There are many reasons why a yacht currently under construction can come onto the sales market. A major one is a change in the commissioning owner’s plans or circumstances and there’s also the fact that yards embark on speculative projects to keep to keep a skilled workforce employed. Here we present five opportunities for shrewd buyers who want to shortcut the usual lengthy build process for a new superyacht.
Jan-Jaap Minnema at Fraser Yachts is offering for sale the imposing 88m motor yacht Illusion, by far the largest yacht ever to be built in China. Her wide beam of 15.6m will create huge volume over the six decks and create a gross tonnage of 3,500GRT.
Illusion is currently under construction at the Raffles shipyard in Shandong province. The naval architecture was drawn up by Azure Naval Architects, responsible for the naval architecture of some of the largest yachts in the world. The modern, elegant and Asian-inspired interior has been conceived by the renowned Sander Sinot team, accommodating 14 guests in seven large staterooms.
Based on the styling of Britain’s Rolls-Royce motor cars, llusion will be propelled by two 3,000hp Rolls Royce diesel-electric engines with a predicted top speed of 14 to 17 knots.
Delivery is set for mid-2015.
Antoine Larricq at Fraser Yachts has signed a joint listing for sale with Merle Wood & Associates of the brand-new 54m motor yacht Lady Michelle.
Currently being completed at Benetti to ABS class with delivery slated for May 2013, she has an elegant Francois Zuretti interior in cherrywood with accommodation for 12 guests in six staterooms. Twin Caterpillar 3512C engines give her a cruising speed of 15 knots and a range of 4,000 nautical miles.
Available to view at Benetti’s Livorno yard, Lady Michelle is asking €33.9 million.
Fils de Grace is a yacht of great character that has had not one but many pasts, starting life in 1968 as a 53.5 metre cable laying and repair ship built by renowned Dutch shipyard EJ Smit & Zoon. After 30 years of operating in Northern European waters in that capacity she changed course completely, becoming a private motor yacht called Sir Arthur J in 2003. By 2007 she had been passed on to her next owner who named her Fils de Grace and started a refit, which was never completed after a death in the family
Fils de Grace has been fitted with two new CATs, and all equipment and systems have been renewed right down to the piping and air-conditioning. She will also have new Wesmar dynamic and at-anchor stabilisers and her propellers have been replaced.
Inside, her planned layout bears no resemblance to anything that has gone before. The general arrangement will provide accommodation for 12 guests in four good sized cabins on the lower deck, a 9.4m full beam VIP suite on the main deck (convertible into a cinema) and an owner’s suite on the bridge deck.
Lying at the RMK yard in Tuzla, Turkey, Fils de Grace is asking €4.25 million with Camper & Nicholsons International.
Under construction at the Kingship yard in Zhongshan, China, the 43.9m Green Voyager is one of the first hybrid ‘green’ superyachts under 50m. Respecting multiple rules and regulations, she has a low impact on the environment, without compromising on luxury and comfort.
Built in steel and aluminium, she is designed by Axis Group Yacht Design with an interior by the shipyard’s in-house team.
Powered by twin C32 ACERT Caterpillar engines, she will have a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 13.5 knots. Using an innovative power management system, the requirement for generators is only 2x 65kW versus the standard 100kW used on a yacht of her size, resulting in even further fuel savings.
Green Voyager features a five stateroom layout which extends living spaces to the exterior with full height windows and folding platforms which create lateral sea terraces. The ocean is further enjoyed with large open deck spaces on the sun deck, bridge and main decks forward and aft.
Scheduled for delivery in 2014, Green Voyager is asking €14.8 million at Camper & Nicholsons International.
The part-completed 43.9m Crescent 144 motor yacht is currently for sale at Fraser Yachts under an order by a Canadian court.
Naval architecture is by Jack Sarin, and her contemporary exterior and interior styling and layout by Jonathan Quinn Barnett.
She is being built in composite, with particular attention being given to achieving low sound and vibration levels. Accommodation is for ten guests in five generous staterooms plus up to nine crew in five cabins.
One of her most notable features, of which there are many, is the large fold-down transom door that transforms the swim platform into a beach deck for lounging and easy access to the water and tenders.
Construction is approximately 70% complete, with around 10 months of work remaining.
The Crescent 144 is asking $14.5 million.
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