Italy-based Cantiere delle Marche will start construction soon on its first Nauta Air megayacht. The Nauta Air explorer models complement the shipyard’s other explorer series, the Darwin Class.
Nauta Air, whose name stems from that of her design team, Nauta Yachts, is an all-aluminum range. (Note: The rendering above is of a Nauta Air 80 megayacht model. Cantiere delle Marche is not yet permitted to release the new 86’s look, though she is based on the 80. The shipyard created the series to allow owners input into the space arrangements.) As you would expect of an explorer yacht, the Nauta Air 86 emphasizes low fuel consumption and bluewater voyaging. Her somewhat softer styling pairs well with her thoroughly yacht-like features, including sunning spaces and alfresco dining and relaxing. Inside, the owner gets private access to the master stateroom, apart from the guest cabins’ access. Another nice touch: situating the galley aft on the main deck, letting it swiftly serve guests inside or outside. The saloon, as a result, is amidships.
The Nauta Air 86 should be put to good use by the owner, a client of Lee Marine in Australia, which is a distributor for Cantiere delle Marche for the Asia-Pacific region. An Australian living in Thailand, the owner intends to cruise the Indian Ocean with family and friends. This is his first custom-yacht project, and he says the Cantiere delle Marche team was “very attentive to all of my queries and countless questions.” He adds, “Unlike any expedition yacht I have ever seen in this size, the Nauta Air 86 has stylish lines, making her refined and elegant-looking while remaining a true bluewater cruiser. I am totally satisfied and proud of the customization.” The owner plans to visit the shipyard during the 18-month build. On a lighter note, and not surprising to anyone who has done business with Italians, he says he’s looking forward to some long Italian lunches during those visits.
This Nauta Air 86 marks the seventh expedition-style yacht that Cantiere delle Marche has contracted within the past two years. The yard anticipates signing two additional contracts soon as well, one for a German client and one for an Israeli client.