FIVE YACHTING LAUNCHES THAT MADE 2020 A SUCCESSFUL YEAR
By: Beatrice Chiardi
February 17th, 2021
Despite the serious and worldwide pandemic that made 2020 a difficult year from many perspectives, the world’s most renowned shipyard managed to complete the launch of several stunning superyachts. Among these best launches there is the eco-friendly Benetti yacht “Lana”, the astonishing Damen explorer “La Datcha”, and the highly technical sailing Royal Huisman vessel “Sea Eagle II”.
During this challenging year, shipyards and designers continued to push their limits toward larger hulls, characterised by smarter and beautiful interior, as well as an improved propulsion and technical advancements.
Among the shipyard’s biggest super yachts built, there is the wonderful 107-meter Lana. She is characterised by a breakthrough design throughout her interior and exterior areas, including numerous standout features, such as: a diesel-electric propulsion, a large swimming pool, helipad, spa and a wide array of toys and tenders to offer great entertainment options.
Her one-of-a-kind sundecks features great lounging space, to fully relax and socialise, while her empty fore-deck is ideal to practice amusing sports like golf or basketball. The 1300-square-foot beach club includes foldout side decks, teak flooring, plush sofas, 65-inch television, and a full equipped gym and spa, with a mosaic-walled hammam, massage room and full-spectrum chromatic lighting.
Night life is guaranteed aboard Benetti: her 750-square-foot cinema room delivers a surround-sound experience, for ultimate confort and entertainment. Her astonishing beach club and its two fold-down terraces provide full relaxation on sea while cruising to the preferred destination.
Royal Huisman “Sea Eagle II”
Considered to be the world’s largest aluminium sailing yacht, the iconic and impressive “Sea Eagle II” has been built by Royal Husiman for a repeat client. Characterised by 200-foot-high-carbon mast and a 37,000-square-foot sail plan, this wonderful sailing yacht has been designed to cross the Panama Canal, with the masts just clearing the Bridge of the Americas on the canal’s Pacific entrance.
Her exterior has been designed by Dykstra Naval Architects, while her interior is featured by the work of the designer Mark Whitley, offering a calming effect with the use of alpi-walnut panels and natural oak floors. Beyond the salon, she can accommodate up to 12 guests in six spacious cabins, including a VIP suite for the owner.
Abeking & Rasmussen “Soaring”
The 68-meter Soaring, built by the German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen is characterised by large outdoor and indoor spaces, as well as an unusual layout requested by the Owner.
The master suite is located aft on the upper deck, with a private deck accessible across large sliding doors. The other five staterooms are located on the main deck—an unusual arrangement since usually most guest staterooms are placed on the lower deck. However, this layout provides exceptional natural light and views for all guests on board. Like the exterior, the interior has a minimalist feel with a premium on open space, floor-to-ceiling windows, large lounges, high ceilings and customized lighting.
Among the main features aboard, there is a fully-equipped gym, a sauna and steam room, a swimming pool and a hot tub, and an expansive beach club. On board entertainment is assured, with two large tenders—a 30-foot Compass limousine and 25-foot Pascoe—as well as Jet Skis, Seabobs, kayaks and paddleboards.
The epic 328-foot vessel is now the biggest yacht to be built by the Dutch shipyard, Feadship. Designed by Studio de Voogt, Moonrise is characterised by sleek lines with a modern masculine profile. She features a striking vertical bow, an elegant grey hull with a glass-clad superstructure and expansive hull windows that reinforce the modern feel of the vessel.
Her naval architecture has been optimized to provide maximum levels of comfort and efficiency. Powered by twin MTU engines, Moonrise has a top speed of 19.5 knots and her cruising speed is 16 knots. Despite her expansive interior volume and length, Feadship worked hard to lower vibration and keep Moonrise as quiet as possible, to experience the utmost comfort and luxury level on board.
Amels “La Datcha”
Built for full adventure, the luxury expedition yacht “La Datcha” was built and designed for full exploration and discovery. The six-deck SeaXplorer built by Damen Yachting is characterised by an ice-breaker hull, luxury staterooms for 12 guests (and accommodations for 16 crew), as well as a Turkish bath and sauna, massage studio, gym, jacuzzi and even a glass elevator to connect the floors.
With an ice-classed steel hull, this six-deck yacht has a 40 days full autonomy, making her cruising ground limitless.
La Datcha is also the first yacht to carry two commercially certified helicopters in separate garages that are used for heli-skiing. Designed to be chartered, La Datcha has an onboard hospital emergency room, with remote connection to a 24/7 doctor on call, and crew with medical training.
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