The German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen has delivered a new motor yacht - the 68-metre Soaring - under extraordinary conditions.
Jörg Kleymann, Senior Project Manager of the company’s Yacht department, is not going to forget this particular experience: “About two weeks before the superyacht was to be handed over, half of Europe was engulfed into a ‘lockdown’ caused by the Covid-19 pandemic”. According to Kleymann, “It was simultaneously an extremely challenging time and a bold demonstration of the efficiency and flexibility of Abeking & Rasmussen, even under the harshest of conditions”. A special crisis management team, an elaborate safety and hygiene concept, as well as a two-shift production approach, helped the shipyard to deliver the yacht on time.
Soaring was built for an experienced owner whose briefing listed, amongst other things, a separate owner’s deck with aft looking grand master suite, the biggest possible tender and a gym together with a wellness centre both with direct access to water.
Apart from the Owner’s area the yacht features 4 Double-cabins and 1 VIP Suite, as well as generous double and single crew cabins in the bow, providing accommodation for up to 18 crew members.
The design pitch was won by Focus Yacht Design. The Bremen studio, only a short car ride from the yard itself, created a truly distinctive and impressive design with the harmonious and contemporary exterior, the prominent window surface, elegant grey–white colour scheme and Soaring’s signature aesthetic feature - a striking line stretching all the way from the bow to the swim platform.
In the words of Soaring’s designer Thomas Mühe: “I have experimented with this solid line, stretching the entire length of the superyacht, for years. And it all, finally, came together in Soaring”.
Further distinctive design elements are the bow side windows that work as a unified and solid feature lending the superyacht an element of dynamics. Thomas Mühe comments on the commission and its execution: “Our goal was not to put together a selection of attractive details, but to create a coherent and harmonious whole that was to be simultaneously impressive and imposing but most of all a reflection and representation of the owner’s central life themes and requests. Early on it was clear that the owner valued originality and had no interest in a yacht that could easily be mistaken for another”.
Technology-wise, Soaring’s captain has at his disposal already proven components. The steel / aluminium construction with a volume of 1541 GT is powered by two 1492 kilowatt strong MTU engines. The smooth hotel operations are ensured through 383 kilowatt strong Caterpillar generators and the tanks with a diesel capacity of 180 tons in total ensure a cruising radius of 4500 nautical miles. In addition, the superyacht fulfils the strict regulations of the IMO Trier III concept with its waste gas purification system.
Two Schottel thrusters provide comfortable manoeuvring, Naiad Zero Speed stabilizers cater to a smooth ride even when at anchor and two Compass tenders of 7.5m and 9m length respectively offer convenient and comfortable water transfers.
Interior work was done by, yet another Lemwerder company, Klaus Rodiek GmbH to the Focus Yacht Design specifications. They worked primarily with two types of wood, Amara and Tiama, natural stone and genuine Italian leather. The supremely outfitted living space used by the owner and his guests totals 471 square metres.
Soaring’s lower deck’s absolute highlight is the beach club with direct access to the swim platform. Together with the adjoining wellness centre the area boasts 74 square metres. Teak was used for flooring and the glossy eucalyptus, intertwined with 30cm long silver strings, for wall panelling.
The large sofa is custom-made for the superyacht as well as the ceiling-high Italian light sculpture.
The gym area, equipped with a ballet barre and a refreshment bar, connects with the wellness centre through a lobby that further leads to a dayhead and a shower as well as to a hammam port side and a massage room starboard side.
The hammam, decorated in natural stone mosaics, caters for up to six people and the massage room to two. A professionally trained crew member is on hand to offer various treatments to the owner and his guests.
Further forward on the lower deck is the engine room’s upper level and, located midship, yet another one of Soaring’s remarkable features. A 25 square metre starboard stowage is packed full of water toys including kayaks, surf boards, sea bobs, bicycles and electric scooters. Diving equipment can be found in the adjoining room and all of the equipment can be loaded and unloaded through a top hinged store hatch and a 400 kg-capacity crane.
