he Aqua-Rolls Centurion, having a total length of 15.2 metres, is the first mini-superyacht in the world. Complete with gyro stabilizer, a double air-conditioning system and its own drinking water supply system. "It may sound strange, but it is indeed a mini superyacht," says Menno Luijer, owner of Mogano Shipbuilding. "When it comes to finishing, details, luxury, comfort, safety and technology the Aqua-Rolls can compete with a superyacht.
"This was also the express wish of the customer, who is used to luxury and comfort. He drives a Rolls-Royce and for many years he was the owner of a 30- metre superyacht. However, the customer prefers to sail the yacht himself, rather than have a crew do it for him. So he asked Mogano to build a new but much smaller superyacht. The result is the Aqua-Rolls Centurion, a joint design of the customer, Mogano Shipbuilding and naval architect Vripack." Safety, comfort and luxury
"In case my kids sail with the Centurion and hit a rock at full speed, I want the yacht to stay afloat and intact." This was an absolute requirement of the customer. "Which is why we chose a high-tech carbon-fibre hull consisting of carbon and vinylester resin," said Luijer. 'The sandwich construction of 10mm carbon-fibre, 15mm balsa wood and 6mm carbonfibre resulted in a hull of extraordinary strength, 11 times stiffer with five times higher flexural strength than usual for seagoing yachts. That's the reason why the owner chose the name Centurion, a reference to the indestructible British tank of the same name."
Comfort is the key feature. "Usually only superyachts are equipped with a gyro stabilizer. This instrument ensures that on board the effects of the lateral waves are being neutralized. This stabilizer offers an anti-roll solution for waves up to a height of 3.5 metres. Most of the technical installations are doubly installed, such as the pumps, the drinking water supply system and the air-conditioning system. If one breaks down, the backup installation takes over immediately.
A particular detail is the hydraulic gangway. 'Specially designed and built for the Centurion, says Luijer. 'It's a gangway with such a great capacity that it can be used as a hydraulic crane. With a loading capacity of over 1,000kg, it is capable of taking the Williams RIB out of the water directly onto the swimming platform. The gangway is built in cooperation with the firm Sven Krook who was also responsible for all the stainless steel supplies." One-off
The Centurion is a one-off, a unique design commissioned by the owner, who was constantly and closely involved in the construction of the boat. "It took the team of Mogano Shipbuilding one-and-a-half-years to complete it from the basic idea until launch. I was present at the yard at least twice a week to discuss the progress and make any required changes," the owner said.
An AutoCAD drawing, made by the owner himself, was the basis of the design. "During the following discussions, the design became more and more detailed and in the end the final design of Vripack was ready. This design served as the basis for the construction of the Centurion and any later changes required by me were discussed and executed during construction. This is really a oneoff in which all my wishes and ideas have been incorporated."
Mogano Shipbuilding was founded in 1990 by Menno Luijer and a partner. After six years, Luijer took over all the shares and become the sole proprietor. Over the years, Mogano Shipbuilding has designed and built motor yachts for third parties like Scherpel flat boats and the Captain's Sloop for Wajer Watersport. The yard also built all the Brandaris Longboats and made designs like the Mogano Launch Boats. Furthermore, the team took care of many boat restorations and built many one-off motor yachts. The Aqua-Rolls Centurion is the largest motor yacht built by Mogano Shipbuilding.
"I am extremely proud of the cooperation with this customer," said Luijer. "Ten years ago, I built a clinker copper-riveted flat boat 11 metres in length for him. A few years later, we discussed a new design but we had such a big order backload at that time, and that project had to be put on hold. After I increased our workforce, I contacted the customer and things got moving again resulting in the new design of the Aqua-Rolls Centurion." More one-off's
The owner is excited about the result. "Menno Luijer and his team, assisted by the technical specialists of other companies, have built a fantastic yacht. A yacht that rivals my Rolls- Royce, and a yacht that rivals a superyacht. I'm not the only one who says so. It's also the opinion of other people who have seen and sailed the Centurion. Therefore, I have decided to market the Aqua-Rolls. Sales will be taken care of by De Valk and it goes without saying that Mogano Shipbuilding will be involved in the construction of these yachts." Specifications Aqua-Rolls Centurion
Length overall 15,20 metres
Width overall 3,95 metres
Draught 0,90 metres
Displacement 12 tons
Fuel tank 2 x 300 litres
Drinking water tank 300 litres
Waste water tank 200 litres
Maximum speed 45 kilometres
Hull construction, vinylester/carbon and balsa wood
Main engines & generators 2 x 285 hp Steyr diesel Each engine is equipped with a 4,5 kVa flywheel generator 11 Kw Solo generator
Number of berths 6
Owner's cabin with double bed
Guest cabin with double bed
Outer cabin with two single beds
For further information please contact Mr. Arjen Hoeksma, manager sales of De Valk Loosdrecht. Phone number + 31 (0)35 582 9030, mobile number +31 (0)65 329 9244, e-mail