In 2004 RMD was appointed by a corporate syndicate to design a groundbreaking leisure yacht.
At 170 metres long with a beam of nearly 24m and a height of 30m, this yacht is currently the world’s largest private superyacht commission.
Striking styling defies the sheer scale of this yacht. Within fine lines normally attributed to a vessel a fraction of the size, RMD have provided seven decks to create living quarters on a grand scale. A central atrium serviced by two full height glass lifts connects the decks and facilitates easy movement between accommodation and living areas.
Accommodation is split into a number of different suite varieties. Standard guest suites start at 40m², culminating in the forward owner’s suite at a mind-boggling 180m². This is accessed via a personal glass lift from a private drive-in garage at the waterline. At the higher levels, duplex suites offer incredible views and spacious floor plans usually accredited with central city apartments.
The Owner’s Suite Complex consists of four bedrooms all with dual en-suite bathroom facilities, five walk-in closets, two offices, a dining room and private gym, all stretching over one entire deck, it’s incredible to think that the additional guest accommodation can cater for up to another 35 guests.
Facilities onboard create an air of opulence with thought turned to every conceivable comfort. Included are a cinema with full sized screen, an internet / IT suite, private spa facilities, and even an onboard sports centre with gym and indoor swimming pool that is capable of draining its 120 cubic meters of water in 10 minutes prior to the vessel raising anchor.
Crew accommodation on the two lower decks allows for 45 crew with uplift in capacity to 65 if required. The crew quarters must be some of the most well-considered accommodation of its kind in existence. A private officers’ mess is available for senior staff, en-suite cabins, and crew swim platform. A crew gym allows fitness levels to be maintained while a separate crew galley supplying 24hr meals allows an efficient rotation of crew watches whilst the owner is in residence.
The 6th and highest deck provides a sumptuous horizon lounge and sun deck with three bars, a 15m swimming pool and jacuzzi that can seat up to 10 people at a time. The modern sophisticated interior provides a large dining room that can seat 60+ and opens out to the stern deck for alfresco dining at the touch of a button. With such additional facilities as a walk-in humidor, piano bar and internal lap pool, this vessel must offer some of most extraordinary entertainment facilities afloat today. A helipad forward provides guests with the opportunity to arrive by private helicopter while still allowing the owner’s helicopter to disappear into a concealed hangar with access directly into the owner’s private quarters.
With other facilities including a dance floor, a virtual golf range recalling one of 20 courses worldwide, a wet and dry spa and a fully stocked library with over 1,000 books and other media, this yacht is truly exceptional in every way. The massive tender garage combines a drive-in flooded dock with dry storage to accommodate up to 5 tenders including a mini submarine. Four side-opening garage doors provide quick access for water toys such as jet skis and two Ski boats.
The galley area has some of the most modern appliances in the world and caters for nearly every style of cuisine available. It was the owner’s wish to invite guest chefs aboard to prepare food for their guests so the specification for this area had to be second to none.
The provision systems on board are designed to offer comfortable trans-global cruising in all conditions with static positioning systems ensuring reliable zero speed stability. The ability to remain positioned in one location without the use of anchors allows the yacht to rest in areas where the sea bed is of a sensitive nature. Reefs are the obvious point in case, being particularly sensitive whilst being a fantastic diving opportunity.
Propulsion systems are being developed in association with one of the world’s major manufacturers and will combine diesel and gas power plants with pod-style drives allowing excellent manoeuvrability, economy and cruising flexibility. This design also allows efficient use of internal space.
Energy efficiency goals ensure a low heat signature and carbon rating which along with a ‘Clean Seas’ policy, utilising the latest technology for reduction of emissions and waste products will reduce the environmental impact of such a phenomenal vessel. She is also designed to comply with full SOLAS regulations.
RMD are currently carrying out conceptual design studies defining a variety of alternative use options for the interior including corporate considerations. It is planned that the first steel for the keel will be laid in mid-2006.
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