Opposite, on port side, a 20 square metre galley with direct access to the cooling rooms is manned by a professional chef and thanks to its large windows is flooded in daylight.
For those boarding Soaring from a tender, the main deck is reached from the swim platform via stairs and when docked the superyacht can be reached via a swivel gangway. The ample aft deck contains a sofa with two side tables and a centrally placed round dining table for twelve. In order to provide the owner and his guests with privacy at lunch or dinner, especially in buzzing marinas, a side board with a retractable frosted glass panel placed between the sofa and the dining table offers visual cover if needed.
The 80 square metre salon, laid out with a hand-tufted rug, is classically partitioned into a lounge area with hand-made upholstered furniture and a dining area at the front of the room. The two areas are separated by a ceiling-high room divider, with an inset TV facing the sofa and bronze tiles throughout offer dazzling light effects in the natural sunlight. Almost parallel to the room divider are the panels on port and starboard side showing specific star constellations that are of personal significance to the owner. In addition, a piece of a genuine meteorite is incorporated into the interior so that the ‘cosmic’ theme is reflected manifold in the dining area.
The principally used wood in the salon is “stained Amara” and the Italian leather is in “Lugano” shade.
A starboard door leads from the salon into the lobby, the staircase and the guest cabins, all of which are located on the main deck. The visual highlight here is the Claus Hartmann’s sculpture depicting two stylized hippos. The Weser Island Harriersand based artist is best known for his figurehead works made for prominent ships such as the Gorch Fock. Focus Yacht Design drew the inspiration for this commission from the owner’s interest and love of nature. The superyacht’s very name Soaring recalls the free flight of an eagle.
The guests on Soaring pass the bronze hippos on their way to their cabins. The four 20 square metre rooms, three with double beds and one with two single beds, all embody a particular theme - Nautilus, Ginkgo, Turtle and Bamboo. The themes are reflected in the bed heads and travertine inlays in bath, corresponding to each cabin’s theme. At the end of the passageway is a luxurious 33 square metre VIP-cabin, stretching the whole width of the superyacht, with an ensuite and a separate dressing room. Theme of the VIP cabin is waterlily.
The two tenders are also stowed on the main deck. The 7.5m Compass sport and 9m limousine tenders match Soaring down to the striking line stretching across the length of their hulls and are lowered to the waterline using a crane.
The upper aft deck is used almost exclusively by the owner and this was a part of the superyacht’s concept from the very beginning. The 82 square metre stately master suite at the rear of the yacht is accessed through an 11 square metre office. Minimal furnishings, including an opulent armchair and a bed, reflect the starting idea behind Soaring’s concept of open spaces and free spirit, a motif seized upon once again in the eagle bed head on master bed. Sliding doors open on to the aft deck, offering complete privacy. A genuine dressing room of 13 square metres and a bath with a tub and a separate shower complete the owner’s grand suite.
In the passageway further forward are technical rooms, as well as an additional crew cabin. All the way at the very front of the upper deck, normally reserved for the master suite in other vessels, is the library. The original and unconventional lounge is glassed-in on three sides guaranteeing amazing views. Centrally placed in the room are three white, U-formed sofas and another visual highlight is on the back wall in the form of a bookshelf made of back-lit onyx. The library can also be completely dimmed, thus converting into a private cinema.
Forward of the library, the top of the tender garage allows the owner and his guests to practice their golf swings, naturally using biodegradable and water-soluble golf balls.
Soaring’s bridge deck is the uppermost deck itself. Behind the Portuguese bridge deck, the captain and his officers work in the fully integrated wheelhouse using Gyro compass, Synapsis-NX-Radar and Raytheon Anschütz Nautosteer Auto Pilot. The captain inhabits a 16 square metre cabin, next to a ships office used by the officers on board.
The aft deck, equipped with a Jacuzzi three metres in diameter with an adjoining bar and a generous sun pad, is once again reserved solely for the use of the owner and his guests. By request, the crew can organize a BBQ directly on the sun pad and a sofa with table offers additional seating possibilities.
