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The 42m Crowbridge by Cantiere delle Marche is made for very experienced repeat clients of Tommaso Spadolini who have owned several previous yachts, although all of them have been planing hulls. The yacht was launched in June 2020. The owners decided to make the switch to a custom displacement yacht for family reasons and wanted to cruise in more leisurely comfort. Crowbridge has a top speed of 15 knots and an economic cruising speed of 10 knots. This took something of a mind-shift as the owners were more accustomed to making fast transfers at 25 knots. But with a beam of 8.5m the explorer has much more space and her round-bilge hull with bulbous bow means she can venture out in weather that would keep a planing yacht in port, explains Tommaso Spadolini. “The owners had several specific requests, starting with the clean and sober profile as well as generous interior and exterior as they spent several weeks at a time on board. These may seem like common requirements for a large yacht, but he and his wife approached the project with very precise ideas of how they wanted the private and social areas to be set up,” says Tommaso Spadolini. “We worked closely with Sergio Cutolo’s HydroTec studio to maximize the internal volumes and in the superstructure we managed to create the perfect compromise between the interior layout and both the size and positioning of the large windows. An unusual request was to have six ensuite guest cabins on the lower deck – three double cabins for the owners’ sons and three twin single cabins for their grandchildren – which is rare on a yacht of this size”.Here are some details of the Crowbridge's design. The family preferred a traditional salon and dining room on the main deckThe master stateroom includes a private study, a big walk-in wardrobe, separate His and Hers bathrooms with a common shower stall, and a day sofa that converts into a bedThe sundeck has a saltwater hot tub, bar unit and small dining loungeThe original design had a side-loading tender garage in the stern, but on reflection the owners decided to house the tender on the upper deck aft and dedicate the garage to toys such as an Optimist and a Laser sailing boat, which are deployed from the central transom staircaseCdM’s story begins in 2010. Since 2015, the shipyard is the world’s leading builder of explorer yachts. Cantiere delle Marche builds long-range, luxury yachts and superyachts from 26m to 40m in length.Credits: Tommaso Spadolini
Wooden Boats has created the new WB 10.70 m LimoTender with a movable deckhouse, which is necessary for it to be comfortably stowed in the garage of the superyacht that houses it. The American owner who commissioned the WB 10.70 m LimoTender had no doubts: after appreciating the WB14 built for the Benetti shipyard, they wanted as similar a tender as possible for their 100 m megayacht. However, the sheer size of the garage presented the boutique shipyard in Viareggio with a truly complex challenge, which its owner and founder, engineer Marco Arnaboldi, rose to with determination.The WB 10.70m LimoTender is 10.70m-long and 3m-wide, and the overall height with a lowered deckhouse is 1.80m, the same size that her guests can enjoy inside once the deckhouse is raised. It can hold fourteen people and four crew members in all."We didn't just stick to the mandatory dimensions in height and, of course, length," explains the engineer from Viareggio. "In addition to the four electromechanical actuators that allow the deckhouse to be raised and lowered, complemented by a safety catch to ensure safe navigation, the WB 10.70m LimoTender is also equipped with internal jacks to raise it during hauling operations, thus avoiding the classic cables and heavy external hooks that are very dangerous in rough sea conditions. The aesthetics of the garage, with two simple arms, improve as a result, and operations are safer and more practical."The designer Giorgio Cassetta is responsible for the tapered profile. The outfitting of the WB 10.70m LimoTender has already started in the Viareggio shipyard and includes the construction of the refined carbon composite/PVC foam sandwich that characterises all the tenders made by Wooden Boats. The tender is powered by two Volvo Penta D3 diesel engines (220 hp each) with a stern drive capable of a top speed of 35 knots, a cruising speed of 25 knots and with a range of 200 nautical miles. Delivery is scheduled for spring 2022.Wooden Boats was founded in 1984; the Arnaboldi naval engineering office offers highly specialised services in the field of luxury displacement and planing yachts, as well in the fields of military and commercial boats. Studio Arnaboldi has collaborated with leading Italian brands such as Benetti, Sanlorenzo, Pershing, Mangusta (Effebi), Admiral, SA, Perini, VSY, Rossinavi, Azimut and Baglietto and has also worked with top designer names, including Della Rolle Giacomelli, Tommaso Spadolini, Giorgio Cassetta, Marco Casali, Francesco Paszkowski, Luca Dini and Guido De Groot. Credits: Wooden Boats
May 11, 2021
