Atomic energy

Fin­cantieri, Ve­gaYachts, The A Group and Yacht­zoo es­tab­lish a ven­er­a­ble nu­cleus be­hind Pro­ject Atom.

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While an atom is very small in­deed—the in­vis­i­ble small­est con­stituent unit of or­di­nary mat­ter—this one, at 443 feet (135 me­ters) in length, is any­thing but small. Pro­ject Atom is a state-of-the-art yacht con­cept cre­ated by Ve­gaYachts and The A Group in co­or­di­na­tion with Fin­cantieri Yachts.

She was com­mis­sioned by a client who de­cided not to con­tinue af­ter the pre-en­gi­neer­ing phase. Rather than shelve the pro­ject, the team be­hind Pro­ject Atom is fur­ther de­vel­op­ing her and pro­mot­ing her for sale. Ac­cord­ing to Monaco-based Guy Mar­chal, who worked at Ve­gaYachts dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment phase and re­cently joined Yacht­zoo bro­ker­age and yacht man­age­ment, “The good news is that a new client will beneft from an ex­ist­ing de­vel­op­ment and that we can move ahead quickly.”

Pro­ject Atom would join the new gen­er­a­tion of yachts us­ing diesel-elec­tric propul­sion. The A Group and Fin­cantieri de­vel­oped her sys­tem, which will be driven by six MTU gen­er­a­tors us­ing two elec­tri­cally driven Azipods, mak­ing her ca­pa­ble of a top speed of 18 knots.

Un­usu­ally, and be­cause her sheer size will al­low for it, Pro­ject Atom has two he­li­copter land­ing pads. For ad­di­tional trans­porta­tion, a garage will ac­com­mo­date two 39-foot (12-me­ter) limo ten­ders as well as a sub­ma­rine launch­ing fa­cil­ity.

Pro­ject Atom’s high vol­ume—an un­der­state­ment—of

loa: 443ft. (135m) beam: 65ft. (20m) air DrafT: 95ft. (29m) con­sTrUc­Tion: steel and alu­minum Gross Ton­naGe: 8,800 (es­ti­mated) en­Gines: 2 x 3,500kW ProPUl­sion: 2 x Azipods (elec­tri­cally driven) sPeeD (cruise): 16 knots 8,800 gross tons ac­com­mo­dates 14 guests in seven state­rooms. Six staff cab­ins are near the guest cab­ins for con­ve­nience, and fur­ther ac­com­mo­da­tions sup­port 43 crew. She’ll have a whop­ping 23,680 square feet (2,200 square me­ters) of ex­te­rior space over four decks.

Two el­e­va­tors will pro­vide ac­cess to all decks. The lower deck of­fers a beach club with an in­door pool as well as a gym, spa, ham­mam, re­lax­ation ar­eas and a med­i­cal room. The main deck hosts the cin­ema room as well as six of the VIP state­rooms—each in­clu­sive of its own sa­lon and his-and-her head. The up­per deck houses the owner’s apart­ment with a pri­vate sa­lon, master state­room, of­fce and pri­vate ter­race fac­ing for­ward. Aft on the owner’s deck is a 3,229-square-foot (300-square-me­ter) sa­lon with a view over the infnity pool.

On the sun­deck is the for­mal din­ing room for 24 guests, a guest atrium, another sa­lon and an out­side din­ing and re­lax­ation area. For­ward on this same deck is the bridge, ship’s of­fce and of­fcers’ area. The top deck is ded­i­cated to out­side en­ter­tain­ment with a sun­bathing area, pantry, bar and spa tub.

Ac­cord­ing to the man­age­ment team, build time is ex­pected to be 52 months.

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