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Watch: 118m Abeking & Rasmussen Project Celerius on transport

4 January 2023• Written by Katia Damborsky

Codenamed Project Celerius, the new 118 metre Abeking & Rasmussen flagship has been spotted on transport from the yard's Lemwerder facilities. She will continue outfitting works before being handed over to her owner later this year.

The yacht hit the water for the first time in mid-December and had her masts stepped shortly after. 

Measuring 118 metres in length, hull Abeking h 6507 is the largest motor yacht ever built by the yard. It supersedes the 98.4 metre Aviva, which was delivered by the shipyard in 2017, by almost 20 metres.

The yacht's design comes from French architect Joseph Dirand, a shore-based designer whose yachting portfolio includes the first 26 metre Otam 85 GTS Cara Montana. 

The yacht has classic lines and a clean, uncluttered foredeck

Highlights of the new Abeking & Rasmussen flagship include a large aft deck swimming pool and an underwater Neptune lounge, a feature which proved popular on the shipyard's award-winning 74.5 metre M'Brace (ex Elandess).

Elsewhere, the yacht has a crow's nest at the foot of the mast and a marble-clad firepit in front of a crescent sofa forward on the sundeck. A helipad can be found aft and her toy locker is expected to include a personal submarine.

Particular care has been given to the exterior of the yacht, which has been developed in collaboration with Berlin-based company Photon. The shell plates have been laser welded and anchor pockets have been placed below the waterline in the keel of the yacht, to ensure a clean, uninterrupted silhouette.

The launch ceremony was attended by representatives of the owners, along with the members of the shipyard and design team. André Jonker, senior project manager at Abeking & Rasmussen, said that "the work has more than paid off. We have once again succeeded in building an exceptional yacht.“

It comes after the keel was laid in August 2019. Cornelsen & Partner has acted as the client's representative throughout the construction process.

Hull 6507 will join the ranks of some of the largest yachts in the world, including Feadship's in-build Project 1010.

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Abeking & Rasmussen   118.2 m •  2023

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