Here’s Hey Jude, just launched by Alloy Yachts over the weekend. LOA is 144’7” (44.1 meters).
Those of you accustomed to seeing sailing superyachts launch from the New Zealand builder should note that Hey Jude is actually the eighth motoryacht in its 28-year history. She was known as AY54, her hull number, during construction.
Hey Jude does still mark a first for Alloy Yachts, however. She’s the first of its motoryachts penned by Sam Sorgiovanni Designs. You can see some of his signature styling in the curvature of the blue hull.
Due to the owners’ request, however, no details on the Redman Whiteley Dixon-designed interior are available. The owners have wanted most details about Hey Jude kept confidential, in fact, since the contract signing in 2012.
For now, we do know that Hey Jude is less than 500 gross tons and her experienced owners’ first project with Alloy Yachts. Their representative, David McQueen, told 300-plus shipyard employees at the launch that “working with Alloy Yachts was an absolute pleasure” and that “we hope to be able to repeat” the collaboration.
The latter would be good news indeed, as Alloy Yachts does not currently have another yacht contract. News reports in New Zealand state that the yard is in discussions with potential clients about new builds and refits alike. It’s also promoting two pre-engineered projects, one a sailing yacht and one a motoryacht. The motoryacht measures 154 feet (47 meters) and is based on Loretta Anne, delivered last year and designed by Dubois Naval Architects. The sailing yacht measures 152 feet (46.25 meters), a performance sloop designed by Philippe Briand.
Hand over for Hey Jude is set for December.