What started as a concept design two years ago is a growing fast-displacement series. The Mangusta GranSport line now includes a second model, the GranSport 44.
Measuring 144’7” (44.1 meters), the new model joins the GranSport 54, which is set for delivery next summer. Construction is not yet underway on the 44, since model tank tests are ongoing. Francesco Frediani, group commercial director, says the first aluminum frames are set for assembly in September. That should permit the Mangusta GranSport 44 to be in an owner’s hands in 2019. Bearing a 28’2” (8.6-meter) beam, hull number one is available for sale.
Alberto Mancini, who also penned the lines of the 54, wanted the 44 to reflect the typical Mediterranean cruising lifestyle. This puts an emphasis on alfresco areas, of course. But, a virtual connection between interior and exterior areas is equally important. One key example is the upper-deck lounge. It opens out aft to a seating area, plus has views out to more lounging space forward. Indeed, this foredeck spot should be popular all day. A large U-shape settee accompanies two sunpads, plus a hot tub for a small crowd. Furthermore, the hot tub has a waterfall edge. The water flows down forward over three skylights, which illuminate the master head.
The Mangusta GranSport 44 also maximizes usable space close to the waterline. The beach club includes three opening platforms. But, they’re not all the typical hatches. When the transom flips up, the swim platform can extend even farther out. Altogether, the owner’s party of 10 gets 807 square meters (75 square meters) for relaxation.
Since she’s a fast-displacement design, the Mangusta GranSport 44 should provide the speed benefits of a semi-displacement yacht and efficiency akin to a full-displacement design. Expect a top speed of 26 knots, for example. Range should be 3,000 nautical miles at 11 knots. In addition, the shipyard anticipates a still-respectable 1,000 nautical miles at 20 knots. All of this comes with a triple-MTU propulsion package, along with a KaMeWa waterjet coupled to the central engine. The waterjet, a steerable unit, will additionally let the captain station-keep (similar to dynamic positioning). The 7’2” (2.2-meter) draft puts a variety of anchorages at your disposal, too.