29: Palladium

Michael Leach Design created Palladium to suit the lifestyle of an active entrepreneur they had worked with on the 205-foot Amels Solemar, his previous yacht. The design reflects the owner’s love for watersports. The designers were tasked with creating lots of headroom inside and sporty lines outside, and opted for design solutions that yield a radically new styling.
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Palladium (Ex-Project Orca)

LENGTH: 312ft. (95.1m)
SHIPYARD: Blohm+ Voss, Germany
YEAR: 2010

Palladium

Michael Leach Design created Palladium to suit the lifestyle of an active entrepreneur they had worked with on the 205-foot Amels Solemar, his previous yacht. The design reflects the owner’s love for watersports. The designers were tasked with creating lots of headroom inside and sporty lines outside, and opted for design solutions that yield a radically new styling. UK-based Michael Leach Design working closely with the Blohm + Voss shipyard, no stranger to building breakthrough designs (see A). Built in steel, alloy and composite, the yacht features a curvy envelope leaving room aft for an expansive aft deck and a voluminous interior suitable for eight staterooms. The interior incorporates a modern glass atrium with large windows and mirrors amplifying natural light. Custom furniture builder Silverlining built a few of the breakthrough pieces onboard, including a table that appears to grow out of the floor. Palladium is built to SOLAS requirements. Twin MTU 595 TE 701 diesel engines power the yacht to a 19-knot top speed. Yet, at 14 knots, it has an impressive range of 6,000 nm.

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