Founded in 2005, IAG Yachts is still relatively unknown, but its international team intends to change that. It’s an independent division of the International Audio Group, a China-based manufacturer of consumer and professional audio, lighting, and video products. It touts a modern shipyard in Zhuhai, in Southeastern China, plus a management team with naval architecture and mechanical engineering experience who have overseen projects at a handful of European yards. In fact, Andrea Nicolai, the shipyard director, and Olga Giannaccini, the technical and commercial director, each were involved in the creation of the Genesis 153, now known as Argyll. Nicolai was additionally a managing director of Baglietto. To better serve potential clients, IAG Yachts has established European, Middle Eastern, and American IAG offices. In fact, the staff of the latter includes Capt. Doug Hoogs, a well-known consultant in the megayacht business who was, among other things, a key player in the creation of the Genesis 153.
Why is all of this noteworthy now? Because IAG Yachts recently marked the launch of its first superyacht, the IAG PrimaDonna 127, which will premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The PrimaDonna 127 is an all-fiberglass trideck with a 26-foot beam. The styling is decidedly European, with some flowing curves. It’s courtesy of YD&AS, which has previously collaborated with yards like Benetti, Perini Navi, Columbus, and Trinity Yachts on carpentry shop drawings, interior design, and/or exterior styling. The PrimaDonna 127 complies with RINA classification and the MCA code.
Inside, an Italian-inspired decor flows from the lower deck, containing five guest staterooms, through the main deck, featuring the master, and on up to the bridge deck. There are also eight crew cabins, with the captain’s stateroom aft of the bridge. Part of the upper deck as well as a garage are dedicated to watertoy storage, to be provided by the eventual owner (asking price: $12.9 million). IAG Yachts built the PrimaDonna 127 on spec and has two further 127s under construction on spec.
Tank tests of her semi-displacement form were performed at Dalian University. Based on the results, IAG Yachts expects a 20-knot top end and 17-knot cruise. Propulsion is supplied by twin 1,800-hp Caterpillar engines.