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World’s Largest Aluminium Sailing Yacht Sea Eagle II Launched

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Sea Eagle II has just been launched by its maker, Royal Huisman the Netherlands based builder that prides itself in building dreams.
Sea Eagle II leaving Royal Huisman shipyard in Vollenhove
Sea Eagle II at the Royal Huisman shipyard in Vollenhove, Netherlands. Credit: Royal Huisman
  • World’s largest aluminium sailing yacht
  • World’s 7th largest sailing yacht
  • Royal Huisman’s largest yacht ever

It was called project 400, a project so big it required the Dutch shipyard of Royal Huisman to first extend its main construction shed just to contain the massive project. It also required the builder to adopt new methods of product development and construction.

Sea Eagle II leaving Vollenhove
Leaving the build hall in Vollenhove. Credit: Royal Huisman

A dramatic image was released in 2018 of the rotating of the 81m / 266ft contemporary schooner’s hull at the Royal Huisman. Its sheer size was amazing. The critical operation required two cranes on the hardstand at the build hall’s opening, and a further two cranes sitting out on the water on barges. At one point during the task, half of the aluminium hull could be seen hanging over the water while the other half of the hull was still over the hardstand and still inside the shed.

Sea Eagle II hull rotated at the Royal Huisman shipyard in Vollenhove
Sea Eagle II hull rotated at the Royal Huisman shipyard in Vollenhove. Credit: Royal Huisman

So who commissioned this project and how did it come about?

A prominent Taiwanese businessman and philanthropist, Dr Samuel Yin, was waiting for his first Royal Huisman, called Sea Eagle, to be built and was due for delivery in 2015. But even before its completion there was talk of desiring something larger, something that had more boat speed, something whereby more or the world could be seen under sail, his ultimate dream yacht!

It was eventually to be aptly named Sea Eagle II but first started life as project 400 for build purposes. A year was spent on the design, engineering and construction planning before the 6 metre fixed keel was laid in June 2017. That keel alone took 2 weeks to fill with lead!

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The 81m Sea Eagle II Exterior Render. Credit: Royal Huisman

So you can imagine the pride of Royal Huisman as the marques largest build to date rolled out of the hall in Vollenhove above the self-propelled modular trailers on schedule and in all its glory.

From here, Sea Eagle II’s three masted carbon composite Rondal Panamax rig will be installed upon launch at Royal Huisman Amsterdam to ready her for sea trials and on-board crew training.

Sea Eagle II Interior Concept Render
Sea Eagle II Interior Concept Render. Credit: Royal Huisman

What Royal Huisman says

“Together with Dykstra Naval Architects and designer Mark Whiteley, Royal Huisman made this grand aspiration into a striking reality, keeping their promise of “If you can dream it, we can build it.”

“The Royal Huisman team and Project 400: always a special and emotional moment to say farewell before a superyacht creation leaves her home in Vollenhove. In total, 21 yachts were either new constructions or refit projects for Royal Huisman and Huisfit in 2019. The team is now more flexible capacity-wise than ever before, working in close collaboration with selected and highly qualified co-makers for specific projects in Vollenhove, Amsterdam and flexible locations. These partnering companies work closely together with Royal Huisman’s in-house team. What continues to set Royal Huisman apart from others, however, is that the shipyard remains unique in advancing all essential superyacht skills and knowledge in-house (design, engineering and production).”

Sea Eagle II and the Royal Huisman project 400 team
Sea Eagle II and some of the the Royal Huisman project 400 team. Credit: Royal Huisman
Sea Eagle II Construction Start
Back at the start. Credit: Royal Huisman

Sea Eagle II Specs

  • Naval architect: Dykstra Naval Architects
  • Exterior design: Dykstra Naval Architects
  • Interior design: Mark Whiteley Design
  • Number of guests: 12
  • Number of crew: 13 Overall length: 81.0m (265’9″)
  • Length on deck: 80.0m (262’6″)
  • Length at waterline: 77.0m (252’7″)
  • Beam: 12.0m (39’4″)
  • Draught max: 6.0m (19’8″)
  • Gross tonnage:  1150
  • Full load displacement: 980
  • Max. speed: 21.0 kn
  • Sail area:  3050m2

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Tankoa Launches 164ft M/Y Olokun Superyacht

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Tankoa Yachts has launched the third hull in the Italian shipyard’s 50 meter All-Aluminium Series – the Darth Vadar looking “M/Y Olokun.
Technical launch of  M/Y Olokun superyacht. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
Technical launch of M/Y Olokun superyacht. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

In a technical launch at their boutique yard in Genoa, Italy, Tankoa Yachts launched the third hull in their 50 meter (164ft) all-aluminum series.

