To celebrate Chinese New Year, we take a look at some of the coolest Chinese-built superyachts on the water today: Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Happy New Year!)
No list of awesome Chinese-built superyachts would be complete without mentioning the 90.1-metre modern replica superyacht, Nero built by Corsair Yachts and delivered in 2007. Nero’s timeless lines were inspired by the 1890s superyacht Corsair, which was commissioned by the American financier, banker and art collector, JP Morgan. Nero features classic interiors from Neil Taylor designs which hark back to her 1800s heritage. That said, Nero also boasts modern features, including a swimming pool, two VIP cabins with saloons, two custom tenders and a 5.5-metre side boarding platform ideal for diving, swimming and boarding the yacht.
Next up, it's Qing. Previously called Mazu, the 46-metre superyachtQing was built by the Chinese shipyard Cheoy Lee and launched in 2010. Sporting a distinctive red hull, Qing was the second of MCC's Marco Polo Transocean Explorer series and underwent an extensive refit in Brisbane last year at Rivergate Marina and Shipyard. Her exterior design is from Ron Holland, and her interiors are by KCA International.
Recently spotted in St Lucia by the SuperYacht Times team, King Baby is a 41-metre superyacht built by IAG Yachts and delivered in 2015. This GRP superyacht was built for an American family and has a generous 497 GT internal volume in order to accommodate the whole family, making her the largest composite motor yacht delivered in China to date. Inside, King Baby features a rock and roll inspired interior by Evan K. Marshall, including an authentic Fender Stratocaster guitar gipped in chrome.
Serenity is a 40.4-metre superyacht which was launched by the yard IAG Yachts in April 2016. Sporting exterior and interior design again from Evan K. Marshall, Serenity can reach a respectable top speed of 18 knots and has a cruising speed of 15 knots. With a gross tonnage of 363, Serenity boasts an enormous interior volume, bringing with it a great deal of versatility for her owner's use.
Last, but certainly not least, is the eye-catching and futuristic multihull superyacht Adastra. Built in 2012 by McConaghy Boats, Shuttleworth Design in England is the team responsible for her space-like exterior, who designed the custom yacht to be built with a carbon fibre and Nomex honeycomb cockpit with a glass/Kevlar hull. Adastra has a cruising speed of 17 knots and can reach 22.5 knots as her top speed.
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