On 27 October, German shipyard Lürssen announced that it had launched the 95m superyacht, Project Fiji, at its facility in Rendsburg. The contract for the yacht was signed by Moran Yacht & Ship, which is representing the client and supervising the construction, at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The exterior was designed by London-based Harrison Eidsgaard. It is the first time the studio has collaborated with Lürssen on a project, although it has worked on a number of yacht exteriors in the past, such as Feadships, 77.7m Tango, 57.5m Halo, and more recently, 66.3m Vanish.
The interior fit-out will be completed by Laura Sessa, who is known for having designed a number of Amels Limited Editions projects, with Lürssen suggesting in its statement to the media that the project will feature a ‘contemporary modern’ design.
With a beam of 14m, Project Fiji measures 6.79m in length per one metre of beam, which suggests that she is less beamy than recent Lürssen deliveries, such as Areti (5.74m), Aurora (5.69m) and Al Lusail (6.13m).
A popular trend in contemporary yacht design is for a protracted aft main deck, often for incorporating a large swimming pool – Project Fiji will have an enormous 14m pool – and a larger beach club. This look first caught on through yachts such as 82m Alfa Nero and 96.3m Limitless and has become an increasingly pertinent trend over the years.
It appears that among other recent designs, Project Fiji will have a large beach club underneath a clear-bottomed swimming pool, with folding side balconies providing additional deck space. Boats such as 96.6m Faith, and even smaller models such as Sanlorenzo’s 52Steel, have been lauded for this arrangement of late.
Lürssen notes that other special features of the design include: a walkable skylight and an integrated fireplace on the upper deck aft; a certified helicopter landing area; and a hidden crane at the aft of the sun deck, in the bulwark, to handle an aeroboat.
Lürssen has delivered four boats in 2017 thus far – 123m Al Lusail, 106m Amadea, 85m Areti and 74m Aurora – and currently has three other projects that are launched, but not yet delivered: 130m Project 130, 120m Project Thunder and 111m TIS.