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Abeking & Rasmussen 80m Excellence to show at Monaco

Designed by Andrew Winch and built by Abeking & Rasmussen in Germany, the head-turning 80m Excellence will display at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

Aug 06, 2019 | By Yacht Style

Abeking & Rasmussen has confirmed that its new 80m Excellence, with a radical exterior by Winch Design, will appear at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show from September 25-28.

Abeking & Rasmussen 80m Excellence

Abeking & Rasmussen launched the 80m Excellence in Lemwerder, northern Germany

The experienced owner’s brief was that his latest yacht was to be ‘extraordinary’ and to create a seamless feeling of openness and connection to the outside world. Features include a swimming pool, swim platform, jacuzzi, sprawling beach club and impressive limousine tenders. Large glass panels dominate the superstructure and much of the length of the hull.

With a design that blurs the lines between hull and superstructure, Winch has created a genuinely ground-breaking yacht, whose many notable characteristics include a striking, angular reverse bow.

Winch Design descriptions of the exterior include ‘a silhouette comparable to a spaceship’ and ‘a superstructure so unique that she promises to be unlike anything that has ever come before and will turn as many heads in 20 years’ time as she does today’.

The exterior lines draw the eye up to the bridge and owner’s decks, which are surrounded on all sides by curved floor-to-ceiling mirrored glass, the largest panel a staggering 6m in length. The statement glass reaches 180 degrees around the master suite, meaning sleeping guests can wake up in the morning fully immersed in their surroundings.


Winch Design has created ‘a silhouette comparable to a spaceship’

Winch Design has created ‘a silhouette comparable to a spaceship’

Abeking & Rasmussen’s experienced in-house engineering succeeded in installing these glass panels without disturbing the unique view through disruptive structures.

Hans Schaedla, CEO of Abeking & Rasmussen, said: “We are very proud of this extraordinary yacht and our exceptional workforce, who mastered all requirements bravely. Never before have glass panels been installed in these dimensions.

“The unusual lines also repeatedly presented employees with major challenges. Now we have developed and successfully finished this masterpiece, we can hardly wait for the sea trials.”

The interior of Excellence, also penned by Winch Design, is a fitting match for her iconic exterior.

Andrew Winch, founder of Winch Design in 1986, said: “Excellence represents a huge milestone for Winch. A completely unique superstructure, she signifies an innovative and exciting new genre for Winch Design.”

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