The Royal Van Lent yard of the Dutch Feadship consortium of superyacht builders has launched Sirius, the fourth yacht in its F45 Vantage semi custom series. The F45 concept brings together a proven design, construction, engineering systems and materials to great effect and offers buyers the opportunity to buy a yacht where investment risk has been removed. They are built by the yard and generally speaking are purchased by an owner before completion. Given the state of the superyacht market this has not happened on this occasion and the yacht enters service still owned by the yard.
Sirius will be put to work by her builders and join their Charter Division and will make her show debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.
The F45 concept lends itself especially well to chartering as there are five suites on the main deck, allowing up to ten people to reside in this prime real estate location. As well as having panoramic views through the giant windows, this position adds extra comfort should charter parties wish to make night time sailings.
Those who charter yachts of this type tend to spend the vast majority of their time enjoying the outdoor life, and Sirius caters for every al fresco eventuality. In addition to a wealth of dining and sunbathing options, the beach platform serves as the ideal base for using the highly impressive variety of watersport facilities.
Her sisterships Space and Harle were both launched in 2007 and the third, TV, was launched in 2008. Like her predecessors, Feadship has set hull, superstructure, bulkheads and exterior style in advance, with the equipment portfolio also being pre-selected.
Twin MTU 12 Valve 2000M70 engines each delivering 788 kW drive two Wärtsilä fixed pitch 5-bladed propellers to give this yacht a top speed of 14.5 knots but she is more likely to cruise at 12 when her range will be transatlantic.
Sirius has a designer interior, featuring classic art deco styling and a fresh feel. Contrasting woods and horizontal divisions clearly define the spaces, emphasizing the rich and comfortable environment.
Sirius offers the maximum space possible in a yacht of her size thanks to a central air conditioning system that removes the need for separate fan coil units in each room. Her general layout philosophy reflects the way modern owners cruise onboard superyachts, with the emphasis placed on a ‘beach house on the water’ lifestyle.