ISA Yachts 40M Berlinetta, in New Series

ISA-Yachts-40m-Berlinetta-1ISA Yachts and Marco Casali Too Design have joined forces for a series of steel-hulled megayachts. Called the Berlinetta series, its first design is the 40M Berlinetta shown here. LOA is 131 feet (40 meters).

The Berlineta series is aimed at buyers who want big volumes but not the maintenance or crew needs that big megayachts require. ISA Yachts has gained a good amount of experience building larger and larger projects. It recognizes, however, that there’s a way to impart that technical know-how into what some owners consider a more manageable package.

Besides the 40M Berlinetta, the series will feature a 98-foot (30-meter) model. Marco Casali’s studio is responsible for the concept, styling, and interior design for the series overall. Naval architecture and engineering is by ISA Yachts’ in-house team.

Buyers can put their own imprint on the yachts. Of course, Marco Casali’s studio and ISA Yachts already have a suggested layout for the 40M Berlinetta. It includes five staterooms for the owner’s party. They also suggest three crew cabins accompany the captain’s stateroom. Something owners will certainly leave alone, however, is the wide-body configuration. The saloon spans the full 27’6” (8.4-meter) beam aboard the 40M Berlinetta. The elbowroom-friendly feel enhanced by full-height opening windows, too. Casali explains that the goal is to make the entire area feel like a terrace over the sea.


That same feeling will come at the waterline, with the beach club. Casali says outfitting options range from making it an extra saloon to a spa/wellness area, or even doubling as a tender garage. More options await for the foredeck. Here, the 40M Berlinetta can feature a hot tub or another tender garage.

Regardless of configuration, expect the yacht to have good range at a variety of speeds. ISA Yachts says that twin Caterpillar C32s should permit the 40M Berlinetta to see 3,600 miles at 11 knots. At her cruise speed of 13½ knots, she should achieve 2,200 miles. Top end is 15½ knots.

The 40M Berlinetta will have a feature familiar to fans of ISA Yachts. Fully aft, stairways on each side flow down from the top deck to the swim platform.

The ISA Yachts 40M Berlinetta will be RINA classed and meet MCA LYC 3 standards.

For more information directly from ISA Yachts regarding the 40M Berlinetta, fill out our contact form.

Shipyard Spotlight: Oceanco

Oceanco-3Oceanco’s 27-year history makes it a virtual youngster among most megayacht builders. All the more interesting, then, that in 2008, Oceanco set its sights on the upper end of the megayacht market. Specifically, the Netherlands-based builder is squarely focused on megayachts of 262 feet (80 meters) and larger. It’s among the few worldwide with that ability. Even fewer solely target this size range. Oceanco chose this sector based on the clients it was attracting, of course. But, it also knew it could construct some of the yachts in a brand-new, purpose-built shed. The latter puts Oceanco in a category of its own.

The location in Alblasserdam where Oceanco has been operating since 1997 has a building measuring about 476 feet x 148 feet (145 meters x 45 meters). That allows for two yachts of 262 to 295 feet (80 to 90 meters) to be built simultaneously. But, it has precluded the far larger megayachts. “We don’t want to be caught in a facility where we can’t meet the quality that clients expect,” says Robert Tan, sales manager for Oceanco. Therefore, in 2008, Oceanco acquired adjacent land for expansion. In 2012, construction started on that land, on a shed measuring 492 by 98 feet (150 by 30 meters).

Oceanco-2In June, we toured the new Oceanco shed (above and at left), set for completion late this year. If you include the offices that line it, the width is actually 164 feet (50 meters). All told, the new shed is six levels high. Workshops are on each of those levels, corresponding to the tasks going on aboard the megayachts directly out on the build floor. So, for example, machinery workshops are situated on the lowest levels, with interior-related workshops above them. In total, there will be 139,931 square feet (13,000 square meters) of workshop space. Furthermore, two 50-ton overhead cranes will extend out from the colossal bay doors to transport equipment, parts, and related items inside.

