2nd Oyster 118 Signed, 40th Sailing Superyacht for Builder

Springtime 2020 seems a long way off. But, the wait will be well worth it to one particular yacht buyer. That’s when the second Oyster 118 gets delivered.

Oyster Yachts says “months of discussion” led to the final contract, just today. The flagship of the British builder’s sailing yachts, the Oyster 118 is its largest offering resulting from its longtime partnership with Humphreys Yacht Design. Hull number one of the series started construction in spring 2015. She’s set for launch this December.

This second hull starts construction in a few months. Hull construction takes place in one facility, near Portsmouth, with final fit out in another yard. That second yard, in Southampton, has been the focus of expansion plans for a while. Oyster Yachts wants the capacity to build four Oyster 118s. The goal is to have hulls number three and four of the Oyster 118 start while numbers one and two are finishing up. For perspective, the fourth yacht will be ready for a 2021 delivery. It would therefore be a significant accomplishment.

Regardless, hull number two of the Oyster 118 is already a significant accomplishment. She is the 40th sailing yacht exceeding 80 feet in Oyster Yachts’ 43-year history.  Features include a plumb bow, enclosable hardtop, and abundant entertaining space. In fact, she has about 849 square feet of interior space for 12 guests. The shipyard says that represents 10 times the offering of the Oyster 475. Furthermore, the Oyster 118 has a 48-square-foot guest cockpit. Beam is 27’5”, too.

Oyster Yachts hasn’t said how the client is arranging the yacht. The series is semi-custom, so plenty of choices exist. For example, five staterooms characterize hull number one below decks. The Oyster 118 has an optional sixth stateroom forward, which can also be a TV room or kids’ cabin. Furthermore, the sail plan is open to buyer’s choice. What is certain, though, is that air draft is about 171 feet. And, the Oyster 118 is a bluewater cruiser. She’s built to DNV classification and LY3 requirements.

Our 10 Favorite Superyacht Cinemas

This weekend marks the annual Golden Globes Awards, which honors stars of cinema and television. All of the voters are accustomed to seeing the nominees year after year on screens in movie theaters or at home. If only they stepped aboard a yacht to watch instead; what a difference it would make in the entertainment experience. For their consideration—and yours—we’ve selected a mix of alfresco and indoor superyacht cinemas that really stand out. In alphabetical order by yacht name, they are:

1. Aquila. The 281-foot yacht, launched as Cakewalk, gained a cinema in her main saloon (below) following a refit last year. Judging by the decor, it’s a sumptuous space to sink into a settee with a big bowl of popcorn.

2. Big Fish. It doesn’t fit the traditional definition of superyacht cinemas, and that’s what we like the best about the atrium aboard the 147-foot Big Fish. Twenty video panels form a three-deck-high video wall, which is further about 10 feet wide. It shows home videos of dive trips, or whatever else the guests want to watch.

Aquila superyacht cinemas

3. Galactica Super Nova. The biggest boat built by Heesen has a huge foredeck, where quite the crowd can watch movies under the stars. It got a good first test run, in fact, at this 230-footer’s launch party last year.

4. Jems. Y.CO counts Jems among its charter customers’ favorite choices when it comes to superyacht cinemas, and for good reason. One look at the outdoor cinema on the sundeck (above), and it’s hard to resist. The 144-foot motoryacht rivals larger craft in this arrangement.

5. Lady Christine. Hollywood heavyweights like Sophia Loren, Humphrey Bogart, and even Mickey Mouse are part of a mural lining the back wall of her cinema (below). It’s worth noting that the 223-foot Lady Christine was built in 2010, before onboard cinemas became such a craze.

Lady Christine superyacht cinemas

6. Maltese Falcon. Any time you see this 289-foot sailing yacht on the horizon, you’re seeing her outdoor cinema. Though, you may not even realize it. The “screen” is actually a sail on her mizzen mast. There isn’t a bad seat in the house as a result—or the harbor she’s in, at that rate.

