With a gross tonnage exceeding 2,000 and an LOA of 246 feet (75 meters), Planet Nine set a record for The Italian Sea Group. She’s officially its largest launch to date under the Admiral brand. What’s more, Planet Nine, with an ice-classed hull, is officially one of the largest explorer megayachts on the water.
During the early stages of construction, The Italian Sea Group referred to her as Admiral Project 575. The number signifies her position as the 575th launch in the conglomerate’s history. (The Italian Sea Group combines the Admiral and Tecnomar brands, as well as a refit shipyard.) While the builder didn’t disclose details about who the owner selected for design, last year her central agent for sale, Fraser Yachts, revealed it’s Tim Heywood. On an interesting side note, the same brokerage house referred to her as Antarctica. It was a fitting name, considering Planet Nine meets Lloyd’s ice class 1D rules. This means she can navigate in flat ice measuring 10 to 15 centimeters thick.
Amid this megayacht’s five decks, the owner wanted to re-create the feeling of a villa. A comfortable, home-like atmosphere was key because he plans to use Planet Nine for significant portions of the year. While we don’t have photos or renderings, the decor is reminiscent of classic yachts, with some more contemporary accents.
Some aspects of her general arrangement are pretty traditional. However, Planet Nine has some singular features, too. For example, customary for a true explorer, she has an observation lounge forward on the upper deck. It’s for all guests to enjoy. Speaking of guests, they have five staterooms below decks, with direct access to the beach club and spa. A VIP, meanwhile, gets a stateroom on the same deck as the wheelhouse. In addition, the yacht has a helipad and a heli hangar, complete with refueling, for an eight-seat Agusta Grande helicopter. For convenience, Planet Nine further has a dedicated cabin as well as an office for the helicopter pilot.
Still on the subject of singular features, Planet Nine reserves the entire main deck for the owner. Two staterooms—one forward, and one aft—flank a private saloon. A total of 3,229 square feet (300 square meters) is the owner’s domain, in fact. If he so chooses, he can invite guests to watch movies on a 119-inch screen in the main deck’s theater, too. Access comes via stairs from the upper deck.
Overall, for Planet Nine, travel from deck to deck is via elevator—two elevators, in fact. Guests get one, while the crew get another. Travel off the yacht, meanwhile, comes courtesy of two 32-foot (9.75-meter) tenders, stowed beneath the main aft deck.
Look for delivery to take place within the next few months.