Launched at the very beginning of this year, the 98.4-metre Abeking & Rasmussen built Aviva has left the yard’s facilities in Germany and is now en route to her new owner. Aviva’s design is the work of design studio Reymond Langton, who also designed her owner’s smaller, 68-metre, yacht by the same name that was launched back in 2007. The team worked with Toby Silverton on the exterior of the yacht.
Taking cues from automotive design, the striking blue hull and taut, chamfered elements of the superstructure in metallic silver create a strong contrast of light and shade and emphasise the proportions.
Speaking of her design in more detail, Andrew Langton of Reymond Langton Design says: “The biggest yacht from Abeking & Rasmussen, featuring a fresh and dynamic contemporary exterior design, unique, highly personalised layout for the interior and a cutting edge technical platform. Aviva is intended as a home away from home, and as a result the layout moves away from current trends to maximise the spaces that will be used the most, and create a welcome, inviting atmosphere, with a combination of spacious, open social lounges alongside more intimate and discreet areas for dining, working and relaxation. The interior design features a number of avant garde architectural elements and details, and uses a rich combination of fabric and leathers in light, warm tones.”
Her hull is the result of extensive new research and testing which ensures superior seakeeping abilities combined with a 20% decrease in drag. Less engine output is required, fuel consumption is dramatically reduced and the maximum speed is a full 20 knots. A particularly special feature is the hybrid drive system, allowing Aviva to run at up to 11 knots without the use of the main engines.
Till von Krause, Abeking & Rasmussen Sales Director, says: “We are very proud to present our latest superyacht, Aviva. This is the result of the highest workmanship and best communication between the owner and his team during the short period of less than three years.”
Photos byTom van Oossanen