By Melanie Votaw
Hanseatic Marine’s M/Y Silver launched in 2007 is certainly a head-turner. It’s innovative design by Espen Oeino breaks the trend of wider yachts with exceptionally slender lines that almost make the vessel look like a pointer from an aerial view. However, this sleek silhouette certainly doesn’t take away from the yacht’s classic sophistication and elegance.
Why the narrower design? Despite its 240-foot (73.3-meter) length, the Silver can reach speeds of 27 knots powered by its two 16V-4000 MTU engines. In this way, the Silver harks back to the fast, sleek boats of the earlier part of the 20th century. Of course, the design also allows the yacht to go where most yachts its size cannot fit. Additionally, the owner wanted the vessel to be environmentally conscious. He was adamant that the design be both unique and reliable. Achieving all of these goals in one yacht – speed and long range, large size, fuel-efficiency, as well as aesthetics – was quite a challenge. In fact, some enthusiasts wondered if Oeino could actually pull it off.
But the yacht was carefully tested at the Krylov Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia and at SSPA in Sweden. Even at 240 feet, the Silver’s beam is only 33 feet for an unusually high length-to-beam ratio. The vessel is also very lightweight at 540 tons with an aluminum hull and superstructure. It avoids gas-turbine propulsion systems but boasts a surprising transatlantic capability of 22 knots.
Even the building of the Silver was unique. When a deal fell through with Western Australia’s Austal, a designer and manufacturer of aluminum yachts and ferries near Perth, the owner created Hanseatic Marine. He employed some former employees of Austal, as well as one of the company’s subsidiaries, Oceanfast. While the Silver was being built, there was an enormous amount of secrecy about it, which caused a great deal of speculation and expectation. When the yacht was finally launched, it did not disappoint, and it was clear that it had earned its title of superyacht.
While the interior was designed by Silverstrin of Munich, Germany, the style is modern Italian that is a bit minimalist. Nevertheless, it maintains a warm and welcoming ambience. Designed with entertaining in mind, the Silver was built to SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) passenger ship classification and classified by Lloyds. With one master suite, five doubles, and two twins, the Silver can accommodate a staggering number of people – up to 18 guests and 16 crew members.
Cutting-edge lightweight materials, custom-made white carpets, widescreen satellite televisions, wifi Internet access, marble floors, innovative lighting, white leather couches, and an extensive use of glass are themes throughout the vessel.
A triple-deck yacht, the owner’s suite is on the top deck and features panoramic windows that face front, an ensuite bath, and a raised king-sized bed. There are also two walk-in wardrobes and raised square sinks with American walnut veneer cabinetry. A long table in the salon serves all 18 guests. Also on the top deck is an aft foredeck and lounge with four white tables and white leather built-in couches. The aft outer deck can be used as a disco.
On the top deck with another built-in L-shaped white leather couch, a small walnut veneer table, and a Jacuzzi. There are numerous other lounge areas, including four breakfast tables and a forward area that can seat more than 20. There are two areas that can turn into a cinema – the salon on the main deck and the upper sun deck.
The walnut veneer continues on the lit staircases between decks. On the main deck are two VIP suites and an office with its own bathroom that can also serve as an additional suite. The lower deck contains four staterooms. Two of these have Pullman berths, and each set of two suites can be combined for a larger guest accommodation, one on the port side and one on the starboard side.
A helicopter can land and lift off from the yacht in an emergency, and swimming from the boat is quite easy due to the large aft swimming platform. Two jet skis and rescue craft can also be boarded from the swimming platform, and two 23-foot tenders are stowed inside the bow.
Other features of the Silver include zero speed stabilizers and flared bows that make for unusually dry decks. The yacht contains a large garage which includes diving, fishing, and watersport equipment, as well as a bar, sauna, and gym.
The M/Y Silver is currently available in the Mediterranean for charter through Burgess, Edmiston & Co and YCO Yacht. However, the owner has worldwide plans for the vessel, including the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean, insisting that it has been built to be functional, not just as a beautiful and luxurious showpiece.
After the success of the Silver and now that the owner has his own yard, Hanseatic Marine is planning additional innovative yachts.
Henderson, Western Australia, Australia
Espen Oeino International