10 Biggest Megayacht Deliveries of 2014

Oceanco Equanimity

Megayachts attract attention no matter their size. Even the most jaded yacht-watcher, however, is impressed when something significant in size hits the water. Here are the top 10 biggest megayachts to make—or about to make—their way into their owners’ hands this year.

1. Ocean Victory: 459 feet (140 meters). Fincantieri delivered Ocean Victory just a few weeks ago, so she’s also the “youngest” member of this list. More significant, however, she’s the largest yacht ever constructed in Italy. An underwater observation room, a spa, a drive-in tender garage, and a stow-away helicopter are among the few features that Fincantieri has been permitted to reveal. Espen Øino penned her external lines, while Alberto Pinto fashioned the interiors.

2. Maryah: 393’7” (120 meters). Judging from AIS data, delivery of Maryah was imminent at press time. She left the Elefsis Shipyard in Elefsis, Greece in mid-December for the port of Piraeus. Sea trials were completed in October. Once referred to as Project Czar, Maryah bears exterior and interior design by H2 Yacht Design. Little is known about her, though rumor has it a private cinema and business conference room are aboard.

3. Quantum Blue: 341’2” (104 meters). Still at Lürssen at press time, Quantum Blue should also be delivered before 2015 starts. Tim Heywood penned her lines, and Alberto Pinto fashioned the interior. The build and design teams have been kept to strict confidentiality clauses, so no details on accommodations or decor are known.

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4. Kismet: 312’3” (95.2 meters). Another Lürssen, Kismet thankfully has been publicized, in large part due to being a charter yacht. She commands quite the rate: €1.2 million (about $1.5 million) per week, plus expenses. A spa and sauna are aboard, and rich decor details abound. Another fact about Kismet has been publicized widely, too: Her owner is Shahid Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars football team. He brought Kismet to London in November, when his team was playing the Dallas Cowboys there. She replaces a smaller megayacht (which he also christened Kismet) from Lürssen in 2007.

5. Equanimity: 300’2” (91.5 meters). Oceanco delivered Equanimity (see top of page) to a Chinese customer over the summer. Twenty-six people in the owner’s party are accommodated, with the VIP stateroom doubling as a library when not needed for sleeping. A 215-square-foot (20-square-meter) swimming pool is on deck. The owner has a private hot tub just outside of the master suite.

6. Infinity: 290’4” (88.5 meters). Publicly known simply as Y710 until about a week ago, when her name broadcast via AIS was changed, Infinity is another imminent delivery from Oceanco. She has been in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, since just prior to Christmas. Infinity launched in August and conducted sea trials in October. Few details are known about her, though she’s voluminous, to say the least, coming in at 2,200 gross tons. Oceanco has been able to reveal that Infinity features a private alfresco area outside the master suite, complete with a hot tub, along with two VIP suites and four additional guest staterooms. Espen Øino is responsible for styling.

7. Graceful: 269’0” (82 meters). Blohm+Voss completed this yacht, initially begun in Russia in 2011 and arriving at their yard as a hull, in 23 months. Styling is by H2 Yacht Design. Graceful (above) has an indoor pool that becomes a dance floor when not in use. Also impressive: The owner’s suite spreads over two decks. Five staterooms are set aside for guests.

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8. Kibo: 268’4” (81.8 meters). This summer, Abeking & Rasmussen delivered Kibo (above), which has spent the past month in Barcelona. Styling and interior design is by Terence Disdale Design. Her layout is unusual: All guest accommodations and entertaining areas are on the main and upper decks. Kibo carries three custom Pascoe tenders, too. The yacht is strictly for private use.

9. Cocoa Bean: 242’1” (73.8 meters). Spending her first full winter season in the Caribbean, Cocoa Bean was built under the code name New Horizon by Trinity Yachts. She’s Trinity’s largest project to date. Cocoa Bean is a family-oriented yacht, with interior design by Evan K. Marshall. She succeeds a smaller, same-named project built in 1998 by the now-defunct Broward Marine. Unlike most megayachts these days, Cocoa Bean stows her tenders up along the sides of her superstructure.

10. Grace E: 239’5” (73 meters). The third and largest Vitruvius yacht launched by Picchiotti, part of the Perini Navi Group, Grace E wowed crowds during her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September. The entire upper deck is a “wellness deck,” including a sauna, hydrotherapy area, and gym. The five-deck-high Grace E features interior design by Remi Tessier Design. We’ll have a Megayacht News Onboard feature about Grace E in the coming weeks.

Blohm+Voss BV80: Design Details in Depth

Blohm+Voss-BV80-water-renderWhen the Blohm+Voss BV80 was initially teased last month, the semi-custom megayacht got people’s attention. Now that full details are available, the 262-foot (80-meter) yacht should attract plenty more interest.

The Blohm+Voss BV80 is notable for being the first semi-custom megayacht among all the yachts the German yard has built since 1900. (The company actually dates to 1877, constructing ships at first.) If you’re surprised by the move, there’s some strong logic to it. Plenty of megayacht buyers are more concerned with outlining where they and their guests want to spend their time, versus specifying technical systems, crew’s quarters, and related factors. They have no qualms about a shipyard pre-setting these.

