Built by Lürssen in Rendsburg, Germany, and with exterior design by Espen Oeino and interior design by Aileen Rodriguez, the 85.1m Superyacht Solandge (formerly Project Niki) has recently been berthed in “Manx waters while papers are signed with the Isle of Man Ship Registry” according to the local Isle of Man newspaper IOM Today.
The 85-metre vessel, ranked as the 62nd largest yacht of its kind in the world was unveiled in June 2013, just over two years after its keel was laid. Aileen Rodriguez is reported to have said of Solandge “The interior has classical touches with a contemporary back drop… The unique mix of rare and striking materials gives the yacht its ultimate look and luxurious style.” and “There is a celebration of more than five Artisans, with 49 stone selections and 33 exotic woods from across the world that contribute to her fascinating style.”
Reports indicate that Solandge is planning to cross the Atlantic, ahead of her first charter season in the Caribbean, and has stopped in the Isle of Man to be stocked with a range of Manx food produce. Specialist food suppliers, Riviera SOS, based in Douglas are reported to be supplying the yacht.
It is great to see one of the world’s newest superyachts taking an interest in quality Manx produce, laying the foundations for other superyachts to consider spending time in the territorial waters of the Isle of Man and United Kingdom.