Keeping to a strict build schedule, Abeking & Rasmussen has successfully handed over the new 68.2-metre charter yacht Soaring to her owner today during an official ceremony at the yard. In the presence of a small project team and the yacht’s crew, Soaring was christened and now flies the Cayman Islands flag.Photo: Abeking & Rasmussen
Despite having been in an advanced stage of construction when lockdown measures were implemented across Europe, the project was still affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, explains the yard. “Whilst flexibility is one of the yard's key corporate values, the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has called everyone at Abeking & Rasmussen to adapt and adjust their proven paths with much more versatility than ever before. Under these special circumstances, final acceptances, as well as various closing meetings of internal and external experts, had to be conducted via alternative means to the greatest possible extent.”Photo: Tom van Oossanen / Abeking & Rasmussen
The yard implemented a two-shift working system to reduce contact between workers and is also maintaining the facility to a high hygiene standard. Project manager Andy Tree of Superyacht Technical Services oversaw the delivery process.
According to Sales Director Till von Kause, It is thanks to the team spirit amongst the various departments that the project stayed on track. “We have been working with some of the partners of the project for many years, even decades, and there is great trust between everyone involved. We are familiar with each other’s workflow and this has made it possible to implement all these inevitable protective measures. And therefore, the scheduled delivery date of Soaring was never at risk to be delayed.”Photo: Tom van Oossanen / Abeking & RasmussenLaunched in January at Abeking & Rasmussen’s yard in Lemwerder, Soaring measures 1,500 GT and was built to a design by Focus Yacht Design. Inside, the yacht’s contemporary interiors feature accommodation for up to 12 guests in six staterooms, including the master suite on the aft upper deck and the additional five staterooms on the main deck. The owner’s deck is also home to a library and a private aft deck with lounging areas.Photo: Focus Yacht Design
An elegant wellness centre connects with the beach club at the stern of the yacht and leads out onto the generous swim platform. From here, guests will be able to access the water toys and tenders and be assisted by a crew of up to 17.