After the Great Depression, designers “cleaned up” Art Déco. Pure lines suggesting motion and speed upstaged embellishments in architecture. The new style was known as Streamline Moderne, which perfectly defines Smeralda.
Espen Øino designed this slender and swift semi-displacement yacht, which claimed the title as the world’s longest aluminum motoryacht until the arrival of sistership Silver Zwei, now Dragonfly. The vessel has an aircraft-style interior and displaces just 540 tons, which means that—powered by twin MTU 4000 16V diesels—Rabdan can cross the Atlantic at a swift 18+ knots.
After her launch in 2009, this slender and contemporary aluminum yacht appeared in Abu Dhabi in time for the Grand Prix. Watchers soon discovered she was none other than Hull No. 2 of Hanseatic Marine’s innovative series (the ex Silver Zwei). Hull No. 1, formerly known as Silver and now called Rabdan, was already in the United Emirates as a new royal yacht.
A few years ago, a slender yacht made the cover of Yachts International. We called her A Slice of Silver. Smeralda is her big sister. Like Silver (now called Rabdan) and the subsequently launched Silver Zwei (now Dragonfly), Smeralda hails from Hanseatic Marine in Henderson, Western Australia.