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Wajer Yachts Unveils Wajer 77: Footballer Tom Brady’s New Yacht



Wajer Yachts has unveiled its largest yacht design yet – the sleek 77ft Wajer 77 – and was joined at the launch by special guest Tom Brady who will be taking delivery of his very own next year.
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The new Wajer 77 is a luxurious day boat with the ability to be used for overnight trips. Credit: Wajer Yachts

Dutch based Wajer Yachts has revealed its largest yacht yet – the sleek 77ft Wajer 77 – and was joined at the launch by special guest Tom Brady, who will be taking delivery of his very own next year.

Designed in partnership with Sinot Yacht Architecture and Van Oossanen Naval Architects, the new Wajer 77 yacht is almost 50% larger than its Wajer 55 predecessor and as a luxury yacht suitable for overnight and weekend trips, adds an extra dimension to the brand’s offerings.

When asked at the launch, “Why the new model?” Wajer Yachts Managing Director Dries Wajer explained, “It came in two different ways. First, we have existing clients who want to grow with the brand and have been asking, “What’s going to be your next step? The second is that we want to expand and build up a fleet of different models to attract new potential clients.”

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Large swim platform to dock everything from seabob’s to jetski’s from. Credit: Wajer Yachts

The official story of how the Wajer 77 came to be was through the process of several years of development with naval architects followed by the involvement of engineers and the build team to design the boat, but during the launch, Ronald van Hulst, Wajer Operations Manager, shared a behind-the-scenes anecdote, saying, “That’s the official way, but what really happened is that he [Dries Wajer] came up to me saying “Ronald, I have an idea. Just conceptually… We will look into a new design with Sinot, just a concept, nothing else. A few months later he comes back…. “Ronald. I have a problem. I’ve sold one! Don’t tell my Dad.”

While the first sale of a yet-to-be-created Wajer 77 may have come as an initial shock at the time, it would appear the early design concepts resonated amongst existing customers, with Wajer revealing they’ve already sold 15 of the new yachts before the official launch.

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The largest Wajer Yacht design to date – the 77ft Wajer 77. Credit: Wajer Yachts

One new owner in particular who is looking to upgrade is American footballer Tom Brady who will be upgrading from a Wajer 55 to the new Wajer 77.

Speaking in a live cross at the launch, Tom shared his love for boating was sparked while living in New England and being around the boating community and grew further once relocating to Tampa Bay and living on the water.

Not long after moving to Tampa Bay, Brady knew they had to get a boat, and his family soon found themselves enjoying life on the water in a Wajer 55 S (and even the 38 while waiting for the 55 S to be completed).

“I have young kids, and being out on the water is a great activity for our family,” shared Brady. “We spent Christmas and New Years’ on our boat, and now it’s just getting into boating season here in Florida. The kids love it, the family loves it, and we’ve really had some great moments in the 13 months since we’ve been down here [in Florida].”

“The 55 is an amazing boat, and it’s been an amazing boat for our family. I think the 77 will be a little more suited for what we need it for, though. A few more day trips and overnight weekend trips, as we spend a lot of time in the Bahamas. Going from the East Coast of Florida across into the Bahamas and around the Bahamas would be really great trips for our family.”

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Master cabin of the Wajer 77. Credit: Wajer Yachts

When asked what the new name for their Wajer 77 will be, Tom revealed it would most likely be named “Viva a Vida” like its smaller sibling, a Portuguese name chosen by his wife Gisele Bündchen, which means “celebration of life.”

Created with a strong focus on outdoor living and entertaining, the Wajer 77 features spacious circular seating and sun pads at the front and large sofas and dining area at the stern of the yacht for guests to enjoy, and owners can easily reconfigure the deck layout depending on how the deck will be used for the day.

Below deck, the Wajer 77 can sleep nine guests comfortably and features a 5-meter-wide Master Suite with large windows on both sides, a Junior Suite with a double bed located at the bow of the boat, and a port-side guest cabin with a queen and single bed, each with their own ensuite bathroom. An additional crew cabin sleeps two and has a separate entrance for increased privacy.

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Wajer 77 gallery with access to the deck. Credit: Wajer Yachts

The new Wajer 77 also includes a host of innovations, including a new Targa style sliding roof, a hybrid fender system also allows the fenders to inflate and deflate for easy storage automatically, and in a first for a yacht – deck cooling system that utilizes water-cooling to prevent overheating of both the deck and guests feet.

With a range of 400 nautical miles, the Wajer 77 is also better equipped for longer overnight trips in luxury and is one of the major drawcards for owners like Tom Brady looking to upgrade.

“We’ve noticed a growing desire among owners to travel the world over water. At the same time, the larger part of our clientele prefers to be behind the steering wheel. The Wajer 77’s comfort and ease of control are designed to cater exactly to those combined needs,” shared Dries Wajer. “We are very proud to have sold 15 of them before launch date.”

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Harrison Eisgaard Reveals New 417ft Expedition Yacht Concept



UK design studio Harrison Eidsgaard has revealed their latest expedition yacht concept – the 417ft “Rex” designed for a client wanting “something different”.
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“Rex” expedition yacht designed by Harrison Eidsgaard. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

UK design studio Harrison Eidsgaard has unveiled their latest design known as “Rex” – a 417ft expedition yacht named for the Latin word for “King” and created specifically for a client looking for “something different.”

