Frank Laupman and his agency Omega Architects have just unveiled details of their new megayacht the LV4500 (45 m). Due to the familiar lining of the vessel, this yacht can easily be recognised as a typical Laupman design. However, something about Frank Laupmans latest design is distinctively different from all of his previous, renowned yacht designs. The LV4500 design allows two variations for the General Arrangement. With this ‘flexible design’ the vessel can be built as a luxurious private cruiser. And with a few minor alterations in the arrangement, suddenly the yacht turns into a vessel that perfectly serves purpose as a charter yacht for a large group of passengers. LV4500 is a completely new series of yachts, with a new look and a new approach in the functionality of megayachts.
Short delivery terms
“It occurs that clients approach us for the well known designs that we have developed for Heesen Yachts. But recently we were given the opportunity to challenge ourselves with something completely new and different”, says Frank Laupman. The volume of the LV4500 is kept below 500 GT, which ensures reduction of the total cost. As a result of that, the delivery time can be attractive. For the construction of the LV4500 series, Omega Architects cooperate with a relatively young shipyard but with good experience. Their enthusiasm to deliver a perfect job in a short period of time inspires everybody on the team to perform swiftly and excellently. Currently, delivery terms of two years are quite common.
Beauty and brains
Other features of the LV4500 megayachts are: the relative stability of the vessel, due to a moulded beam of 8.90 m. Also, the yachts are highly energy efficient. Its medium sized engines allow the yachts to reach a maximum speed of circa 16 knots. Its cruising speed is circa 13 knots, and at this speed the energy use of this vessel is down to the level of a standard displacement yacht cruising with a speed of 10 knots. The yachts will have a tender garage for two tenders and one safety tender on the bow.
Frank Laupman has designed more than 60 megayachts. Most of his designs were developed for the celebrated Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts. Since 2007, Laupman started working internationally for several clients in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Viareggio and the United States. Omega architects consists of a team of 17 specialists, each of them an expert in their own field.