The construction of the 81m contemporary three-masted schooner has commenced at Royal Huisman’s facilities in Vollenhove. This new build project for an Asian client was unveiled by the joint team of Royal Huisman, Dykstra Naval Architects, designer Mark Whiteley and Bart Kimman of Northrop & Johnson Asia at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show.
Within a year Royal Huisman completed the design phase, the construction planning and a large part of the engineering for this yacht – all in close interaction with the owner, his team and the architects. Even the shipyard’s largest shipbuilding hall was upgraded in preparation for the new project. Now, the milestone all involved parties were anticipating has been achieved: the keel is laid and the building frame for the main deck is under construction. The build of the world’s largest aluminium yacht has started.
The exterior design is the result of the joint effort of Dykstra Naval Architects and Mark Whiteley Design, incorporating the owner’s requirements – world cruising, fast yet comfortable, and iconic looking. The distinguishing superstructure features a half-raised bridge for inside steering. The yacht’s flybridge offers full controls during sailing, comfortable seating for guests wishing to be close up with the yacht’s navigation, and opportunity for sunbathing. The sheltered main cockpit beneath the flybridge features a bar, sofas and a large table.
A variety of innovative or indeed exciting features enhance the yacht’s appeal. The newly developed sliding Rondal door with individually operated moving glass panels provides a seamless transition from the cockpit into the interior, whereas the flybridge steering stations give access to the hydraulically operated crow’s nest for an exhilarating ride up the main mast with breathtaking views.
Various watersports gear such as water scooters, a large guest tender with dive equipment, kayaks and SUP boards will be stored under the aft deck, and the deck design comprises a number of clever features, such as the crew tender in front being recessed into a pocket, which can be used as a cockpit after launch. The design of the crew entrance on the foredeck ties in with the looks of the main deckhouse.
Good performance combined with sea kindliness, stability and comfort
Dykstra Naval Architects have focused all their considerable expertise on the creation of a hull with a distinguishing hard chine and schooner rig that combines good performance with sea kindliness, stability and comfort. The carbon rig by Rondal – ‘clearing Panama Bridge’ – will be supported by carbon standing rigging. Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects explains “the plumb bow, very long waterline, sleek hull and large sail area will give the yacht the required high speed and good performance.”
Towing tests, wind tunnel tests, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) calculations and a Velocity Prediction Program are all undertaken to evaluate the sail balance, keel position and rudder angles when under sail.
Mark Whiteley designed a modern interior in balance with the exterior living spaces. The design is based on Alpi Walnut bulkheads and comprises oak floors. Alpi is a natural material which - thanks to technology - achieves high performance and eco sustainable quality. A very high comfort level for the owner, family and friends are very important considerations, but the yacht can also be used as a platform for business meetings. The forward part of the superstructure has been reserved for the owner and his guests, featuring a combined saloon with comfortable seating and a large table with sixteen seats for formal dining.
Royal Huisman will deliver this project in 2020. The yard has recently announced their intention for the exclusive use of the facilities of Holland Jachtbouw (HJB) in Amsterdam following the anticipated termination of business by HJB after the passing away of founder Chris Gongriep.
The 47-meter Benetti, Africa, previously on the market through Burgess at an asking price of €16,750,000, has now been sold with Marine Marketing in Greece introducing the buyer. She spent just under 18 months on the brokerage market.Africa, Benetti's FB501 hull, was launched in Italy in 2010 and christened Imagination by her original owner. Two years later, she was put on the market through Camper & Nicholsons asking €22,000,000. Later that year, her price was reduced down to €19,800,000. Following two yacht show attendances by the yacht during her first year on the market, in Cannes and in Monaco, a buyer was found that purchased the yacht in 2014. The yacht was then asking €16,5 million through Camper. Her new owners then opted to rename the yacht to Africa shortly after the purchase. In 2016, she was listed for sale once again, this time through Fraser, asking €19,750,000. The seller later switched to being represented by Burgess and later lowered the asking price by €3 million, at which price she ultimately sold earlier this month.This report is an excerpt from Yacht Harbour's proprietary Timeline platform, featuring detailed, individual reports on every single yacht on the water. To subscribe to Timeline at just €99/month follow this link.
