Yachts: dis­place­ment hulls are still the trend

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - YACHTS - Open­ing and above on left. Benetti FB253 61mt, "Di­a­monds Are For­ever", has a max­i­mum speed of 16 knots and an oceanic range of 4,800 nau­ti­cal miles at 12 knots. On­board, cus­tomi­sa­tion meets all yacht owner needs and de­sires. Left, down and on this page. C

Long live the calm­ness, the tran­quil­lity, the sta­bil­ity and the abil­ity to en­joy the sea again. Trav­el­ling the world on a yacht seems to be “an­ti­so­cial” in the eyes of many, who, in­stead of ad­mir­ing and en­vy­ing, look on dis­ap­prov­ingly. Why not re­turn to true sail­ing val­ues and be­come a lit­tle more “po­lit­i­cally cor­rect” with boats that are less ar­ro­gant and much more pleas­ant and en­joy­able to ex­pe­ri­ence? This is what many of the largest of the world’s ship­builders have started think­ing - those ca­pa­ble of in­no­vat­ing even in the up­per seg­ments, those per­haps less af­fected by the cri­sis but with the same spirit of ad­ven­ture that was present up un­til only a few years ago. Nowa­days fewer re­sources are wasted and the fo­cus is on more re­li­able ma­te­ri­als and choices that last longer, be­cause very large yachts, in other words the plea­sure boats, need to last and must be fit for pur­pose. There are qual­i­ties that stu­pefy other than ab­so­lute speed. De­sign and pro­ject skill make a dif­fer­ence, and projects like those pre­sented here are still able to in­no­vate with­out be­ing “an­ti­so­cial”. Ad­mi­ral, re­born af­ter sal­vaging the gen­er­ous Tec­no­mar, wants to pre­serve all the charm of the brand pre­vi­ously owned by Cantieri Lav­agna and raise the bar even higher at the same time, aim­ing for a tar­get su­pe­rior than that reached dur­ing the times of their col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mar­i­otti, whose largest launch reached more than 50 me­tres. Now po­ten­tial ship own­ers will be able to choose from the of­fer­ings of the X Lence line, which fea­tures a range of ves­sels of 45, 57 and 65 me­tres, and the more am­bi­tious C Force, the flag­ship of the 75-me­tre group of ves­sels. Th­ese con­cepts fea­ture many ideas, but par­tic­u­larly

ad­mired are the record-sized glass sur­faces. The clas­sic and mod­ern blend beau­ti­fully on the Benetti FB253, a 61 me­tre gem with four decks and a sun deck, which was en­trusted to the cre­ativ­ity of Natucci/Az­imut-Benetti. As re­flected in the name “Di­a­monds Are For­ever”, this yacht aims to sum­marise the quin­tes­sence of ul­tra clas­si­cal beauty. Over­ma­rine Group's of­fer­ings are a more mod­ern af­fair; they have launched their first dis­place­ment ves­sel, which mea­sures 148 feet. They have also cre­ated a longer open hull ves­sel of 165 feet and one of 205 feet, still on pa­per. This mas­ter­piece marks a change in the firm’s phi­los­o­phy. Those who love yacht­ing know that the name Man­gusta has al­ways been syn­ony­mous with high per­for­mance hulls and su­per­struc­tures that bear the hall­mark of Lig­urian ge­nius Ste­fano Righ­ini, who added a touch of “coupé” to this un­prece­dented ves­sel, whilst keep­ing it sleek and solid where nec­es­sary, fin­ish­ing off with port­holes that re­flect his typ­i­cal style, which ship own­ers have fallen in love with over the decades. Cana­dos amazed Cannes with their 120, win­ning more than one award for their in­no­va­tive de­sign amongst boats mea­sur­ing more than 24 me­tres. Far Away, cre­ated by an­other icon of Ital­ian de­sign, Francesco Paszkowski, is an ex­cep­tion in this re­view be­cause it is the only ves­sel mea­sur­ing 36 me­tres that can plane. Light­weight fi­bre­glass makes it the flag­ship of the fly­bridge line. The yacht fea­tures many in­no­va­tions, such as sid­edecks, a “beach-club” on the stern and a world-lead­ing home au­to­ma­tion sys­tem. The Wal­lyAce 26 is shorter and un­like any of its coun­ter­parts, and only just reg­is­ters as a plea­sure craft. It is pri­mar­ily a rare ex­am­ple of a Wally with a mo­tor, as the firm usu­ally fo­cuses and ex­cels in sail­ing yachts. It is dif­fer­ent from ev­ery other yacht ever cre­ated, but has no ex­treme fea­tures as were seen on the Wally Power and the var­i­ous is­land-yacht con­cepts. Wal­lyAce is mod­ern, ra­tio­nal, real and truly en­joy­able. Its shapes are the se­cret of its unique­ness: the rounded and solid bow cre­ates spa­ces never be­fore seen be­low deck, whilst its over­all width of­fers floor ar­eas that match any com­par­i­son to longer ves­sels. Gy­ro­scopic sta­bilis­ers such as those present on larger ships, a long wa­ter­line and only 5 litres per marine mile at cruis­ing speed make this ves­sel par­tic­u­larly eco­nom­i­cal and use­ful in any op­er­at­ing con­di­tion, es­pe­cially on long-dis­tance cruises.

In aper­tura e in alto a sin­is­tra. Benetti FB253 61mt, “Di­a­monds Are For­ever”, rag­giunge una ve­loc­ità mas­sima di 16 nodi, man­te­nendo la ve­loc­ità di 12 nodi DAF e gode di un’au­tono­mia ocean­ica di 4800 miglia nau­tiche. A bordo, la per­son­al­iz­zazione, se­condo le richi­este e i desideri dell’ar­ma­tore, è to­tale. In basso a sin­is­tra e in questa pag­ina. Cana­dos 120, "Far Away" con­cepito negli in­terni da Francesco Paszkowski. Leg­gero, in vetroresina, è l’am­mi­raglia per il cantiere della linea fly­bridge.

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