The Most Exciting Yachts to Look Out For in 2020

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La Datcha

77 metres

BOAT takes a look ahead at the most exciting yacht projects due for completion in 2020

The first hull in Damen’s much anticipated SeaXplorer 77 expedition yacht series is set to officially launch in September 2020. It comes after the customised explorer was transported to Vlissingen this year to begin outfitting. La Datcha was commissioned by an owner intending to use the yacht for surfing, diving and heliskiing. The impressive inventory of expedition equipment includes two helicopters, a helideck and hangar, dive centre and two tender garages fore and aft.

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Sea Eagle II

81 metres

Due to launch in May 2020, Royal Huisman’s 81-metre in-build flagship Sea Eagle II will become one of the largest sailing yachts in the world upon delivery to her Asian owner. It comes after the yard revealed all systems on board were being tested and proofed as the yacht neared completion. Sold in summer 2016, with Northrop & Johnson introducing the client, Project RH400 was announced at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show with the yard revealing that it will be the largest Asian-owned yacht, as well as the world's largest aluminium sailing yacht.

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Arrow

75 metres

After hitting the water for the first time in December, the 75-metre superyacht from Feadship will have its official launch ceremony in April 2020. Previously known as Project 703, the multi-deck yacht has been designed inside and out by H2 Yacht Design and features naval architecture by Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects. The exterior of the yacht features low glass railings, high deck heights and expansive gangways while the interiors will be “elaborately detailed”, the yard said.

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Olivia O

88.5 metres

The first superyacht by commercial shipyard Ulstein Verft known as Olivia O is set to become one of the world's largest explorer yachts when she is delivered next year. Designed by Espen Øino, the explorer is the first superyacht project for Ulstein Verft, which has been building offshore support vessels and commercial craft in Norway for the past 99 years.

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Project Pollux

55 metres

Due to officially launch in October 2020, the 55 metre Heesen superyacht Project Pollux was designed by Omega Architects and features an interior penned by Bannenberg & Rowell. The yacht’s hull and superstructure were joined in May this year and the yacht is set to remain at the yard’s Oss-based facility until September to complete construction. Following commissioning, the yacht will undertake sea trials in the North Sea.

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Majesty 175

53.34 metres

After beginning construction in 2017, the 53.34 metre Gulf Craft flagship is now due to launch in June 2020. The yacht features a 780GT interior designed by Cristiano Gatto and features a main deck gym and elevator servicing all four decks. Accommodation will be for a total of 14 guests in seven cabins, including a private owner's suite on the upper deck and VIP accommodation on the main deck. Other features include a foredeck swimming pool and beach club aft.

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Turquoise NB72

56 metres

This in-build 56 metre expedition yacht is due to launch in January 2020. Designed by Hoek Design Naval Architects, the explorer will have a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. The yacht, which features interior design created by Vickers Studio, will be powered by two diesel electric engines and a top speed of 17 knots.

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Sanlorenzo 62 Steel

61.87 metres

Due to launch in May 2020, this 61.87 metre Sanlorenzo motor yacht is under construction in steel and aluminium to a design by Officina Italiana Design. Due for delivery in 2021, the yacht is the second hull in the yard’s 62 Steel series. The yacht features a range of superyacht features including a Jacuzzi plunge pool, main deck swimming pool, beach club, cinema and helipad on the bow.

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Project Lightning

130 metres

Due for delivery in February 2020, this 130 metre+ highly secretive superyacht was pictured undertaking sea trials on November. The superyacht hit the water for the first time in July. While details remain sparse, Project Lightning's two spacious helipads forward and aft can now be seen while her transom layout looks to host a large superyacht beach club. No designers, naval architects or timeframes have been disclosed.

Image courtesy of Tom van Oossanen

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Oceanco Y719

117 metres

Set to officially launch in September 2020 is Project Y719, the largest yacht currently under construction in the Netherlands. The yacht is currently in the yard’s outfitting facility in Alblasserdam and will be the largest yacht ever built by the Dutch yard when complete. While details remain sparse, it is known that Y719 features a steel hull and aluminium superstructure and will have five decks.

Image courtesy of Dutch Yachting

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