5 of Sean Moran's favourite superyacht projects

Written by Gemma Fottles

Since joining the family business in 2012,  Sean Moran has quickly proven himself to be a force to be reckoned with. Here, the Managing Director of one of the world's most successful brokerage firms, Moran Yacht & Ship, shares his best superyacht projects.Sean MoranPhoto: Moran Yacht

1. Madsummer

This 95-metre superyacht was built in 2019 by Lürssen Yachts and is currently for sale. Madsummer features an exterior design by Harrison Eidsgaard and an interior by Studio Laura Sessa. She cruises at 12 knots and reaches a top speed of 18 knots. She can sleep up to 18 guests taken care of by a crew of 28.

"After every yacht delivery, we engage with the crew, gaining insight into what works and what doesn’t. Having delivered a previous 78-metre for the owner, it was really fun to show him the implementation of that feedback and analysis – from heat recovery to peak-load levelling systems," says Moran.Madsummer yacht cruisingPhoto: Jeff Brown

2. Step One

The 55-metre superyacht, Step One was built by Amels in 2012. She features an exterior design by Tim Heywood and an interior by Studio Laura Sessa. She cruises at 13 knots and reaches a top speed of 15.5 knots. Step One has enough space to sleep up to 12 guests taken care of by a crew of 13.

"We’re a hands-on company, so we were intimately involved in setting the 55-metre semi-custom platform up for success by looking towards the future. In this project, we were always questioning what the future looked like and how other clients were going to want to approach the project."Step One yacht anchoredPhoto: Big Dog Media Productions

3. Aurora

The 74-metre Lürssen Yacht, Aurora was built in 2017, and she features both an interior and exterior design by the Winch Design team. Aurora has a beam length of 13.2 metres and a draught of 3.75 metres. The 2113 GT yacht has room for twelve guests. 

"Aurora was personally very memorable for me: the owner didn’t know this before we met about the Aurora project, but I had actually worked for him on a previous yacht as a crew member. I had a great understanding as to how he used his boats and the project team was very comfortable together which resulted in an amazing end product."Aurora cruisingPhoto: Klaus Jordan / Lürssen

4. Ace and Garcon 

These 87-metre and 67.15-metre Lürssen Yachts went underway in 2012. Ace features an exterior and interior design by Winch, cruises at 12 knots and reaches a top speed of 17 knots. 

"The Ace and Garcon projects were the first time we’d done a support ship in tandem with the mothership. The support yacht concept was still in its infancy in 2012, so we were ‘early adopters’ in a sense. It was an interesting challenge trying to harmonise all of these new considerations."Ace and Garcon yachts cruisingPhoto: Klaus Jordan


This 95.2-metre Lürssen Yacht built in 2014 comes with two helidecks and the ability to reach a top speed of 17 knots, comfortably cruising at 12 knots. Kismet has an exterior design by Espen Øino International and an interior by Reymond Langton Design Ltd.

"When I first got into the business, I was on the tail end of Kismet and that was an exciting project to work on. She was challenging – owners expect a lot from you – but it taught me a lot about adaptability."Kismet yacht cruisingPhoto: Klaus JordanHowever, perhaps the best superyacht project is yet to come. "We have some really exciting projects coming up on the horizon: Enzo, Witchcraft, Jag, Asia, Fastrack, and most recently there was a lot of attention paid to Nord. I can't say which, but we have boats that are going to run in silent mode," Moran shares.

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