With a layout similar to her predecessors, M/Y Olokun was started on spec before being sold in March 2020 and designed by Francesco Paszkowski with interiors by Casadio Miami/London, a US-based studio with a focus on luxury residential, aviation, and marine design.

Exterior design of the 50m Aluminum Series hull by Francesco Paszkowski. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
Exterior design of the 50m Aluminum Series hull by Francesco Paszkowski. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

Featuring fold-down terraces in the owner’s suite on the forward main deck, the semi-displacement hull also has a side-loading tender garage in the stern and a spacious beach club in the transom.

M/Y Olokun was started on spec before finding an owner earlier this year. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun was started on spec before finding an owner earlier this year. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

Where M/Y Olokun differs from the previous two hulls is a change to the design of the main deck aft, which has been dedicated exclusively to an enormous lounge for relaxation, with the dining room moved to the upper deck. Meanwhile, the forward master stateroom features a private study that can be converted into an extra ensuite cabin when needed.

M/Y Olokun is built in lightweight aluminum but the superyacht hull can also be built in steel. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun is built in lightweight aluminum but the superyacht hull can also be built in steel. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

“S501 hull number 3 was started on spec and the owner came into the project quite late during construction, but as a boutique shipyard we wanted to offer him maximum flexibility to tailor the yacht to his personal needs,” said Tankoa Yachts CEO Vincenzo Poerio as he shared on the design process of M/Y Olokun. “The second cabin connected to his own suite on the main deck is a good example. It meant cutting a hole in the bulkhead and re-routing all the wiring so his private office could be converted into a cabin.

M/Y Olokun will now undergo systems testing and sea trials before final delivery. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun will now undergo systems testing and sea trials before final delivery. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

M/Y Olokun will now undergo full yacht systems testing and have the interior outfitting completed before sea trials and final delivery later this year.

Tankoa Olokun Superyacht Launch Side Hull Front View

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Feadship Reveals Megayacht Concept: Project FG “Freddie Gump”

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Dutch shipyard Feadship has revealed megayacht concept “Project FG – Freddie Gump” inspired by rockstar Freddie Mercury and the fictional character Forrest Gump.
Feadship Project FG Freddie Gump Side View
Project FG “Freddie Gump” by Feadship’s De Voogt Studio. Credit: Feadship

Dutch shipyard Feadship’s newest concept, “Project FG” or as its more affectionately known “Freddie Gump,” is the latest design to be revealed from the “Carte Blanch Exclusives” archives.

Inspired by Freddie Mercury and Forrest Gump. Credit: Feadship
Inspired by Freddie Mercury and Forrest Gump. Credit: Feadship

Designed to inspire the next generation of yacht owners (and even those who had never even considered one), yacht concepts like these from Feadship’s De Voogt Design Studio explore technologically feasible design concepts while incorporating the preferences and requests of the clients.

In conversation with Feadship Sales Director, Marsha van Buitenen, De Voogt senior designer Jan Schaffers explained Project FG “Freddie Gump” concept came to life through a brokers course held at the shipyard that helps brokers understand the design process.

Feadship Project Freddie Gump In Discussion
Marsha Van Buitenen and Jan Schaffers in conversation. Credit: Feadship

Initially, the group was tasked with creating an imaginary client and landed on a character of extremes – someone with a party attitude but very down to earth. The inspiration? Freddie Mercury and the fictional down to earth Forrest Gump played by Tom Hanks.

“The group wanted a character that embodied extremes,” says Feadship sales director Marsha Van Buitenen. “They thought about a client that one hand has a party attitude but on the other is very down to earth as well. They combined a fictional character and a real character to dream up the client – for the down to earth side, it was Forest Gump, and for the wilder side, it was Freddie Mercury. With that, Freddie Gump as born.”

Translated into a client design, Project FG “Freddie Gump” is a 109-meter superyacht that hosts 22 sleeping guests and speaks to both parts of the Freddie Gump personality.

