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For Pure Luxury, Build a One-Off Bespoke Superyacht
Over the last 20 years, delivering a bespoke superyacht has become the ultimate in luxury. Superyacht brands that have pushed the window in technology, LOA and comfort have become the ultimate way for the uber-rich to create bespoke homes upon the water. Nothing is too big or too impossible. If you’re looking for a home upon the water that is like none other, working with one of those custom superyacht shipyards is for you. All of these manufacturers have key things in common: for one, every vessel produced by these shipyards is huge. Secondly, anything they is sure to be a one-off that you will…Read More
Over the last 20 years, delivering a bespoke superyacht has become the ultimate in luxury. Superyacht brands that have pushed the window in technology, LOA and comfort have become the ultimate way for the uber-rich to create bespoke homes upon the water. Nothing is too big or too impossible. If you’re looking for a home upon the water that is like none other, working with one of those custom superyacht shipyards is for you. All of these manufacturers have key things in common: for one, every vessel produced by these shipyards is huge. Secondly, anything they is sure to be a one-off that you will never find anywhere else.
These are the world’ foremost superyacht shipyards. When working with one of these manufacturers, you will not only receive a gigantic yacht that is larger than many of the world’s current superyachts, you will receive a one-of-a-kind private vessel that incorporates virtually all of the bespoke luxuries you have ever imagined. Read on to see how working with one of these immense companies can benefit you by giving you the home on the seas of which you have always dreamed. Following are the world’s most luxurious bespoke superyacht builders.
ABEKING & RASMUSSEN SUPERYACHTS
High-quality custom superyachts up to 125 meters LOA are characteristic of the immense yachts built by German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen. Founded in 1907 by George Abeking and Henry Rasmussen, A&R is not only one of the most experienced German builders in the superyacht business, it is also one of the highest quality yards that continue to retain a family approach in all of its operations.
Each superyacht that emerges from the A&R yard mirrors the philosophy and style of the owner who has commissioned her, with the aim of being functional and reliable without compromising on aesthetics. A&R operates on the principle that personalization allows for the true realization of an owner’s yachting dreams.
S&R has always been located in Vegesack-Lemwerder, with the initial shipyard on the banks of the Werder River. Today the shipyard has five state-of-the-art production halls, workshops for woodworking, steel and aluminum that are kind to the environment, an inner harbor, a synchro-lift and office space.
Yacht construction has always been a part of the A&R heritage as Henry Rasmussen proved to be a talented yacht designer. At first, the shipyard focused on constructed sailing yachts, but that began to change in the 1970s when A&R shifted to producing motor yachts. Today, the shipyard produces a mixture of superyachts and commercial vessels that include specialized applications and fast patrol boats for government and naval use.
Technologically Advanced Launches
Although this yard does not have the same volume as most of the other bespoke manufacturers, A&R are known for producing some of the world’s most technologically advanced superyachts. Among the advances that the company has produced are sound-dampening systems and the use of lighter materials for constructing hulls. A&R is known for its work in SWATH (Small Waterplane Twin-Hulled Ships) that reduces that contact of the vessel with water and increases its speed and efficiency. At the same time, the yard is notoriously protective of interior details of its superyacht launches. The builder also provides expert workmanship and technical service through its refitting division.
Notable Superyacht Launches
Aviva, 68 meters, 2017
Reymond Langton Design is responsible for exterior styling on this four-deck displacement superyacht and also collaborated with Toby Silverton on the modern interiors, which include a full-size paddle tennis court. Her curvacious exterior features a vertical prow and sports a robin’s egg blue hull and large expanses of glass on the superstructure. With a cruising speed of 20 knots, Aviva is powered by a hybrid drive that allows the yacht to reach 11 knots using only electric motors.
Secret, 82.5 meters, 2013
Abeking & Rasmussen’s Secret, designed by Sam Sorgiovanni, was the builder’s flagship until the delivery of the new Aviva in 2017. With an interior by Jim Harris, she can accommodate 12 people over six cabins. This full displacement vessel features two Caterpillar 2000 diesel engines, giving her a top speed of 13 knots.
BLOHM + VOSS SUPERYACHTS
Established in 1875 in Hamburg, Blohm + Voss has constructed some of the world’s most famous ships. Possibly its most notable claim to fame is the 241.6-meter German battleship Bismarck, launched in 1939 and sunk by ships and planes from the British Royal Navy on May 27, 1941. Even more notorious is 135-meter Grille, initially built as the German state yacht in 1935, converted to a mine-laying ship during World War II and then reconverted back to a yacht that was used as an official conveyance for Adolf Hitler.
