Artefact from Nobiskrug


Perhaps the most exciting announcement at the Monaco Yacht Show was that the German shipyard Nobiskrug has secretly been building an 80 metre superyacht that will be the star of next years show.

The design and project management teams behind what was until now known as Project 790 unveiled a scale model at a press conference where they announced she would be called Artefact and that she was being built for an owner who has never before owned a superyacht.

Along with its class-leading environmental features, the striking and technologically advanced Hybrid superyacht is being developed for outstanding comfort with an emphasis on the environment and guest experience.

Artefact’s distinctive aesthetic exterior and interior styling designed by

Gregory Marshall Studio and Reymond Langton Design, respectively reflects the discerning Owner’s persistence to achieve a list of special criteria that included environmental responsibility, technological innovation and guest comfort.

For example, the quest for silent operation and maximum stability has been a driving force behind the concept for this vessel. In a major departure from convention, the Master stateroom is situated in the aft rather than the bow and all guest entertainment areas are situated in low-acceleration zones. Extensive hull development and testing have ensured that the vessel will ride comfortably.

Artefact is the first Hybrid superyacht to have a DC bus, batteries and a variable speed Diesel Electric ABB Pod propulsion system. This is designed offer higher efficiency and lower emissions, as well as, lower noise and vibration. The yacht will also utilise an advanced Dynamic Positioning System to maximise the guest experience and comfort while at the same protecting sensitive sea bed areas that could otherwise be damaging by anchoring.

The innovative and technologically challenging superyacht is a perfect marriage of art and science through innovative architectural design and advanced engineering.  Her composite superstructure and the extensive use of custom large and curved glass panels throughout is monumental, ensuring that the visual experience from the interior will be uncompromised with minimal mullions that would otherwise obstruct the view


Now celebrating its 113th birthday, Nobiskrug is a relative newcomer to superyacht building having completed its inaugural project in 2000 launching the 92m Tatoosh.  Since then, they have delivered a select portfolio of innovative custom-built superyachts including the Phillip Starke monstrosity known throughout the industry as Sailing Yacht A

The shipyard in Rendsburg can cover a building range from 60 to 426 meters, which is the maximum size of the dock available. Over 900 in-house employees work at the shipyard’s three facilities in Northern Germany.

Captain Aaron T. Clark the owner’s project manager overseeing the build and the man who will take the yacht to sea as her master said, “Artefactis a unique vessel that marries cutting-edge engineering and striking architectural design to embody a tribute to the nuances of human experience that are often overlooked or ignored.  Many traditional aspects of superyacht GA’s have been challenged and reimagined in this design to create an unprecedented experience while minimising impact on fragile marine ecosystems.”