Following a 40-month long refit process, December 2010 marked the launch of Attessa IV. At 100 meters in length she became Dennis Washington's newest flagship and the 9th yacht to be owned by the American billionaire.
Washington became acquainted with boating relatively late, according to one of his recent interviews, he stepped on a boat for the very first time in 1979, when he was 45 years old. His connection with the sea was however immediate, "I just loved the sound of being out on the water and being so relaxed" he told Forbes. Soon after, he purchased his first boat, the 25.9-meter Wanigan III for $150,000. What sets apart Washington from most yacht owners is his interest in refitting yachts up to his high standards. A year and a half after the purchase of the Wanigan III, he began to rebuild it and sold it a couple of years later.
In 1992 he purchased Chieftain, a 105ft tug built in Glasgow in 1929 that had escorted British WW2 ships and had remained under the British flag for nearly 60 years. Washington had the yacht shipped back to Vancouver by his port captain, Fred Larsson, and started a lengthy process to create the most tastefully decorated tug afloat. Washington in fact even announced that the newly named St. Eval would remain in the Washington family for perpetuity. St. Eval can now often be found moored in Washington's private marina in Vancouver.
Also docked in Vancouver is the 36.4-meter Abeking & Rasmussen, Impromptu, which Washington purchased from Boeing. Before serving as Boeing's corporate yacht as Daedalus, Impromptu was owned by beer magnate, August Busch. After learning that Boeing was looking to sell, he purchased and refitted the yacht, which he still owns to this day.
The first yacht to be named Attessa became yet another one of Washington's rebuild projects. After purchasing the 130ft Yecats built by Kong & Halvorsen in 1984, Washington lengthened the yacht to 142ft and renamed it to Attessa. The yacht later appeared in the movie "Indecent Proposal". It was then sold to George Argyros and renamed to Huntress before catching fire and sinking off the coast of Greece in 1998.
Washington's second Attessa became a Feadship launched in 1988 as Impromptu with a length of 43.4-meters. Following Washington buying the yacht in the 1990s, the yacht was extended by over 5 meters and renamed to Attessa II. The yacht was later reportedly sold to American billionaire, Wayne Huizenga who renamed her to Floridian. She then went through several changes of ownership until her current owners renamed the yacht to Mysorah and extensively refitted her once again.
Another vessel that is still part Washington's fleet to this day is Attessa III. Built by Feadship in 1998 as Lady Aviva for Joe Lewis, the 62-meter yacht caught fire in May 2000 in the Red Sea. With the owner and insurance company looking to get rid of it, Washington bought the superyacht and, after a 36-month long refit process at the Feadship De Vries shipyard, she reemerged as the fully rebuilt and extended 68m Attessa III. Completely transformed, Attessa III featured the largest composite extension in yachting history. Washington still owns the yacht to this day and keeps her on America's west coast.
Washington's most ambitious project however began just under two years later after Attessa III's launch. Having become aware that Taiwanese shipping billionaire, Chang Yung Fa was looking to sell his 91-meter Evergreen, Washington flew out to Taiwan to inspect the hull in 2007. "Chairman Chang built the boat like a warship, but it was not attractive structurally. I thought it would be a great project." he told Forbes. The American billionaire bought the yacht and sailed it to his Vancouver facility for a refit.
The refit process involved a new superstructure shape, interior layout, helipad and tender garage, which resulted in a completely new vessel. Lengthened by almost 10 meters, Attessa IV became the 24th largest in the world at the time of her relaunch in 2010. Amongst her standout features are a spa on the lower deck, a private cinema, a helipad and a multi-purpose room on the yacht's sundeck with a Chihuly chandelier under a glass dome.
Van der Valk has recently delivered 26-metre Forum to her delighted owner. This Raised Pilothouse yacht was designed by Guido de Groot, and boasts an interior devised by the owner’s own interior architect in partnership with our in-house department. Built for sailing principally in the Baltic Sea, she features a mast that lowers hydraulically to keep her clearance below six metres, as well as a very large flybridge designed specially for entertainment. Forum’s king-size flybridge includes an American barbecue & grill, a wet bar & pantry, and two L-shaped settees with two tables that can be merged into a single large one. This level also features an outdoor helm station as well as several delightful alfresco lounge possibilities, including sun pads forward to port and a large sunbathing area far forward on the flybridge level (accessed directly from the main deck).The main deck aft is taken up by a large outdoor dining space and a hydraulic platform for the tender. The lovely saloon includes a spacious conference room for business meetings, which contains lots of communications & entertainment equipment and doubles as an informal dining space. The galley has a practical direct connection to the utility area below, which contains a large storage room and freezer room. And the generous master suite forward on the main deck features a king-sized bed on the centreline as well as a beautiful bathroom forward.Forum’s other accommodation spaces are below deck. They include two identical VIP suites with large beds as well as one guest cabin for up to four people; each of the cabins has its own bathroom. The crew mess forward links to a captain’s cabin and a crew cabin with bunk bed, as well as a bathroom and pantry.Forum sports a V-drive propulsion system with twin MTU 10V 2000 M93 engines of 1502 hp each, which can deploy a substantial maximum and cruising speed of 23 and 18 knots, respectively. She also has twin 26-kilowatt generators and a Najad hydraulic fin stabilization system.Contributing to what has already been a busy 50th jubilee year for the shipyard, the delivery of Forum adds to a series of achievements that has already included the 23-metre Flybridge Valencia and Anemeli.