In the 21st century, Blohm + Voss continues its reputation for building superyachts for some of the world’s most famous people, including Russian oligarchs Roman Abramovich and Andrey Melichenko, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Saudi billionaire Dr. Nasser al-Rashid, Larry Ellison and Aidan Barcaly.
Blohm + Voss has long branched out into other fields. In the 1930s, it established the Hamburger Flugzeugbau, eventually operating under the Blohm + Voss name. Current operations include offshore oil and gas installations. German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp AG bought Blohm + Voss in 2005. The yard became a subsidiary of Lürssen in 2016 and continues to serve the private, commercial and military markets.
Manufacturing facilities on the Norderelbe cover approximately 451,000 square meters and encompass 92,000 square meters of covered workspace and three quays totaling 2,100 meters in length. State-of-the-art technology, such as precision lathes in the mechanical workshop and a variety of cranes are typical in shipyards multiple buildings. Blohm + Voss also has a dedicated service center to facilitate refits.
Thinking Big From the Outset
From its beginnings on the island of Kuhwerder near Hamburg, Naval engineer Hermann Blohm and mechanical engineer Ernst Voss thought big as they constructed berths large enough to accommodate iron steamships of up to 100 meters. The shipyard also constructed passenger liners, such as the Europa, which set a record for its transatlantic passage in 1930 by averaging 27.9 knots, in addition to sailing ships and warships.
Even early yachts from Blohm + Voss were huge. MV Savarona, constructed in 1931 for American heiress Emily Roebling Cadwallader, granddaughter of John Roebling who engineered the Brooklyn Bridge. Built at an original cost of $4 million, she included Sperry gyro-stabilizers and was once described as the most sumptuously fitted yacht on the seas. MV Savarona has another claim to fame in that she became a film set in 1933 and was featured prominently in the German science-fiction movie Gold. She is currently the state yacht of Turkey.
Blohm + Voss constructs large bespoke superyacht in steel and aluminum, working with some of the industry’s most famous designers. The builder also provides naval architecture and engineering and offers a slate of yacht management services.
Notable Superyacht Launches
Choosing just two of the many outstanding superyachts built by Blohm + Voss in the 21st is a difficult proposition as vessels like Dubai, Enigma and Lady Moura attract attention wherever they sail. Here are two of the most notable ones.
“A,” 119 meters, 2008
Motoryacht A is one of the most remarkable and unconventional superyachts on the seas, starting with her upside down hull that gives her an unmistakable profile. Designed by Phillippe Starck, she features a range of unique amenities that include swimming three pools designed with head currents for exercise. Her modern interior environment includes wood furnishings and excellent use of space that accommodates 14 guests over the owner’s suite and six additional guest cabins.
Eclipse, 162.5 meters, 2010
The largest private superyacht in the world at the time of her launching, Eclipse was designed by Terence Disdale for Roman Abramovich. Named Motoryacht of the Year in 2011, Eclipse has a stunning aesthetic, both inside and outside and includes hundreds of custom finishes and a 16-meter swimming pool with a based that can be raised to transform into a dance floor. Her accommodations include a 56-meter owner’s deck and a total of 18 guest cabins that can accommodate up to 36 guests. Eclipse also has two helipads.
If any shipyard epitomizes superyacht luxury and customization, that shipyard is Lürssen. The German manufacturer, headquartered in Bremen-Vegesack, has been recognized for its originality and quality in all aspects of shipbuilding since its founding in 1875. Lürssen has launched some of the world’s most iconic superyachts, including the 180-meter Azzam, currently the world’s largest private superyacht.
Almost from the beginning in a small boat-building workshop in Aumund, Germany, founder Friedrich Lürssen demonstrated quality and originality. By 1886, he already had a thriving shipyard and partnered with engine manufacturer Gottlieb Daimler to produce the world’s first motorboat, the six-meter REMS with a 102hp engine. Just four years later, the Lürssen-Daimler speedboat won an unofficial world title, the Championship of the Sea in the waters of the Mediterranean off Monaco and went on to win the Prix de la Cote d’Azure and the Grand Prix des Nations in the same year.