Baltic Yachts has won a contract to build a 110ft sloop, which will be the third Baltic superyacht to feature electric propulsion as environmental considerations continue to dominate designs following the launch of Baltic 142 Canova and the imminent launch of the Baltic 117 Custom.The new yacht, designed by Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, responsible for the successful Baltic 112 Liara, will not only feature an electric drive, but also low-emission twin 129kW generators using new Cummins diesel engines designed to meet IMO Tier 3 emissions regulations. The proven Danfoss electric propulsion unit, powered by lithium-ion batteries, will drive through a conventional shaft. The benefits of the electric drive include vastly reduced emissions, high levels of efficiency, a quieter drive train with reduced vibration and a modular setup allowing flexibility within the engine room.“I am delighted to report a surge in demand for Baltic Yachts with an increasing number of clients looking at electric propulsion and other environmentally conscious solutions we can offer,” says Henry Hawkins, Baltic Yachts Executive Vice President. “There’s a clear trend developing in support of low emissions yachting, and we are delighted to be building another yacht featuring the latest technology which supports a cleaner, greener environment.”The powerful cruising sloop has been developed by a highly experienced and knowledgeable sailing family and is designed for long distance global voyaging. She will also feature a high voltage electrical system, enabling the yacht to operate in silent mode for long periods of time while maintaining super-comfortable onboard living conditions. Interior design will be by the award-winning, Stockholm-based Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter.The all-carbon sloop will be fitted with a lifting keel and a Southern Spars rig package and may feature newly developed photovoltaic sun awnings, which will further enhance the yacht’s eco-energy credentials.A2B Marine Projects will be in charge of external project management and, with building starting shortly, the Baltic 110 Custom will be due for delivery in 2023.Baltic Yachts was founded in 1973 with a clear objective to build better yachts that are lighter, stiffer, and faster. With more than 550 yachts launched, that objective has been continuously met.Credits: Baltic Yachts
May 11, 2021
Construction on the 66m Vitruvius yacht recently began at Rossinavi’s facilities in Viareggio, with delivery expected in 2023. Based on the Vitruvius Lifestyle yacht design, its contract was signed in December 2019 and, as a sign of the times, the development phase was efficiently and successfully completed entirely through Zoom video conferencing technology. Philippe Briand reflects on what he has learned from the process: “On a recent call with the owner of our 66m Lifestyle yacht project currently under construction at Rossinavi, we joked that this must be the first yacht to be built on Zoom, because we have been working together for over one year now without ever having physically met. It has been a surprisingly educational process, even after all these years of working in yacht design.” As a global citizen, the yacht’s owner plans to exclusively use it for private holidays with friends and family. Having chartered twice a year for the last 20 years, the client is a focused and discerning yachtsman who has compiled a precise and extensive wish list for his dream yacht during this period. The owner’s representative on the project is Fabrizio Loi of Florida-based new construction specialist Interyachting, while interior design is being carried out by Enrico Gobbi.“It has been a fascinating and stimulating process designing this 66m yacht, as the owner is one of the most thorough and knowledgeable clients that I have had the pleasure to work with in my four decades as a yacht designer,” adds Briand. “By meticulously recording every detail and preference for his perfect yacht over the course of two decades’ chartering, he has created a comprehensive design reference that includes an extensive photo archive. Alongside the guidance of his owner’s representative, we were provided with very detailed feedback and preferences. Every line, every single volume of the yacht has been scrutinised. One would think this tiresome, but it was quite the opposite because the team feeded off the gentlemen’s input and experience and I think we are delivering a superior yacht; and it has been a thoroughly enjoyable project to work on together. The benefits will no doubt be seen in the final outcome of this special Vitruvius yacht when launched in two years’ time.” Philippe Briand is the founder and designer of Vitruvius Yachts Ltd. He made his name designing award-winning sailing yachts under his own brand name and building on that experience has led him to create a revolutionary range of motor yachts: Vitruvius Yachts with a range in size of over 100m in length.With over 12,000 boats built to date, Philippe Briand could reasonably be considered the most prolific yacht designer of our time. Credits: Vitruvius Yachts
May 11, 2021