January 19, 2018
Chinese shipyard Heysea Yachts has received an order for a new Asteria 126 from a local client. The same individual also commissioned an Asteria 96 as well as a 25 meter model from Heysea.Asteria 126Built out of composite, the new Asteria 126 will have a length of 38.4 meters coupled with a shallow, 1,54-meter draft. Powered by twin Caterpillar C32 engines, she will have a top speed of 22 knots and a range of 1,200 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 10 knots.Asteria 96The Asteria 96 was developed in collaboration with Australian naval architects David Bentley Yacht Design. The yacht measures 29.26m in length with a GRP hull and superstructure.Accommodation is for six guests, split between a master suite and two convertible double staterooms, which can be set up as doubles or twins. Meanwhile the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to three people.Other key features include a walk-in wardrobe in the owner’s cabin and a separate media room that has been fitted out with a state-of-the-art entertainment system, while subtle accent lighting adds to the relaxed ambience on board.Asteria 96Heysea adds that future models can be built with a more powerful engine set-up, resulting in top speeds of up to 28 knots. Other extras include a larger crew quarters with room for five. The shipyard is also currently building a 43-meter yacht as well as a 41-meter, both of which seemed to be destined for the Asian market.
January 19, 2018
The 46.3-meter Baglietto, Only One has just undergone a hefty price reduction with her owner keen to sell her in this new year according to its central agent, M Blue Yachts. Built in 2015, she's now on the market asking €17 million down from €19 million.Accommodating up to 10 guests in a master suite located forward of the main deck, two VIP suites and two twins on the lower deck, Only One was designed by Francesco Paskowski and is currently lying in Turkey.Amongst the yacht's main features are an extensive sun deck with a large dining table and lounging area, a spacious main salon and sky lounge perfectly suited for entertaining as well as a beach club.MCA compliant and classified by Bureau Veritas, Only One has a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure. Having seen very little use by her owner, Only One has just 585 hours on her Caterpillar 3512B engines that give the 46-meter a top speed of 16.5 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 12 knots. She is now asking €17,000,000. A viewing of the yacht currently lying in Turkey is highly recommended.Sponsored by M Blue YachtsE. firstname.lastname@example.orgT. +30 6970 101877
January 17, 2018
Admiral has confirmed that their largest yacht to date, the 73-meter Planet Nine was launched earlier this week. The Italian shipyard's 575th vessel, she was previously known as Antarctica and on the market asking €85 million in 2017.One of the largest explorer superyachts on the water, Planet Nine meets Lloyd's Ice class 1D rules, letting the yacht navigate in flat ice, up to 15cm thick. Featuring accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 cabins, including a 300sqm owner's suite, she was designed to re-create the feeling of a villa on the inside.Planet Nine boasts an observation lounge forward on the upper deck with the remainder of the space being dedicated to the explorer's guest cabins. Meanwhile, the owner's suite spans the whole main deck and is comprised of two cabins connected via a central lounge.A pair of elevators connect all five decks and provide both an ease of movement across the yacht as well as discreet access for the crew. Aft of the explorer is a helipad and a heli hangar, with a built in capacity to refuel the helicopter. It has enough space to house an 8-person Augusta Grande-sized chopper. The aft tender garage if fitted with a pair of 9.75-metre Rupert Marine tenders.CEO and Worldwide Sales Director of the Group, Giuseppe Taranto, comments on the launch of Planet Nine, stating: “We are proud of this construction and are confident she will be a benchmark in her category. She is a yacht with an unique style that will attract attention in every port. Planet Nine is also a great achievement in terms of technology.” She will be completed later this year. Planet Nine is scheduled to be delivered to her owner before the end of the year.
January 17, 2018
The Bilgin 263, was technically launched on November 27th by the Turkish shipyard. Upon delivery in late 2019, she is set to become the largest superyacht ever completed in Turkey. New footage released by the shipyard now shows her move to a new facility.A third, repeat order from an Indian client, according to people familiar with the matter, the deal to build the 80-meter Bilgin 263 was signed in October 2015 at the family-run builder’s head office in Istanbul.The exterior design and naval architecture for the Bilgin 263 was created by the Antalya-based Unique Yacht Design, while the engineering comes from London-based H2 Yacht Design. Accommodation is set to be for up to 16 guests split between eight staterooms, including a master suite, three VIPs and four double cabins. 24 crew are set to be employed by the superyacht.The yacht has a slim, sleek exterior profile with multiple outdoor entertaining areas, such as an extensive foredeck lounge with a dining area. Another lounge forward of the pilothouse boasts a superyacht spa pool, offering privacy while at port and great views from this lofty perch.This 1,600GT yacht will be fully ABS and LY3 compliant, and is predicted to reach a top speed of 18 knots, courtesy of twin 2,625hp MTU 16V4000 M73 diesel engines, while the total fuel capacity of 155,000 litres allows for a range of 5,000 nautical miles when cruising at 11 knots.The new 80-metre yacht is the first of two such hulls being developed at the Turkish yard, with the second Bilgin 263 due to be given a technical launch in spring 2018.
January 16, 2018