Alia Yachts stated that the owner asked for a "modern and fresh design" providing "comfort, space, luxury, privacy and stability at sea." The simplicity of the layout and amount of outdoor space was specifically asked by the owner. Key features of Project Al Waab II include a sub-500GT interior, focus on exterior spaces and semi-transparent sides, creating a wind protected area.This yacht can accommodate a total of 12 guests in six suits, including a two-tier master suite. The cabin of the master sits on the upper deck, provides wide-reaching ocean views, while the dressing room and bathroom sits on the main deck below.Glass plays a leading role in the design of Project Al Waab II, as the yacht features floor-to-ceiling windows and glass bulwarks.Çelik described the yacht as an "exciting project.""As it will be rated below the 500GT threshold, which is quite a challenge for a 55 metre yacht. We're also working hard to maintain an aggressive build schedule of just 24 months."The owner added: "I am very much looking forward to the yacht being completed and keenly await the day when I can experience life on board and travel the world with my family and friends."“I am very pleased to be part of this 55 metre yacht project and look forward to building it alongside Vripack and Alia Yachts shipyard,” Chief executive of SF Yachts Francesco Pitea previously said.
December 4, 2020
EXTRA Yachts, a brand of Palumbo Superyachts, is pleased to announce the sale to an American customer of a new model: Extra X99. Innovation and uniqueness are the key factors for the success of this line, which is now enriched with a new 30-meter project. Extra X99 stems from the know-how of Palumbo Superyachts technical team and Guida Design who developed both exterior design and engineering. The interior is by Luca Dini Design & Architecture.Chief executive of Extra’s parent company Palumbo Superyachts, Giuseppe Palumbo, described the new model as "an evolution of the Extra X76 and Extra X86 models, the big sister Extra X99 is a combination of modernity, large volumes and comfort in the name of fun and sociability. All spaces have been optimized with smart and functional solutions. The technical team has studied every detail and the market has immediately given us a positive feedback also on this new project."The cockpit, with its 65 square metres, together with a transformer on the deck, provides also a large sundeck, a living area with two large C-shaped sofas, a dual-mode dining table and bar counter to make the most of conviviality at the astern galley (which has always been a distinctive feature of the EXTRA layout on the Extra X76 and Extra X86 models). In addition, two opening balconies have been integrated into this area.Other distinctive attributes of Extra X99 are the generously sized Jacuzzi located at the bow and the large fly bridge with a sizeable living area served by a table operated by an up-down mechanism and the sundeck.The integrated solar panels covering the ceiling of the hall generate green energy for utilities and lighting.The lower deck includes 1 VIP cabin forward and 2 large double cabins with twin beds, all with private bathrooms. Amidships, the full beam master cabin with bathroom, walk-in closet and sofa.Planing hull and superstructure in GRP with carbon reinforcements are combined with 2 MTU 2600hp and hydrojet propulsion pushing this model to a maximum speed of 34 knots.The 4-meter tender is housed in the garage positioned laterally on the starboard side.Delivery is due in 2022.More about EXTRA YachtsCreated to guarantee the owner a close contact with sea and nature, the EXTRA Yachts line is specialized in the development of yachts with a strong personality and distinctive luxury lines from 76' to 130' characterized by maximum liveability interior and exterior, reduced consumption and long range. Exploiting the advanced technical experience and world-class Italian craftsmanship typical of Palumbo Superyachts, EXTRA Yachts offers customers all the advantages of being part of a network that also includes: ISA Yachts, Columbus Yachts, Mondomarine and Palumbo SY dedicated to refit.