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The Blohm+Voss BV80 is a nod to current trends in other ways. The shipyard tapped Eidsgaard Design, a rising name in yachting circles. The team envisions metallic paint, in contrasting white and gray, for the superstructure. It’s further calling for some of the large ports to be rimmed in a burgundy tone. Should you want a more dramatic profile, Eidsgaard Design has several other overall color options for the BV80. Just be sure to preserve the “waterfall” effect aft (above). Ribbed sections cascade down the central portion of the yacht, starting at the mast.

Inside, the build and design teams have a number of suggestions. The Blohm+Voss BV80 has fixed locations for the owner’s suite and guest staterooms, though their layouts can change. For example, the master can have two dressing areas, two baths, and an office. Opt instead for a staff cabin or nursery to occupy some space, adjacent. Also on the owner’s deck, one level above the main deck, you can have a private dining area, with a handy pantry. Or, replace the dining area with a bar-equipped lounge or a VIP stateroom. The Blohm+Voss BV80 situates six guest staterooms on the main deck as standard, available as doubles, twins, and with pullmans. Want flexibility? Have one pair, even two pairs, of adjacent staterooms become suites instead, with large private sitting rooms.

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With nearly 42 feet (12.8 meters) of beam, the Blohm+Voss BV80 does not suffer lack of other amenities. The beach club (above) can have lounging areas and a spa. It can also be a tender-boarding and -arrival area, or a devoted dive and watersports center. Each alfresco area has enough space for loose furnishings suitable for dining or sunning, or both. A hot tub forward of the mast on the sundeck can complement the main aft-deck pool. Just aft of the mast, the Blohm+Voss BV80 can feature open-air dining and relaxation or a year-round enclosed garden.

Because the Blohm+Voss BV80 is being actively promoted as a build project, performance calculations have already been made. The yard expects a cruising speed of 16 knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 12 knots. The 2,300-gross-ton yacht should draw about 12 feet (3.7 meters) as well. Twenty-three crew will see to operations going smoothly.

For more information on the BV80 directly from the yard, please fill out our contact form.

First Peek at Blohm+Voss BV80 Illustrations

Thanks to the CGI visualization company hired by Blohm+Voss, here are the first illustrations of the Blohm+Voss BV80.

As you may remember, in late August, Blohm+Voss began teasing yacht buyers and yachting media alike with glimpses of the BV80. She’s notable for being the German builder’s first-ever semi-custom megayacht. The glimpses came in the form of a YouTube video, and they were truly just glimpses.

The renderings above, which the CGI company, DW Studio, shared via Twitter, reveal a few features. The Blohm+Voss BV80, measuring 262 feet (80 meters), has dramatic bow flare that ends in a gentle curve. That curve is complemented by the rounded fore sections of the successive rising decks. These styling elements come from the drawing board of Eidsgaard Design.

Given the LOA, the helipad on the foredeck comes as no surprise. Neither does the inclusion of what appears to be a large hatch along the starboard side. It’s tough to discern here, but close inspection of the rendering reveals it. In all likelihood, it means the BV80 has a tender garage or beach club there.

Other discernible creature comforts include two pools. One is forward on the BV80’s uppermost deck, paired with an observation seating area just aft. It should prove to be quite the aerie for the owners and guests. The second pool is accompanied by loose lounges on the main aft deck. It’s well positioned by stairs down to the ample swim platform.

Full details about the Blohm+Voss BV80 will be presented at the Monaco Yacht Show. For now, the builder says the hull, superstructure, and machinery spaces are already engineered, to save delivery time. Buyers have plenty of opportunity to personalize interior and exterior areas, of course.

VIDEO: BV80, Semi-Custom Megayacht by Blohm+Voss

Blohm+Voss is stirring up interest in a new megayacht project, the BV80. The German builder is stirring interest in more than one way, too. It created a YouTube video to promote BV80—before a press release has been issued or notice has appeared on its own website. Engineering for the hull and superstructure has also already begun, on spec, to save a buyer delivery time. And, the BV80 marks Blohm+Voss’ entry into the semi-custom megayacht market.

The BV80 is from the drawing board of Eidsgaard Design. The LOA is, as the name suggests, 80 meters, or 262 feet. The video teases mere glimpses of the BV80’s styling. However, she appears to be four decks high.

Blohm+Voss has made a name for itself in the upper end of the megayacht market. The size of the BV80 therefore fits in well among its deliveries. However, all Blohm+Voss projects to date have been fully custom. On its YouTube channel, the builder explains the reasoning behind the BV80 this way:

The BV80 combines proven engineering with flexibility. While the hull, machinery and superstructure are pre-engineered, there are many areas and elements that can be customised to the owner’s personal requirements.

This is not a mere ‘concept.’ Following a long period of detailed, behind-closed-doors planning, the first BV80 is already at an advanced stage of development. Potential owners will be pleasantly surprised by its short lead-time.

Watch the video, and see how much of the BV80 you can discern. In the meantime, Blohm+Voss says “thousands of hours” of planning has gone into the megayacht. Blohm+Voss pledges to release more details at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Graceful Departs Blohm+Voss

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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.