Charter clients keen on New Zealand and other South Pacific waters will have a big, brawny super-cat at their disposal during the Southern Hemisphere summer in 2018, and beyond. She’ll bear an apt name as well: The Beast.
Considering the owners are from New Zealand, it should come as no surprise that the build and design teams do, too. Profab Engineering is constructing the all-aluminum 130-footer (39.5-meter). Profab Engineering isn’t a superyacht builder per se, but it does build motoryachts as well as fishing boats and commercial craft. Naval architecture is by LOMOcean, which you might remember also contributed to the shadow vessel Charley. It, too, is a super-cat.
In terms of the interior, the décor and interior design for The Beast comes from Oceania Interiors. This marks the second yacht project the firm has done with Profab Engineering. Unfortunately, Oceania Interiors cannot reveal renderings of the joinery details and overall room designs. However, the company says that the ambiance will be modern, even “cutting edge.” In addition, it says the owners are energetic about contributing ideas based on their previous experiences.
Those owners, Michael and Christine Hill, used to own the explorer yacht VvS1. Known these days as Akiko, the motoryacht saw construction at the now-defunct Alloy Yachts a decade ago. She, too, was rugged in profile, prioritizing function over fluff.
Among the functions in store for The Beast: entertaining and watersports. A sportfishing tender as well as an amphibious tender will be aboard. The former will let the Hills and their 10 guests put fishing gear, also kept aboard, to the test. Come dinnertime, the crew can cook up the day’s catch on the Teppanyaki-style grill on the flying bridge. Diving, paddleboarding, and kayaking are also on the must-do activities list.
Look for The Beast to launch sometime next year.