At­ti­tude 175

An Ital­ian su­pery­acht spin on an Amer­i­can Down East-style work­boat.

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The yacht de­sign world is more ac­tive than ever with con­cepts that stir imag­i­na­tions, but that likely will never part a wave. On a trip through Italy’s boat­build­ing re­gions this past sum­mer, we did no­tice one that might have po­ten­tial. It caught our eyes and stole our hearts at Rossi­navi in Viareg­gio.

Since the in­tro­duc­tion of Hinck­ley’s 36-foot Pic­nic Boat in 1994, Amer­i­cans have de­vel­oped an en­dur­ing love af­fair with the Down East-style mo­to­ry­acht. Long be­fore the Pic­nic Boat, how­ever, afi­ciona­dos ap­pre­ci­ated the styling and har­di­ness of the clas­sic work­boats that ply the coast­lines of Maine and the Cana­dian Mar­itimes in search of the ven­er­a­ble ta­ble fare known in Latin as Ho­marus amer­i­canus— the cold-wa­ter lob­ster. En­ter Rossi­navi. Rossi­navi has gained steam as an in­no­va­tive builder of stylish yachts. The hall­ways and meet­ing rooms of the com­pany’s of­fices are lined with mod­els of mold-break­ers, some of which have been de­liv­ered and some in-build. The one that caught our at­ten­tion is a show­stop­per.

De­signed by ar­chi­tect Carlo Colombo (his first yacht) to ap­peal to the Amer­i­can mar­ket, At­ti­tude, as the con­cept is known, takes styling cues from the broad pool of Down East ves­sels that have grown from the Pic­nic Boat. Most no­tably, the yacht’s pro­file has a pro­nounced struc­tural el­e­ment that cov­ers the sun­deck and sup­ports the mast and elec­tron­ics domes, then trails down to the wa­ter­line with a sharp swoop for­ward. While thor­oughly con­tem­po­rary, the de­sign clearly evokes the DNA of the clas­sic Down East yacht. Rather than feel­ing cheesy, as such a thing could, it works in spades.

While At­ti­tude is still a con­cept, Colombo and Rossi­navi have en­dowed the 175-footer (53-me­ter) with ex­ten­sive, ex­pan­sive glaz­ing and the ameni­ties of a lux­ury villa. The yacht’s main deck aft is open for max­i­mum con­nec­tion with the el­e­ments. The builder sug­gests that if an owner wanted it, he could even have a proper fight­ing chair in­stalled back there. Arra­bito Naval Ar­chi­tects penned the con­cept’s fast-dis­place­ment hull.

This sexy su­pery­acht may never hit the wa­ter—or haul a lob­ster pot—but it sure would look great an­chored off just about any­where.

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