After nearly four years of construction, testing and outfitting, the 116-metre world explorer superyacht named Ulysses has departed German waters over the weekend and is currently steaming towards the Mediterranean for her maiden season as the latest addition to the global superyacht fleet. SuperYacht Times rendezvoused with the vessel out on the North Sea this weekend to bring you a first look of what can only be described as one of the coolest yachts you will see this year.Photo: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht Times
Ulysses originates from Norway where her owner placed an order for the build of the vessel, his second at the Kleven shipyard in Ulsteinvik (now named Andromeda), in November 2014. The platform on which Ulysses is based is designed by local ship design company, Marin Teknikk in partnership with Kyle Dick of Oscar Mike Naval Architects based in New Zealand to carry 66 people on board.Photo: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht Times
Following the technical completion of the vessel, U116 was brought to Bremerhaven in Germany in December 2016 where she would spend the next 18 months being finished to a superyacht standard and have her custom interior designed by RWD fitted by Dörries Maritime.Photo: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht Times
Now cruising with nearly her entire fleet of tenders on board, Ulysses boasts an impressive selection of high-speed craft and day-cruising tenders for next level exploration. Amongst her armada of tenders is as a one-of-a-kind, 21-metre Princess 68 yacht that is stowed inside the secure well deck.Photo: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht Times
A heli hangar on the top deck provides safe storage for Ulysses’ Bell 429 helicopter when covering long distances at sea.
The SuperYacht Times iQ 2018 Report
Did you know that in 2017....
- 180 new yachts over 30 metres were sold
- 149 new yachts over 30 metres were completed
- 443 yachts over 30 metres were under construction
- 30% of the yachts under construction were available for sale
- 20% of the yachts were owned by clients from the USA