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Money Makers: 5 yachts that generated the most revenue in 2017
Despite the brokerage market going through slow times ever since the past financial crisis, the superyacht charter market has grown in strength with some of the largest yachts being the most demanded. Through its Timeline platform and market research, Yacht Harbour compiled a ranking of the charter yachts having generated the most revenue during the summer 2017 according to our findings. Estimates may include some revenue from owners chartering their own yachts as these are registered as commercial. #1 Romea Length: 81.8 metersPrice per week: €875.000Estimated revenue: €12-12.5 millionDelivered in 2015 by German shipyard, Abeking & Rasmussen, Romea was designed by Terence Disdale. Her interior layout features a full-beam master suite, catered by a crew of 23. Amongst its highlights are two limousine tenders, a Jacuzzi on the sun deck, a dedicated spa area and a cinema room. With a cruising speed of 14 knots she has a range of 6,000 nm.#2 SavannahLength: 83.5 metersPrice per week: €1.000.000 Estimated revenue: €10-10.5 millionOne of the first examples of a hybrid superyacht, Savannah is powered by extremely quiet electric-diesel engines. Another one of the innovations onboard is the underwater observation room letting charter guests see both over and under the sea. More traditional amenities also include a large swimming pool aft of the main deck, an extensive master suite forward of the upper deck with panoramic windows and a private deck as well as a gym with a sea view, a spa and a hammam. #3 Here Comes The SunLength: 83 meters Price per week: €1.300.000Estimated revenue: €9-9.5 millionDelivered as part of Amels' limited edition series last year, Here Comes The Sun became the shipyard's largest yacht to date and her owner's 4th yacht named after a Beattles' song.Amongst her main features are a swimming pool aft of the main deck, an extensive beach club area located right under neath with a sitting area, sauna and gym. Other amenities also include a cinema room and a large Jacuzzi on the sundeck.#4 MogamboLength: 74 metersPrice per week: €650.000Estimated revenue: €8.5-9.7 millionNamed after a movie starring Clark Gable and Grace Kelly, Mogambo was built by Nobiskrug in 2012. Reymond Langton’s exterior and interior design result in well-balanced lines and simple details, thus, making her a good option for cruising with family and friends. She is replete with amenities that include a cinema room, beauty salon, massage and steam rooms, as well as an array of water toys. As she underwent refitting in 2016, her sundeck Jacuzzi was significantly enlarged and her gym redesigned. Mogambo is capable of accommodating 12 guests and is looked after by 17 crew. #5 KismetLength: 95.2 metersPrice per week: € 1.200.000Estimated revenue: €7.5-8.4 millionDelivered by Germany-based Lurssen in 2014 to American billionaire Shahid Khan as a replacement for his previous 68-meter Kismet, the 95.2-meter yacht boasts a jaguar on the bow of the yacht, symbolic of the owner's NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, which he bought in November 2011 for $760 million according to the New York Times.Built with corporate entertainment and charter in mind, Kismet stretches over five decks suitable for parties of up to 270 guests. Amongst innovative features on Kismet are her video walls, extending up to two decks high, able to show regular television but programmed to display high-definition moving artwork.
Inside the first superyacht to have an indoor tennis court
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.
