I was lucky enough to spend ten days on Hamilton Island in August of last year, for the Audi Hamilton Island race week. Apart from inspecting some of the latest technology in yacht racing, I was able to gaze at one of the biggest motor yachts in the world, Vava II. Every day I would have a drink on the balcony with the rest of the crew, watching as 96 metres (that’s roughly 315 feet) of incredible design and engineering blocked the most magnificent sunset.
Vava II was commissioned by Ernesto Bertarelli, an extremely wealthy human. He had the yacht made as a gift for his wife, and to replace the couple’s 47 metre, Vava. The family’s wealth was recently estimated by Bloomberg at $14.8 billion USD.
The boat was designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon under the name Project 55 in an attempt to keep it secret. Ordered in 2007, it wasn’t launched until December 2009.
Vava II was built by Devonport Yachts, now known as Pendennis Shipyard since acquisition. The interior of the superyacht was designed by Remi Tessier. Unfortunately photos of the yacht’s interior are hard to come by, but if Remi Tessier’s other projects are anything to go by, you can imagine how Vava II might look on the inside…
If you’d like to see it for yourself, Vava II is currently sitting in the port of Honolulu, Hawaii. If you’d like to get one for yourself, or your lovely missus, you’ll need at least GB £100 million.