Oceanco has recently announced the huge success of its 90m/295ft mega yacht DAR at various awards shows, winning the World Yacht Trophies Awards for Yacht of the Year following the Cannes Yachting Festival 2018, and two more awards at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018. Now, the team behind the exceptional motor yacht has provided insight into the design and technical aspects that have placed her in such a prestigious position.
Launched in September this year, superyacht DAR has also been known as Y717 and PROJECT SHARK during her construction owing to the contoured wings which from the air create an appearance reminiscent of a hammerhead shark. Extensive dark-tinted glazing gives the appearance of two-tier floors in some sections, and the colour matches the gloss black of the hull while silvery-white elements in the superstructure curve gracefully for a modern appearance that conceals staircases and side terraces.
The naval architecture from Oceanco and exterior styling by Luiz DeBasto Designs won M/Y DAR Best Exterior Design and the Finest New Superyacht Award at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018, with the five-decks providing extensive alfresco lounging, dining and sunbathing areas. Amenities on board include a sundeck forward Jacuzzi, a plunge pool with a waterfall on the main deck aft and room for a helipad. Pale furnishings and light-coloured teak decks set the tone for laid-back sunbathing and socialising with an abundance of sun umbrellas and canvas shades for all-day outdoor use.
The Owner chose Valentina Zannier from Nuvolari Lenard for the interior styling, which uses ivory and cream tones as well as fine detailing in contrast to the predominantly plain and dark steel hull and aluminium superstructure. The light and graceful contemporary styling are achieved using a range of natural materials, with sycamore fiddleback and maple bleached grey becoming the predominant wood types while Brazilian Carballo wood was used for detailing.
Metallic effects are used on walls and ceilings to manipulate the light, such as around the bar which has a blossom bas-relief wallpaper in-keeping with the theme of nature on board. The foyer staircase is one distinguishing space, where each step is back-lit and schools of 3D fish swim beside the recessed bannister up to the next level.
Luxury yacht DAR is capable of hosting up to 14 guests across 7 lavishly-appointed en-suite cabins, which include the Master stateroom, 2 VIP staterooms and 4 further guest cabins. To run efficiently, she has a crew of 31 to take care of all onboard systems and provide exceptional service.
In terms of her technical specifications, DAR is the first luxury yacht from the Netherlands to receive official Lloyd’s Register Integrated Bridge System (IBS) notation and designation. For power, a pair of MTU 20V4000 M73L engines providing 4,828 HP allow her to reach a maximum speed of 20 knots.
Following her recent appearances at the Mediterranean‘s most prestigious yacht shows, M/Y DAR has joined other superyachts in the Palma harbour in the Balearic Islands for the last of the summer sunshine and to celebrate her victories.