by Abeking & Rasmussen with Terence Disdale Design

When RoMEA was spotted approaching the entrance to Port Hercules in Monte Carlo last year, just in time to take the starring role on the stage of the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show, a lot of people may have breathed a deep sigh of relief. With her presence at the show, the dream became real and it was finally possible to see the tangible finished product, which had been kept strictly under wraps until its debut. A policy of complete confidentiality on the part of the historic German shipyard had long protected the wishes of the anonymous Owner, who was absolutely determined not to spoil even the tiniest degree of anticipation. Absolutely no details leaked about the project, known throughout its build as Project DARTWO, in February 2015, Project DARTWO was launched from the same facilities under yard number 6498. On delivery in June later that year, the yacht took the name RoMEA. RoMEA is based on the same naval architecture and engineering devised and developed in-house by Abeking & Rasmussen’s technical team. Similarly, her exterior design and interior design were created by British firm Terence Disdale Design. However, another player with an international profile also contributed to the creation of the new yacht. RoMEA’s high society debut at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show saw Abeking & Rasmussen accompanied at the official presentation by Imperial, a company with expertise in all essential luxury yachting areas such as new construction, sale and brokerage, charter and charter management, yacht management and yacht financing. Imperial acted as the Owner’s representative for RoMEA and took the role of construction manager throughout the process of creating the new yacht, from design through to construction. Imperial is currently acting as sole agent for the charter of RoMEA. The complete commitment invested by all the companies and professionals involved in various ways in producing the new yacht has made RoMEA an undeniable icon on the luxury yachting world stage.

At the same time, Abeking & Rasmussen’s newest creation is an ideal reference point, a template for how to flawlessly meet the Owner’s wishes while simultaneously meeting the needs of the charter market. Reminiscent of a five star hotel, the interiors on board RoMEA are light, spacious, luxurious and exclusive, with a warm atmosphere infusing the fittings. The simple, contemporary style of the furnishings, accompanied by decoration in harmonious pairings, is based on a calm, balanced interplay of tones so as not to create excessive contrasts that might otherwise disrupt the relaxing overall effect. This welcoming setting is carefully arranged to offer complete comfort and high-level entertainment in the utmost privacy, thanks to the attentive, accommodating discretion of the crew of 23. The layout offers a plethora of highlights. These include the sunbathing area and the open-air lounge area on the sun deck, which can be reached via both the guest lift and the main staircase. Then there is the sunbathing area and the cinema room on the bridge deck, not to mention the relaxation and sunbathing area and the al fresco dining area on the aft upper deck, the sky lounge and the Owner’s suite on the upper deck, and the exterior salon on the aft main deck, alongside the interior grand salon and the formal dining room. The beach club lounge on the lower deck also stands out, together with the fitness wellness area on the tank deck. The yacht also has a complete selection of tenders, waverunners and water sports equipment.

Walter Douglass

Photos by Jeff Brown / Breed Media / Imperial

RoMEA technical specifications

Hull Steel
Superstructure Aluminium
LOA 81.80 m / 268’37’’ ft
LWL 73.94 m / 242’58’’ ft
Beam (max) 12.6 m / 41’34’’ ft
Draught (loaded) 3.45 m / 11’32’’ ft
Class and LY2 complianceLloyds & LY2 compliant
Displacement2312 tonnes
Gross Tonnage2312
Main engines 2 x Caterpillar 3516C, 1492 kW each
Gearbox REINTJES WAF 763
Propellers/alternative propulsionSCHAFFRAN fixed pitch propeller
Speed (maximum/cruise) 16.9 knots / 14 knots
Fuel capacity210,000 litres / 55,476.13 US gallons
Range at cruising speed 5,750 nm at 14 knots
Fuel burnt at the cruising speed stated above
(excluding generators)
500 litres / 132.08 US gallons per hour
Stabilisers 2 x Quantum XT zero speed
Windlass Steen 23-9-14
Bow/stern thruster(s)Bow: SCHOTTEL tunnel thruster STT 170 TLK
Stern: SCHOTTEL pump jet SPJ 57 RD
Passerelle & bathing ladder Yacht Tec Ltd
Cranes FUCHS / Gilbert & Schmalriede
Exterior paint Alexseal
Water capacity 90.82 m^3
Sewage system DVZ JZR
Electricity generation 3 x CAT C-18
Fire control system MINIMAX
Air conditioning manufacturer DREWS
Electronic charting systemRAYTHEON IBS (ECDIS APPROVED)
Autopilot RAYTHEON NP5400
Interior furniture manufacturer(s) Rodiek & TDD
Galley equipment Commercial - Hobart, Convotherm, MKN, Vita Prep,Kenwood
Number of owner/guest cabins GUESTS / 6 - 1 Owner private area with Owner stateroom +additional children cabin / 1 VIP Cabin / 4 Guest cabins divided as 2 Double and 2 Convertible
Number of crew cabinsCREW / 12 - 2 x single cabins with double bed,
8 x double cabins with single bunks,
2 x double cabins with one single bunk & one larger bed per cabin.
Noise and vibration levels achieved On shore power = 58dB
On generator = 78dB
Tenders1 x 9.6 Yacht Werft Meyer Limousine
1 x 8.58 Pascoe Beach Lander
Naval architectAbeking & Rasmussen
Exterior stylist Terence Disdale Design
Interior designer Terence Disdale Design
Builder’s project managerAndre Jonker (Abeking & Rasmussen)
Owner’s project manager Imperial Yachts
Delivered Summer 2015
Shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen
Managing CompanyImperial Yachts
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