Madsummer by Lürssen Yachts, Espen Oeino Naval Architects and Alberto Pinto.

TV
by Lürssen Yachts, Espen Oeino Naval Architects and Alberto Pinto.

A high tech yet visually appealing superyacht with harmonious forms and an eye-catching colour scheme. The hull is painted a baby blue colour typically used for smaller sized sports hulls, setting TV apart from other yachts as a marvellous “toy”. A very personal yacht, she conveys serenity and privacy, along with a youthful, sociable spirit. There’s no doubt that historic German shipyard Lürssen – known for building colossal warships – is used to dealing with gigantic dimensions for military vessels and private yachts alike. Indeed, judging by the jaw-dropping size of the yard’s recent and current builds, gigantic is the only way to describe them. Take, for example, project J24 (project name Key Largo), the 84-metre superyacht scheduled to launch next year.
This year, Lürssen Yachts has delivered three superyachts: in spring, a 110-metre yacht, project name Darius; then in summer, the 60-metre Arkley (project name, Katie Sue I), sistership to Linda Lou, which the yard launched in 2006; and finally in autumn, a 75-metre yacht project named Scout.

TV has an entire deck set aside for her Owner, with a private terrace that has its own solarium area and pool. For guests, the deck has two pools on the topdeck, one with a spa and one with a jet-stream for swimming against the current.

Last year, Lürssen delivered Martha Ann (70 m), completing the trilogy of three sisterships, each measuring 230 feet, and each commissioned by the same Owner. The trilogy began in 2006 with the launch of Apoise, project name Marlin; she was followed by the Saint Nicolas (project name Nemo) in 2007, presented in a lengthy article last year in issue number 8 of Yacht Première; and the trilogy was concluded in 2008 when Martha Anna (project name Shark) took to the water. The latter was presented earlier this year in issue number 10 of Yacht Première. In the past year, Lürssen Yachts has delivered some four other superyachts in addition to Martha Ann. Namely, the 155-metre Al Said, also known by project name Sun Flower; the 110-metre Dilbar, project name Opal; Vive la Vie (60 m, project name Bounty Hunter), and lastly, TV, a 78-metre yacht previously known by her project name Bermuda, featured in this issue of Yacht Première.

With her contract drawn up back in 2005 and delivery made in late 2008, TV immediately left for her first cruise in the Caribbean, and has spent the summer season in the Med, where her routes coincided with Kismet (68 m/223 ft); Kismet previously went by her project name Falcon and was delivered by the same yard at the beginning of 2007. Kismet was featured two years ago in issue number 5 of Yacht Première. Both yachts have spent the summer on private charter cruises managed by Moran Yacht&Ship, a yacht brokerage company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Moran Yacht&Ship also specialises in construction consulting and yacht management and in fact Robert Moran himself supervised the TV project, which was also developed together with Captain Chris Beirne, representing the Owner. Both these professionals brought their immense experience and expertise to the project, working closely with Lürssen Yachts.

On the Owner’s deck, the lounge has a veranda overlooking the aft deck, shaded by the helipad platform above. With teak wood flooring, it has sliding glass doors to allow diners the choice between an indoor or outdoor dining experience.

The main dimensional and technical dataAssigned hull no. 13650, TV was completed at Lürssen Yachts’ facilities in Rendsburg on the Kiel Canal. She was built using steel for the hull and aluminium for the superstructure. The new naval unit respects the Lloyd’s Register of Shipping classification, Maltese Cross 100A1 SSC Yacht mono G6, LMC UMS and MCA standards.
TV’s length overall is nearly 78.5 metres, or 257 ft, with a length at waterline of nearly 67 metres, or 219 ft. Her maximum beam is 13.5 metres (just over 44 feet); her hull’s draught when fully loaded is just under 4 metres, nearly 12 and a half feet, while she displaces 1978 tons. TV’s engine room is installed with twin V 16 Caterpillar engines, from the CAT 3516C DiTA SCAC series. Each of these has 78 litres of displacement (around 4765 cc), with a maximum output of 2682 bhp (2000 bkW), supplied at 1600 rpm. 

The two engines are combined with Reintjes reduction gearboxes and connected via transmission shafts to twin fixed-pitch propulsion propellers by Piening. This powerplant allows TV to maintain an economy cruising speed of 12 knots and reach a top speed of 17 knots. At 12 knots, her range is nearly 6 thousand nautical miles, using fuel tanks with a capacity of 126 thousand litres, equivalent to nearly 33,400 US gallons.
TV’s freshwater tanks can hold 40 thousand litres (around 10,600 US gallons) and are supplied by a Hem system with two watermakers, each producing 25 thousand litres of water daily (around 6,600 US gallons). The yacht’s wastewater system also includes a tank for collecting treated water, which can hold 5 thousand litres (more than 1,300 US gallons); this keeps the treated water on board to avoid releasing it into protected natural environments.

