Abeking & Rasmussen Launches Largest Yacht Yet

The German shipyard celebrated a record-breaking build with the launch of the 321-foot Aviva.

Abeking & Rasmussen, Aviva
Aviva is a 2017 launch by Abeking & Rasmussen.Courtesy Abeking & Rasmussen

New year, new record-breaking yachts.

Abeking & Rasmussen started off 2017 big with the launch of Aviva, the largest yacht ever built by the German shipyard. At 321 feet LOA, Aviva ranks in the top 50 largest yachts in the world — just one foot less than Lurssen's Carinthia VII.

Abeking & Rasmussen, Aviva
A bow shot of Aviva.Courtesy Abeking & Rasmussen

The yacht was so large that the shipyard created a special launching system. A large pontoon was shipped from Norway and a hydraulic platform trailer with 60 wheels was used to move the 321-footer into the water.

The mega-yacht was designed by Reymond Langton Design and Toby Silverton. Abeking & Rasmussen describes the design as sleek, elegant and modern.

She has a reported 20-knot top speed and can reportedly run at an 11-knot cruise using only her electric motors, courtesy of a hybrid-drive propulsion system.

Quick turnaround: Aviva was launched just 33 months after signing the contract for build.

Onboard amenities: Tennis enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that Aviva has a full-size tennis court on board.

Abeking & Rasmussen, Aviva
Aviva is 321 feet LOA.Courtesy Abeking & Rasmussen
Abeking & Rasmussen, Aviva
Aviva is 321 feet LOA.Courtesy Abeking & Rasmussen
Abeking & Rasmussen, Aviva
The Abeking & Rasmussen-built superyacht ranks in the top 50 largest yachts in the world.Courtesy Abeking & Rasmussen
Abeking & Rasmussen, Aviva
Aviva was designed by Reymond Langton Design and Toby Silverton.Courtesy Abeking & Rasmussen