Switching from one build shed to another, Project 790 made her first appearance on the water in Germany earlier today. Nobiskrug transferred her from its facilities in Kiel to those in Rendsburg.
Planned for hand-over in 2019, Project 790 remains primarily confidential. Nobiskrug has, though, disclosed her LOA, at 262 feet (80 meters). It also shared a few details about a keel-laying ceremony, with the owner present, seven months ago. In keeping with tradition, the owner handed the shipyard team a coin, placed beneath the keel. It’s still attached, remaining there until delivery. It’s for good luck—luck that, maritime legend holds, will follow the owner of Project 790 and all who cruise upon her. In addition, Holger Kahl, Nobiskrug’s managing director, commented about the yacht at the ceremony, “for the first time, she is considered to have a soul.”
The advanced construction stage of Project 790 in the photos here may surprise you, given that the keel laying was just this past March. Nobiskrug builds multiple hull sections simultaneously, a common practice in shipbuilding. (The shipyard has extensive experience in constructing cruise ships and other large vessels, too.)
Once welders completed each hull section and joined them all together, Project 790 was ready for her transfer journey. Towboats guided her along the Kiel Fjord, an inlet upon which one of Nobiskrug’s facilities sit. After passing through locks, she then entered the Kiel Canal. The canal led her to Rendsburg, her final destination, this afternoon.
Project 790 is now in her final build shed until launch day. That should be when we get the first glimpses of what lies beneath the coverings that Nobiskrug draped over her fore sections. Project 790 has “unique design features,” in the yard’s words, incorporated into her styling. In fact, glass is a big part of that design. The same is apparently true of her interior. Unfortunately, Nobiskrug is not yet revealing the naval architect, exterior stylist, or interior designer.