By David Robinson
With plans to start construction on the 222m (728ft) Project Triple Deuce in the next six to 12 months, an unknown number of European shipyards are currently discussing what will be the world’s largest yacht by some 42m (138ft). The discussions are being handled on behalf of the unnamed owner by Ft Lauderdale brokerage house 4Yacht Inc.
Craig Timm from 4Yacht told SB: “I am unable to make any comment about the client for this project or where he comes from. This has been a three-year challenge to get to this stage and we will not be able to say any more probably for six or seven months when the yard is probably announced.”
Timm could not say how many yards 4Yacht Inc has been talking with, or whether they had been discussing with both yacht builders and commercial shipyards.
SB approached the three most likely German candidates with mixed results. Lurssen’s Sylke auf dem Graen told SB: “We actually haven’t heard about that project, which means no, we are not involved”.
Dirk Zademack, sales director of Nobiskrug, said: “We never comment on current and potential projects and that is the case here.”
At Blohm + Voss, Patrick Coote, sales and marketing director, was a little more forthcoming. “I am aware of this project but I am unable to say any more.”
Project Triple Deuce will be a seven-deck mammoth able to accommodate up to 36 guests and between 90 and 100 crew. Onboard facilities will include two swimming pools, one indoors and one outdoors, multiple Jacuzzis, a spa, full-time masseuse and hairdresser as well as a host of toys.
Triple Deuce will have a beam of 24.9m (82ft) and a 4.8m (16ft) draught. It will be powered by three gas turbines generating over 100,000hp, producing a full speed of 30kt. She will have no rudders, as electric pod propulsion will deal with all manoeuvres. Guest accommodation will comprise four VIP suites of 90sq m and 12 guest suites of over 60sq m.
The owner’s suite will extend across two decks equating to one full deck of the seven and be of 275sq m (2,960sq ft). It will include two staterooms with private access to a helipad and an exclusive elevator. A private gym, office and study, private dining area, butler’s stateroom and much more make up this palatial suite afloat.
Why 222m? Seemingly a case of eclipsing and not being eclipsed. Timm comments: “What our client was concerned about is that if we built the yacht to 200m, then someone would come along, like Roman Abramovich when he built Eclipse at 163.5m, to barely ‘eclipse’ Sheikh Maktoum’s yacht, the 162m Dubai, by only 1.5m. By building the yacht to 222m, he wants to make it difficult, if not impossible, to be ‘eclipsed’ himself.”