7. Serenity. Two things make Serenity worthy of inclusion on our list. First of all, the owner of this 139-footer chose brightly colored furnishings for the cinema, which does double duty as the skylounge. Second, and even more fun, the blackout curtains for the room feature black and white images of Harry Potter, Dirty Harry, Lawrence of Arabia, and other famous cinematic characters.

8. Tiara. Another terrific sailing yacht with another terrific outdoor cinema. What makes it really special is how the crew sets it up. They hang billowy white curtains around a 13-foot by 13-foot space, dotted by big, inviting deck cushions and pillows. The screen sits center stage, too. You feel as if you’re no longer aboard a 178-footer and instead in a Bedouin tent.

9. Turquoise. Billowy curtains characterize Turquoise’s on-deck cinema as well. However, they are a bit different. They slide on tracks to each side of the screen. The screen, meanwhile, emerges from the overhead just outside the saloon. Therefore, a rather cozy atmosphere comes together for cinematic experiences.

10. Solemar. Measuring 202 feet, Solemar is impressive enough. But her nearly 10-foot-wide movie screen, which nestles between the supports for her navigation equipment arch over the sundeck, displays movies in HD.

The 7 Largest Megayacht Deliveries Expected in 2017

There are seven seas, and seven continents. The number seven is considered lucky, too. In these spirits, with 2017 arriving this weekend, we’re looking ahead at the seven largest megayacht deliveries of the coming year. In order, from largest to smallest (if “smallest” makes any sense for 200- to 400-foot-plus yachts), they are:

1. Sailing Yacht A. This highly anticipated project is in build at Nobiskrug. At 468 feet LOA, with a beam of 81’6”, and standing eight decks high, Sailing Yacht A is nothing if not big. So, too, are her masts, the tallest freestanding ones in the world. Technically, though, she’s not a sailing yacht. She’s a sail-assisted motoryacht. This means that she can operate under sail, but will rely on engine propulsion (an MTU diesel-electric system) more often than not. Sailing Yacht A should therefore cruise at 16 knots. She gets her unusual styling from Philippe Starck, who also designed the unusual motoryacht known as Both belong to Andrey Melnichenko, a Russian industrialist. “A” signifies his first initial, plus his wife’s first initial.

2. Project Jupiter. This 403-footer touched the water a few days before Halloween at Lürssen. She gets her exterior looks from H2 Yacht Design. It’s characterized by prominent arches around amidships. The styling is similar to what the firm did for Maryah, built at a Greek yard a few years ago, plus a concept it created for Fincantieri. While Lürssen can’t reveal the owner’s identity, it does hint that Project Jupiter “will stun the Hollywood crowd.” The beam of 65’6” should stun them, too.

3. U116. U116 is a code name for a 381-footer. The numeral in her name is her length in meters. She’s also referred to as Kleven 370, since she’s in build at Kleven, a commercial shipyard in Norway. The expedition yacht arrived in Germany, as seen in the video above, in early December for final fit out. She’s the second such yacht from Kleven, following the 351-foot Ulysses that was delivered earlier this year. U116 is for the same owners as Ulysses, in fact, Graeme and Robyn Hart, New Zealanders who love cruising. Sixty-six people will be able to stay aboard U116 in a few short months.

4. Solar. The world got its first good glimpse at the code-named megayacht project Solar when she left her build shed at Oceanco this fall. The 348-foot sailing yacht features styling and interior design by Nuvolari-Lenard. Between her LOA and nearly 3,000 gross tonnage, she’s the world’s largest sailing yacht. Solar power reportedly plays a big role aboard, though details aren’t available.

5. Vertigo. Feadship launched Vertigo , coming in at 317 feet, in November. Redman Whiteley Dixon graced her with plentiful soft curves outside. A significant feature aboard Vertigo is a glass-bottomed and –sided pool that’s eight feet deep at one end. That same end is shaped like an S. Another big feature aboard: a two-sided fireplace, dividing the saloon and formal dining area.

