Motoryacht O, First Sanlorenzo SD112


If you hear someone exclaim “Oh!” upon seeing a Sanlorenzo, he or she might actually be referring to the motoryacht O. O is the first Sanlorenzo SD112 megayacht.

The Sanlorenzo SD112 is among a few SD (semidisplacement) models, which include the smaller SD92 and larger SD122. Like them, the motoryacht O is all-fiberglass. Overall, 30 SD megayachts have been launched, and O is the first of six Sanlorenzo SD112 orders to date.

The owner of the motoryacht O, from Central America, was accompanied by family and friends for the christening and launch in Italy. He requested his Sanlorenzo SD112 have four staterooms for guests, all on the lower deck as expected. Seven crewmembers will attend to everyone’s needs.

The guest areas, including the main-deck owner’s suite, feature leathers, fabrics, and more from Italian brands. Two particularly notable decor features aboard O are on the main aft deck and in the saloon. The alfresco overhang is adorned with Tanganyika wood, walnut, and teak. In the saloon, the double doors of a full-height cabinet were made to look like art. They’re covered with resin and metal, done by an Italian artist.

The Sanlorenzo SD112 was meant to bring the outdoors inside, too. To that end, O has fold-down balconies off the saloon. The megayacht further allows the aft-deck door to remain fully open. The trideck yacht also has large windows along the main and upper decks.

Of course, Sanlorenzo hasn’t forfeited alfresco space. The sundeck aboard O has the usual hot tub surrounded by sunpads. Dining can take place up here, too.

Sea trials for this first Sanlorenzo SD112 will take place in the coming weeks. The builder anticipates a top end of 17 knots and best cruise of 11 knots. Power comes from twin MTUs. At 11 knots, the yacht should see a 2,750-nautical-mile range as well.

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Monaco Wolf Makes Her Debut

PHOTO: Dick Holthuis Photography

PHOTO: Dick Holthuis Photography

You’ve heard of the Werewolves of London, even the Wolf of Wall Street. Now meet Monaco Wolf, the latest launch from Heesen Yachts. LOA for the all-aluminum megayacht is 163’4” (49.8 meters), with a beam of 29’5” (9 meters).

Omega Architects, Heesen’s frequent design partner, styled the sinuous lines of Monaco Wolf. Those lines hint at the performance for which the megayacht was made. Heesen Yachts says that the half-load top end should be 23 knots. Sea trials being conducted through the end of May are expected to confirm this. In addition, at 11 knots, Monaco Wolf should see her best range of 3,100 nautical miles. Her twin MTU 12V 4000 Series engines are fueled by 18,175 gallons (68,800 liters) of diesel.

As much as Monaco Wolf is meant for a party of 12, she’s also meant for the owners’ dogs. Passageways and decks were therefore arranged for them to walk safely. Their human counterparts get to enjoy two twin staterooms, two double staterooms, a full-beam VIP, and of course a full-beam main-deck master. Francesco Paszkowski Design collaborated with the owner on the interior design. Lighting plays a major role, transforming some areas into party mode at the flick of a switch. The decor throughout Monaco Wolf is dominated by teak, limestone, and leather. Of special interest is the sky lounge. Here, circular tables made of steel are complemented by equally curvy settees. Even the glass doors leading out to the alfresco dining area are curved. And speaking of alfresco areas, the sundeck aboard Monaco Wolf measures nearly 754 squre feet (70 square meters), sizable for sure.

Monaco Wolf is set for delivery in about a month. It’s worth noting that during construction, she was known as Project Azuro. In keeping with Heesen Yachts’ tradition, construction began on spec. A buyer came into the project earlier this year.


Graceful Departs Blohm+Voss


Almost two years after she arrived at Blohm+VossGraceful is headed for her first season of cruising. Her delivery journey started last week. The 269-footer (82-meter), with a 12’3” (3.75-meter) draft, was in Norway at press time.

You may recall that Graceful was on sea trials in late March. Our research into her speeds then, as transmitted by AIS, revealed she topped out just over 18 knots. Blohm+Voss just revealed a maximum speed in keeping with this: 18.2 knots. The shipyard adds that the speeds promised in her contract were either met or exceeded. It also says best range should be 6,000 nautical miles.

Graceful initially started construction in Russia in 2011. However, her owner had her hull transferred in 2012 to Blohm+Voss. She went from hull to completed megayacht in 23 months, impressive for her LOA and technical complexity.

The latter is a major reason why the owner selected Blohm+Voss to complete Graceful. The 45’6”-beam (13.9-meter-beam) boat was envisioned to adhere to a high standard. One item that Blohm+Voss worked out with the owner’s team was the indoor pool. Measuring 49 feet by 9’8” (15 meters by 3 meters), it doubles as a dance/party area when the floor is raised and water is drained. Another area needing good engineering: the helipad. You can see it aft on the uppermost deck. The owner and guests can step off the helicopter and directly into the welcoming interior. Since the helipad is for touch-and-go operations, loose lounges can also be arranged on the deck.

