Yacht launches…perhaps one of the most exciting events when you are lucky to be one of the first to see these huge new superyachts unveiled. The blood, sweat and tears that go in to producing these beasts is nothing short of incredible and nothing can replace the awe of seeing one of these beauties for the first time. Here we talk about the launches from the recent past, those already upon us and coming in the near future. These are yachts that effortlessly cruise the Antarctic and dock near the Galapagos with timeless elegance. Check when these launches take place and what the yacht has in store for upcoming charter destinations.
Lion Spirit, 57m/187ft, Sunrise Yachts
Previously called Lionwind when first built in 1993, this 57 metre new refit was underway at Sunrise Yachts in Antalya in Turkey. She was due for delivery in March 2016 after exterior designer Espen Oeino worked his décor magic. The Lion Spirit is a steel and aluminium yacht which has been lengthened so that the owner and his family can enjoy a suite on the sundeck and with sliding glass panels that open to the accommodation areas. There is a nicknamed “crazy room” that has been filled with crazy colours and shapes by the interior designer Reymond Langdon, who has also helped install the photographic studio and extensive dive shop for the owner who is a highly skilled scuba diver. Look out for the Lion Spirit as a private charter in the future.
Project 370, 116m/380ft, Kleven
Currently known only as ‘Kleven 370′ or ‘Project 370′, this expedition superyacht was built as a sistership to 107-metre Ulysses for the same owner. These two expedition superyachts are heavy-duty explorers, with a huge range of equipment and toys. Built to withstand rugged conditions and extreme temperatures, her luxurious interior has all the comforts of any modern superyacht. She was launched mid-March, 2016.
Sybaris, 70m/229ft, Perini Navi
The Sybaris yacht is the second biggest sailing yacht designed and built by Perini Navi. With an interior by PH Design Studio in Miami, the Sybaris has advanced technology for performance and also for the guests to enjoy on their charter. The engineering on board is also designed to be economic and cut carbon emissions. There is a 30 metre guest area on the main deck and an 18 metre fly-bridge so there is no excuse not to relax outside and sunbathe all day. She was launched at the end of 2015 so she is on the seas and ready for charter.
D4, 36.6m/120ft, Dynamiq
Launching this Summer, this Dynamiq Gran Turismo yacht can travel a wide range on just one tank of fuel. So if you want to get to Miami to the Galapagos on one tank of fuel or Monaco to St Tropez reached in just over two hours, this is the lady for you at a cruising speed of 20 knots. She is currently being built in the NCA shipyard in Carrara, Italy.
Trimaran 84m/275ft, Echo Yachts
The largest superyacht in Australia is being built by Echo Yachts for an experienced owner and is due in 2017. It’s 46 metre support vessel is due in the first quarter of this year. The exterior will be built by yacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni and the 84-metre aluminium multi-hull yacht is due in 2017.
CRN 74, 74m/242ft, CRN
Italian studio Zucco International Project architects and Feretti shipyards have joined forces to build the CRN 74 to be shown at the Cannes Yachting Festival for 2016. The interior will be designed by Andrew Winch with emphasis on innovative space expansion as a way of helping the exterior designer Zuccon maximise each open deck area for owner and guest socialisation.
Plvs Vltra (Project Freefall), 74m/242ft, Amels
This Tim Heywood designed superyacht was launched this Spring by Amels and will be the largest yacht by Moran Yacht & Ship in a decade. The yacht features a huge dedicated owner’s deck, full-beam spa on the lower deck and an aft deck pool. Andrew Winch will be the interior designer and will furnish two VIP cabins on the main deck of which each will sport a guest suite, dressing room and an office.
Illusion, 88.8m/291ft, Pride Mega Yachts
Being sold as the largest yacht ever built in China, it will be wonderful to see this 88.8 metre Mega Yacht come to fruition. The Illusion’s naval architecture is by Azure and the exterior styling is by Rainsford Saunders who has designed the swimming pool, a gym, cinema and spa. The exclusive interior yacht designers, Sinot, will be responsible for furnishing this lady and always come up with extraordinarily beautiful, clean styling. The Illusion was sold last year and is on its way for delivery to its new owner.
Project Cecilia, 50m/165ft, Wider Yachts
Project Cecelia was dreamt up by designer Fulvio De Simoni in collaboration with Wider’s founder and CEO Tilli Antonelli and the in-house design team and the instructions form the new owner were to “enhance the owner’s contact with the sea”. The Wider 165 will have a ‘Wider beach,’ a spacious swim-and-sunbathing deck with indoor swimming pool, submersible tender bay and a touch-and-go helipad. She was being moved to be fitted out in November 2015 and was unveiled at this year’s Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show and will officially launch soon.
Benetti Mediterraneo 116, 35.5m/116ft, Benetti Yachts
The Benetti Mediterraneo is the first yacht in Benetti’s new range and is a huge undertaking. She accommodates 10 guests and 7 crew in the outside space that has really been the main focus of this yacht. The open area on the foredeck has a hot tub, sundeck with a bar and alfresco dining. There is a 6-metre-wide cockpit for the captain to enjoy as well. The build has been announced as being launched this year so watch this space.