The metal is being cut on 68m Project Spectre at the Benetti shipyard next week, symbolising the beginning of this eagerly anticipated superyacht.
Speaking exclusively to SuperyachtNews.com at FLIBS 2015, Frank Mulder, principal of Mulder Design, the company responsible for the project's naval architecture, said this technologically advanced vessel will be on the water within two and a half years.
"She's a high-speed cruising yacht. In relation to a full displacement yacht, she feels the same and the materials are the same, but she'll have a top speed of 21.5 knots and a cruising speed of 20."
In this nascent era of practicality before performance, this represents an intriguing proposition. In addition to the impressive speed specs, Mulder predicted very low noise and vibration levels. "She has all the goodies of a steel displacement yacht with the exception of the speed limit."
The hull design has been a key component of achieving this, but despite the yacht's operational range being 16-20 knots, Mulder claims she will have a staggering 7,000nm range at 12 knots. His company has a portfolio of current work spanning a broad size spectrum. In addition the in-build 68m at Sunrise and a confidential 200' motoryacht project, Mulder Design is also working on the soon-to-be-delivered Aston Martin 37', a Van Dutch 75' and a 67' Riviera. "We're busy; we're working here and there and there's nothing in between."
SuperyachtNews.com originally reported on this story back in July, when we announced that legendary owner John Staluppi was the owner behind Project Spectre.