Shipyards and design firms are wrapping up their holidays this week, heading back to work next week. With that come final preparations for launches and sea trials, as well as deliveries. Here are seven of the most-anticipated megayacht deliveries of 2020, listed in alphabetical order.
Arrow. Like the sharpened shaft bearing the same name, Arrow (above) has a long, straight, sharply shaped bow. Measuring 246 feet (75 meters), the megayacht is remarkably the first new build for her owners. Arrow, a.k.a. Feadship Project 703, is also the first yacht that H2 Yacht Design has styled in conjunction with the Dutch shipyard. Sea trials should start soon, as should the official christening ceremony, which Feadship has pledged to use as an opportunity to release more details.
La Datcha. La Datcha is the first Damen SeaXplorer 77, meaning she’s 77 meters (253 feet) in length. A rugged, self-reliant cruiser, she meets the IMO Polar Code. Therefore, La Datcha will be able to operate safely in Arctic and Antarctic waters. Her owner, banking magnate Oleg Tinkov, can’t wait to pursue heliskiing and diving trips onboard. “The Earth is so big and our life is so short, so we have to explore as much as we can,” he says.
Oceanco Y719. Though her real name remains confidential, this megayacht is unquestionably among the most-anticipated megayacht deliveries of 2020. For one, she’s the largest yacht ever built at Oceanco, coming in at 383’9” (117 meters). Yet another reason: She’s the largest yacht under construction in all of The Netherlands. A further reason: Oceanco Y719 is one of the largest new-builds anywhere in the world.
Olivia O. The 290-foot (88.5-meter) Olivia O (above) is in build in an unusual shipyard. It’s Norway-based Ulstein, which specializes in ferries, offshore energy vessels, and other commercial ships. Olivia O’s owner happens to own a shipping company, so he knew Ulstein’s capabilities. He also didn’t want a typical, or typical-looking, yacht. As a result, she has an X-Bow, a backwards-curved bow, for taking on challenging seas. Olivia O conducted her first sea trials in 2018.
Project Lightning. With a code name like this, and a 459-foot (140-meter) length, this megayacht has plenty of people in anxious anticipation. Lürssen conducted sea trials in August and November. The six-decker remains confidential.
Sea Eagle II. This (81-meter) Royal Huisman is among the most-anticipated megayacht deliveries of 2020 because she represents one of the few sailing superyachts set for completion. Sea Eagle II, a.k.a. Project 400 (above), is additionally the world’s largest aluminum sailing yacht. A repeat Asian customer commissioned the 266-footer (81-meter) performance schooner, which should see 20-knot speeds.
Soaring. Last but not least, this 223-footer (68-meter) may be much smaller than several of the other projects mentioned. However, Soaring is no less among the most-anticipated megayacht deliveries of 2020 due to being at Abeking & Rasmussen. Soaring also has a striking, sporty profile and will begin chartering come summertime.