Oceanco is also finishing a separate new paint shed. Most noteworthy, it will permit different parts of a yacht to be independently controlled. This means not just painting, but also interior temperature and humidity control, plus airflow control. (Airflow impacts dust particles and the overall finish of a paint job.)

Larger construction and painting facilities need a larger launching area, naturally. So, Oceanco has a new drydock to accommodate the bigger megayachts. Pictured in the second photo above, it should take about 10 hours to be pumped dry from full capacity.

The first Oceanco to benefit from the additional facilities will be Y714. She’ll measure 360’9” (110 meters). Her hull is under construction off site with a sub-contractor. Oceanco signed this mega-size megayacht in 2012, the largest to be built in The Netherlands. Styling is by Igor Lobanov, with naval architecture by Azure Naval Architects. Delivery should be in 2016.

Y714, and subsequent large megayachts, will all enjoy something other Oceanco yachts currently do. It’s a four-hour cruise to open ocean, with no height or beam restrictions.

Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport Out From Shed


Here’s the first photo of the Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport. Despite the name indicating a 48-meter LOA, she’s actually 49 meters, or 160’8″.

While the metallic paint job is akin to that of other recent deliveries, the Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport marks several departures. She feature a wavepiercer hull, selected for its advantages in cruising comfort and efficiency. Wavepiercers have fine bows, which don’t pitch the way that traditional monohulls can. The hull form additionally has two sponsons. The builder says they bolster stability threefold. Equally noteworthy, the Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport is an all-carbon-fiber megayacht. Aluminum has long been the material of choice for the American builder.

The materials switch translates to a 20-ton weight savings, according to the yard. That lighter weight should allow a 32-knot top speed from the twin MTU 2000 Series engines, to be confirmed during sea trials. The Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport should also consume less than 264 gph (1,000 lph) at that same speed. It is still a good amount of fuel, but not as much as other high-speed megayachts. Of course, transatlantic range is also being emphasized. That should come at about a 14-knot pace.

Inside, the 48m SuperSport has accommodations for an owner’s party of 12. That includes a main deck master, which occupies 721 square feet (67 square meters). It’s complemented by a fold-down balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows. Those windows are just shy of 20 feet long (6 meters). The three vertical ports you see in the photo delineate the master. Similarly floor-to-ceiling windows also highlight the saloon.

Even though the saloon of the Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport is about 43 feet (13 meters) long, alfresco space is a big attraction. A beach club is aboard, of course, but the owners and guests surely will indulge in the aft deck’s and upper deck’s amenities more. Lounging, sunning, dining; you name it, it can be done. And, it can be done quite stylishly. Note how the Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport has shapely openings to the side fully aft. All told, the 36-foot (11-meter) beam should feel even airier.

For on-water playtime, three PWCs and a tender can be launched.

For more, check out these photos from the Palmer Johnson Facebook page.


Nono, Admiral Impero 37, Debuts in Italy

Nono-launch-Italian-Sea-GroupThe Italian Sea Group (formerly Admiral Tecnomar) marked its fourth megayacht launch of the year with Nono last week. The 121-footer is an Admiral Impero 37 model, with “37” signifying her LOA in meters.

The all-aluminum Admiral Impero 37 series features styling by Luca Dini Design. The model embraces contemporary looks, with a raised-pilothouse configuration. The metallic-bronze paint job emphasizes the modernity of Nono, as does an abundance of glass. The latter is particularly noteworthy fully aft on the main deck. The same is true at about amidships on the same deck, in the form of sliding doors.

The owner of Nono tapped The Italian Sea Group’s in-house design studio for the interior. As you’d expect of her LOA, Nono has a combination saloon and dining area on the main deck. Also as you’d expect, the master is fully forward. Guests get four staterooms below decks, two of which are large VIPs. Each staterooms has opening ports, too, a nice touch. While the galley aboard Nono is also below decks, directly accessible from the crew’s quarters, there is a main-deck pantry. It has side-deck access, helpful for provisioning.

