It comes as no surprise that the man who made a deal with Frans Heesen that he would only take a yacht (Octopussy) if it could go over 50 knots would ensure that his next project will be another showcase for the latest technology and push the boundaries of design.
‘Skyfall’ will include a Voith Linear Jet propulsion system and the lauded MME microturbine system, which is yet to be tested on a yacht of this scale. “For a man who seeks ‘firsts’ the MME microturbine system was the perfect fit,” Jean-Claude Carme, vice president of sales and marketing at Sunrise tells us.
Another key player in the project is Peter Thompson of Worth Avenue, who has been working with Staluppi for many years and is also an associate of Carme. For Carme, the relationship between the owner, Thompson and himself was influential in the deal being signed.
Speaking of the design, Thompson says: “There are some yachts that become game changers, that alter the desires and aspirations of future designs simply becoming ‘the way of the future’; this is one of those yachts.”
“The client has previously built the fastest yacht in the world and he is technically very exacting, as he should be”, Carme explains. “So for him to choose us to build his biggest yacht to date is recognition of what we’re trying to achieve.”