EMER­GING VOL­CA­NO

Mau­na Kea is not a me­re exer­ci­se in de­si­gn styling pre­sen­ted to show off one’s crea­ti­ve streak to the ya­ch­ting world. Mau­na Kea is a well de­fi­ned pro­ject sear­ching for an ow­ner. It is off the dra­wing board thanks to the crea­ti­ve sy­ner­gy bet­ween Su­per Ya­ch

Superyacht - - Design - byi Fa­bia­no Ma­re­sca

Sin­ce its in­cep­tion in 2004 Ro­ber­to Cur­tò’s , RC De­si­gn stu­dio has de­li­ve­red mo­re than 50 pro­ject de­si­gn mo­dels ran­ging from RIBS, mo­tor ya­ch­ts sai­ling ya­ch­ts, to su­pe­rya­ch­ts. Ma­ny of the mo­dels de­si­gned we­re or­de­red by lea­ding in­ter­na­tio­nal shi­pyards and se­ve­ral we­re awar­ded pri­zes in the cour­se of so­me of the main ya­cht sho­ws over the la­st de­ca­de. Ro­ber­to Cur­tò’s su­pe­rya­cht pro­jec­ts bet­ween 40 and 85 me­tres, clear­ly re­veal he wan­ts to hi­ghlight the fact they can all be “ea­si­ly” built wi­thout too ma­ny vi­cis­si­tu­des in en­gi­nee­ring terms. In fact this de­si­gner’s sty­le, fo­cu­ses on per­so­nal pre­fe­ren­ces re­gar­ding sha­pes and li­nes whi­ch are ne­ver com­mon­pla­ce, free of tra­di­tio­na­li­stic ex­ces­ses and wi­thout ever slip­ping in­to pit­falls la­bel­led ‘fu­tu­ri­stic sen­sa­tio­na­li­sm’ sin­ce they are vir­tual­ly im­pos­si­ble to re­pro­du­ce con­vin­cin­gly in a ship-

yard. “Mau­na Kea” has been de­si­gned ac­cor­ding to this con­cept. Wi­th an LOA of 110 me­tres it is the lar­ge­st ya­cht RC De­si­gn has co­me up wi­th. It is na­med af­ter a dor­mant vol­ca­no si­tua­ted on Ha­waii island whi­ch soars up in the sky well abo­ve the ear­th be­low it wi­th long steep la­va walls whi­ch in­spi­red the sym­me­try of the ya­cht’s su­per­struc­tu­re. In fact one of the ya­cht’s fea­tu­res is a long wa­ter sli­de whi­ch starts at the top of “Mau­na Kea” and de­scends till it hi­ts the wa­ter in the pool in mu­ch the sa­me way as la­va does as it flo­ws along the walls of the vol­ca­no till it plun­ges in­to the ocean be­low. Ac­cor­ding to Ro­ber­to Cur­tò : “New ideas are no one’s in­ven­tion, they are born of the clien­ts’ needs and whims.the­se are then de­ve­lo­ped by so­meo­ne who’s got the ta­lent to in­ter­pret them”. In the ca­se in point I ve­ry mu­ch wan­ted to draw up a ya­cht whi­ch could con­tex­tual­ly al­low guests to da­sh from bow to stern wi­thout ha­ving to pass th­rou­gh the in­te­riors, and to be able to mo­ve fa­st in an amu­sing way that is by sli­ding from one deck to the other to the re-fre­she­ning wa­ter in the awai­ting pool as if you we­re run­ning away from an erup­ting vol­ca­no!”. “Thanks to the stair­ca­se built spe­cial­ly to al­low guests to rea­ch the he­li­pad and pool wi­thout ap­proa­ching the ow­ner’s wi­de bo­dy sui­te, it is well se­clu­ded and of­fers ab­so­lu­te pri­va­cy, whi­le the main deck whi­ch from the guests’ point of view is the up­per one and this to­ge­ther wi­th the di­ning area si­tua­ted be­low it, con­veys a fee­ling of even grea­ter ac­crued spa­ce to the who­le of the stern sec­tion. From the­re you can choo­se to go up one deck com­for­ta­bly, or go do­wn to the bea­ch club or to the mo­vie room”. Su­per Ya­ch­ts Mo­na­co say “we are cur­ren­tly wor­king wi­th Ro­ber­to to de­ve­lop the pro­ject, and chan­nel­ling our bro­kers’ ex­pe­rien­ce to bet­ter un­der­stand ow­ners’ re­quests. We’re in­vol­ved in bo­th mar­ke­ts wi­th Ro­ber­to, wi­th the pro­mo­tion and the pos­si­ble sa­le of his de­si­gn to anyo­ne wi­shing to ap­proa­ch us di­rec­tly or th­rou­gh his bro­ker” Pfor fur­ther in­for­ma­tion www.su­pe­rya­ch­tsmo­na­co.com www.ro­ber­to­cur­to­de­si­gn.com

Tech­ni­cal da­ta LOA: 101.00 m – Beam: 14.00 m – Draught: 5.00 m – De­cla­red top speed: 16.5 kno­ts – Crui­sing speed de­cla­red: 15 kno­ts – Ran­ge at 12 kno­ts: 6,000 nm – Con­struc­tion ma­te­rial: Steel and alu­mi­nium al­loy– Guests: 12 – Crew: 22.

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