Herb Chambers' new 88m flagship progresses at Abeking
Works started on the Project 6505 as its steel hull arrived at the German yard Abeking & Rasmussen. Measuring more than 80 metres, this steel hull was floated for the first time last week at the Szczecin shipyard in Poland. It is believed that it is the hull of 88.8-metre superyacht Project Intensity.Currently on the market asking €132 million, the 88-metre is set to be delivered in 2020. Designed by Andrew Winch, she will span across a beam of 12 metres and accommodate up to 14 guests. Amenities onboard will include a spa pool forward of the yacht, a unique terrace on top of her upper deck and the use of glass throughout its superstructure.The yacht's hull and superstructure will now be joined at the German shipyard where works on interior fittings will soon commence. According to sources close to the matter, the 88-meter is expected to be christened Excellence VI by its presumed owner, US billionaire Herb Chambers. The US mogul himself previously stated that he was building an 80m+ yacht at Abeking & Rasmussen.Owner of the Herb Chambers Companies, one of the US's largest automotive dealership groups, the billionaire currently has a 60-meter Abeking & Rasmussen named Excellence V. Intensity would become the 4th yacht built by Chambers at the German shipyard after Excellence III, Excellence IV and Excellence V.Should Intensity be sold prior to Chambers taking delivery of the yacht, this would also not be a first. Halfway through the build of the 78m Excellence IV, Chambers sold the yacht to a Russian oligarch, who renamed her to Eminence. "I did well on that one." he told Forbes in an interview. He added his next yacht would be a cross between M/Y A and a more traditional yacht, which would fit Intensity's profile.Photo and video by DrDuu
The full story of the A fleet
Few superyachts have ever gained a level of recognition across mainstream audiences as has the A fleet in recent years. Designed by Starck, their lines have become the most polarizing in the yachting sector and brought unprecedented attention to the field in general.Initially sketched by Starck in a matter of minutes according to the French designer, the project for Motor Yacht A started back in 2004 when Russian billionaire, Andrey Melnichenko contracted him for the project. Starck later said in interviews that the brief simply said the yacht had to have six cabins and approximately measure its current length, the rest was left up to the designer.At that point, the Frenchman had completed two yachts already, a 24-meter sailing yacht named Virtuelle and the 65m Feadship, Wedge Too. The project was nonetheless ambitious, to create an original yacht that stood out and didn't mimick anything done before. Designed to have volume, whilst at the same time living in the light, Starck emphasized that the layout needed to be simple and human without too many corridors.Starck is known for often pushing for his own style in his projects and designs, not necessarily folding to the requests of the owner. Instead, he says he tries to understand their needs and come up with a creative solution as he did with Motor Yacht A according to his interviews.Delivered in 2008 by Blohm+Voss, a German shipyard since acquired by Lurssen, Motor Yacht A hit headlines in the worldwide press for her polarizing design and didn't leave anyone indifferent. Innovative amenities onboard included a large main salon that stretched as a single room throughout the main deck and encouraged socializing.Another key element in her design was the creation of a spacious, lounging zone forward on the yacht's bow. Whereas such areas are typically found towards the aft, Starck believed that it allowed to be closer to the sea and better enjoy the yacht. The space combines both shaded and open spaces for entertainment and sunbathing. The bow also features a swimming pool with jets and a helipad.Starck dedicated much space and attention to the tender garage on Motor Yacht A. Whereas in most superyachts, it is merely a technical space accessed, essentially only by crew, on the 119-meter it is a fully integrant part of the yacht's guest areas. Finished in wood and with a extremely high ceiling, the tender garage houses a plethora of options to get to shore as well as a lounging area.Aft of the yacht is a platform that opens up directly onto the sea for swimming. Often found on yachts of a smaller scale, such a set up is particularly unusual for a megayacht of M/Y A's size. Instead of merely lying on top of the water, however, it actually lowers into the water at an angle comfortable for its guests to simply step into the water.Following its delivery, M/Y A continued to make headlines as it cruised around the world. Just as some believed her newsworthiness would fade, images of project 787 started to emerge online in early 2015 as it left its shed at Nobiskrug to start sea trials. Even more polarizing and again designed by Starck, it wasn't long before it became clear the 142.8-meter yacht would become S/Y A. Although her 142.8-meter length would give Melnichenko's new flagship the title of largest sailing yacht in the world, its technical classification as a sail-assisted