Video: The 88.5m superyacht Illusion Plus on sea trials

Written by Georgia Tindale

The Chinese shipyard Pride Mega Yachts has released footage of their largest superyacht project to date undertaking sea trials: the 88.5-metre Illusion Plus. Coming in at 3,603 GT and featuring naval architecture by Azure Naval Architects, exterior design by Rainsford Saunders Design and an interior by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, she is the largest yacht ever built in China. 

Departing first from the port of Yantai in China, Illusion Plus successfully completed her sea trials on Sunday. Launched in April this year, the superyacht project was started on speculation by the yard several years ago. Illusion Plus on sea trials Photo: Pride Mega YachtsNews surrounding the project was relatively quiet following the 2014 announcement of her sale with Fraser and Bluewater. This changed earlier this year when brokerage company Y.CO announced their appointment as the central agent for the sale of the yacht. Since the brokerage company was appointed by the shipyard, this suggests that the project is back in the ownership of the yard.Illusion Plus on sea trials Photo: Pride Mega YachtsHer large volume of 3,603 GT is spread over six decks and accommodates 12 guests across six staterooms. With power provided by a Rolls Royce diesel-electric propulsion package, Illusion Plus can reach a top speed of 16 knots and cruising speed of 12 knots.Illusion Plus on sea trials Photo: Pride Mega YachtsWith delivery scheduled for later this year, Illusion Plus is currently listed for sale with Y.CO for an asking price of $145,000,000. 

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