is on the heels of the 90-meter SY300. Briand previously described the SY200 as the "younger sister" of the SY300.The SY200 will travel in two ways: boat sails and underwater turbines, with which it will collect electricity for the 20 batteries that it will carry in its hold.According to Briand, the length of the yacht is 75 meters, and the sail is 2,000 meters, it generates more than 2,000 kW at maximum speed. To do this, he designed a helmet inspired by high-class, shorter sailboats. In particular, he emphasizes his inverted nose and central glass capsule.Ketch is equipped with a carbon fiber mast and rigging, as well as the same modern hull and upturned nose as the SY 300. Briand estimates the power of the yacht is 500 kW when sailing at a speed of 15 knots and 200 kW at a power of 12 knots."I believe we need to embrace ‘lateral thinking’ when it comes to the future of sailing yacht design. We want to work alongside owners to create the perfect renewable energy machine, using only wind, water and solar energy to run the yacht and provide an exceptional experience of peace on board and exploration of the sea.” - Briand said.At speeds of 15 and 12 knots, he expects to add 500 kW and 200 kW, respectively, which will allow him to generate enough energy on board to enjoy her 12 cabins.On board the vessel can accommodate up to 10 guests. Master-suite leads to a large terrace with a jacuzzi and four large guest cabins. The dining table with 16 seats in the cab is protected from the sun and boasts panoramic views.
January 24, 2020