6. Oceanco Y715. This 290-foot motoryacht has a rich blue hull and styling as well as interior design by Sam Sorgiovanni Designs. Details remain closely guarded secrets.

7. Here Comes the Sun. The first launch in the Amels 272 series (at top) conducted sea trials in September and October. She’s the builder’s biggest megayacht to date, and the owner’s second Amels. Here Comes the Sun was expected for delivery by the end of this year, but her AIS signal shows her still at the shipyard this week. The yacht’s name comes from a famous Beatles song.

The 6 Largest Megayacht Deliveries of 2016

Every megayacht delivery deserves attention, no matter how “big” or “small” she may be. But it’s human nature to gravitate toward the biggest of the big. Seeing several decks stacked atop each other is impressive. A number of impressive deliveries occurred this year, with some being high profile and owned by equally high-profile people. These, though, are the six largest megayacht deliveries, for the record books in several ways as you will see.

1. Fulk Al Salamah. Mariotti Yachts completed the largest megayacht of the year over the summer. Fulk Al Salamah measures 538 feet. Mariotti Yachts and other companies involved in the build kept a lid on details during construction. They continue to do so, too. But, it’s clear she’s the newest shadow vessel for Al Said, owned by Omani royalty. Al Said long had a shadow boat by the same name. Fulk Al Salamah has been in the Gulf of Oman since delivery. Her name translates to “Ship of Peace” from Arabic.

2. Dilbar. When shipyards are allowed to publicize significant-size projects, it’s exciting. Having Lürssen reveal details about Dilbar, then, was extra exciting. Measuring 512 feet LOA, she has more than 40,900 square feet of relaxation space. Those spaces include an indoor pool with more than 6,350 cubic feet of water. Lürssen claims it’s the largest enclosed pool aboard a yacht. The shipyard even shot video of Dilbar’s construction, editing 52 months of footage into a time-lapsed 40 seconds:

3. Ulysses. New Zealanders Graeme and Robyn Hart surprised yacht watchers by choosing a commercial shipyard, Kleven, to build their newest expedition yacht. But, they chose Kleven for its background with sturdy vessels. Ulysses, measuring 351 feet, can accommodate 60 guests, along with lots of traditional watertoys and offroading vehicles. The yacht is already for sale, due to an even bigger Ulysses coming next year, also from Kleven. The people in this video could be you, if you buy her.

4. Aquarius. Though Feadship hasn’t revealed the owner’s identity, it wasn’t too hard to figure out that Aquarius (below) belongs to casino mogul Steve Wynn. Wynn has openly discussed his enjoyment of yachting and yacht ownership, including previous boats named Aquarius. The new Aquarius measures 302 feet, and she carries some of Wynn’s renowned art collection. She’s spending her first cruising season in the Caribbean. The yacht’s name comes from the Zodiac sign.

5. Lionheart. At 295 feet, Lionheart is the biggest Benetti of the year. Sir Philip Green, a retail magnate from the UK and repeat customer, is the owner. Totaling four decks high, Lionheart became a target of the media and the public this summer. It’s due to an ongoing controversy involving pensions at BHS, a retailer he formerly owned. In September, a British comedian got close enough to the yacht in Monaco to hang a banner on her, reading “BHS Destroyer.”

Feadship Aquarius

6. Aquijo. At 279 feet, Aquijo (at top) is the year’s largest megayacht under sail. She’s also the world’s largest ketch. The owner commissioned her to travel on her own bottom around the world. She has some unusual features for a sailing yacht, including a big beach club. It additionally contains a hot tub. Aquijo is the result of cooperation between the builders Oceanco and Vitters. Vitters has the sailing expertise, and Oceanco has the super-size superyacht expertise for a project like this. Aquijo is available for charter for €400,000 per week, which is about $418,272 in today’s market.

So, what can we expect in 2017? Tune in tomorrow to find out. We’ll run down the seven largest megayacht deliveries set to happen.