Emotion in motion
Whether it is a classic sailing yacht, a 100-metre motor yacht or a SWATH: for over 100 years, A&R has always headed towards the perfect ship. Many an owner, expert and yacht enthusiast believe that the shipyard has always achieved this aim, and will continue to do so. Driven by personal commitment and meticulous attention to detail, the partnership between customer and boatyard results in the creation of ships that correspond as much to the customer's needs as they do the demands of the sea. A blend of efficiency and emotion, which ensures that A&R yachts stand the test of time – and are often ahead of their own times, too.
TITAN OF THE SEA
Tall, slender, and with a natural elegance and vitality, Elandess is truly unique in design, inspired by a classical modern style and yet highly distinctive. Thanks to the ingenious exterior design by Don Starkey, this spacious 60-metre yacht looks deceptively light and streamlined from any angle. Whichever way you look at her, Elandess will always take your breath away: she is the perfect combination of nature and technology. Bannenberg & Rowell have designed a distinctively modern interior without straying into minimalism. Instead, they have created a departure from the conventional ideas of interior architecture. They have included elements from the 60s and 70s for good measure, and occasionally stirred them up with esoteric colours and furniture. With regard to the extras, Elandess leaves nothing to be desired: she also boasts two large, smart tenders and a selection of water toys. Elandess is simply brilliant in every respect.
In 2009, a new kind of yacht was introduced to the initially amazed maritime world. And their amazement soon turned into sheer, total delight, because the SWATH yacht radically turned everything anyone had ever seen and sailed before, completely on its head: the shape, the unusual appearance, and the vast window frontage that provides a clear view of the way ahead. Above all, the "less" in unwanted movement, combined with the "more" in opportunities is tremendously fascinating. Both relaxing and sporting activities have a greater significance on a SWATH yacht. Whether deep-sea diving, high-sea fishing, the use of large tenders, sports planes and even helicopters, or cruising in turbulent waters: a SWATH yacht offers the perfect conditions for these and many other activities. Never before has the yachting life been so varied.
EMINENCE – UNDER THE SIGN OF THE WHALE
Yard No.: 6478 BJ 2008
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AVIVA – SHARP AS A KNIFE
What's this? A 68 metre yacht with the space of an 80m yacht, and one that furthermore glides over the water far more comfortably and gently than a comparable 70 metre alternative? No, it's not a joke, but the lovely reality: the Aviva. Her secret: the bow, which rises up out of the water like the blade of a knife. And apart from creating a lot of attention, this also produces an extremely long waterline as well as an excellent sailing performance and a huge amount of extra space. Just as extraordinary on the inside as on the outside: lots of art, and a tremendous variety of materials and colours. And yet despite (or perhaps because of) the luxurious design, Aviva has proven to be tremendous success, as has been confirmed by a veritable flood of enquiries – and her nomination for the "World Superyacht Awards 2008" in Venice.
BRAVADO – CLASSICAL ELEGANCE
Bravado was completed a week earlier than agreed, which enabled her owner to travel to the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. This battle with time most certainly did not compromise the quality. 44.90 metres of pure elegance, clean contours and harmonious lines are presented in a balanced mix of subtlety and tasteful accentuation. Four decks and the spacious interior offer guests the maximum comfort on their stay in the rooms decorated with taste and a keen understanding of art. As has long been the case with A&R yachts, the yard laid emphasis on noise reduction and the perfect sea performance to the world's highest standards for complete pleasure on board.
ZENOBIA – MAJESTIC
Charisma, performance and pure elegance right down the line – it is by no means an exaggeration to name a yacht such as this one after a queen. A decision that is due, at first sight, to her invigorating, and occasionally even bold lines. Unconventional side decks, the astonishingly large sun deck, the open aft deck: Zenobia – once a legendary ruler in Ancient Egypt, and now a 57.40 metre mega yacht – truly is a majesty in every sense: proud and straightforward on the outside; versatile, creative and valuable on the inside. Alberto Pinto, for decades an icon and initiator in interior design, has taken up these characteristics with skill and expertise; at times opulent, at times minimalistic, sometimes severe, sometimes playful.
A delight in the spectacular that gives this floating dream in white true nobility, both inside and out.
ALITHIA – THE WORLD TRAVELLER
A ship that gives wings to your dreams – or perhaps that should be sails. On a two-year round-the-world trip, this 40-metre sloop was the floating centre of attention to the owner, his family and crew. Functional yet comfortable, spacious yet manageable, beautiful and very fast. Alithia was designed very carefully down to the last detail to provide this versatility. She combines the charm of a traditional sailboat, the speed of a performance yacht and the advantages of state-of-the-art technology in navigation, communication and safety. With her innovative hull in strong but light Alustar aluminium and her extremely long waterline, she sails over the water rather than through it with a top speed of up to 17 knots. With full control, well balanced and easy to manoeuvre at all times, she crossed the Atlantic in a record-breaking 10 days. True pleasure really is on the agenda here – „Alithia“ is the Greek word for „truth“.
HETAIROS – THE LAST OF HER KIND
"Every panel, every curve, structure, colour and surface process were carefully considered, examined, modified and then built," is now David Barker, artist and chronicler, describes the construction of Hetairos, at 38 metres the largest mahogany yacht in the world – and most probably the last. At the time of commissioning, in 1991, no other yard apart from A&R was able to offer this level of experience in craftsmanship, the skills and the tools to build a wooden yacht of this kind. And yet the construction was still a unique challenge. The hull alone, consisting of 70 mm thick mahogany glued layer upon layer, placed the highest demands. But despite this and many other hurdles concerning craftsmanship and technology, when Hetairos was completed
as agreed after 662 days, all those involved saw much, much more than just a sailing boat: they saw a perfect work of art.