It’s said there’s three responses to design, yes, no and wow. Often, I find many superyachts fit in the yes column, few in the no and even fewer in the wow. Though with Silver Loft the in-build 85m behemoth from Silver Yachts, it’s abundantly clear.
Currently in-build in Perth, Western Australia, the 1504gt yacht has been developed in collaboration with Silver Yachts’ forward-thinking owner Guido Krass and revered naval architect Espen Øino.
Harnessing and evolving the technical supremacy and intimidating profile defined by its predecessors, Silver Loft looks every bit like an Arleigh Burke destroyer.
A profile made all the more aggressive by small hull-above-water apertures, gun-metal-grey hull, low-profile bridge and 11m beam, it would seem Silver Loft is about to deploy a unit of Navy Seals off the stern, and thanks to folding handrails and hydraulic bulwarks for the helideck, 12-tonne aft crane for launch and retrieval of three tenders on the 350sqm main deck, and bow jet-ski locker, it seems plausible.
Silver Loft’s imposing profile is more than just skin deep.
Full details pertaining to the spec of the power plant remain a guarded secret, but what we do know is this; thanks to a hull-form of high volume, high performance, high efficiency and low weight Silver Loft has an alleged maximum speed of 24 knots and a remarkable range of 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots.
While somewhat aggressive, utilitarian, technical and angular, Silver Loft is of course an advocate of upper-echelon explorative luxury living.
The all-aluminium superyacht is expected to splash in Q3 2018, but as the first in-build photos indicate, Silver Yacht’s army of 150 skilled workers are already nearing completion of the hull and superstructure.
Soon, the focus will shift to the interior fit-out. Charged with creating a sophisticated interior that’s reflective of the practical and functional orientation of the superyacht, Silver Yachts have turned to Köln interior designer Andreas Hölnburger of Vain interiors.
Defined by the vast 300sqm upper deck ‘loft’ with 3.75m floor-to-ceiling glazing, light will be cast in an expansive open plan arrangement. Atop, the private upper deck features Jacuzzi and an acreage of lounging and dining space.
Silver Loft splits accommodation for up to 18 guests between eight cabins. Including three VIP cabins and four guest cabins, the owner’s suite features sizeable en suite, walk in wardrobe and private salon. Staffed by a small army of 10 crew in nine cabins with an additional four cabins for 11 crew, Silver Loft is more than capable of servicing the requirements of guests even in deeply unfavorable environments.
History tells us a Krass-Øino collaboration will be something to admire. So then, expect a superyacht like no other.