Blohm + Voss launches 82m superyacht Graceful
by Risa Merl
Blohm & Voss has launched the 82m superyacht known as project Graceful from her shed today.
The original hull was built by Sevmash in Russia and was shipped to Bremen Germany in 2010. Boat International was the first to release details on superyacht Project Graceful in May 2012 when the 82m hull hit the water and was towed to Blohm + Voss in Hamburg for completion and fitting out of the 2,500 gross ton yacht.
Exterior and interior styling come from UK-based H2 Yacht Design, and the she has been fitted out over the past 18 months in close cooperation between the builder, owner and project manager Dörries Maritime Services. Project Graceful will accommodate up to 14 guests in a duplex-style master suite that features a folding balcony, two VIP staterooms and three additional guest suites.
The owner selected Blohm + Voss to complete Project Graceful's complex design brief, including an unusual 15m by 3m indoor swimming pool, which can be converted to a dancefloor by raising the floor of the pool. Project Graceful also boasts a large helipad on her upper deck.
Lloyd's registered and MCA compliant, Project Graceful is projected to have a top speed of 17.6 knots and a range of 5,500 nautical miles. Project Graceful is now being prepared for sea trials, which will take place in December 2013, while delivery is planned to take place at the end of December.