TV has plenty of space for entertaining and relaxation, and can accommodate a remarkable number of guests. The wheelhouse is made from plane and sucupira woods, with sycamore inlays and blue leather upholstery.

TV’s hull has Rolls Royce steering gear with two high-lift rudders, a 240-kW bowthruster and a 200-kW sternthruster, both by Brunvoll, as well as a Quantum zero-speed stabilizer system set up with two pairs of fins, which works both during cruising and when moored. TV has four generator units on board, all based upon six-cylinder inline diesel generators by Caterpillar.
The three main generators are from the CAT C18 series: one CAT C18 producing 450 ekW / 563 kVA at 1500 rpm and another two CAT C18s producing 275 ekW / 344 kVA at 1500 rpm. Then there is the Cat C9 series emergency generator, which produces 142 ekW / 178 kVA when running at 1500 rpm. TV’s equipment includes three tenders and four waverunners. A covered cradle on the fore deck provides storage for the 22-ft (6.5m) Zodiac rescue and service tender, while the garage on the lower aft deck contains the two main tenders: one open sport measuring 25 ft (7.5 m), and a 30-ft (9 metres) covered limo. The garage also contains four SeaDoo waverunners (RXT 215 model). The yacht concept and the special featuresLike all of Lürssen Yachts’ vessels, TV is an ocean-going yacht with excellent performance and seaworthy qualities. She’s suitable for sailing all over the world and even circumnavigating the globe. Her low-consumption engines and large fuel tanks mean she can achieve such considerable ranges. Above all, though, TV is a high-tech superyacht with a wealth of interesting features. First of all, she offers excellent handling both in port, in narrow spots, and on the open water where, for example, she can change direction with a turning diameter of less than two lengths of the ship. She also performs well when it comes to stopping space, managing to slow from twelve to zero knots in around a minute, or within 250 metres.

A select variety of fine hardwoods has been used to intriguing effect in TV’s interiors. They are combined together with other materials such as textiles, marble and metal, creating harmonious toning accords as well as bright colour contrasts.

TV’s technology is state-of-the-art: her bridge has an integrated bridge and security system with sensors and cameras; furthermore, as in the control room of the engine room, for example, she has a full range of instruments that use sensors and special software to constantly analyze the functioning of the engines and other equipment. All of the systems and units on board TV were custom-made to satisfy the requests of the client; these include the lighting systems and automation apparatus, the alarm and monitoring systems and those for power production and management. For example, each of the three main generators (contained in soundproof cabinets) is able to single-handedly supply the required amount of energy to keep the yacht running. TV’s accessories also include a tender bay tank for collecting contaminated water from tender maintenance work; and a separate high-pressure washing system for the decks, containing a special 15-thousand-litre tank. Advanced shock absorption systems to reduce noise and vibration guarantee TV’s passengers a calm cruise on board a yacht that is incredibly silent while under power; while a zero speed stabilizer system ensures that passengers are comfortable when at anchor, considerably reducing the impact of wave motion. TV’s Owner and guests are able to travel to and from the yacht quickly thanks to the helipad on the aft bridge deck, known as the helideck.

In addition to the helipad, the helideck has a full set of equipment including a refuelling station and special storage spaces set up to safely pack away the dismantled propeller blades of the helicopter when not in use and during cruising. The exterior design and the interior designBuilt by Lürssen Yachts, with exterior design by Espen Øeino, TV is visually appealing thanks to her harmonious form and her eye-catching baby blue hull.

The Owner’s lounge has zebrawood wall panelling, light blue upholstered sofas and some orange-tinted pieces of furniture. The main lounge has polka dotted maple wood panelling with exotic wood inserts, white upholstered sofas and blue-tinted furniture.

As we said earlier, this colour is traditionally used for much smaller sports vessels, but in this case it sets TVapart from her peers. Even on board, TV’s layout expresses her calling as an absolutely private, intimate yacht.
Although her size would have allowed it, TV does not have the grandiose foyers or imposing staircases typically found on yachts that are designed for ostentation and display.
In fact, the most impressively large area on board TV is probably her engine room. Instead, TV was created for an Owner who values his privacy and peace and quiet.
Although a very private yacht, she still has an element of fun sociability, and these qualities are evident in the various different areas on board. Her reserved character is underlined by the fact that the Owner has an entire deck to himself, with his own terrace complete with swimming pool and solarium. But her sociable side comes through on the other decks, designed to accommodate a considerable number of guests in various areas for entertainment and relaxation. The areas set aside for recreation and sport are particularly important on board this yacht. Guests have a spa area at their disposal, overlooking a fold-down sea terrace.

