Video: 88.5m Illusion Plus launched by Pride Mega Yachts
by Chris Jefferies
Her exterior lines by British studio Rainsford Saunders Design were inspired by Rolls-Royce motor cars, with a vertical bow and gently sloping transom. The interior décor was developed by Dutch firm Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and installed by Greenline Yacht Interiors of Dubai.
Built from a steel hull and aluminium superstructure to ABS standards, the project dates back to 2007 and was put on hold when the global financial crisis hit. She is due for delivery before the end of the year, at which point Illusion Plus will officially join the ranks of the top 100 largest superyachts in the world.
Illusion Plus will accommodate up to 12 guests and 25 crew members in a 3,603GT interior. The layout includes a master suite, two VIP cabins, two doubles and a twin room.
Speaking to Boat International back in 2011, studio founder Rupert Rainsford Mann hinted at a mezzanine feature that allows the interior to be opened up, creating a double-height effect in the main saloon, as the advanced design renderings below show.
Other key features include a foredeck helipad, a vast tender garage with enough room to house up to three custom tenders and a dedicated superyacht spa, complete with sauna, steam room and massage room.
Power will come from a twin-engined 3,000hp Rolls Royce diesel-electric drivetrain with a predicted top speed of 16 knots. When trimmed back to her cruising speed of 14 knots, Illusion Plus will boast a globetrotting range of 5,000 nautical miles, drawing on a total fuel capacity of 261,000 litres.