At 73 meters [240 feet], the Silver Zwei is the longest all-aluminum yacht in the world. And with a top speed of 27 knots, she is also the world’s fastest conventionally powered motor yacht in terms of power–to-length.
Custom built for German industrialist and entrepreneur Guido Krass, of the Perth-based shipyard Hanseatic Marine, the unique vessel was designed by world famous boat designer Espen Oeino of Norway, a close friend of the owner. She made the long passage from Australia to the UAE in just 13 days. After a brief stop-over in the UAE, she continued to Doha and The Pearl-Qatar.
Despite her amazing speed, due to her lightweight construction, and very fine bow entry, the Silver Zwei boasts very low fuel consumption, sipping only 425 liters per hour. Yet she can cover 4,500 nautical miles and cross the Atlantic at a steady 22 knots.
During an interview with Krass, while his boat was berthed at Porto Arabia, he said: “In my opinion, The Pearl-Qatar has the largest marina in the Middle East. And as a completely man-made project it is an incredible thing to see.
“This unique project is like my boat, but on a much larger scale – that you have a vision for something unique and it then really comes true. That has happened here as well. You have my full admiration and I compliment Mr. Khalil Sholy and the developers. They’ve done something absolutely outstanding. Porto Arabia has the charm and flare of Europe. It is cozy, it’s protected. And it is beautifully lighted in the evening. I am sure that it will become a very popular destination for yacht owners. Where else in the world could you berth your boat right next to Hermes! It’s really cool!”