Lift off for superyacht Snow 5, as she starts her transatlantic crossing


It was lift off for the superyacht Snow 5, formerly M/Y Liliym, late last month, as she was loaded aboard a transport vessel for the transatlantic crossing to meet her new owner in Florida.

The yacht carrier was expected to reach Miami in mid-January after departing the Greek port of Lavrion on December 27th, a spokesman for the builder Bilgin Yachts told Superyacht Investor. “Snow 5, to use the superyacht’s new name, was launched, sold and began delivery in 2019,” the spokesman told this website. You can trace the meticulous loading of the 446-tonne vessel in the photographs below.

Transported by United Transport, the luxury yacht was sold at last year’s Monaco Yacht Show to a buyer in the Miami area, according to the yacht builder based in the Istanbul area of Turkey. The sale was made through the collaboration with IYC Luxury Yacht Sales & Charter during the show.

Sold at last year’s Monaco Yacht Show

The 47.5-metre vessel is equipped with one owner’s cabin and four guest cabins. Snow 5 is powered by twin 1,475hp MTU 12V2000 M72 diesel engines and can reach a top speed of 16 knots. Cruising at 12 knots the luxury yacht has a maximum range of more than 4,000 nautical miles. That range increases to 5,000 nautical miles when cruising at half load.

Snow 5 differs from her sister ship Nerissa in the design of her galley and beach club. The new vessel’s galley is separated from the living room by a pantry. She also has an increased area of beach club in the place of the tender garage.

Differs from her sister ship Nerissa

Exterior design was by Unique Yacht Design while the interior of the vessel was looked after by Bilgin Yachts Design Team.

Bilgin Yachts builds bespoke 40-metre to 100-metre luxury superyachts. The family-run business employs more than 300 craftsmen, who are said to account for 90% of building a new new project yacht. Its yacht-building facilities cover 59,500 sq metres including a marine furniture factory, a machine shop and a stainless-steel workshop. An additional 10,000 sq metres of outfitting sheds were added to the yard in 2017.

The question of how best to ferry superyachts will be answered during a presentation on Thursday February 6th at Superyacht Investor’s London 2020 conference. Greg Coates, director of Shipping Services with Trident Trust,  based on the Isle-of-Man, will consider the merits of shipping versus sailing. The two-day conference starts at The Landmark, London on Wednesday February 5th. Read the full conference programme here and booking details here.

Meanwhile, don’t miss photographs of the delicate loading process ahead of Snow 5’s transatlantic voyage below.

Ready to start the lift: Snow 5 is positioned alongside the United Transport ferry vessel before being hoisted aboard.

The hoist begins at the Greek port of Lavrion on December 27th, ahead of the transatlantic passage to Miami, Florida.

Up she goes. When fully laden, Snow 5 weighs 446 tonnes. Her 47.5 metres will fit snugly on ferry’s huge deck.

It’s up and over, as the conveyor’s twin cranes delicately manoeuvre the luxury yacht gently to her position on the deck.

Soon to be safe and snug. Snow 5 touches down on deck to be safely secured for the 5,700-mile journey to Miami.