Several years in the making, Tony Parker’s superyacht Infinity Nine is nearly ready for him to start cruising. The yacht departed her construction shed at AvA Yachts in Turkey on July 5.
Parker, renowned as a former NBA player, signed the contract in 2018. He has visited the shipyard during the yacht’s construction several times since then, too. Initially, AvA Yachts anticipated handing over the yacht by now. However, between COVID-19 shutdowns and related challenges, plus supply-chain issues, delays occurred. “We are really thankful to him as a customer for being so understanding,” says Atilla Küçükdiker, chairman and founder of AvA Yachts.
The yacht is hull number two of AvA’s Kando series, an explorer-style yacht with a steel hull. Since long-distance voyaging is a priority, the 115-footer (35-meter) should exceed 6,500 nautical miles at 10 knots with Volvo Pentas. On a related note, the shipyard hints that Parker and his wife have “truly global” cruising plans.
Parker’s superyacht Infinity Nine further has six staterooms, quite unusual for her LOA. Equally unusual for a yacht of this size, the master suite is on the upper deck, benefitting from a private alfresco area. Overall, the suite encompasses 312 square feet (29 square meters), and spans the full 25’6” (7.8-meter) beam.
While no artists’ renderings have been shared publicly, the ambience should dazzle guests. AvA Yachts describes some of the owners’ décor requests as having “radical” special touches, in fact. They’ll carry throughout the décor, too, from the beach club to the saloon and on up to the upper-deck gym.
Her healthy volume of 320 gross tons, along with the uncommon layout and amenities, make Parker’s superyacht Infinity Nine “a game changer and class beater for this size of steel explorer yacht,” Küçükdiker asserts. The public will get to see her at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.
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