Vripack and experienced boat builder Qnautic have joined forces to develop the all-new Q52.The Q52 is the second boat to benefit from Vripack and Qnautic’s collaborative imagination, following on from the 2020 launch of the Q39 super-RIB. Leveraging Vripack’s extensive design and naval architecture expertise and Qnautic's sophisticated shipbuilding knowledge, the result is a tender with ingenious naval architecture, proven build quality and a beautiful, creative design. “The idea for the Q39 originated from a need for fast and safe RIB suitable for offshore use,” says Marnix Hoekstra, co-creative director at Vripack. “By combining existing RIB designs with contemporary techniques and styling, the Q39 super RIB was born. So, when tasked with the brief to take it to the next level and re-create the Q52 tender, we happily accepted the challenge.”“It’s been a pleasure to work with Vripack on the development of both boats,” says Robbert van Rijk, founder of Qnautic. “The interest and passion for boatbuilding originated at our family shipyard in Amsterdam. After many years of working in shipping, including the offshore industry, fish industry, tugboats and wind farm vessels, a love for building high-quality boats has arisen. Our son Marnix van Rijk recently took the helm at Qnautic, which means the company now has four generations of boatbuilders in the family". Key characteristics of the Q52 are wide and comfortable helm seats. Stylish decking runs throughout. Wraparound seating and ergonomically-designed exterior spaces maximise onboard enjoyment. A wide passarelle makes stepping on and off safe and easy, while a wet bar with sink, and fridge provide the ideal setting for guests to enjoy time spent travelling to and from the mothership in style, as well as unrestricted exploration whenever desired.The first model of the 16.10m Q52 tender is scheduled for delivery in summer 2021. Vripack is a yacht-design studio with a portfolio that represents over 7400 designs, made strong through its extensive naval architecture and engineering experience. From the moment they opened their doors in 1961, Vripack studio’s approach to design has been governed by the playful interaction between form and function.Credits: Vripack
May 10, 2021
Finnish shipyard Nautor’s Swan has announced the latest maxi yacht to be added to their range: the Swan 108 sailing yacht.The Swan 108 is based on the evolution of the previous Maxi Swan, particularly in regard to the exterior lines, but with the addition of innovative solutions never applied before by the Finnish yard.“Last December I anticipated the plan to have a bigger sister to the Swan 88 to fill the space between the Swan 98 and Swan 120,” says Giovanni Pomati, CEO of Nautor Group. “It was an anticipation that we are here to announce officially. With the awe-inspiring teamwork of international designers – German Frers, Misa Poggi and Lucio Micheletti – we have been able to design and sell the first Swan 108. This yacht is the expression of our philosophy: she draws on the amazing heritage we have at Nautor and sets a new and contemporary tone.” Designed with moderate freeboards like every Swan yacht, this new model offers seaworthiness and great comfort at sea even in very rough conditions, and she runs very gently in waves. The innovative deck layout comes in two versions for the cockpit. The owner can choose a step in the aft deck area or a completely flush deck. Both solutions mean that the area is suitable for sunbathing or just as a lounge area to sit and relax.“We always start a project with a clean slate as a way to investigate and double check the choices available and to match the briefs from the sales force closely,” says German Frers. “There is no specific change you need to make once you go over a 100’ but just continue observing the mathematics and laws of physics. Specifically: length changes linearly, areas are squared, volume is cubed, and stability varies to the 4th exponent”.The innovative coachroof is beautiful yet functional, with an extra-large companionway leading to the saloon to give an idea of continuity with the cockpit. Innovation isn’t only in style, but also functionality; for example, helm stations have been moved forward and in a higher position to enhance visibility and control of the yacht, bringing the aft part of the cockpit completely available for sunbathing, relaxation, and the beach club area.The sail plan takes advantage of the brand’s experience in building performance cruiser yachts for efficiency and easily managed sailing. Any possibility, from a cruising-oriented in-boom furling to racing-square top mainsail, is available for the mainsail, while the long base of the fore triangle allows having up to four stays to divide the forward sail area.The interiors, designed by Nautor’s interior team and Misa Poggi, offer great livability and comfort for both the owner and guests. The yacht has an owner’s suite forward plus three guest cabins complete with private heads.The Swan 108 offers great privacy to both owner and crew, who have a separate area with three cabins and a crew mess.Nautor’s Swan was founded in 1966 in Pietarsaari, Finland. The builder entered the superyacht market in 1999. Since then, the yard has continued building high-performance sailing yachts in three different lines; ClubSwan, Swan Yachts and Maxi Swan Yachts. Credits: Nautor’s Swan
May 10, 2021
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