VAVA II (Ex-Project 55)
New in 2012
LENGTH: 314ft. 10in. (96m)
SHIPYARD: Devonport Yachts/Babcock, UK
Vava II is the largest yacht built in the UK. Her beautiful exterior lines by Redman Whiteley Dixon envelop an interior by French designer and minimalist master Rémi Tessier. After construction began, shipyard owner Babcock sold its Devonport Yachts division to Pendennis. Construction continued in the original location in Plymouth, now the Pendennis Plus shipyard. Devonport Yachts also built Samar and Sarafsa (both on this list). The six-deck yacht was launched in September 2011 and, putting her transatlantic range to good use, took her inaugural cruise to the Caribbean during winter 2012. She was photographed in St. Barths during the races and probably will closely follow sailing action around the world, given her owners’ interest in the sport of sailing. Vava II is built like a small ship, according to SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and is able to accommodate 36 guests. Her SOLAS classification means she was subjected to very stringent rules. Among the top-of-the-line systems available on this yacht is a waste treatment system by Uson Marine, which handles food and galley waste in compliance with MARPOL and also sorts, shreds or compacts glass and plastics. Although this is a very private yacht, she will likely be available for charter in the near future, and hopefully more information will trickle in about this significant yacht. A previous Vava, built by Feadship with a bright interior by a Dutch designer, graced the cover of the first issue of Yachts International in July 1997. The new Vava II is more than twice her length.
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