Re­spect­fully Yours

Yachts International - - Contents - By Justin Rat­cliffe

Man­gusta ap­peals to a new mar­ket with Na­maste, the first in its Oceano se­ries of dis­place­ment su­pery­achts.

In Hindu cul­ture, “na­maste” is a re­spect­ful sa­lu­ta­tion, of­ten ac­com­pa­nied by a slight bow with the hands pressed to­gether as if in prayer. The epony­mous 138-foot (42-me­ter) Man­gusta trideck de­serves the same kind of re­spect as the Ital­ian brand’s first foray into the dis­place­ment mar­ket. The move fol­lows a long his­tory of build­ing wa­ter jet-pow­ered, open-style boats, which are ideal for a week­end blast along the French Riviera but less suit­able for ex­tended cruis­ing in leisurely com­fort.

“The Oceano con­cept was our re­sponse to meet­ing the needs of our own­ers who want to spend more time aboard their yachts,” says Francesco Fre­di­ani, Man­gusta di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing. “But we didn’t just want to build an­other white boat. Our clients come to us be­cause they ex­pect style, in­no­va­tion and per­for­mance, so we de­vel­oped a de­sign that car­ries those char­ac­ter­is­tics into a ves­sel of­fer­ing ef­fi­ciency and com­fort at dis­place­ment speeds.”

Man­gusta brought in Al­berto Mancini, a young de­signer from Tri­este who cut his teeth on plan­ing boats for brands such as Dom­i­na­tor, Bar­racuda and Mag­num Ma­rine, and who also de­signed the in­te­rior of 144-foot (44-me­ter) Bagli­etto Monokini. Mancini orig­i­nally ap­proached Man­gusta with a con­cept for an open sport boat, but came away with an al­to­gether more de­mand­ing pro­posal.

“Un­usu­ally, Al­berto is equally tal­ented at ex­te­rior and in­te­rior de­sign, which was im­por­tant be­cause we wanted to en­sure a seam­less con­nec­tion be­tween the two,” Fre­di­ani says. “So we asked him to work on a con­cept for our first dis­place­ment tri-decker. From the first ren­der, he hit the nail on the head.”

A dis­place­ment hull brings more liv­ing space than a plan­ing boat and less noise and vi­bra­tion (the choice of elec­tric in­stead of hy­draulic sta­bi­liz­ers for Na­maste fur­ther im­proves com­fort lev­els both at an­chor and un­der­way). But open-style boats pro­vide to­tal im­mer­sion in the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment, from feel­ing the wind in your hair un­der­way to be­ing just a few steps from the wa­ter at an­chor. This is more dif­fi­cult to achieve on a trideck dis­place­ment yacht, cre­at­ing a chal­lenge for both the de­signer and the ship­yard.

“Na­maste is the first time I’ve been able to de­velop both the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior de­sign from scratch,” Mancini says. “From the off, I was very con­scious of the need to trans­fer the her­itage of the open Man­gus­tas into a very dif­fer­ent kind of ves­sel.”

At 440 gross tons, Na­maste is a high-vol­ume ves­sel for her size, with a lay­out that in­cludes a cap­tain’s cabin be­hind the wheel­house, a for­ward ten­der garage and a ded­i­cated beach club—stan­dard enough fea­tures, but un­usual on a yacht un­der 150 feet (45 me­ters). By us­ing glass, both trans­par­ent and mir­rored, to bounce light around the in­te­rior and re­duce vis­ual bar­ri­ers to the out­side world, Mancini has suc­ceeded in re­duc­ing the di­vide be­tween the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior spaces so that guests al­ways feel close to the wa­ter.

“The study of nat­u­ral and ar­ti­fi­cial light is an es­sen­tial part of my ap­proach,” Mancini says. “The most re­ward­ing feed­back I’ve had is that on Na­maste you have the sen­sa­tion of be­ing aboard a much larger yacht.”

Most beach clubs, for ex­am­ple, are win­dow­less spaces de­signed for use at an­chor with the swim plat­form de­ployed. But Na­maste’s beach club is also wel­com­ing un­der­way thanks to strip glaz­ing in the tran­som that lets in sun­light. (When the tran­som door is

low­ered, the glass pan­els pro­vide un­der­wa­ter views for guests re­lax­ing in sun loungers.) A steel-and-glass cof­fee ta­ble on the main deck aft, po­si­tioned above a sky­light in the deck, pro­vides fur­ther nat­u­ral il­lu­mi­na­tion for the beach club be­low.

In fact, sky­lights con­nect all the deck lev­els, in­clud­ing a glass-bot­tomed wad­ing pool on the fore­deck that cre­ates rip­pling, azure pat­terns in the owner’s bath­room on the main deck be­low. Mir­rored par­ti­tions be­tween the bath­room and the full-beam state­room ric­o­chet the nat­u­ral light around the in­te­rior, es­pe­cially when the fold-down bal­cony is open.

This im­pres­sion is en­hanced by the full-height, slid­ing glass doors on ei­ther side of the main sa­lon, the wrap­around glass on the up­per deck and the con­nec­tion be­tween crisp ex­te­rior styling and un­der­stated in­te­rior de­sign. Stained and nat­u­ral oak soles and join­ery are matched with a mix of Al­can­tara, linen, silk and nubuck with quilt-style stitch­ing in­spired by au­to­mo­tive up­hol­stery. Eramosa mar­ble in the owner’s shower is treated to cre­ate a soft, wood-like fin­ish un­der­foot. Pol­ished stain­less steel de­tails—there are 1,600 through­out the yacht— pro­vide a con­tem­po­rary sparkle. The same base ma­te­ri­als ap­pear in in the four guest state­rooms on the lower deck, but the color pal­ettes are themed around each cabin’s name: Saint-Tropez, Mau­ri­tius, Bo­drum and Bergama (in Turkey).

When Man­gusta an­nounced the Oceano dis­place­ment se­ries, in­dus­try watch­ers ac­cus­tomed to the builder’s sleek and swift maxi opens were du­bi­ous. Against the odds, and de­spite Na­maste’s ocean­go­ing vo­ca­tion, the brand has trans­ferred its sporty im­age to a steel-hulled mo­to­ry­acht with a bul­bous bow and a range of more than 5,000 nau­ti­cal miles at a cruis­ing speed of 11 knots.

In an age when con­spic­u­ous con­sump­tion is in­creas­ingly un­der scru­tiny, per­haps it was only a ques­tion of time be­fore Man­gusta ex­panded into the mar­ket for more fuel-ef­fi­cient dis­place­ment yachts. But it has done so with a style and panache that has al­ready led to the sale of a sec­ond Oceano 42, with a third in build.

“It was a de­ci­sion that has ma­tured over time and took con­sid­er­able prepa­ra­tion,” Fre­di­ani says. “Na­maste spent a year in the de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing phase be­fore we started cut­ting metal, but the process started even be­fore that be­cause be­yond sim­ply build­ing a new model, we wanted to cre­ate new prospects for Man­gusta.”

Man­gusta Makes in­roads into a new Mar­ket with Na­maste, the first in its oceano se­ries of dis­Place­Ment su­Pery­achts.

above: Slid­ing glass doors open the main sa­lon to the side decks. op­po­site: The ten­der is stowed in the for­ward garage, open­ing up more space for a ded­i­cated beach club.

Above: The plen­ti­ful use of glass and mir­rors bounce light around the owner’s state­room. left: The bridge sports ver­ti­cal win­dows to re­duce re­flec­tions and im­prove vis­i­bil­ity. be­low: At a cruis­ing speed of 11 knots, steel­hulled Na­maste has a range of more

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