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Superyacht Design


new facilities at Marina di Carrara, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of the Nuovi Cantieri Apuania yard that the group acquired in 2013. A series of giant sheds cluster next to enormous quays and a huge dry dock, with a large overhead beam crane towering above the site in a mechanical mirror to the quarryscarred mountain range behind. The space though, while large, is not empty. Several Admiral Tecnomar projects are taking shape in the sheds, and one in particular gives cause for considerable excitement – the first Maxima 47.

The Admiral Tecnomar team are nearing the final stages of her construction, and a recent visit affords me the chance to take a tour into the guts of this impressive build. The project started taking shape five years ago as a Luca Dini design merged with a picture in the mind of Baldo Gjurasic, the owner’s rep and project manager for the build, honed after a week spent with the yacht’s owner to better understand the owner’s lifestyle, mentality and proposed use. The result is a yacht that features more than six tonnes of

words: Tim Thomas imagery: courtesy of The Italian Sea Group

glass creating an ocean of light, and a modern, contemporary minimalist interior, with a target of 45dB sound readings in all areas – including the crew quarters – so that everyone can sleep. The exciting design and its execution are further proof that the Italian builder is really hitting its stride as a producer of exceptional, and exceptionally finished, superyachts. That the project recognises the importance both of crew and of yacht maintenance becomes immediately evident as we move through the yacht. Rather than head to the main guest areas to get an impression of what this spacious, 499 gross tonne yacht offers, we delve straight into the guts of the project, and before long I am standing in a long tunnel on the tank deck. ‘The crew is the most important item on the boat,’ Gjurasic enthuses. ‘The owner cannot run a yacht of this size on his own. So the first issue was to create suitable crew quarters, and also to create a tunnel running from fore to aft. I am 1.91 metres tall and I wanted to walk not crawl, so we started from the very bottom of the boat. For one week we

worked liked crazy, looking at the draught, the curves, the cross section.’ The result of all this work is a long, wide access tunnel that allows the crew and the engineer to walk nearly the full length of the yacht, minimising intrusion on the guest areas and maximising the available space for storage and technical elements. Along the tunnel is a comfortable laundry, cold store areas with fridges and freezers, and mechanical elements including not only the giant Naiad stabiliser fins but also water heaters, cooling pumps, powerpacks and other elements. It creates relief from what would otherwise be a crowded engine room space, and the result is an engine room that offers plenty of room for movement, inspection and servicing. More than this, though, has been the drive to make everything accessible. Everything is beautifully installed, and the equipment is the best money can buy. Every single pipe can be dismantled, and all panels have been designed to be easily removable to give maximum access to any technical element or wiring

‘More than six tonnes of glass creating an ocean of light and a contemporary minimalist interior, with a target of 45dB sound readings in all areas’ <#l#> <#r#>

Superyacht Design

run. The philosophy was that the yacht has to run properly, and people have to enjoy her, and the result is a yacht that has not been built around the machinery. It’s a striking indication that this yacht has been designed and built by people who understand the demands of running yachts and being at sea. This same exacting standard has been applied to all aspects of the project. The sound insulation has been prioritised, even over the cost of 0.2 or so of a knot of top speed. The entire interior is floating, and the crew areas are built to nearly the same standard as the guest areas. It’s the application of an important philosophy – namely, that everyone has a right to privacy and to sleep, particularly as this will be a busy charter yacht. For her owner and future charter guests, there is a lot to look forward to. On the lower deck, four cabins amidships – the aft two of which are designated VIP cabins – offer an abundance of space and light, aided by the simple yet contemporary palette that will never have more than three colours. The feature finishes will be near-white, with contrasting Macassar and a conscious decision not to have lots of high-gloss elements. The large owner’s suite with a forward transverse bathroom sits in pride of place forward on the main deck, covering an impressive 80 square metres and including a gym and steam room that can be used either by the owner or by the guests. Aft, a giant saloon with forward dining area benefits from acres of glass. The bulwarks are cut either side to create a wonderful sea view – something that the team considers <#l#>

particularly important. ‘Guests spend perhaps 15 per cent of their time here,’ states Gjurasic, ‘and they hardly ever eat here. That’s why the bulwark is cut, matching the design up top, and with the huge windows like that you have a sea view – we might succeed in getting them to eat two or three times a year here!’ The client had come in with his designer, holding ideas about sliding doors and balconies on the main deck that they had seen on other yachts. The project team pointed out that with balconies on the main deck the crew is often passing on either side, the owner and guests are disturbed which can mean they never use the balconies and after two years there is the consideration of ongoing

Particular attention has been paid to the crew and technical areas, with the design including a spacious tunnel on the tank deck that runs from the engine room to the crew quarters forward (above). The owner’s quarters (below) measure more than 80m2

Superyacht Design

Most impressively, at 12 knots the yacht will offer a transpacific range of 6,125 nautical miles maintenance on the balcony mechanisms. As a result, the balcony concept has been transferred to the upper deck, where there will be a sliding door in the upper saloon that leads to a six metre by 1.5 metre balcony. It is a key design element that is sure to be used extensively. The project’s drive for excellence is evident even as we ascend the main guest stair to the upper deck. The stairs were originally fixed in a conventional way, but it was decided that the more elegant solution would be floating stairs with a glass wall. Everything was cut away, and a new structure welded in, and the result is what should be a beautiful, open space creating a waterfall of light. The upper saloon reinforces the theme of indoor/ outdoor living, emphasised further by the fact that neither the upper nor main aft decks need structural supports or pillars, creating impressive exterior spaces that will be populated with loose furniture. The great deck areas are carried up to the sundeck, which will offer 134 square metres of space complete with forward spa pool and sunpads, a bar and seating area amidships under the radar arch, and aft seating. Considerable attention has also been paid to the beach club in the stern, forward of which lies a large garage (including a second laundry for beach club towels) that will carry a fleet of toys including a 5.5 metre tender, a jet ski, two Sea Bobs, paddleboards and six bikes. <#l#>

After much calculation and consideration to the yacht’s proposed use, CAT C32 ACERT engines were chosen as the best power units, and they will offer a top speed of around 16.2 knots with a cruise speed of over 15 knots. Most impressively, at 12 knots the yacht will offer a transpacific range of 6,125 nautical miles from 77,000 litres of fuel. Two gensets of 115kW each are complemented by an emergency generator of 85kW located in a forward ‘garage’ that will also hold the rescue tender. A powerful bowthruster and a sternthruster that has been built in to the keel should provide maximum manoeuvrability even in strong crosswinds. Perhaps most impressive, though, is how Admiral Tecnomar has risen to the challenge of producing such an important project. The quality of finish under the surface is superb, with even the darkest corners of the bilge receiving several coats of primer and paint, and the technical installation is fine indeed. This yacht, which will be named Entourage, is a beautifully built Italian yacht of the highest order. ‘I have goosebumps and emotions because I love the sea,’ says Gjurasic. ‘I don’t have a car but I have three boats. I have more salt in my veins than blood. This is a great team, and a great project. We have More on to be the star of the show, and we will be.’ It’s a belief I find hard to contradict.


Alongside her impressive volume, Entourage will also feature prodigious deck spaces including a foredeck lounging and sunbathing area that sits by a forward ‘garage’ for the rescue tender and emergency generator. The finished yacht will also feature a new, revised mast arrangement as shown here

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