Speaking of access, Nono’s beach club yields direct access to the tender garage. Toys are launched to the side. The beach club itself, formed by opening the transom, boasts a steam bath and a bar. For more alfresco enjoyment, Nono has a good-size sundeck. Dining and lounging take place forward, thanks to a table, sunpads, and a bar. The owners, who will enjoy strictly private cruising, and their guests can watch the captain at the second helm up here, too. A hot tub is situated aft. Nearby is extra space for extra toy stowage, should the owners of Nono so wish. For more privacy, there’s a seating area toward the bow. Since the master suite is full beam, side-deck stairs rise up and over it to yield access. The seating is accompanied by a hi-lo table, and a big sunpad just above and aft, atop the master.

Something the owners also wanted was good speed. The Italian Sea Group says Nono can top out at 20 knots. Propulsion is from twin MAN engines. While best-cruise range was not revealed, most megayachts of Nono’s size can easily travel good distances around the Med and Caribbean.

Nono will be available for public viewing at the Monaco Yacht Show and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this fall.

While Nono was the fourth yacht splashed so far in 2014 for the yard, as stated above, she’s technically the fifth launch overall. The Italian Sea Group also built a barge to transport yachts that measure up to 295 feet (90 meters).

Rossinavi Presents Poseidon Yacht Proposal

Rossinavi-Poseidon-1Why not name a go-anywhere yacht after the Greek god of the sea? That’s what Rossinavi has done with Poseidon, a 143’7” (43.85-meter) megayacht proposal that it’s promoting to potential buyers.

Rossinavi partnered with Arrabito Naval Architects for the engineering of the ice-classed megayacht. She’ll meet Ice Class IB classification standards, which both Det Norske Veritas and ABS offer. It requires, among other things, reinforcing the aluminum hull and underwater equipment against ice encounters. Another requirement for Poseidon: anti-freezing measures for certain systems below the waterline. To suit the go-anywhere goal, Arrabito Naval Architects designed the hull for reasonable speeds and extended range. With twin 1,300-hp Caterpillars, top end should be 17 knots. With twin MTUs, it should be 20 knots. Either way, dialed down to displacement speeds, Poseidon should see a 10,000-nautical-mile range, according to Rossinavi. The 6’10” (2.12-meter) draft means the megayacht will be able to access a number of ports that full-displacement projects cannot.

Styling and interior design of the four-deck Poseidon are from Team for Design. Enrico Gobbi, the studio’s principal, and his staff have collaborated with Rossinavi on a handful of yachts previously. Gobbi says the goal this time was to reflect “military and luxury” ideals. The exterior profile picks up both concepts, notably with the grey paint and the mix of sharp and soft lines. Luxury comes into play, of course, with the alfresco relaxation areas and interior. Notably outside, there’s a beach club and an aft-deck pool. A portion of the pool bottom is glass, further shaped like the facets of a diamond (below). Imagine the effect at night at anchor, with the beach club open.


Full-height glass flanking the main saloon, plus more large glass panes forward and above deck, bring the outside in. Forward on the main deck, note the eight vertical ports. They spill light into Poseidon’s formal dining area and gym. Above deck and aft, glass encircles the master suite. The adjacent alfresco lounging area is exclusively for the owners, too. The maximum 29’2” (8.9-meter) beam for Poseidon should ensure all of these areas are plenty comfortable.

The owners and six guests will be attended to by six crew and a captain. Owners will surely be given input into Poseidon’s interior arrangements and decor. Though, Team for Design suggests wenge joinery and muted tones like grey for fabrics and wall coverings. For extra wow factor in some rooms, the studio envisions backlit white-onyx walls. Team for Design has suggested configurations employing furnishings from the Armani Home collection.

For more information about Poseidon directly from Rossinavi, contact the builder or fill out our contact form.