Designed with a streamlined white and grey exterior, the sporty expedition yacht concept boasts four terraces with a 46ft pool on the main deck that can be enclosed with glass to create an indoor pool in cold climates, an oversized cinema, a two-story gym, and an Airbus A160 helicopter hangar that converts into a squash court when not in use.

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Pool on the main deck can be enclosed with glass for colder climates. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

Accommodation for 22 guests consists of a master suite and ten guest suites each with their own terrace and direct access to the forward and aft atrium staircases while features like the submerged “Neptune” lounge offers guests an underwater view of their surroundings from below and a “Panorama” observation lounge on the top deck offering 360-degree views from above.

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One of the two helicopter hangars on the Rex expedition yacht. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

The Rex Expedition yacht is also designed with a full-beam garage with room for a 49-foot expedition vessel, two 30-foot tenders, and a large crane to assist with moving the toys in and out of the water.

Regarding performance, Harrison Eidsgaard has utilized a significant hull chine and sharp bow design for improved fuel efficiency and a hybrid propulsion package that could be converted to a hydrogen system in the future for zero-emissions cruising.

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Neptune lounge with underwater viewing. Credit: Harrison Eidsgaard

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Alia Yachts Launches 180ft Al Waab II Superyacht



Alia Yachts has launched the 180ft Al Waab II superyacht at its shipyard in Antalya, Turkey, ahead of its final delivery in September.
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Alia Yachts built Al Waab II being transported for launch. Credit: Alia Yachts

Alia Yachts has launched the 180ft Al Waab II superyacht at its shipyard in Antalya, Turkey, ahead of its final delivery in September which coincides with the Monaco Yacht Show later this year.

After two years in construction amongst the ongoing pandemic, the production schedule was surprisingly only delayed by two weeks, with Alia Yachts President Gökhan Çelik noting, “the last two years have been difficult, but we took a lot of health and safety measures, and, to offset delays experienced by our European suppliers, we worked around the problem and found ways to recreate lost time.

Launched at Alia Yacht's shipyard in Antalya, Turkey. Credit: Ali Yachts
Launched at Alia Yacht’s shipyard in Antalya, Turkey. Credit: Ali Yachts

“The fact we’ve done it in just over two years despite everything is a credit to the determination of the men and women who work here.”

Designed by Dutch design studio Vripack, Al Waab II accommodates up to 12 guests and features a modern design with a neutral color palette across the five staterooms and the master suite split across the upper and main decks.

Designed by Dutch design firm Vripack. Credit: Alia Yachts
Designed by Dutch design firm Vripack. Credit: Alia Yachts

“For many owners, the concept of enjoying a ‘home at sea’ is what drives their passion for yachting,” says Bart Bouwhuis, Co-creative Director at Vripack. “The owner of Al Waab II had the explicit desire to use his boat as a family apartment. That desire became the founding principle of the entire design. The result is the very essence of living on the water.”

Early render of the Alia Yachts built Al Waab II. Credit: Alia Yachts
Early render of the Alia Yachts built Al Waab II. Credit: Alia Yachts

“We’re very proud of Al Waab II,” says Alia President, Gökhan Çelik, adding, “Yachts are getting longer and wider, but owners still want to stay below the 500 GT mark. We’ve seen increasing interest in this kind of yacht and so to be one of the first with such an impressive project is an important milestone for Alia.”

The Al Waab II will now undergo sea trials and final outfitting ahead of delivery to her owner.

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Heesen’s Project Altea Launches As MY ELA



Heesen Yachts 164ft Project Altea has officially been launched as MY ELA and is on her way to the Mediterranean for the summer.

Heesen Yachts 164ft MY ELA (formerly known as Project Altea) has officially launched in the Netherlands and is currently on her way to the Mediterranean for the summer.

Purchased only three months before delivery, the lightweight, aluminum fast-displacement hull built on Heesen’s sub-500GT Nova Plus engineering platform and interiors had already been completed when she caught the eye of the new owners.

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MY ELA on her way to the Mediterranean for the summer. Credit: Heesen

Featuring large floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious light-filled living areas designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects and warm and inviting interior designed by Italian interior designer Cristiano Gatto, all that remained for the new owners of MY ELA was to customize the final details to make it their own.

With only three months from the purchase date until delivery, Cristiano Gatto worked alongside the team at Heesen to fully customize the interiors in time for delivery.

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Original interior concept of Project Altea/MY ELA. Credit: Heesen

“Together with the client, we revisited all the loose furniture, inside and out, selecting new materials for all the upholstery and the key items from Paola Lenti, B&B Italia, Poltrona Frau, and Promemoria,” said Cristiano. “But more importantly, we designed bespoke pieces, such as tables, sofas, and lamps, all beautifully crafted by Italian ateliers, who delivered them in record time.”

Built to accommodate twelve guests in six staterooms, MY ELA is not only luxurious inside but is an elegant fast-displacement design that allows shipyards to stay below the 500GT limit to avoid the additional certification required of larger superyachts.

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Interior Skylounge concept by Cristiano Gatto. Credit: Heesen

Powered by two powerful MTU 12V 2000 diesel engines for a maximum speed of 19 knots, MY ELA is also the first Heesen to feature a peak-shaving battery system that offers a seamless storage of energy by allowing excess generator power to be stored when the yacht’s load fluctuates and used during peak periods when power demand exceeds generator output.

While primarily intended for family use, MY ELA will also be available for charter with Zarpo Yachts for select clients.

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Render of Heesen’s 164ft fast-displacement hull Project Altea. Credit: Heesen

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