The Dutch shipyard Oceanco has recently launched its largest sailing yacht, Project Y712, named Solar. The 106 meter sailing yacht was set into the water near Rotterdam, and to date, it is the largest yacht to be constructed in the Netherlands. The luxury 2,700 GT superyacht, Solar was designed with a wide variety of green technologies in an effort to show Oceanco’s continued support and concerns for our waters. Oceanco has surpassed all expectations with Solar, and although not all the details are available about Solar, enough is known to know that she already has the yachting world mesmerized and in awe.
How was Solar built?
Both the interior designer and exterior stylist for Solar Nuvolari-Lenard, one of the most well-known and respected yacht design firms based in Italy, which explains Solar's noticeable Italian style. With Oceanco's use of their naval architecture team, Solar was designed with innovation in mind. Her bow was designed with a radical wave-slicing stem, also known as a Pacman bow, as well as she sports a steel hull, aluminum superstructure and a sleek and lustrous body style that was customized with precision to hide the yacht’s extraordinary 2,700 GT volume. Onboard, Solar boasts of beautiful all-Teak decks that set the tone for elegance and luxury throughout. Solar is currently recognized as the largest privately owned sailing vessel on the water, measuring an impressive 106 meters (347.77ft), yet it still falls under the 3,000 gross-tons regulations.
Although not much is known about the specific features and design of the interior of Solar, you can guarantee it is nothing short of awe inspiring and luxurious. What we do know are some of the basic yet unique details that were incorporated into this exclusive yacht. You will find a swimming platform onboard Solar, a Beach club, Jacuzzi on deck, a tender garage, underwater lights and air conditioning. Some of the other features of Solar include:
- Green technologies
Solar features a wide array of green technologies, making it an eco-friendly yacht with her ability to operate with the use of green energies. All of these technologies are ultimately emphasized by Solar’s remarkable ability to operate strictly on solar power. Solar is an impressive picture of our innovative technology today and our ability to construct such
This unique way of rigging dates back to the 1960’s. When the masts are fully deployed it gives an interpretation of a large, square rigger. When all of the sails are deployed on their masts there are no gaps, instead, this outlay of masts deploys congruently giving the impression of one large mast. It is truly an impressive, elegant sight. This is not only an impressive an elegant sight, but it is a more ergo and efficient way to sail that does not leave a footprint on our waters due to the lack of need for gas-powered engines. It is believed that Solar is able to cruise at a speed of 18.5 knots comfortably.
Along with Solar’s massive length at 106 meters, the beam that extends 45 feet (15 meters), is equally as impressive as her mass and her sleek and elegant body style.
Although not much is talked about with the interior of the luxury superyacht, Solar, we do know that the yacht was built to accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 luxurious staterooms. With a vessel this large, there will obviously be need of a large crew which will all have deluxe accommodations as well.
Once Solar was launched and her masts were stepped, she left the shipyard and is not able to return due to the size of her massive masts and the bridges that separate the waterway and the shipyard. All yachts are thoroughly tested for their sea worthiness and once she is deemed complete, she is delivered to her owner. Solar's launch was a complete success and in the spring of 2016 she was successfully delivered and became known as the largest, privately owned luxury megayacht made in Holland, to sail the waters.
Solar’s selling price?
It’s not surprising to anyone that a yacht like this would cost a fortune, but just how much of a fortune did Solar’s owner pay for this luxurious yacht that also ranks as the largest sailing vessel to-date? At the end of completion it was said that Solar’s price was an impressive 175 million euros. This revolutionary vessel, Solar, is currently believed to be for private use only and not a charter yacht.
Founded in 1990, Oceanco has become a leader in building world class, ultra-luxury yachts in the 80-140 metres range. Each yacht is meticulously built at Oceanco’s shipyard which is located in Alblasserdam, near Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The shipyard operates off of its own private harbor and is equipped with a climate-controlled shed that allows for the construction and re-fitting of yachts up to 140 metres.
Oceanco prides itself on quality rather than quantity which is why Oceanco only take-on a small number of yachts each year. They are constantly pushing the boundaries on innovative and unique designs for both the interior and exterior of every build. The realize every yacht owner has a vision of their perfect yacht, and in order to build perfection every time, their team of experts must give their full attention to every detail in order to deliver a unique and luxurious yacht worthy of the name Oceanco.
Oceanco uses cutting-edge technology to maximize the use of solar energy, heat recovery and batteries to help reduce the imprint their superyachts leave on the water. Oceanco uses their own team of designers, but they often join forces with other world-class yacht designers when needed to make sure every visionary of each yacht owner is met.
Life after launch is Oceanco’s policy that ensures everything about every superyacht they build, works correctly and forever. Oceanco doesn’t just lend support in the engineering of their yachts after launch, but with everything from the mechanical components to electrical, hybrid propulsion system and the entertainment systems as well.
Written by Garrett Parker
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