A rendering of the latest flagship superyacht from the Italian Sea Group, 88m Project Spyder

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The Italian Sea Group lays keel of 88m Admiral Project Spyder

28 February 2024 • Written by Katia Damborsky

The Italian Sea Group has announced the keel has been laid on the 88-metre superyacht known as Project Spyder at the Admiral shipyard in Carrara, Italy. The Espen Øino-designed yacht will be the second-largest build to date under the Admiral brand. 

The construction update follows the news in 2023 when Kitson Yachts finalised the sale on behalf of an American owner. Kitson Yachts will supervise the build until her scheduled delivery in 2027, with Richard Hein and The A Group also assisting during the construction process. 

Giovanni Costantino, founder and CEO of TISG, commented on the milestone: “The keel laying ceremony is a special moment in the construction of a yacht, especially for a project of this size and with these futuristic characteristics, both aesthetically and engineering-wise. Now that we are at the beginning of the development phase, we are all extremely eager to see this yacht take shape.”

Project Spyder will have a number of impressive features, including a 10.3-metre-long swimming pool with glass segments in the floor that allow light to pour into the 100-square-metre beach club below. Meanwhile, the foredeck will house a sports court that can be used for pickleball or basketball and will be overlooked by an observatory suite that also functions as a children's playroom.

Elsewhere, the yacht has a fully equipped sundeck with a gym and Jacuzzi. Further opportunities to relax and unwind will be located in the beach club, where there will be a massage room, spa and bar, as well as direct access to the water through four unfolding sea terraces. 

A beam of 13.8 meters and a five-deck layout creates ample accommodation for up to nine guests, with a full-beam owner's cabin complete with a private terrace. Dedicated tender storage will house both an 8.5-metre tender and a 10-metre tender.

Project Spyder marks the first collaboration between the Admiral shipyard and designer Espen Øino, while FM Architettura will helm the "bright" interiors that make full use of the yacht's beam. The studio has credited the owner and family for their input into the design of the yacht.

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FM Architettura Design Studio, said: “We are delighted to be part of the beautiful MY 88 Spyder project, made for a beautiful and very close multigenerational family".

Michael Tabor, co-founder of Kitson Yachts, added: "The client’s focus was to have a seamless transition between the exterior and interior. The grandkids and entire family played a pivotal role in the build process, resulting in a fantastic layout with both beauty and function in mind." Tabor also thanked the late Giuseppe Taranto, who was integral to the project in the 12 months prior to his death. 

Project Spyder will be equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system. She is due to be built at Admirals' Marina di Carrara facilities and will be complete by 2027.

Also under construction at Admiral is the 98-metre Project Titanium, the future flagship of the Italian Sea Group, and the 82-metre Project Galileo, both of which will be delivered in 2025. 

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