The bright, panoramic Owner’s suite is appointed in sucupira and plane wood. The two His and Her bathrooms have sycamore flooring; while Her bathroom has plane wood wall panelling, and His bathroom has sycamore and sucupira wall panelling.

The spa includes a gym, sauna, massage room and hammam; it also has a changing room leading directly onto the bathing platform for swimming and diving. TV has two pools, both surrounded by sunbeds and sunpads: one has a hot tub and the other a jetstream for swimming against the current. A special system stores the pool water in a conditioning tank so that the pools are always ready for use even at short notice. Before it is let into the pool, the water is run through a sanitizing system; this uses active carbon filters to purify the water, silver ions to disinfect it and UV rays to sterilize it.TV’s interior design is by Alberto Pinto, and she is worlds apart from other, overly formal yachts, with bright, pure colours featuring throughout her interior. The Owner specifically requested that TV have a visibly young, sporty look. All of her interior areas are light and airy, elegant and perfectly finished, making them particularly restful to look at.
As they move through the various spaces, guests will be amazed by the changes in the interior design and in the freely arranged objects: there’s no risk of becoming bored by monotonous repetition of the same details over and over again. Elements of surprise lie in store throughout, especially positioned to draw to the gaze towards new, interesting details. A carefully selected variety of hardwoods has been used, combined to intriguing effect with one another and with other materials such as textiles, marble and metal; the result is a harmonious look that still manages to include contrasts of bright colours. In the main saloon, both the living and dining areas have wood-panelled walls in polka dotted maple, with exotic wood inserts; the sofas are upholstered in white fabric, while some of the furniture is blue. In the Owner’s saloon, the living room has Zingania wood panelling on the walls, while the sofas are light blue and some of the furniture is tinted orange.

 

The guest suites, featuring plane wood, are basically in the same style, but nevertheless they are not identical, as they have been customised with different colours and objects. Each has its own personality and specific basic colour theme which is echoed in the décor.

The dining area, both indoor and outdoor, has teak wood flooring. Sucupira and plane wood have been used for the Owner’s suite, while the his and hers bathrooms have sycamore wood flooring. “Her” bathroom has plane wood wall panelling, while “His” bathroom has sycamore and sucupira panelling. Meanwhile, the lobby, the passageway, and the stairwell have wall-panelling in maple and plane wood, while the details and handrail are in stainless steel and leather. Plane wood is also used in the guest suites which, though they are all basically in the same style, are not identical, as they have been customised with different colours and décor objects.
Each cabin, along with its en-suite bathroom, has its own colour: blue, pink, red, white, yellow. The basic colour is also echoed in the ceiling cornices and in the furnishing details, particularly in the fabrics used for the headboards and bed covers, pillows and cushions. Last but not least, the wheelhouse is panelled in plane and sycamore wood with sycamore inserts; the instrument console, pilot’s chair and guest sofas are all upholstered in blue leather.

Guests can also enjoy the use of a spa area overlooking the folddown sea terrace. It comprises a fitness gymnasium, massage room, sauna and hammam. Indeed, sports and recreation areas play a major role on board TV, being an important factor for charter cruises too.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Construction material: 
steel / aluminium
Length: 257 ft / 78,40 m
Length in waterline: 219 ft / 66,70 m
Beam: 44 ft / 13,50 m
Draught: 13 ft / 3,80 m
Displacement: 1.978 tons
Speed: 17 knots
Range: at 12 knots 6.000 Nautical miles
Main engines and generator sets:
ME: Two Caterpillar 3516 DI TA SCAC – 2.000 KW at 1.600 rpm
AuxE: One Caterpillar C18 – 570 kVA at 1.500 rpm
Two Caterpillar C18 – 350 kVA at 1.500 rpm
Emergency Genset: One Caterpillar C9 – 180 kVA at 1.500 rpm
Propulsion / Steering: Two gear boxes Reintjes, Two Piening fixed propellers / Rolls Royce steering gears with two high lift rudders
Bow thruster: Brunvoll 240 kW
Fuel capacity: 126 t
Fresh water capacity: 40 t
Fresh water makers: HEM, 2 x 25t /day
Stabilizers: 4 Quantum zero speed
Air conditioning: Heinen + Hopmann
Class: LRoS - + 100A1 SSC Yacht mono, G6+LMC UMS
Berths: 2 owner, 10 guests, 32 crew
Additional (tender, etc.): two 10 m, one 6,75 m
Designer interior: Alberto Pinto, Paris
Designer exterior: Espen Øino Naval Architects, Monaco
Builder/Year: Lürssen Yachts, Nov. 2008

Flaviano Perelli
Photo by Klaus Jordan

Published: 4th Sep 2007