The 98m project is the largest yacht built by German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen. She will soon undergo sea trials in preparation for her delivery in spring 2017.

A&B Aviva

A special hydraulic platform trailer with 60 wheels combined with a winch moved the 98m yacht slowly but steadily onto the pontoon.

Abeking & Rasmussen (A&B) has announced the launch of Aviva. The 98m vessel is the biggest yacht built by the German shipyard. As part of the operation, the yard has prepared a sophisticated system for the launching of the new yacht.

A large pontoon from Norway had been shipped in and moored in front of the new building shed. A special hydraulic platform trailer with 60 wheels combined with a winch moved the 98m yacht slowly but steadily onto the pontoon. This had been prepared and planned over the last weeks.

According to the superyacht builder perfection has been the essence not only in the launch of this vessel but for the entire project.

The project

A&B says the design of the new Aviva builds on the success of the existing yacht of the same name. Reymond Langton Design was chosen to develop this project and the team worked together with designer Toby Silverton on the exterior.

They developed a yacht that features a sleek and elegant profile and modern yet mystical interior, which conceals an ocean going first – a full sized paddle tennis court, reassuring 20m x 10m x6m high.

“The powerful looking yet curvaceous hull is the result of extensive new research and testing which ensures superior seakeeping abilities combined with a 20% decrease in drag,” the shipyard explains.

A&B Aviva

The launching operation was completed on the second week of January.

A&B also notes in its statement that less engine output is required, fuel consumption is dramatically reduced and the maximum speed is a full 20 knots.

“A very special feature is the hybrid drive system,” the statement continues. “It allows the yacht to run at up to 11 knots without the use of the main engines, using electric motors only. This is smooth, silent and environmentally beneficial.”


A&R also reports that Till von Krause, the company’s sales director, is happy with the timing achieved for this project. The shipyard managed to launch this yacht within 33 months from signing of the contract. Very little time given the size of this project.

In addition, and thanks to further detailed planning, A&R claims to be able to deliver future yachts in less time.

Aviva will soon undergo sea trials and the outfitting of the yacht will be finalized. The 98m yacht will be delivered to her owner in spring 2017.

In addition to building leisure yachts, naval and special vessels, Abeking & Rasmussen provides refit and other services for yachts. The shipyard is headquartered in Lemwerder, Germany.