This superb five-deck superyacht is a divine accomplishment for German shipbuilding: colossally imposing and with a majestic, sculptural beauty, she is the perfect flagship for the height of contemporary luxury. She gracefully took to the water like a fascinating mythical creature: heroic, formidable and utterly sublime.
Exactly two years ago, those were the words that Yacht Première used to describe this Abeking & Rasmussen project which, at the time, was under construction. Two years on, with the yacht delivered some time ago, these words are still just as appropriate to describe Eminence. Upon her launch, she became the largest yacht ever to be built by the German yard, only to be equalled since by her sistership C2, which was launched at a later date. Eminence was the perfect landmark event for A&R, coinciding as she did with the centenary of the yard’s foundation. What better way to celebrate and crown this success than this vast, powerful vessel, which represents the full compendium of the yard’s state-of-the-art technology, and symbolises its legendary background.
That legend has endured for more than a century now in the shipbuilding world as Abeking & Rasmussen has created almost six and a half thousand vessels, all of which have been fully designed and built by the yard itself and carefully catalogued and documented with pride in its “Yard Number Register”. A&R has always enjoyed a reputation for exclusivity, and indeed its prestigious yachts offer a superior level of technical and aesthetic quality. The yard won’t compromise on these fine values, which it has developed partly thanks to its experience and expertise in designing and building military vessels and patrol boats which, naturally, have to be solid, functional and totally safe and reliable in any weather conditions. At present, Abeking & Rasmussen uses its vast facilities for building luxury yachts measuring between 150 and more than 270 feet (i.e. from 45 to 80 metres). A number of masterpieces have recently left its docks, bearing witness to the German yard’s historic excellence in technical progress and aesthetic development. Following the 45.5-metre My Little Violet, delivered in 2006 with hull no. 6466, there came Lady Sheridan, 58 m, delivered in 2007 with hull no. 6477, featured in a full-length article published two years ago in issue number 5 of Yacht Première; immediately afterwards came Aviva, a 68-metre yacht delivered in 2007 with hull no. 6475. The 78.5-metre Eminence took to the water in spring last year, with hull no. 6478, followed immediately by C2, also 78.5 m, which was delivered at the end of last year with hull number 6479. These last two are sisterships; yet unlike Eminence, C2 has a blue painted hull while her superstructure is all white, without the dark wraparound bands that join the windows on the upper decks of Eminence. Other external differences between the two are the sun deck and, most notably, the shape of their masts. With the launch of C2, Abeking & Rasmussen once again demonstrated its punctuality when it comes to building and delivering yachts, thanks to its accurate scheduling of each construction stage and a careful preparation of the technical design specifications. In fact, C2 was actually delivered to her Owner earlier than the date set out in the contract, and set off straight for the Caribbean having left the yard’s docks just before Christmas last year. In the same period, defying the current downturn in the shipbuilding market caused by the global recession, A&R has signed a new contract to build another 78.5-m yacht for delivery in 2012. This is another sistership for Eminence and C2, with the same hull and based on the same naval architecture and engineering, but with a totally different exterior design. At the same time, the yard is working on several other yachts, including a 60-metre craft scheduled for launch in 2009, with hull no. 6481; then another 60-m vessel will be launched in 2010 (with hull no. 6482), and lastly another 78.5-metre yacht will be launched in 2011 (with hull no. 6483). [...]