Maxi and Su­per : it’s the feeling that mat­ters

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - YACHTS -

Along­side the great brands that all the world en­vies, and in­stead of the many dar­ing ex­per­i­ments dur­ing the years when the in­dus­try was a lit­tle too enthusiast­ic be­cause of the sta­ble econ­omy, in Italy there is still space for in­no­va­tion and to con­firm its sta­tus of ab­so­lute ex­cel­lence in yacht­ing, par­tic­u­larly when sizes be­come large and the most im­por­tant yacht builders come into play. The ship­yards of Viareg­gio, Lig­uria and the Adri­atic area, be­tween Ro­magna and Marche, have all launched new boats that are more or less large and lux­u­ri­ous. Then there are those with ex­pe­ri­ence of build­ing large, highly tech­no­log­i­cal ships, such as Rosetti Su­pery­achts based in the province of An­cona, which have partly “con­verted”. An author­ity in the oil in­dus­try, this shipyard has ap­pointed a fa­mous man­ag­ing direc­tor in Ful­vio Dodich and the grand ar­chi­tect Tom­maso Spadolini to take care of a new busi­ness idea. With the aim of cre­at­ing ves­sels with lengths rang­ing from 40 to 150 m and a de­sire to sat­isfy even the lat­est trends, the shipyard has cho­sen to share the same tech­ni­cal plat­form as its ex­pe­di­tion sup­ply ves­sels on an­other con­cept, which was much talked about at the lat­est in­ter­na­tional boat shows: the 85M Su­pery­acht. This ver­sion of­fers end­less be­spoke so­lu­tions, in­clud­ing the bold de­ci­sion to con­tain weight and of­fer “only” four decks in­stead of five, which has the ad­van­tage of en­sur­ing a true sen­sa­tion of free­dom on the open sea, but still of­fers im­pres­sive vol­umes and ar­eas – a rare fea­ture in this cat­e­gory - suf­fice it to say that the master state­room is some 123 m2, ex­clud­ing the his and hers bath­rooms. A feeling of sporti­ness, si­lence and well­be­ing, due for the most part to the am­ple il­lu­mi­na­tion, is in­stead the leit­mo­tiv of the Tankoa S501 Ver­tige, a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of mod­ern style and grace from the Ge­noese shipyard. Made of light al­loy, it is an ex­am­ple of an “an­gu­lar” de­sign, which con­tra­dicts the rules of other

schools of style. Th­ese are “curves” that do not age. The in­ten­tion of the shipyard, which was to sat­isfy the re­quests of a French client, was to build a 50-me­tre yacht that was a les­son in el­e­gance in its cat­e­gory with­out for­go­ing the best that the cat­e­gory can of­fer for the in­te­ri­ors: six cab­ins, cin­ema room, spe­cial routes for guests, din­ing ar­eas, and an over­sized out­side sun­bathing area are just some of the fea­tures of this project. The abil­ity to sail long dis­tances (over 5,000 miles) at an av­er­age of 13.5 knots makes you re­alise how fu­ture-for­ward the de­sign of this semi-cus­tom yacht is. Lux­u­ri­ous with an im­pos­ing pres­ence (seen par­tic­u­larly in the very high bow) but dis­creet de­sign, both in­side and out, she is the re­sult of the ge­nius of Francesco Paszkowski. Lastly, tradition. Al­though having a cer­tain Benetti shipyard as a “cousin”, Az­imut Yachts re­mains un­in­tim­i­dated and of­fers con­cepts closer to those who have spent time at sea pri­mar­ily with their fam­ily or on a cruise where oceans are no ob­sta­cle. But again in this case it’s the feeling that makes the dif­fer­ence: Ital­ian ex­cel­lence finds its ul­ti­mate ex­pres­sion in the “Grande” line, now 35 me­tres long and with wide body, which was de­signed to pro­vide record space within its cat­e­gory but with­out for­go­ing the height of the in­te­rior spa­ces, and even of­fer­ing an ad­di­tional 30 m2 sun­deck on the third level. The flag­ship de­signed once more by Ste­fano Righ­ini has spritzed up the com­pos­ite yacht cat­e­gory with its spa­cious ar­eas and tech­ni­cal de­tails, such as su­per­struc­ture made en­tirely of car­bon fi­bre, as well as its nav­i­ga­tion ef­fi­ciency and su­pe­rior fin­ish­ing stan­dards. Wor­thy of mention among the as­pects that make it even more “grande” is the side garage, which leaves the stern com­pletely free for a mag­nif­i­cent 12 m2 beach area pro­vided by the large piv­ot­ing swim plat­form. This beach area is just one of three - one in the stern and the other, more pri­vate, for guests that pre­fer to be at the front.

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