Published: Friday, 15 February 2013
Mike Fulton

Hakvoort Shipyard and Moran Yacht & Ship have signed up to build a 63.3-metre superyacht, currently only codenamed Zeus, which will be the largest ever built by Hakvoort. Hakvoort also recently started construction on a 61M displacement yacht called Golden Age. Delivery of Zeus is not expected until early 2017.

Hakvoorts Largest Ever YachtDesign rendering of the sleek lines of the project Zeus boat from Hakvoort

The owner has a longstanding relationship with designer René van der Velden and requested a 'modern classic with a difference' design which was not to be a repeat of anything currently afloat. He admires a styling called streamlining, reminiscent of the 1930s and 1940s, which helps reduce air resistance. A good example of this design concept was the record-breaking Bluebird car. He wanted those sort of lines to be incorporated in the profile of the boat. Diana Yacht Design are the naval architects and the interior will be handled by Sinot Yacht Design.

For ease of launch, two nine-metre tenders will be housed on the maindeck. Also on the main deck are the owner's quarters, the galley and the captain's quarters. On the upper deck there is a spacious saloon forward and a sky lounge aft. The bridge deck houses the wheelhouse and a gymnasium. This yacht also boasts a sauna and plenty of storage space.

Power is offered by twin Caterpillar 3512C engines giving a cruising speed of 12.5 knots and a top speed of 15 knots.