Midrange Masterpiece

Cantiere delle Marche’s Nauta Air 108 Nar­valo sets a tough-to-beat stan­dard among semi-cus­tom yachts.

Yachts International - - News - BY AN­DREW T. PARKIN­SON

Dur­ing the past few DecaDes,

the 100-foot (30-me­ter) mar­ket has seen func­tion driv­ing form. That is start­ing to change, thanks to a trick­le­down ef­fect from the ever-in­creas­ing su­pery­acht arena, where de­sign­ers are cre­at­ing more vo­lu­mi­nous in­te­ri­ors and more ex­pan­sive decks. Own­ers want those qual­i­ties in smaller pack­ages, mak­ing the 100-foot size range a crown jewel among semi- and full-cus­tom builders alike.

If the goal is to pack as much vol­ume as pos­si­ble into a 100-foot hull, then the Ital­ian ship­yard Cantiere delle Marche has pro­duced one of the best achieve­ments in de­sign I’ve seen to date. The first of­fer­ing in CdM’s Nauta Air se­ries of ex­plorer yachts, 109-foot (33.4-me­ter) Nar­valo is a three-deck, long-range dis­place­ment ves­sel built in steel and alu­minum.

CdM seems to have used ev­ery square inch of her 24-foot-7-inch (7.5-me­ter) beam in achiev­ing her 296 gross ton­nage, as ex­e­cuted by the Mi­lan-based Nauta Yachts, the same firm that de­signed the world’s largest yacht, 591-foot (180-me­ter) Az­zam.

“When we de­signed [ Nar­valo], we wanted to give shape to the vi­sion of a mo­to­ry­acht de­fined by the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the user and the na­ture and seascape around him, in­spired by the lat­est trends in Ital­ian boat­ing and in­dus­trial de­sign,” Nauta Yachts co-founder Mario Pedol says. “This was achieved via trans­parency, seam­less in­door-out­door con­nec­tion and ex­tra­or­di­nary out­door spa­ces for her size, such as an open tran­som ‘stair­way to the sea’ and a huge mul­ti­pur­pose sun­deck.”

The owner’s brief spec­i­fied a beach club and liv­ing spa­ces con­ducive to en­joy­ing life with friends. Un­mis­tak­able from the dock, the 108’s wide-open tran­som is one of her most strik­ing fea­tures, and it ful­fills both re­quire­ments beau­ti­fully. The clean, open lay­out rep­re­sents a fresh take on ex­te­rior de­sign. Wide steps lead­ing to the swim plat­form, raise in the cen­ter to re­veal the beach club and toy garage be­neath. Nar­row stair­ways re­main on each side, main­tain­ing ac­cess to the swim plat­form.

A num­ber of other su­pery­acht traits are in other ar­eas aboard. Fore­most is her on-deck master suite. Full-beam and far for­ward on the main deck, it in­cludes an of­fice, a his-and-her en­suite bath­room, a wardrobe, elec­tri­cally op­er­ated light­ing and shades, and an iPad-con­trolled en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem.

A lobby on the lower deck gives way to four state­rooms, bring­ing the to­tal guest com­ple­ment to 10 (or 12 if you use the Pull­mans). Each stateroom has a queen-size bed, en­suite bath­room and en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem. Seven crew are ac­com­mo­dated in quar­ters for­ward on the lower deck, with stowage in a sublower deck ded­i­cated to pro­vi­sions that should al­low Nar­valo to re­main at sea for weeks on end.

Paola Lenti and Minotti fur­nish­ings adorn the liv­ing ar­eas, while leather, glass and stain­less steel ac­cents

bal­ance the light oak wood through­out. Just for­ward of the main-deck salon is a for­mal din­ing area that seats eight, with a char­ter-ca­pa­ble gal­ley to port. Rec­ti­lin­ear win­dows on all three decks al­low a ton of nat­u­ral light into Nar­valo’s in­te­rior.

Abaft the wheel­house on the up­per deck, a sky lounge nearly as vo­lu­mi­nous as the salon is a prime entertaining space, with an al­fresco din­ing area aft. The wide deck space holds up to an 18-foot ten­der and/or PWC, de­ployed via hy­draulic crane.

To my taste, the best spot on the yacht is the sun­deck. Span­ning 753 square feet (70 square me­ters), this out­door oa­sis is a stun­ning ob­ser­va­tory over the sea. Aft is a low-pro­file spa tub de­signed with in­fin­ity pool aes­thet­ics. For­ward is a day helm, an­other din­ing ta­ble and sun­pads. Amid­ships is a strik­ing bar crafted with a mod­ern, min­i­mal­ist de­sign.

Built for long-range stints at sea, Nar­valo also has a Dy­namic Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem and a min­i­mal draft of 7.5 feet (2.3 me­ters). At the time of this writ­ing, she was ex­plor­ing the Caribbean. Her com­mer­cially rated twin 715-hp Cater­pil­lar C18s give her a top speed of 13.5 knots, and at 9 knots, her range is north of 5,000 nau­ti­cal miles.

Per­son­ally, I’d go for the lat­ter, which means all the longer to en­joy Nar­valo’s su­pery­acht-style ameni­ties. I’ll take an Aperol spritz, please, and if any­one needs me, I’ll be on the sun­deck.

LOA: 109ft. 6in. (33.4m) LWL: 98ft. 5in. (30m) BEAM: 24ft. 7in. (7.5m) DRAFT: 7ft. 6in. (2.3m) CON­STRUC­TION: steel and alu­minum DIS­PLACE­MENT: 280 tons GROSS TON­NAGE: 296 EN­GINES: 2 x 715-hp Cater­pil­lar C18 ACERT FUEL: 12,676 gal. (48,000L) WA­TER: 1,584 gal. (6,000L) SPEED (max.): 13.5 knots SPEED (cruise): 12 knots

RANGE: 5,500 nm @ 9 knots GEN­ER­A­TORS: 2 x 55 kW Kohler STA­BI­LIZ­ERS: At-an­chor, elec­tric fin CLAS­SI­FI­CA­TION: RINA NAVAL AR­CHI­TEC­TURE: Hy­dro Tec EX­TE­RIOR STYLING: Nauta Yachts IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN: Nauta Yachts GUESTS: 10-12 in 5 state­rooms CREW: 7 in 4 cab­ins BUILDER: Cantiere delle Marche YEAR: 2016

A strik­ing, glass-en­cased stair­well amid­ships serves all three of Nar­valo’s decks. Its cen­ter­piece is a resin replica of a nar­whal’s dis­tinc­tive spi­ral tusk, rep­re­sent­ing the yacht’s Ital­ian name­sake in dra­matic fashion.

above: Wide walka­rounds on the up­per deck lead to an invit­ing en­ter­tain­ment space on the fore­deck. Rec­ti­lin­ear win­dows on all decks yield lots of nat­u­ral light and sweep­ing views.

clock­wise from be­low: Mod­ern de­sign el­e­ments are found throughtout the boat; The for­mal din­ing area com­fort­ably seats eight; Vol­ume is max­i­mized over

Nar­valo’s three decks. Note the open-tran­som ‘stair­way to the sea.’

Barely a shade smaller than the main salon, the bright sky lounge is a prime re­lax­ation or en­ter­tain­ment space.

FAR LEFT TO RIGHT: There’s plenty to do on the wellap­pointed sun­deck; Light woods and tex­tures grace the in­te­rior, even in the wheel­house; Mod­ish de­sign el­e­ments add panache.

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