It is not an everyday sight to see one of the biggest yachts in the world sailing through the narrow Dutch canals. But the symphony – a yacht with a length of 101,5 meter and the biggest yacht ever built in the Netherlands – and the Savannah (sliglthy smaller with a length of 83,5 meter) pulled it off though or actually they got pulled by some tugboats. The megayachts were only 15 centimeter narrower than the canal at some points and it had to pass fourteen canal bridges and one lock while making its way from Alphen aan de Rijn to the harbour of Rotterdam.
Big, bigger, biggest Yacht
The more than 101-meter long yacht (symphony) was not only longer but also two feet wider than the Savannah.
Both of the megayachts are bigger than a normal block of apartments and barely made it through the narrow Dutch canal system. It shows brilliantly on the photos below.
For the preparation of the transport of the second mega yacht special adjustments to locks and bridges had to be made. At one point, the shackles that prevent damage had to be replaced by extra thin pillows because the yacht would otherwise not fit.
They also had to add load carriers/pontoons to raise the yacht an extra meter out of the water as it would have otherwise hit the bottom of the canal.
A long journey through Dutch canals
Both boats made the approximately 70 km long journey from the Royal van Lent shipyard (just north of Leiden) where they were constructed, via Alphen aan de Rijn and Gouda to the port of Rotterdam. It took two full days to navigate the enormous ships through the narrow Dutch canals.
Super luxury mega yachts
Both ships are top of the line super yachts that were constructed in Holland. They contined an underwater lounge where you can watch the underwater landscape, a cinema, a nine-meter pool, five guest suites, including a VIP suite with balcony, a teak deck and a garage.
The symphony has six stories, an elevator, twelve jacuzzis and a heli platform. You get all that for the ‘reasonable’ amound of 165 million Euros.
There is a lot of speculation about who is the owner of the ship, but it seems that the mega-yacht is built by Bernard Arnault, a French billionaire and founder and director of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. “Coincidentally” the conglomerate also owns Royal van Lent Shipyard on the Kaag where the yacht is built.