If you need proof that a superyacht in a YouTube video is a highly anticipated project, check the views count. Within the first 12 hours of this video of the Oceanco yacht H3 going online, 21,000 people had already seen it. Settle in for 23 minutes of “the greatest example of upcycling the world has ever seen,” in the words of host David Seal of Northrop & Johnson.
Launched earlier this summer, the project is the complete rebuild and transformation of Al Mirqab, a 312-footer (95-meter), also from Oceanco. Seeing delivery in 2000, she was quite an engineering feat, with triple 10,000-hp MTUs permitting a top speed upwards of 25 knots. Turning a project like that into a much larger, more modern, and more sustainable superyacht was no small task. In fact, it involved rebuilding the superstructure and stripping the entire interior, including technical areas.
Fittingly, this armchair tour begins in the engine room. It’s an area rarely filmed in traditional superyacht videos, yet imperative to see for the story behind this project. The pair of MTU 4000 Series engines are Tier III compliant, for example. They also provide a better range than their predecessors, making better use of fuel. (The elongated, redesigned hull is responsible for the fuel efficiency, too, of course.) Just as important as seeing the engine room, you get to see the dedicated tank deck—a rare space outside of the largest among the world’s megayachts. Although you don’t see every sustainable-related system, Oceanco says several are aboard.
A transformation that took a little over three years to complete, the yacht H3 is of course strikingly luxurious throughout her new interior. Among all the areas, though, the video wall corridor to the saloon on the main deck is surely the most impressive. Thirty-four-foot-long (10.5-meter-long) screens that further run floor to ceiling display any number of scenes to set the mood.
Out on deck, meanwhile, the yacht continues to impress. The extra length and new superstructure allow for a 23-foot-long (7-meter-long) swimming pool on the main aft deck, for instance. Additionally, the floor of the pool can raise or lower to change the water depth. Furthermore, the floor rises flush with the deck when the water drains to create even more usable deck space, especially for big parties. Certainly, big parties will take place, since DJ sound-system outlets are available on different decks.
From six guest staterooms that look more like master suites on the main deck to the bridge-deck VIP that’s even more like a master, H3 will treat guests and her eventual owner like royalty. “Eventual” is key, since the superyacht is for sale. Whoever buys her is buying a true re-creation of a large yacht as an even larger and higher engineered yacht.
More About the Yacht H3
LOA: 344’5” (105 meters)
Beam: 47’9” (14.6 meters)
Draft: 15’7” (4.8 meters)
Guests: 20 in 10 staterooms
Range: 6,000 nautical miles at 14 knots
Stylist: Reymond Langton Design
Naval Architect: Oceanco
Interior Designer: Reymond Langton Design