It seems that some large super-yachts are a bit like busses, you wait for one for years and then two arrive almost at the same time. First was “Luminosity.” She has been followed by another big beast.

On this occasion it is Feadship project 817 otherwise known as Motor Yacht “VIVA.” She is without doubt the one project I worked on whilst at Azure Naval Architects that I identify as being my “baby.” I would naturally want to clarify, all projects, particularly large vessels of 94M are collaborative and I would not want to make claims that could be controversial, but much of her original design remains and I am very proud of my design involvement with her. I am especially happy to see her built. I would like to congratulate Azure and my former colleagues in seeing her into fruition, I cannot wait to see her finalised and hopefully one day, sailing.

The elements that have changed, after I left Azure, are the closed off stern (I recall concerns at the time of some yachts being accessed without authorisation via open transoms, so this made sense), and the bite into the main deck ceiling in the aft, which I must presume was done to provide more light to the large aft deck pool. The skylights that are present in the fore on main and owner’s deck are also somewhat smaller than originally conceived. However the ceiling to floor glazing has been retained, which is great to see. The distinctive pyramidal sky-deck structures are also there. The pictures are obviously missing the radar masts, which will be added later, which will balance her out.

Viva leaving Yard
Viva Sea Trials