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98-meter Aviva and 74-meter Elandess on the River Thames and other yacht news

We selected for you top 6 yacht stories of the last week at Yacht Harbour.

98-meter Aviva and 74-meter Elandess on the River Thames

Since last week London´s main landmark shines in a new light and leaves passers-by with plain astonishment. Right in front of the Tower Bridge two brand new Mega Yachts have positioned themselves for an Abeking & Rasmussen Rendezvous. A sheer impressive backdrop; the anticipation for the Monaco Yacht Show in September is rising!

The first unexpected appearance at the Tower Bridge was made by Aviva. With a length of almost 100m Aviva is the biggest yacht built by the pedigree yard in Lemwerder. Only a few weeks ago she had been seen in New York.

Mooring right in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York she caused quite an excitement in the yachting scene. With the Wimbledon Tennis Championship taking place in London at the moment Aviva with her full-size padel tennis court inside has chosen just the right berthing spot.

Then, only three days later, the recently delivered Elandess entered the River Thames and completed the stunning scenery with her mooring berth right opposite. Before her maiden trip to London Elandess had a flying visit to Norway after she was waived goodbye by the Abeking & Rasmussen staff in Lemwerder on Sunday, 1st July.

Although Elandess cannot score with a Padel Tennis Court she holds another special feature: The sub-waterline Nemo Lounge which offers an exceptional experience for the Owners and their guests: A huge glass front allows for views to life above and below the waterline.

Elandess will surely be one of the most remarkable new builds at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018.

Both these yachts have been designed to be a floating home for the Owners and their families. We are sure that this won´t be the last time for these two masterpieces to reunite again in other waters of the world.

Auction of the billionaire’s 95-metre superyacht Indian Empress failed

In March, 2018 YachtHarbour has reported that 95-metre Indian Empress was confiscated in Malta for unpaid wages. In June, 2018 95-metre billionaire’s superyacht Indian Empress was sold in auction to pay off debts.

Auction, ordered by the court has found the winner, which had payment deadline, but he failed to meet it. Iranian buyer needed to pay €43.5 million till the 5th of July and then asked the Maltese court for a 15 day prolongation, but the court rejected the request.  What will happen next with the yacht is a new auction. The previous one started with the bids starting from €25 million, and just 3 bids were made during it.  It’s a real good opportunity to get the superyacht of this size for this price, but not so many people are ready to pay such amount of money in such a short period.

The yacht was abandoned by her owner – Vijay Mallya, in September 2017. Much of Mallya’s assets in India and elsewhere have been either seized or frozen as he faces charges of money laundering and defrauding a consortium of Indian banks. Indian Empress was targeted by an arrest warrant issued in favour of Melita Power Diesel Limited for outstanding payment of €651,399. The current owner purchased Indian Empress in 2006 for $113 million. Originally built for a member of the royal Qatari family, the vessel has also been a very popular charter yacht. Indian Empress had a major €6.4 million refit in 2016, where the interior has swapped deep red and rich gold colours and ornate gilt-work and traditional carpets for contrasting woods, pale neutral colours and large impressive art. Vijay Mallya, a supposed owner of the Indian Empress denied being the owner of the yacht.

87-metre superyacht Lonian launched by Feadship

87-metre superyacht with hull number 700 was launched by the Dutch yachtbuilder Feadship was christened Lonian. A little is known, about the new superyacht. She boasts an exterior design by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design of the Netherlands.

87-metre Lonian has four decks, with Jacuzzi, helipad, swimming pool and tender garage. The yacht is waiting till the mast is installed. The delivery is expected by the end of the year. More details will be available later.

42-metre sailing yacht E-volution sold by Perini Navi

Perini Navi, the world’s leading designer and builder of sailing and motor superyachts, confirms the sale of the first 42-meter unit in the new E-volution line. The yacht has been sold to an Italian owner.

Built entirely from aluminium and fitted out as a sloop, this 42-meter unit is a concept by celebrated Perini Navi designer Franco Romani, with naval architecture by US firm Reichel/Pugh Design.

The yacht forms part of the E-Volution line, a name that expresses one of the shipyard’s major innovations: ‘E’ as in electric. For this boat, the shipyard has developed an innovative hybrid propulsion system that combines a main diesel engine with an electric motor, confirming the shipyard’s commitment to environmental sustainability and protecting the sea. The E-volution concept also embraces the style (featuring contemporary flowing lines), comfort and performance under sail of the yachts in the line. The design envisages a powerful but easy to manage sail plan, with laminated sails and carbon fiber mast, boom and rigging.

“The sale of the 42-metre sailing E-volution to an expert and enthusiastic owner,” said LambertoTacoli, Chairman and CEO of Perini Navi, “confirms that the quality, style and performance of our ships captivate and satisfy even the most knowledgeable and demanding customers. The 42-metre sailing yacht E-volution forms part of a new range of products that we’ve been working on over the last year and is reporting notable market success. Innovation has always been one of the main values espoused by Perini Navi and we intend to continue to work on innovation in the years ahead, so we can offer our customers yachts that deliver ever better performance and have a unique style”.

At the present time Perini Navi has six boats in production, three sailing and three motor yachts : 42 m sailing yacht E-volution; 60 m sailing ketch; 47 m sailing sloop; 25 m motor yacht “Eco-tender”; 53 m motor yacht ; 56 m motor yacht.

Custom Line 120’: The Art of the Planing Yacht

A feast for the eyes and a pleasure for those who will be onboard at sea, Custom Line 120’ bursts onto the nautical scene with the explosive force of new innovations that are sure to leave their mark. The newest member of the brand’s planing line reimagines and combines stylistic elements from automotive design and residential architecture, with the addition of in-depth research aimed at enhancing the shapes and volumes.

Produced in collaboration with the Ferretti Group Strategic Product Committee, headed by engineer Piero Ferrari, and the Engineering Department, it is the first Custom Line yacht to bear the signature of Francesco Paszkowski Design.

An array of new key features were included, starting with the design of the hull, with its bottom lines characterized by the extension of the quickwork towards the bow. This choice is the result of careful analyses aimed at reducing resistance to guarantee exceptional performance and consumption, all considering the volumes and the displacement of the vessel.

The hull design is inspired by technologies used for racing power yachts, with particular attention and care given to the production of the structures to ensure the maximum strength and lightness. In addition, expert use of carbon in the superstructure made it possible to achieve an elegant design of the part of the flybridge that extends toward the bow without the need for supporting props in the cockpit.

Princess yachts will launch 6 new models & show excellent sales

Princess Yachts, one of the world’s leading luxury yacht builder are presenting their new 6 models: R35, F45, V55, V78, Y85 and X95, with the Y and X classes being new in their model range. Revenues of the company in H1 2018 increased over 50 percent, comparing to H1 2017. Its revenue for the first six months of 2018 increased over 50 per cent versus H1 2017.

Princess Yachts’ have busy order book, with fully loaded in 2018 and 75% percent of 2019 production, with some orders in 2020. Princess Yachts’ production increased by 30%, aiming at almost 300 vessels in year. The yard collaborated with Pinifarina, Olesinski and Ben Ainslie Racing Technologies in order to keep this success, as well as employing more than 700 employees, with the total of 2,900. Princess Yachts are exporting more than 90% to customers around the world.

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