By early May, the first superyacht catamaran design for Royal Falcon Fleet (RFF), the 41m (135ft) RFF135, is due to arrive in Sweden for fitting out. SBN understands that this work, including all interior fit-out and technical systems, will be carried out by Kockums at its Karlskrona shipyard.
Kockums is a member of the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Group, which has substantial superyacht expertise through its Blohm & Voss and HDW arms. Kockums, however, works almost entirely on naval vessels.
The design of the RFF135 brings together input from the Porsche Design Group, Incat Crowther and Kockums, and is described as being a “spacecraft on the water”. An RFF spokeswoman told SBN that the hull was built in Asia and that fitting out will be completed by the end of this year or the first quarter of 2011.
SBN understands that the hull was built at a Malaysian shipyard. “We have had a lot of enquiries about the first yacht but we will not arrange a buyer until the yacht is on the water,” says the spokeswoman.
For the future, SBN understands that further RFF135s will be built, but on RFF’s website there is an image of a 64m RFF211. RFF is believed to have plans to build one or more of these, but when is not yet decided.
A press spokesman for Porsche Design Group told SBN: “We have not fully designed a 211 but there is a licence arrangement.”