As another year full of promise and opportunity lies ahead, here we take a look at the 10 largest superyacht launches of the upcoming year and what to expect from each of them. Although not the biggest year in terms of yacht launches, 2019 certainly is a diverse one with launches from Northern and Eastern Europe all the way down to Australia expected to make the *Top-10 list.Photo: SuperYacht Times
With her radical bow shape and futuristic superstructure, Abeking & Rasmussen’s 80-metre Project 6505 will be the German shipyard’s highlight of 2019. Built for an experienced yachtsman and repeat Abeking client, Project 6505 is expected to be highly advanced in terms of onboard systems and will stand out from the rest of the Abeking & Rasmussen fleet.
Currently in an advanced stage of construction, Nobiskrug’s 80-metre motor yacht named Artefact is set to be completed this summer and will become the highest volume 80-metre yacht when handed over to her owner. Not only will she stand out for her abstract Gregory C. Marshall exterior design, Artefact will also be fitted with class-leading environmental systems and will be the first hybrid superyacht to have a DC bus, batteries and a variable speed diesel electric ABB pod propulsion system. Reymond Langton Design is behind the interior of the vessel which will enjoy extraordinary views through some 750 square metres of glass windows placed all around the exterior.
8. Grand Seraglio - 85m Akyacht
A project with a colourful history, the 85-metre project now known as Grand Seraglio is perhaps better known under her previous name of U77. The project has already covered more miles than most active vessels will see in their entire lifetime, having been towed from Chile to New Zealand and later brought to Turkey where she is currently being completed at Akyacht in Turkey.
An early artist's impression of project U77
The highly anticipated 85-metre explorer motor yacht from SilverYachts in Australia known as Silver Loft is expected to be unveiled this year following a construction period lasting nearly four years. Built for fast cruising in remote regions, Silver Loft is the fifth project by the yard who once again worked with design Espen Oeino for a familiar low-volume, sleek look that SilverYachts has become known for through their popular Silver Series. Designed for long-distance cruising, the yacht comes with a top speed of 24 knots and a range of 5,000 nm.
6. Yasmin - 90m Oceanco
Oceanco’s only scheduled launch for 2019 is the 90-metre project Y716 also known as Yasmin. The project brings together design all-stars Espen Oeino (exterior) and Terence Disdale (interior) as well as experienced owner’s representative Dan Jackson, Director of Falcon Yacht Management. Following her launch, Yasmin will be handed over to her owner later this year.
One of the most exciting projects expected to come from Feadship’s build sheds this year is the 94-metre Project 817. Very little information is known about the yacht thus far and we will have to wait until she makes her first appearance from the towering build halls in Kaag later this year for a closer look.Photo: Arie Boer
4. Project GY91 - 95m Golden Yachts
Gearing up for the launch of its largest yacht to date, Golden Yachts in Greece will reveal the 95-metre project GY91 later this year where it is currently under construction in Perama.Photo: Vasilis Demertzis
Having first made an appearance in November 2017, Lürssen’s 95-metre project Fiji will be the German shipyard’s first sub-100 motor yacht since the launch of the 85-metre Areti in 2017. The project brings together Harrison Eidsgaard as exterior designers and Laura Sessa as the interior designer of the yacht. Moran Yacht & Ship represents the yacht’s American owner during the construction process. Some of the stand out features includes a large skylight that has been incorporated in the upper deck over which guests can safely walk and a fireplace for a special evening under the stars. A 12-metre swimming pool can be found on the main deck aft.
2. FB 272 - 104,8m Benetti
Rounding off the top two positions in the list are Benetti’s two remaining 100-metre-plus projects scheduled for launch in 2019. The first is the 104.8-metre project FB 272 which is also expected to be the largest of the three ‘gigayachts’ as named by the builder, measuring well over 4,000 GT.Photo: Benetti Spa
1. FB 275 - 107m Benetti
Benetti’s 107-metre project FB 275 is expected to be the largest yacht launched this year when this vessel, built for an experienced owner, takes to the water mid-2019.
*list subject to change