Feadship launched hull No. 684 on Oct. 28, the 78.2m all-aluminium custom M/Y Venus, at its yard in Aalsmeer, Holland. Though the company would release no other information, various media have reported that the yacht was commissioned and built by the late Steve Jobs, founder of Apple.
The yacht was reportedly designed by Jobs and yacht designer Philippe Starck. According to CNN, Jobs’ widow Laurene and three of their children, Reed, Erin and Eve, were at the launch.
The yacht was described in Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson and is between 230 and 260 feet long and has seven 27-inch iMacs on board.
In other company news, Karlene Pack has joined the Ft. Lauderdale office of Feadship as director to work with Feadship America Director Tim Hamilton to grow the company. As a director, she will focus on charter management, sales and business development for the Americas.
Pack was co-owner and publisher of Yachts International Magazine.
Moran Yacht & Ship has delivered the new 288-foot (88m) Lurssen M/Y Quattroelle (project Bellissimo). The exterior and interior of the six-deck vessel was designed by Nuvolari Lenard. The six-deck vessel will join Moran’s charter fleet and be available for charter in the Caribbean this winter.
New to its central agency listings for sale include the 220-foot (37m) Shadow Marine M/Y Allure Shadow for $19.95 million; and the 150-foot (45.7m) Palmer Johnson M/Y Vantage for $26 million.
Turkish builder Vicem Yachts has launched the 105-foot (32m) Vulcan M/Y Bronko I. Delivery was expected at the end of November. A 118-foot (35m) vessel is under construction and expected to launch in March.
M/Y Kanga, the first WallyAce 26m, will debut at the Antigua Yacht show this month. The 86-foot yacht line is semi-custom and built using sandwich GRP construction technology and boasts larger volume at 282 square meters, more stability, and reduced fuel consumption, noise and vibrations.
It has a tender garage amidships with access to the crew and service area; aft owner’s and VIP suites opening onto the terrace; engines for long-range cruising; gyroscopic stabilizer without external fins; wider and therefore more stable hull; longer waterline to increase performance; and higher freeboards to improve seaworthiness. The tri-deck yacht sails at 10.5 knots and can accommodate 10 guests and four crew.
The yacht will be available for charter in the Caribbean this winter and the Mediterranean next summer.
Maine-based Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding launched its newest yacht, the 63-foot custom S/Y Kiwi Spirit, on Nov. 1. Designed by Farr Yacht Design, she was specifically built for the 76-year-old owner’s goal of sailing solo around the globe, non-stop, unassisted and completely green.
The owner embraces endurance sports, and has swum the English Channel twice, completed the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Hawaii, raced a motorbike across the U.S. in less than 50 hours. He also has sailed 60,000 miles.
The hull is built of epoxy-infused carbon, E-glass and Kevlar with a thermo-core. There is a hydraulic lifting keel that draws 14 feet, 9 inches and 8 feet, 7 inches up. There are four water ballast compartments to help counter the powerful rig. All lines lead aft.
No gas, propane or butane will be aboard during the circumnavigation. Solar panels will line the deck and small hydro regenerators will be mounted under the vessel to bring power back to the boat.