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
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.