She may be unfinished steel and aluminum for now. But “she” is Abeking hull 6502, a megayacht that Abeking & Rasmussen can discuss in just scant details for now.
The superyacht structure made the switch from one shed to another at the shipyard last weekend. While in that shed, she’ll see most of the work to make her into a more recognizable private yacht. Abeking hull 6502 measures 244 feet (74.5 meters), with a beam of 42 feet (12.8 meters).
The styling, by Eidsgaard Design, shows off a slim, vertical bow. Abeking & Rasmussen calls the bow design an Atlantic bow. Sometimes also called a clipper bow, the Atlantic bow appeared on historic German battleships. A primary characteristic is higher than usual freeboard. Yet another: The deck level pushes farther forward at the point of the bow intersecting the waterline. The overall design improves seakeeping, plus keeps the forward deck area drier.
Eidsgaard Design is also working with the owner (rumored to be an American) for the interior. In traditional fashion, the master suite sits on the main deck. Abeking hull 6502 has six staterooms for friends and family below decks. Come next summer, when she’s delivered, the megayacht will invite guests to enjoy an aptly named observation lounge on the upper deck. Floor-to-ceiling glass here, plus on the main deck, will bring the outdoors inside. Speaking of the outdoors, the megayacht also boasts a 26-foot-long (8-meter-long) pool.
Though Abeking & Rasmussen isn’t disclosing anything else at this point, there’s an interesting story behind part of the project. Abeking uses a hull subcontractor in Poland, and her hull launch actually made history. When it went down the slipway in December 2015, it was the first such hull launch on that site since 2009. The former shipyard operators were forced to shut their doors due to the global recession. While the yard reopened within a few years, far smaller hulls emerged. Furthermore, those hulls launched via gantry crane, not the old-fashioned “down the ways” method.