December 4, 2020
Italian shipyard Benetti announced that they are working on its 67-metre 1,200 GT Benetti project FB284. Benetti’s own engineers, architects and designers have worked together with exterior designer Giorgio M. Cassetta to achieve a functional and stylish superyacht. FB284 can accommodate up to 14 guests and 19 crew across six decks.Benetti FB284 was inspired by the platform used for yachts such as Metis, the 65-metre FB270 and FB274 as well as Project Fenestra. Superyacht's exterior styling has been planned to emphasise her length with continuous lines. The curve with the superstructure is broken by the bridge wings.The decor was chosen to be timeless with high-end materials such as Curly Maple woods, black Macassar Ebony with orange veining, Carrara White and black Saint Laurent marbles. The interior layout will have luxury areas such as an elegant main-deck saloon, an upper-deck owner’s suite with a private study and two bathrooms as well as beach club in the stern with a hammam and gym. The bridge deck will play role as a ‘party deck’ and have multiple outdoor lounge areas served by a large bar. The deck will be connected to the 90-square-metre sun deck and a Jacuzzi. Benetti Chief Commercial Officer Sebastiano Fanizza says: “If it’s true that buying a superyacht is an all-engrossing emotional experience, it’s impossible not to take account of the shipyard’s key role in supporting the owner in areas where rationality plays a more important role. It’s here that we make the difference, offering the design flexibility and construction standards that come from proven, long-term experience. This is the result achieved together with Giorgio M. Cassetta’s design for FB284, a ship that’s different and makes her owner feel “at home” by expressing strength in the form of extreme onboard liveability, becoming the perfect setting for memorable moments.” Credits: Benetti
December 3, 2020
Rush Yachts introduced its first ultra-green 11.9 metre superyacht day boat. This superyacht utilises latest green material, processes and technologies. The yacht is designed by Rodriguez Yacht Design and described as the greenest superyacht day/tender boat that's available in the 12 meter range.Rush 39 features a hull that's constructed using bio resins and green materials. Moreover, this project will have foil technology to reduce fuel consumption.This yacht will feature diesel propulsion, which comprises a pair of Volvo Penta Twin D6-340D IPS-450 engines with integrated generators to save up to 25% in fuel efficiency.The high-performance version of this boat will have a top speed of 40 knots, cruising speed of 30 knots and silent sailing mode of 10 hours. The batteries of Rush 39 can be charged in two hours at 1,100 rpm. Rush 39 has a number of customisation options, for example, hybrid/electric engines and heated seats. Owners also can choose from a range of different hull colours, including gun metal grey, spice brown and Tuscan yellow.This superyacht has spacious exterior areas with two coffee, dining tables, a sun lounging area and helm station.Rush Yachts says: "The exterior timber is sustainably sourced, while all the hardware, fixtures and fittings will be of the highest quality."The 11 square metre interior offers a convertible bed/seating area, fully equipped galley and head with a walk-in shower with seating. The interior, which will be fitted with light grey and dark grey oak, is lit thanks to skylights and side windows.
December 3, 2020
Italian yard Benetti showed a new displacement yacht design that is inspired by the lifestyle and traditions of the 1960s known as the Motopanfilo. To give you a quick insight, Motopanfilo translates to motor yacht. It was the 1960s term for the large yachts that quickly became the playthings of the world's elite. Benetti teamed up with exterior designer Francesco Struglia to recreate the design and style of past Benetti yachts and make “design for today”.The interior has been made by Italian studio Lazzarini Pickering Architetti with a focus on a “contemporary makeover” to the nautical traditions of the past.The saloon has warm, light wood on the floors and curved ceilings while touches of white and blue can be seen all around. The cabin walls also follow the gentle curve of the hull.This new concept can accommodate a total of 10 guests in an owner’s suite at the bow of the main deck as well as contains four additional guest cabins on the lower deck. Moreover, if the owners do not choose to have four additional guest cabins they can install a small sauna.The studio also focused on maximising the impression of space and light inside the interior, by combining the vast windows with the use of mirrored surfaces to increase the perception of interior space and emphasis ocean views.The exterior can be described as “clean-cut”, with “tapering forms” and plenty of exterior volume. The stern features a spacious beach club and large bathing platform, while the tender garage has been tucked away to the side.An observation deck has been placed above the hard top and is described as an “intimate fourth deck” for sea or star gazing.Benetti's yacht will have a number of engine options available for owners, providing a maximum speed between 16 and 18 knots and a range of 3,800 nautical miles at 10 knots.Unfortunately, the shipyard hasn't released renderings of the interior yet, but we are impatient to see the result.
December 3, 2020