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First look: Abeking & Rasmussen 6502 under construction

German yard Abeking & Rasmussen has released the first in-build photo of its new 74.5 metre superyacht which is currently known by hull number 6502.

First announced in the 2016 Global Order Book and due for a 2018 completion date, this steel and aluminium yacht was styled inside and out by the London-based Eidsgaard Design studio, while Burgess is providing project management services. As we can see from this first photo, taken as the yacht moved between build sheds, the hull and superstructure have been joined.

The yard explained that the naval architecture was developed in-house with the so-called ‘Atlantic bow’ creating a fine entry point. The name of this feature hints that 6502 will have an ocean-crossing cruising range but no details of the engine installation or fuel capacity have been released as yet.

Guest accommodation is split across six staterooms, including an owner’s cabin on the main deck. Communal areas on board 6502 are plentiful, with an observation lounge on the upper deck and an eight-metre long superyacht swimming pool on the sundeck. What’s more, the interior fitment will be carried out in collaboration with Rodiek, who previously worked with the boatbuilder on the 60 metre Kaiser, which hit the water in 2011.

A notoriously secretive yard, Abeking & Rasmussen is playing its cards close to its chest once again, with no further details released apart from confirming a 12.8 metre beam. Two other superyacht projects are known to be under development at the yard, but both of them are subject to strict confidentiality agreements.

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