First look on board 68m superyacht support vessel Nebula

With the delivery of its third yacht support vessel, 68.2 metre Nebula, this past May, Astilleros Armon shows that the third time really is the charm. That's saying a lot considering that the Spanish shipyard's first hull, Hodor, is a World Superyacht Award winner. Nebula takes the design and interior finish of the catamaran concept to new heights, while providing a fully enclosed hangar for an Airbus H145 helicopter.

 This latter requirement was the biggest challenge for the exterior designer, Kirsten Schwalgien of Kirsten Schwalgien Yacht Design: how to integrate the 14.5- by 12-metre enclosure. "The whole project started off with incorporating this. We developed different versions and then in the end we thought that it actually works best if you keep the box as a box, and don't try to hide it too much," says Schwalgien.

It is the largest hangar found on any private vessel and allows the twin-engine rotorcraft to slide in without folding its five blades, ensuring it's always at the ready. Moreover, the immense helideck provides cover for the tenders on the main deck below, a 12-metre custom catamaran (designed by Schwalgien and built by Compass), two RIBs and four jet skis.

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