on 8 Mar 2023
Italian yacht designer Tommaso Spadolini has unveiled initial renderings of a new 49m superyacht designed for longer voyages.
The new 48.5-metre superyacht follows a design brief from its owner that called on more open spaces than those offered by their current 35-metre vessel, as well as the capacity to roam far and wide.
With a displacement hull, construction in steel and aluminium, and a longer range, additional design elements requested in the new yacht include larger windows, a tender in the bow, and a convivial flybridge. It will also boast a master suite, four guest cabins, and four crew cabins, as well as a captain’s quarters.
The designer has described the design as a “feasibility study but already with very specific requests.”
“There had to be large windows, the owner’s suite had to be located on the main deck towards the bow, with the four guest and four crew cabins on the lower deck; and the captain’s quarters had to be on the upper deck,” says Spadolini. “Then the tender, the seabobs and an Optimist had to occupy the forward area, to leave room aft for a gym and for a large swim platform, which included folding topsides to expand its size, a solution that further increases contact with the sea and the surrounding environment. Finally, the flying bridge had to be a perfect example of a space dedicated to relaxing in company.”
An experienced yacht user, the owner also made some precise requests regarding the interior common areas, which include a large galley aft off the owner’s cabin, followed aft by an 11-metre saloon, while another seven-metre saloon is planned on the upper deck. In addition, the balcony of the owner’s cabin will feature a lateral exit from the side, guaranteeing maximum privacy.
Consultations with the owner indicate that furnishings will focus on modular sofas and armchairs that can be adjusted as needed.
The brief of the yacht, which Spadolini describes as ‘classic trending to modern’ in style, also called for a displacement hull and the resulting design includes a hull of 48.5 meters in overall length, which becomes 46 at the waterline, with a maximum beam of 8.8 meters and a 2.5 metre draught. Steel will be used for the construction of the hull and aluminium for the superstructures, with a “gross tonnage” of approximately 490 tons.
The new yacht will be powered by a pair of Caterpillar CAT C32 motors from the brand’s professional “working” series, allowing the yacht to reach a top speed of 16.5 knots, and maintain a cruising speed of 13.5 knots. At the owner’s request, a range of 4,500 nm at an economic speed of 10.5 knots was envisaged, so all types of navigation, even ocean-going ones, are not unfeasible. Those engines are paired with numerous solar panels, which guarantee good energy autonomy, allowing everyone to enjoy moonlit evenings in a bay without the hum of the generators, while also reflecting the owner’s concern for the environment.
“We were expressly asked for a semi-vertical bow and other specific choices,” says the designer. “For example, the flybridge must have large free areas and, for this reason, the classic hydromassage tub was not included; it will essentially be a huge solarium with furniture that can be combined for the occasion. The relationship with the water is therefore mainly experienced through the large aft swim platform and its comfortable and inviting access to the sea.
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