motor yacht led to many viewing her more as a hybrid between the two types. As a result some argued, the 108-meter Black Pearl, designed by Ken Freivokh and built by Oceanco, should be considered the largest sailing yacht.With masts taller than Big Ben at nearly 100 meters in height, S/Y A boasts over 12,600 GT of interior volume, just 3,100 less than Dilbar, the most voluminous yacht in the world. By this measurement, she's also 4.6 times larger than the largest sailing yacht in the world, the 108-meter Black Pearl. Stretching across a beam of 24.8 meters at her widest point, S/Y A could reach a top speed of 20 knots during her sea trials without using her sails.Spanning across eight decks, S/Y A was designed by Starck, similarly to M/Y A. Her rig and keel were, however, done by Dykstra Naval Architects, a company famous for their work on the 88m Maltese Falcon as well as the Black Pearl. A more closed yacht than M/Y A, the 142.8-meter features a myriad of balconies throughout its hull.S/Y A was built in Germany by Nobiskrug, a shipyard owned by the Safa brothers' Privinvest Group, which also includes CMN and ADMShipyards. The sailing yacht left Nobiskrug in February 2017, heading to Spain for further sea trials and some interior fittings.Shrouded in secrecy throughout her build and following her delivery, very little details are known about the amenities onboard the sailing yacht. Spotter imagery has, however, shown that towards the bow of the yacht is a large swimming pool with sunpads around it that can be covered by a retractable roof. Other known elements include a beach club aft of the yacht with a folding platform. Two hot tubs can also be seen aft of the 142.8-meter's upper decks.A year prior to the delivery of S/Y A, Melnichenko's motor yacht was put up for sale according to Forbes Russia. The 119-meter was, however, subsequently taken off the brokerage market according to several reports and is still owned by the Russian billionaire. In 2016, the yacht had travelled across a lot of large cities including Bordeaux, Amsterdam, London, Rotterdam and spent a significant amount of time in the Gulf. She is currently in the Indian Ocean. Valued by Forbes at $13.2 billion, Andrey Melnichenko currently sits in their ranking as the 9th richest man in Russia. The 45-year-old started his entrepreneurial career as a 2nd year college student in the 1990s with a chain of currency-exchange booths, from which later emerged MDM Bank. In 1997, he co-founded a holding company that went on to create fertilizer producer, Eurochem, pipe exporter TMK and SUEK. According to Forbes Russia, the partners invested near $1 billion at the time to build out this holding between 2000 and 2002.
28-metre motor yacht concept by Isaac Burrough
Sparked by the idea of introducing a more approachable design language into the yachting industry, Isaac Burrough has released his latest design. The 28-meter motor yacht has an exterior that has more in common with product design, rather than the conventionally referenced architecture and automotive industries.This both functional and elegant design showcases an exterior with long uninterrupted lines, large clean surfaces, and bold rounded edges. These elements combine to create a design that is simple in form, yet striking in appearance.“My goal was to look beyond the usual sources of inspiration for the yachting industry, to create a design that is both calming and welcoming” - Isaac BurroughThe Santorini-inspired colour palette of rich blue and stark whites epitomises the feeling of summer, this theme is carried over both the interior and exterior, giving the yacht a strong central theme. Amplifying the feeling of a Mediterranean summer, the use of natural teak lends its warmth to the interior, while the contrasting white lacquer keeps the open-plan layout feeling light and modern.A true superyacht in a compact package, the design boasts room for 8 guests including a full beam owner’s stateroom on main deck, full beam VIP cabin on the lower deck, and space for up to 4 crew on the lower deck forward. A central, glass encased staircase offers easy access between decks for the guests, with separate routing provided for the crew - allowing maximum privacy and perfect service on board.Efficiency was also a major consideration in this design. Starting with the hull, which features a vertical bow to maximise the waterline length and reduce hull resistance, while still incorporating flare in the high bow to maintain seaworthiness. Additionally, the 98m2 flat roof on top of the superstructure is perfect for solar panel integration, which would drastically reduce reliance on fossil-fuel power, improving the boats carbon footprint.Isaac Burrough Design is a studio with a user experience driven design ethos infused with modern aesthetics. The focus is to design beautiful yachts that fulfil clients' needs and exceed their desires.Originating from New Zealand, founder Isaac Burrough has a life-long passion for yachting. This passion for yachting and design led him to Europe, where he now pursues his dream of designing first-class yachts from his studio in Amsterdam.


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