August 23, 2017
On Saturday, the 18th of February, 49.9m superyacht has been launched at the Rossinavi facility in Pisa. 300 guests were present at the ceremony, turned around the speeches of the owner family thanking the shipyard and the team involved in the boat construction.Christened Endeavour II, the yacht features exterior design by Enrico Gobbi - Team For Design, interior style by Achille Salvagni with the naval architecture by Arrabito Naval Architects. This all-aluminium displacement yacht comprises a total volume of less than 500GT and can sleep up to 10 guests, as well as a crew of 9. Performance wise she is powered by 2 x CGT/Caterpillar C32 Acert engines providing the yacht a maximum speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots. Inside, a generous full-beam owner’s suite forward to the weather deck enjoys plenty of light and a wonderful panorama thanks to the long windows along the two main sides and an unusual private balcony. The exterior areas of the Endeavour II make various configuration possible, including an exclusive sun area forward, placed over the wide garage.Rossinavi has recently sold 70m motor yacht project King Shark and is currently building 63-meter Project Vector for JR Ridinger.Photos by Emmanuel L
August 23, 2017
Lurssen has launched the 74-meter Aurora at their facility in Rendsburg, Germany, in March 2017, with Moran Yacht & Ship confirming the delivery 2 months ago. Now the yacht has been captured cruising in the South of France.Previously known to the public as Project Thor, the yacht was commissioned back in the first quarter of 2014 through Moran Yacht & Ship. With an interior and an exterior by Winch Design, the 74-meter Aurora, known internally as Project Gatsby, features accommodations for 16 guests in 8 well-appointed staterooms. With an interior volume of 2113 GT, Aurora is larger than most yachts of comparable length.Her interior is based on the early 1900s Art Deco era, taking inspiration from influential artists and designers from the time period. Unique and particular, the interior was heavily influenced by the owner's input. The master suite is based on antique artworks and each guest cabin boasts individual characteristics.Powered by twin MTU engines, Aurora stretches over a beam of 13.2 meters and reaches a top speed of 18 knots and cruise at 16 knots. The last Lurssen yacht to bear the name Aurora was a 61-meter yacht also designed by Winch Design launched in 2004 under the name Phoenix for the late Jan Kulczyk.In 2009, Phoenix was listed for sale asking €65 million and then sold in 2010 at an asking price of €55 million, ahead of the delivery of the 90-meter Lurssen, Phoenix 2. Following the sale, she was renamed to Aurora. In February 2015, she was listed for sale again asking €49,750,000 and then sold a little over a year later at the same asking price. The 61-meter yacht has since been refitted and is now known as Avanti.Photos by @acyachts_monaco
August 23, 2017
First unveiled during press conference in Milan, Sanlorenzo has today launched its new SX88 crossover yacht. Measuring 27m, the yacht features interior by Piero Lissoni, who will collaborate with the yard to develop the rest of the SX range. As for the exterior, it has been penned by Officina Italiana Design.Built from a GRP hull and carbonfibre superstructure, the yacht incorporates the best features of an explorer and a flybridge yacht. A particular attention was given by Sanlorenzo to the environment sustainability, with a specific care and sensibility to the environment where the yacht is operating and the one where is built. SX88’s construction process is based on low environment impact procedures and materials developed and tuned by Sanlorenzo. Thanks to the combination of high power lithium batteries with new lighting technologies, low consumption systems, efficient thermal insulation assured by the special new insulating glass fit on the windows, SX88 can use all the services on board for 4 to 8 hours at “zero emissions”. Because of these features Rina awarded SX88 with the Green Class.SX88 is built and assembled in the traditional Amelia’s (La Spezia) boatyard where Sanlorenzo elected its headquarter. She will be officially introduced to the market and press during Cannes Yachting Festival in September. The international market already welcomed SX88, buying the first six units. Next deliveries will beavailable starting from spring 2018.Sanlorenzo’s Superyacht Division, located in La Spezia, has recently launched the third superyacht in its 460Explorer line: Ocean’s Four.
August 22, 2017
The 110-meter Jubilee has been delivered by Dutch-based Oceanco in July. Now the largest yacht ever built in the Netherlands has been spotted in Gibraltar.With an exterior penned by Russian designer, Igor Lobanov, the yacht can carry a total of 31 guests in 16 cabins catered to by a crew of 45. Key amenities onboard include a swimming pool with a built-in aquarium, a helipad and a large beach club.Known as Project Jubilee throughout her build, the 110-meter was however listed for sale a few months prior to her delivery and is at the moment still on the market. An investigation published by Dutch publication, Quote states that the yacht was ordered by the late, former emir of Qatar.Powered by twin MTU engines of 4,828hp each, Jubilee can reach a maximum speed of 18.5 knots and cruise at 14 knots for up to 5,000 nautical miles. She becomes the latest in a string of impactful projects for Oceanco including the largest sailing yacht in the world, the 106-meter Black Pearl and the 88-meter Barbara.Photos by Superyachts Gibraltar
August 22, 2017