Lemwerder-based shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen built the 98m successor of the AVIVA (68m) with a Padel Tennis court.

AVIVA is a Reymond Langton (exterior and interior) design (like the predecessor), created in cooperation with Toby Silverton. She is the fourth yacht for the British owner Mr. Joe Lewis with that name. The businessman talks about important technology to operate the business from his “floating office” in an interview with Bond Technology Management. Also, the new one was built to live aboard with the owner’s needs.

This launch is the biggest to date in the history of over 100 years of Abeking & Rasmussen. With the upgraded construction hall they can build yachts up to 125 meters.

Padel Tennis Court on a Superyacht

The yacht’s unique feature is a full-size padel tennis court (20m x 10m x 6) over two decks inside. This feature got an award at Boat International’s Design & Innovation Awards 2018 in Kitzbühel in the Best Lifestyle Feature Design category. Furthermore, AVIVA also awarded at the World Superyacht Awards in the Judges’ Special Award.

Reymond Langton comments:

“It is not only a lifestyle change for the owner but also to crew as this is also the largest gym of any yacht. The crew is encouraged to play with the owner and guests and when the court is not in use for padel the net can be removed and the crew plays football and use other exercise equipment in the space, it is after all a sports hall. Having a padel tennis court on board a yacht, one would expect some sort of compromise to the layout (there isn’t) and to the quality and size of the court, however, the owner is adamant that this is the best padel tennis court in the world, period!”

Hull optimization decreases the drag of about 20 %. Less drag = less power and less fuel consumption. The maximum speed is 20 knots.

AVIVA has hybrid propulsion that allows an electric-only drive up to eleven knots for more eco-friendliness and reduced noise for more comfort.

Till von Krause (Abeking & Rasmussen Sales Director):

“We are very proud to present our latest superyacht named “AVIVA“. This is the result of highest workmanship and best communication between the owner and his team during the short period of less than three years.”

Andrew Langton (Reymond Langton Design):

“The biggest yacht from Abeking & Rasmussen, featuring a fresh and dynamic contemporary exterior design, unique, highly personalized layout for the interior and a cutting edge technical platform. “AVIVA” is intended as a home away from home, and as a result the layout moves away from current trends to maximise the spaces that will be used the most, and create a welcome, inviting atmosphere, with a combination of spacious, open social lounges alongside more intimate and discreet areas for dining, working and relaxation. The interior design features a number of avant-garde architectural elements and details, and uses a rich combination of fabric and leathers in light, warm tones.”

Some of the images are taken by Guillaume Plisson

Main Specifications ofAVIVA

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Aerial video of AVIVA - by DrDuu

Launch Impressions

The 68m AVIVA from 2007