Yachting | 2021
Jörg Kleymann will certainly not forget this delivery for the rest of his life. “About two weeks before the owner wanted to take over his yacht, half of Europe sank into a lockdown,” the Senior Project Manager of Abeking & Rasmussen recalls the final phase of the construction of the 68-metre-long “Soaring” – “that was, of course, anything but normal. With the help of a crisis management team, a sophisticated safety and hygiene concept and two-shift operation, the shipyard nevertheless managed to deliver the yacht to its owner on time. Anyone arriving on Soaring with the tender reaches the main deck from the bathing platform via two staircases. The saloon, laid out with a hand-tufted carpet, measures 80 square metres and shows a classic division between a lounge area with handmade upholstered furniture and a dining area at the front of the room.
A starboard door from the saloon leads to the lobby, staircase and guest cabins, all located on the main deck. The eye-catcher here is a bronze sculpture with two stylized hippos. The artwork was realized by Claus Hartmann, who has been making figureheads for such famous ships as the Gorch Fock on the Weser island of Harriersand for many years. The guests on Soaring pass the bronze hippos on their way to their cabins; the owner, however, takes the stairs. He uses the deck above the main deck almost completely privately.