A little more than a decade after starting off as a design studio, AvA Yachts is a few weeks from launching Kando. This long-range megayacht is now the first of a series. What’s more, that series includes four different models, all less than 500 gross tons.
Based in the Antalya free-trade zone in Turkey, AvA Yachts opened its doors in 2005. It provided naval architecture and engineering services to a variety of companies. In fact, it developed various designs, ranging from motoryachts and sailing yachts to traditional Turkish gulets as well as passenger ships. It decided to build its own designs in more recent years.
Kando, launching next month, measures 110 feet (33.6 meters). You might be surprised to learn that she features a steel hull. The concept is an oceangoing megayacht meeting strict regulatory standards, for peace of mind and comfort. For example, she complies with MCA standards, plus Bureau Veritas’ rules for unrestricted navigation. AvA Yachts anticipates her twin 650-hp Volvo Pentas permitting a 6,400-nautical-mile range, at a little slower than her 14-knot top speed. She carries plenty of fuel, too: 11,888 gallons (45,000 liters).
With a volume of 340 gross tons, Kando comprises four decks. Five staterooms, including the main-deck master, along with the usual lounges and relaxation areas are aboard. The master sits forward on the main deck, in typical fashion. Between the 23’6” (7.2-meter) beam and walnut and wenge woods throughout, she should have a welcoming atmosphere.
Because AvA Yachts believes there’s a good market for full-displacement, long-range megayachts, it’s created an entire Kando series, with four models. The above-mentioned yacht is now hull number one of the Kando 110 model. The others are the Kando 90, the Kando 120, and the Kando 130. Each has good volume: 250, 390, and 490 gross tons, respectively. Similar to the soon-to-launch project, each model features in-house naval architecture and styling. All woodwork and interior craftsmanship is in-house, too. Furthermore, the yachts have steel hulls with bulbous bows and five to six staterooms.
You can get a better sense of what each model may promise when Kando premieres at the Cannes Yachting Festival. She’ll also be at anchor during the Monaco Yacht Show.