Motor yacht VAVA II, the 96m (314.96ft) superyacht built by Devonport Yachts (rebranded as Pendennis Plus in 2011) has been delivered and set sail on her maiden voyage on Friday the 2nd of March 2012 from Plymouth Sound to the Caribbean.
The mega yacht VAVA II by Pendennis Plus reportedly cost USD 160 million (£100 million) to build and took 200 craftsmen more than two years to complete. The new VAVA II motor yacht is owned by Swiss/Italian pharmaceutical tycoon and billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and his wife, songwriter and former Miss UK Kirsty Roper. (Kirsty Bertarelli). The 96 meter yacht Vava II reportedly replaces the Bertarelli’s old 47-meter Feadship motor yacht called launched in 1996 called Vava. Ernesto Bertarelli is owner of the ex-America’s Cup team Alinghi, which held the Americas Cup for 3 events.
Measuring 96m (314.96ft) yacht VAVA II is the largest privately owned yacht ever to be built in the UK and is 33rd largest yacht in the world. She is also one of the most technologically advanced and stylish yachts in the world with exterior styling by Redman Whitely Dixon and interior design by Remi Tessier. Some of the yachts special features include a helicopter landing pad, a large fold-down beach club, a variable depth swimming pool, beautifully appointed guest cabins and large tenders stored in large tender garages aft and forward, able to carry guests to shore.
Captain Brendan O’Shannassy commented during the build that: “It is so pleasing to see a yacht that retains the vision of the designers without compromise”.
The VAVA II luxury superyacht is the largest ever private motor yacht to be built in the UK, England and Britain. She has been built from steel with an aluminium superstructure and complies with SOLAS codes, able to accommodate 36 guests. She would make a magnificent charter yacht if she was ever put on the charter market.
The VAVA II superyacht (previously known as P55, or project 55) was christened on the 10th September 2011 in Plymouth and she underwent her sea trails in October 2011. She is now travelling via the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean on her maiden voyage.
Please enjoy these photographs of M/Y Vava II by Paul.
Features of superyacht VAVA II (ex Project 55) by Devonport Yachts (rebranded as Pendennis Plus in 2011)
LOA: 96m (314.96ft)
Naval Architects: Devonport Yachts
Exterior Design: Redman Whiteley Dixon
Interior Design: Rémi Tessier