IAG Yachts recently celebrated the keel-laying of its largest yacht to date, a 140-foot (42.67-meter), 460-gross-ton, composite yacht for an American client. Designer Evan K. Marshall is working closely with IAG’s Jerry Clark and owner’s representative Bryan Carter on the exterior styling and interior design for the first hull of what the Chinese shipyard hopes to develop into the NobleStar Tropical Explorer series. A model of the new IAG 140 will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
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. With a top speed exceeding 18 knots, the IAG 140, powered by twin MTU 16V 2000 engines with a combined 5,200hp, will also have transatlantic capability at economical speed.
Like Primadonna, the IAG 140 is particularly voluminous. She has a large master suite, well-appointed galley with walk-in refrigerator, dining room for 12 and salon on the main deck. The lower deck has four guest staterooms and crew quarters for six, along with laundry room and crew mess, plus the engineer’s cabin aft. The bridge deck features a large skylounge, spacious captain’s cabin and pilothouse.
Exterior spaces are equally generous. Hull No. One, King Baby, which is designed both for private use and charter service, features numerous bars, dining areas and a Jacuzzi with waterfall on the sun deck, shaded by a retractable 17-square-foot (1.6-square-meter) sunroof made of carbon fiber. The air conditioning system was designed to cope with tropical cruising conditions. The yacht is being built to RINA and MCA classification, and delivery is slated for 2014.
IAG, based in China, also recently sold two of its 100-foot Electra series yachts to Chinese and Australian clients. The Electra 100, winner of a Boating Asia award, made her debut at the 2012 Hainan Rendez Vous.
For more information, contact IAG Yachts of the Americas’ Captain Doug Hoogs at 954-643-6386 or visit iagyachts.com