By the company’s 50th anniversary in 1925, Lürssen had already launched 10,000 vessels, including a 14-meter motoryacht. Two years later, the shipyard built the Oheka II, at the time the world’s faster commuter yacht, equipped with three Maybach engines for a top speed of 34 knots. Also in 1927, Lürssen achieved another first, the world’s heaviest and longest motoryacht, the 130-ton, 36-meter AAR IV.
To this day, Lürssen remains a family run business and has what are, perhaps, the most extensive shipbuilding facilities for private bespoke yachts and naval vessels in Europe. No less than eight facilities are part of the company, with headquarters at Vegesack. All administrative functions and project management are located here, as well as the offices of Lürssen’s managing directors and its subsidiary, Lürssen Logistics. Other facilities are located at Lemwerder, Aumund, Rendsburg, Wilhelmshaven, Berne and Wolgast. Each is equipped with the most advanced shipbuilding technology available has a particular specialty, focusing on superyachts of a specific size, naval vessels, refit and repair and the like. Highly qualified naval architects and engineers, technicians and skilled workers are present at each site. The Aumund yard, incorporated into Lürssen’s operation in 1997, has a 170-meter dry dock and a 220-meter floating dock to accommodate the yard’ s largest builds.
Pushing the Envelope of Excellence
Saying that Lürssen is committed to excellence is an understatement. With more than 1,600 employees over its eight divisions, Lürssen has a deep, individual approach to each project. Clients are placed at the center of each build, from conception to design to completion. Every superyacht is a unique masterpiece that incorporates uncompromising aesthetic and technological standards that are inherent in every detail.
Unique to Lürssen is the builder’s Yacht Management Program that is available to all owners, whether or not their ship is a Lürssen. The program provides a number of services that allow owners to fully enjoy their yachts without worry about day-to-day duties:
• Technical management
• Crew management
Excellence also encompasses using some of the world’s most famous designers to create the luxury bespoke interiors and stunning exteriors that are hallmarks of every Lürssen launch. Among the designers who have collaborated on Lürssen builds are Tim Heywood, Espen Øino, Laura Seccombe, Terence Disdale, Jonathan Quinn Barnett, Nauta and Christophe Leoni among others.
Notable Superyacht Launches
Lürssen is responsible for the design and construction of five of the 10 largest superyachts in the world, with one built in conjunction with Blohm + Voss. Some of the shipyard’s world-famous launchings include Octopus, delivered to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2007, Rising Sun, built in 2004 for Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and now owned by entertainment mogul David Geffen.
M/Y Azzam, 180 meters, 2013
Azzam was groundbreaking, not only in terms of length but also in terms of technology and performance. As the largest private yacht in the world, she can still reach speeds of over 30 knots. She also created a landmark in construction, having spent less than three years in build after a year of engineering work. Nauta Designs provided exterior design while Christophe Leoni is responsible for the interior of the yacht, reportedly owned by Sheikh Khalify bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
Dilbar, 156 meters, 2016
The largest superyacht in the world by gross tonnage is Dilbar with an interior volume of 15,917GT. With interiors design by Andrew Winch, she accommodates 24 guests over 12 cabins and a crew of 96. The yacht, owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, includes a 180-cubic-meter swimming pool, a custom-built Airbus H175 helicopter and a 30,000 kW electric diesel power plant, which Lürssen indicates the most powerful unit ever placed on a superyacht.
When compared with some of the other bespoke superyacht shipyards, Oceanco is the new kid on the block, making a big splash in a short amount of time. Established in 1987, this Dutch manufacturer has become one of the premier luxury superyacht manufacturers in just 30 years. A group of private investors in South Africa headed by Richard Hein started yacht-building operations by building hulls and superstructures in Durban, South Africa. Those components were then shipped to facilities in the Netherlands for completion. The builder grew by focusing on the niche market of 80-meter-plus superyachts, subsequently developing Oceanco’s “Y generation” of luxury vessels that included Amevi, Alfa Nero and Anastasia.
Today, Oceanco is owned by Mohammed Al Barwani, a private investor based in the Sultanate of Oman who acquired the shipyard in 2010. Its extensive headquarters are located in Ablasserdam near Rotterdam in the Netherlands, along with a sales, marketing and administrative office in Monaco.