Speaking of the guests, Graceful has two VIP staterooms and three additional staterooms for them. The owner understandably has the most privacy, and arguably the nicest sleeping space. It’s arranged over two decks. However, everyone does get a beach club and fold-down terrace, the latter just above the water, to enjoy. And, the aptly named Graceful gets her overall elegant looks from H2 Yacht Design.

Shipyard Spotlight: Hakvoort Shipyard


Hakvoort Shipyard’s location in Monnickendam, The Netherlands may surprise some of you. Monnickendam is a charming small city dating to the 14th century, with narrow cobblestone streets. However, the city was a significant port in the country’s history. In fact, Hakvoort Shipyard occupies a ship-building site that saw its first launch in 1780. Hakvoort Shipyard itself dates to 1919 and has been in the Hakvoort family’s hands ever since. While fishing boats were its first projects, megayachts up to 213 feet (65 meters) are now its focus.

Hakvoort Shipyard switched its focus solely to yachts in the 1980s. The first yachts it built are well-known even today. Hakvoort’s first custom yacht came in 1985, the 102-foot (31-meter) Tonga. That yacht, now known as La Reina del Mar, has circumnavigated the world 10 times. In 1986, Lady Alice was launched, a 125-footer (38-meter). She, too, is still actively cruising. Further famous deliveries include Lady Duvera, Lady Marina, Freesia, JeMaSa, Perle Blue, SnowbirD, and, just last year, Apostrophe.


Just as the LOAs of megayachts grew over the years, so, too, did the facilities at Hakvoort Shipyard. It currently has two enclosed construction halls, a metal workshop, and of course docking space. In January 2012, a new slipway was finished. It accommodates megayachts to 207 feet (63 meters). That same year, in springtime, work wrapped up on an extension of the halls. Further expansion will be done for larger projects. Further of note, in 2005, Hakvoort Shipyard created its own joinery department. Called Unlimited Interiors, it’s a few miles away. Unlimited Interiors provides custom interiors for other builders on a subcontractor basis, too.

Among the current projects at Hakvoort Shipyard are a 200-footer (61-meter) due for delivery next year. The photo above shows her under construction last summer. Naval architecture is by Diana Yacht Design, with styling by Sinot Yacht Design. The owner wants a high level of technical accessibility matched with a minimal amount of maintenance. Inside, the megayacht will feature a hamam, massage room, and other indulgence-oriented areas in the beach club. Also under construction is Project Zeus, with design by Rene van der Velden. Project Zeus meaures 207’7” (63.3 meters) and is expected to be delivered in 2017. The hull is in build at a subcontractor’s facility, just started this month. It will be ice-classed. Project Zeus is notable for echoing the famed Streamlining style from the 1930s to 1950s. Streamlining is shaping an object to reduce resistance when it travels through air or water. Curved, tapered shapes typically dominate.

VIDEO: Sunreef 210 Power Trimaran

Sunreef 210 Power Trimaran
When Sunreef Yachts created the Sunreef 210 Power Trimaran design upon a potential client’s request, it got to thinking. Surely if one person was interested in a motorized megayacht boasting enormous usable space, wouldn’t others? That potential client happened to be from the Middle East. So, Sunreef Yachts presented the design in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It also presented the 210 Power Trimaran in Doha, Qatar and and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Sunreef Yachts showcased the megayacht via the video here. The Poland-based builder is confident it can make further inroads into mega-size multihulls.

The 210 Power Trimaran boasts 10,226 square feet (950 square meters) of usable living space. Part of that, of course, is due to the immense 77’10” (23.5-meter) beam. You’ll note that nearly all of the relaxation areas aboard the 210 Power Trimaran are enclosed. That suits the hot environment of the Middle East, and buyers who shy away from too much sun. It doesn’t mean, however, that the outdoors can’t be enjoyed. Floor-to-ceiling glass is used, as you’ll see in the video. Sunreef Yachts’ in-house design team further created what it calls a “king terrace.” This balcony-like alfresco area is aft on the bridge deck. It offers vistas out over the transom and beyond. The 210 Power Trimaran features an elevator to whisk guests from every internal deck to this aerie. In addition, the six guest staterooms, all on the main deck, have balconies. Of course, the owner gets the best accommodations. A private terrace and two offices/studies are part of the master suite.

Fourteen people in the owner’s party also get to enjoy a bridge-deck dining area. The 210 Power Trimaran offers a few options for the saloon’s configuration, all of which can be customized. Eighteen crew are aboard, too, with the entire lower deck devoted to them, the galley, and a utility room. They further have direct access to the toy garage. The primary tender is stowed the foredeck.

The client who requested the 210 Power Trimaran be designed was focused on performance. Sunreef Yachts therefore envisions four 1,635-hp MTU engines for a 20-knot cruise. Top speed should be 30 knots. A 5’4” (1.65-meter) draft will mean many anchorages are accessible.

Here’s what Sunreef Yachts showed to the clients most interested in the 210 Power Trimaran.