Thursday, January 5, 2017

Superyachts We Can’t Wait to See in 2017

When witnessing the delivery of a striking new superyacht, even the most sophisticated yacht connoisseur can feel like a kid on Christmas morning. Though deliveries ranging from Heesen’s Galactica Super Nova to Bilgin’s Giaola-Lu ensured 2016 was a banner year for the yachting community, 2017 promises to impart even more wide-eyed wonder. Slated to be delivered next year, the following yachts are certain to delight all who see them.

“Build me a beast. This has to be an edgy and innovative weapon; fast and furious.” Armed with these parameters from a client, Netherlands-based shipyard Royal Huisman, which was founded in 1884 and generally builds one new yacht per year, set about designing a 190-foot sailing beauty that was as efficient as it was eye-catching. The resulting design features a slender hull, a 233-foot mast, and twin helm stations.
Exterior accoutrements include a tender garage, a beach deck, a swim platform, and a sunbed. Designers Rick Baker and Paul Morgan will create an eclectic, exotic interior complete with a master apartment, gym, sauna, study, library, and two guest staterooms. The yacht is expected to start sailing the seas after a springtime delivery. (

In October, German shipyard Lürssen launched its newest mammoth marvel, the 403-foot Jupiter superyacht. Like Lürssen’s other behemoth beauties such as the 511-foot Dilbar and the 590-foot AzzamJupiter is a sporty, aggressive cruiser. London-based design firm March & White planned the awe-inspiring interior. Large glass windows funnel natural light into the arched atrium and allow guests to glimpse panoramic views of the ocean outside. The yacht will be delivered early this year. (
A true sea monster, the 468-foot sailing yacht A apparently made its first pelagic prowl with sea tests off the German coast of Kiel in October. Designed by Philippe Starck and built by Nobiskrug, the three-mast monolith (with a beam greater than 81 feet) is the largest vessel in the world to be powered by sail. Features include a steel hull with a composite superstructure, eight decks dressed in teak, and three carbon-fiber masts, each about 300 feet tall. The yacht will have a cruising speed of 16 knots, top speed of 21 knots, and range of 5,320 nautical miles. Commissioned by Russian tycoon Andrey Melnichenko for a reported price of approximately $318 million, A is a follow-up to his 390-foot motor yacht of the same name. Melnichenko is expected to take delivery of his latest aquatic acquisition in the spring of 2017. (
Tankoa is currently constructing its first S501 model in Genova, Italy. Focused on outdoor living, the barge-shaped superyacht includes an alfresco dining deck with room for 16 guests, a lounge with a bar and television, a sunbed-flanked hot tub, and a garage that can hold a nearly 23-foot tender. Interior highlights include a main saloon with floor-to-ceiling windows and a main-deck owner’s suite with two foldout terraces that extend over the ocean. The full-displacement aluminum hull will reduce fuel consumption and allow the yacht to travel at a top speed of 16 knots. The buoyant beauty is expected to be delivered in April 2017. (
Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts is charting new waters with Project Nova Hybrid, its first hybrid propulsion yacht. Designed by Omega Architects, the 164-foot vessel can easily switch between diesel mechanical and diesel electrical systems. Equipped with a lightweight aluminum hull and vertical bow, the yacht can achieve an impressive top speed of 16.3 knots. Created by Sinot Design, the welcoming interiors include a full-beam master salon with floor-to-ceiling windows and an owner’s stateroom with a private study, walk-in closet, and bathroom. Outside, a central staircase leads from the sizable swim platform to the main deck. The yacht, which accommodates 12 guests and 10 crewmembers, will be delivered in June 2017. Heesen will also deliver the 154-foot Project Ruya and the 180-foot Project Alida in 2017. (