World Debut: Abeking & Rasmussen "Aviva"The Cutting Edge... Four years ago, a client whose business portfolio includes a number of companies involved in cutting edge technology approached Abeking & Rasmussen to build a new 68-metre motor yacht with an emphasis on pushing a number of existing boundaries. Among the many requirements was an emphasis on space utilization, including an interior volume that would normally be found on an 80-metre yacht. In addition, the draft could not exceed 3.2 metres and the hull design would allow a combination of speed, efficiency and passenger comfort at sea that set an altogether new standard. His previous yacht, the first AVIVA, had included new technology in terms of hull form, stabilizers, a computer controlled flume tank and innovative mass distribution that gave it uncommonly good manners at sea and which was the basis of a number of ships since built by that yard incorporating similar features. In Abeking & Rasmussen, the client found a yard that fully shared his enthusiasm for advanced design without fear of technical innovation. At the outset, time was booked at a full size motion simulator and some 30 people were pitched, rolled and wobbled around to definitively establish the characteristics which are found most agreeable by the human body. The client then worked with the yard and agreed to a design that could produce the type of motion that met this ideal. Thus, amongst other things, the yachts roll period is deliberately very much slower and softer than on other ships of this size.