Will this be the year of the trimaran? The recent delivery of a tri-hull project in China made quite a bit of noise throughout the yachting industry and other three-hulled projects are in the works. Yacht designer Guido de Groot has been working with Mobimar in Finland to develop a yacht application for the trimaran that the shipyard is building for commercial use.
To build this yacht, IAG expanded and widened the mold created for its debut yacht, Primadonna, a 127-foot (38.7-meter) project built on spec and now sold. The hull was designed by naval architect Stefano Rossi of Rossi Engineering Design & Services, working with IAG. Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec focused on the weight study, tunnels and propulsion.
Following the delivery of the 285-foot-5-inch (87-meter) Ace and the monumental, 472-foot-plus (144-meter-plus) Topaz, the third and final Lürssen to be handed over to her owner in 2012 is expected to be the 278-foot-9-inch (85-meter) Quatroelle (Project Bellissimo).
Over the past two years, Hakvoort Shipyard has made substantial improvements to its yachtbuilding facility in the Netherlands, increasing construction capacity to handle vessels up to 206 feet 8 inches (63 meters). Now, the family-run yard’s investment has paid off with the order of its largest project ever.
During a recent visit to Delta’s immaculate shipyard near downtown Seattle, we had the opportunity to see Project Invader in the assembly hall. This 138-foot-8-inch (66-meter) yacht is slated for a spring 2013 delivery; a schedule that promises to keep the Delta team on its toes.
Yachts International first met Miami-based architect and yacht owner Hakki Koroglu at Vicem’s Antalya shipyard as he and his wife, Randie, awaited delivery of their latest Vicem: Hull No. 1 of the new Bahama Bay 61 series. It was the third time they ignored the advice that you should never buy the first hull. We caught up with these experienced boaters again after they had a chance to cruise in Turkey, and they showed no signs of regret.