SerenityDuring a drinks party at the Fort Lauderdale International Show IAG Yachts took the opportunity to reveal details of its newest project. The yard, based in Zhuhai in Southern China, has confirmed that it is building a 40m (131ft) yacht, Serenity, for a new US client. The client originally entered into a dialogue with the shipyard four years ago upon viewing 39m (127ft) Primadonna at the Miami Boat Show. IAG Yachts Americas director Doug Hoogs told SB that the company fended off competition from ten other yards to win the contract. The client is a keen charterer and already owns a US build yacht which is on the market.

IAG explained that the project has thus far been extremely creative, with UK-based designer Evan K Marshall being asked to provide many unusual interior, exterior and technological details. Although more information on these advancements will not be available until January, the yard drew attention to the enclosed bay window style balcony previously unseen on yachts.

So far the project is running ahead of schedule and after a 20-month build will be due for launch in February 2015. The shipyard hopes to use the yacht’s mould 20 more times.