Oceanco’s shipyard underwent an extensive expansion of its shipyard, completed in 2014, to better meet the increasing demands of the 80-meter to 140-meter superyacht market. The Ablasserdam shipyard features a private harbor and a climate-controlled dry dock that can accommodate up to 1,000 people simultaneously working in various areas with restricted access for security and confidentiality. An air lock controls access to the main assembly hall, which has a unique climate control system that has options to allow isolation of specific areas for appropriate temperature and humidity for various stages of construction. In addition, the spray tent area has consistent temperatures that are optimal with special paint requirements.
Unique and Innovative Vision
Each Oceanco superyacht is as unique as its owner. That’s why the builder thrives on undertaking unusual projects that push the envelope of design and engineering. The result is a bespoke yacht that is perfect in every wy with respect to the owner’s vision. Oceanco not only works with its own in-house design team but also with some of the most recognized names in the business for interior and exterior design. The company’s builds also benefit from state-of-the-art engineering technology and old world Dutch craftsmanship where perfection is not a luxury but a necessity. Environmental awareness has also become an important part of the Oceanco heritage, both in construction processes as well as design that affects the operation and maintenance of each bespoke yacht.
Oceanco also operates a program called Life After Launch that provides direct access to a dedicated team that provides engineering support and assistance on a variety of systems once a yacht has been delivered to her owner. The aim of the program is to ensure that an Oceanco superyacht operates at 100% capacity at all times.
Notable Superyacht Launches
Jubilee, 110 meters, 2017
Oceanco’s flagship is the 110-meter Jubilee, the largest private yacht ever constructed in the Netherlands. Lobanov Design created her striking, regal exterior while Sam Sorgiovanni is responsible for the interior that offers accommodation for up to 30 guests. The 4,500GT vessel features a completely private owner’s deck, a large pool with built-in aquarium and a substantial beach club.
Equanimity, 91.5 meters, 2014
Designed by Andrew Winch, Equanimity is the first bespoke private yacht built to fully meet the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC). She accommodates 26 passengers and 33 crew without sacrificing aesthetics or compromising technology. Her features include a magnificent beach club with direct access to the sea, a sumptuous skylounge and an outdoor entertainment deck with a circular pool with a translucent bottom visible on the main deck below.
PERINI NAVI SUPERYACHTS
As another relative newcomer to the yachting, Perini Navi is in a class by itself. Fabio Perini established the company in 1983 to satisfy his passion for sailing. At the time, the Italian inventor was unable to find a sailing yacht that fulfilled his needs, so he decided to create his own company to create and build one. Perini Navi concentrated initially on designing and engineering luxury sailing superyachts, however, by 1988, the company expanded into construction.
Perini Navi is headquartered in Viareggio, Italy, and also maintains shipyards in La Spezia, Italy and in Istanbul’s Yildiz district, where the builder has a metalworking facility and constructs most of its hulls and superstructure. Outfitting occurs primarily in Viareggio. The shipyard also has an American office in Newport, RI.
The Go-To Sailing Shipyard
Perini Navi has constructed more luxury sailing yachts over 50 meters LOA than any other shipyard in the world. Since the company’s inception, its name has become synonymous with quality and innovation. Beginning with Fabio Perini’s pioneering work in automation and furling systems that allowed large sailing yachts to be handling by a small crew, Perini Navi has set a new standard in terms of design and aesthetics as well as the function of sailing superyachts. All masts, rigging and sail controls are developed and manufactured in house. Each sailing superyacht also has exclusive software that relays performance information to the company’s Viareggio’s offices for analysis by its research and design teams. Along the way, the shipyard has also become known for its quality of construction and superb interior finishes.
Notable Superyacht Launches
Sybaris, 70 meters, 2016
This ketch is the largest private yacht ever built in Italy and contains impressive details both inside and outside. Designed in-house in conjunction with naval architect Philippe Briand, Sybaris has a 72-meter carbon Rondal mainmast and a 62-m mizzen for hat set a total 3,000 square meters of sail. Just as impressive is her immaculately designed interior that includes titanium tables and alligator skin credenzas. She also is the first Perini Navi’s first paperless vessel with an all-electronic bridge.
Maltese Falcon, 88 meters, 2006
The massive and revolutionary FalconRig sailing system with 15 sails upon three massive rotating masts is unlike anything else in the world of superyacht sailing. Maltese Falcon features unrivalled performance and maneuverability along with a top speed of 18 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots. Her interior, designed by Ken Freivokh, is just as spectacular and accommodates 12 guests across six cabins. She is equipped with a host of water toys, a gymnasium, Jacuzzi and a large outdoor cinema that projects onto one of the sails.
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