On the aft deck a huge outdoor beach club (four times larger than Feadship designed “Savannah”) accommodates parties of up to 300 people while a panoramic piano lounge on the upper deck acts as the heart of the superyacht and the meeting point of the two personalities – a place that both Freddie Mercury and Forrest Gump could retire to as dusk falls and from where the rest of the yacht design branches out into the individual elements of each character.

The panoramic piano lounge with extensive views. Credit: Feadship
The panoramic piano lounge with extensive views. Credit: Feadship

Other unique design elements of Project FG include a pop-up table tennis court on the tip of the bow that features a glass tube that “pops up” at the push of a button and encloses the table-tennis table so that the players are protected from the effects of the wind.

Feadship Project FG Freddie Gump Pop Up Table Tennis
Pop-up table-tennis to protect players from weather elements. Credit: Feadship

One particular design feature that certainly caters to the rockstar inspirations of Freddie Mercury is the hidden club for where the really crazy parties happen – even crazier than those happening on the aft deck. Guests are not given directions on how to get there but instead have to find a hidden door past an engine in the superyacht’s belly.

There's a VVIP club onboard... if you can find it. Credit: Feadship
There’s a VVIP club onboard… if you can find it. Credit: Feadship

Freddie’s influence also extends to the yacht’s exterior with the golden orange glass reminiscent of the tinted glasses often worn by Mercury.

Feadship Project FG Freddie Gump Running View
Orange exterior elements inspired by Freddie Mercury. Credit: Feadship

While Project FG Freddie Gump has yet to find an owner, the technically feasible Feadship design is still open for the kind of owner with an appreciation for wild nights of partying like Mercury and peaceful days of relaxation.

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Swan-Shaped Avanguardia Megayacht Concept by Lazzarini Design Studio

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Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini of Lazzarini Design Studio shares initial concept design of the swan-shaped “Avanguardia” Megayacht concept.
Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design 137 metres platform
Megayacht concept “Avanguardia” by Pierpaola Lazzarini of Lazzarini Design. Credit: Lazzarini Design

Italian based Lazzarini Design Studio has created many futuristic concepts over the years ranging from automotive cars, Mayan-inspired floating pyramid communities, and aerospace solutions but never a megayacht of these proportions.

Named “Avanguardia” (meaning vanguard in English), the 137-meter megayacht concept features flowing lines and a unique movable control tower that gives it the swan-like appearance, doubling as a 16-meter tender boat when lowered to the water and released.

The "swan head" folded down when in motion. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
The “swan head” folded down when in motion. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
The "swan head" being lowered to release the tender. Credit: Lazzarini Design
The “swan head” being lowered to release the tender. Credit: Lazzarini Design
Guests can disembark to the tender via the staircase of the crane extension. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Guests can disembark to the tender via the staircase of the crane extension. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio

When in an upright position, the “swan head” can be used as the control tower, but when in motion can also be lowered to “tuck” into the center of the megayacht. To release the tender for use, the swan head folds forward and allows passengers to disembark to the tender via a staircase along the crane extension.

Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design Tender Detached
The 16 meter tender of Avanguardia megayacht concept. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio

With an estimated construction cost of $500 million, Avanguardia consists of five decks and is designed to accommodate 24 guests and a staff of 22, although a total of 60 passengers can be entertained onboard.

The proposed propulsion system consists of twin fully electric side engines and a central MTU Rolls-Royce engine designed to deliver a cruising speed of 18 knots. At the rear of the Avanguardia superyacht concept, the rear deck incorporates a landing platform for two jet capsules (also designed by Lazzarini Design Studio) that can also act as auxiliary propulsion for the megayacht.

Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design Rear Deck Port
Jet capsules at the rear deck can add extra propulsion to the megayacht. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio

Avanguardia also features two heliports onboard and features a side garage for extra tenders and even vehicles if desired.

Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design Side Garage
Side garage of Avanguardia. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design
The control tower gives the swan-like appearance. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design Main Living Deck
Includes two heliports and helicopters onboard. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design Jet Capsule Tender
Estimated construction cost estimated at $500 million. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Control platform also doubles as a viewing platform. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Control platform also doubles as a viewing platform. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design Aerial View
Aerial view of the Avanguardia megayacht concept. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio
Superyacht Concept Avanguardia The Swan by Lazzarini Studio Design 137 meters
Ready and waiting for an willing owner to take see this built. Credit: Lazzarini Design Studio

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