Acico Yachts’ Nassima Nears Hand-Over

Acico Yachts should be days away from delivering its newest megayacht, Nassima. The all-aluminum, 164-foot (50-meter) Nassima was launched in late July and started sea trials last week.

Acico Yachts, known as Dutch Yacht Builders until 2010, specializes in semi-custom and fully custom sailing and motor yachts to 197 feet (60 meters). Construction started on Nassima two years ago, the same year Acico Yachts completed Latitude.

Nassima bears curvy styling and naval architecture by Olivier F. van Meer Design. The megayacht is intended for long-range cruising, equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512-C HD diesels. Sea trials reportedly confirmed a top speed just shy of 18 knots in about 16 feet (5 meters) of water. Acico Yachts states Nassima should therefore ultimately see an extra knot at top end when in deep water.

Inside, Nassima has some highly specialized features. Rather than setting aside the transom for a beach club or a tender garage, the megayacht makes use of it as a car garage. Well, to be accurate, a Mini and two Ducati motorbikes. Nassima is also outfitted with a large aquarium, dividing the saloon from the aft deck. (Though not visible in the photo here, if the initial renderings were kept intact, an outer wall of the aquarium takes up much of the space where you’d normally find sliding glass doors from the aft deck.) The master suite is up on the bridge deck, and all guest staterooms, which include four twins and a full-beam VIP, are below decks. Austria-based vdp Design was tapped by the owner for interior design.

Nassima, which is also for sale, will be exhibited at the Monaco Yacht Show. In the meantime, here’s a time-lapse look at how Acico Yachts transferred Nassima from land to the water last month.

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