21 Dec 2013
SuperyachtNews.com's 12 Days of Christmas
By Ellie Brade
On the first day of Christmas... The Superyacht Group looks back on all the launches that have taken place throughout the year.
Of course we know our readers will be holding out for the in depth review of 2013 in The Annual Report - if you are not a subscriber, make sure you sign up here - but for those who just can’t wait until January here’s a taster.
2013 was a busy year for yards with 121 launches made throughout the year, ranging from 30m all the way up to 180m Azzam, the world's biggest yacht. May proved to be the busiest month of all, thanks to many yachts being scheduled to launch and complete in time for the summer cruising season. Here's a look at some of the launches that splashed throughout the year.
One of the very first launches of the year was 80m Chopi Chopi. Her launch was a fitting way for CRN to mark the start of 2013, the brand’s fiftieth anniversary year. Chopi Chopi is the 129th vessel CRN has built and is the largest, with 72m Azteca, the previous record holder launched in 2009.
February's launches included Feadship's 45m Blue Sky, the first superyacht ordered from mainland China from a western yard. She was launched in a multi-cultural ceremony that marked her Dutch and Chinese heritage.
Launches in March were plentiful and one launch was the first Amels 180, 55m Engelberg. She features an interior developed using the sea as a muse.
The biggest launch of the year took place in April, as the gargantuan 180m Azzam was launched by Lurssen. She steals the crown from 162.5m Eclipse as the largest yacht in the world.
In May Heesen Yachts launched their landmark 65m superyacht, Galactica Star. The vessel features an innovative Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.
Delta Marine launched 66m Invictus (Project Invader) in June and delivered her in July. Naval architecture is by the Delta Design Group, and interior design by Diane Johnson Design with Johnson, Wen, Mulder Architecture.
Codecasa launched 42.5m Hull F75, the second superyacht in its Codecasa 42 Vintage Series, at its yard in Viareggio on 27 June. Her design draws on the timeless lines of the past to create a beautiful profile.
In August Vitters launched 46m Ganesha, built for an experienced owner. Her naval architecture and exterior design is by Dubois Naval Archietcts with an interior by New Cruise Design.
The stand out launch of September was The Perini Navi Group's 73m M/Y Grace E, the flagship yacht in its Picchiotti line. Features on board include a dedicated Wellness Deck.
In October Blohm + Voss launched 82m Project Graceful, their first launch since March 2010 and the first since the builder was acquired by Star Capital.
In November Overmarine launched the first hull in their new Mangusta 110 range. Key features include a large flybridge that is home to a second helm station.
With the year drawing to a close, final launches included 42m Soy Amor from Benetti, the second Crystal 140 model to launch in 2013.
With 2014 just around the corner, we now have a new year of exciting launches ahead of us, and the SuperyachtNews.com looks forward to reporting on them.
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