Lürssen’s Quatroelle: Designer Commentary by Nuvolari-Lenard

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Delivered this month after extensive sea trials in October, the 282’5″ (86.11-meter) Quattroelle is the first Lürssen yacht to be designed by Nuvolari-Lenard. The Italian design team of Dan Lenard and Carlo Nuvolari was responsible for both exterior styling and interior design. Sold and supervised by the technical team of Moran Yacht & Ship, the megayacht, as you may recall, was originally known only as Project Bellissimo. Quattroelle essentially means “four Ls,” these being Love, Life, Liberty, and Luxury.

Nuvolari-Lenard’s partners give us some insight into this challenging project. Due to her size (beam is 45’3”, or 13.8 meters) and her massive volume, the test became to keep her sleek and proportionate.

“It was an exciting project,” says Lenard. “This large yacht is one of our most detailed designs ever. We started with a blank sheet of paper and designed both the interior and the exterior. The owner is well known to us and trusts that we understand what he wants to achieve. We have tailored the design to precisely suit his personality, and we have no doubt that when he looks at this yacht he sees himself reflected in what we have designed. She is more ship than yacht, and as we drew the lines, we kept two things in mind. Firstly, we wanted the yacht to be truly Italian in her styling. So we gave her an aggressive yet streamlined look that still manages to be elegant. Secondly, we wanted to make sure her external appearance reflected a timeless heritage and reflected the best engineering practices available at the builder’s yard in Germany.”

“One good example of what we mean is the tri-dimensional shape of the sheerline amidships,” Lenard continues. It enhances the ‘power’ of the hull at the same time as introducing a styling detail of the superstructure.”

Lenard also says that the owner wanted Quattroelle to have plenty of exterior space devoted to leisure. “To make sure he always had the opportunity of using it, we designed the after end of the upper deck so that it could be closed in, using glass panels that slide and pivot into place easily,” Lenard explains. “By doing that, we have made the space far more flexible. In warm weather it is always open, but move northwards, and there are times when the evenings can become a little chilly. In keeping with the supply of plenty of exterior space, we have made the huge foredeck user-friendly and have built a terrazzo around the large swimming pool.”

In terms of the interior, Nuvolari adds, “Beautiful woods dominate the interior decor but never overpower the senses. It is not so much a classic interior but a modern approach to a classic feel. We think the finished result is rich and sophisticated and just as importantly is neither excessive nor vulgar.”

“The detailing is what makes the interior special,” he continues. “Take, for example the use of Murano glass in the chandelier above the dining room table, or the bronze railing of the main lobby stairs. They are both in their own special way true pieces of art perfectly created.”

Interesting enough, Nuvolari-Lenard’s involvement with Quattroelle’s design didn’t end with the styling or interior. “We designed everything from crew uniforms to the two large tenders the yacht carries,” Nuvolari says. “One of those is a classic limousine tender, and the other a sleek walk-around model. We designed them both on the same hull line using the same engines. That way they can be carried on either the port or starboard side because they each share a common cradle requirement, and what is more, the engineer need only carry spares for one type of engine.”

Moran Yachts, which wrote the technical specifications for Quattroelle and represented the owner both before and during construction, has a long relationship with this client. “We have represented the owner of Quattroelle for over 14 years, having sold to him his previous yacht, the motoryacht Capri, and represented him with the sale of several of his previous yachts,” Robert Moran, CEO of Moran Yachts, explains. “This client, being very familiar with the operations of large yachts, had a very explicit brief for what he wanted with his new custom yacht.” After discussing the project with several shipyards, Moran adds, the owner selected Lürssen. Moran also says that Quattroelle’s captain, Paul Bell, and chief engineer, Robert Miller, were involved in many aspects.

Quattroelle is now available for charter, as part of the central agency of Moran Yacht & Ship. Her rate is €1 million per week, plus expenses. She already has 12 weeks booked for the upcoming Caribbean and the Mediterranean season.

2 Nuvolari-Lenard Megayachts Underway at Palmer Johnson

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Thanks to Nuvolari-Lenard, we’re getting sneak peeks at two megayachts presently under construction at Palmer Johnson.

The design studio shares updates on several of its projects on a regular basis on its Facebook page, and these Palmer Johnson megayachts are among the updates this week. The megayacht pictured above is one of the PJ210s, a.k.a. 210-footers, the shipyard is building, code named Project Stimulus and Project Hermes. The all-aluminum PJ 210 is the largest Sport Yacht in Palmer Johnson’s history, and its largest-ever megayacht period. In fact, the PJ 210 is the largest yacht to be constructed in Palmer Johnson’s home state of Wisconsin. Interior renderings reveal fold-down balconies will be to each side of the dining area. Another fold-down balcony forward in the main-deck owner’s suite will make a nice terrace, too. There’s further a good deal of alfresco space, in keeping with the Sport Yacht theme, including a terrific crow’s nest complete with seating. Delivery is set for next year.

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As for this megayacht, she’s slightly smaller, at 171 feet LOA. Nuvolari-Lenard describes her as a sistership to DB 9, still bearing the Sport Yacht styling and emphasis on alfresco enjoyment. Though, there is a difference. This time, the yacht will have a closed upper deck between the mast wings, which were not yet in place when the photo was taken recently.

We’ll have more updates in the coming months.

VIDEO: Lürssen’s Quattroelle on Sea Trials

Not even a foggy, grey day could obscure the lines of Quattroelle, one of the newest launches at Lürssen, as she headed out on sea trials last week.

Quattroelle measures more than 282 feet (86 meters) and has a healthy beam of about 45 feet (13.8 meters). In contrast to other megayachts measuring nearly the same size, Quattroelle appears sleeker. That’s thanks to the design work of Nuvolari-Lenard.

You’ll get several good looks at the megayacht’s styling in this video, taken during the first day of her trials.


Nuvolari-Lenard 110-Meter Megayacht Project for Oceanco

Three-hundred sixty-one feet. That’s what 110 meters works out to, and that’s the length of a concept project that Nuvolari-Lenard styled for Oceanco and that the duo feels confident will attract attention.

DP002, as Oceanco refers to the concept megayacht, was unveiled in model form at the Monaco Yacht Show. She bears naval architecture by the shipyard’s in-house team with BMT Nigel Gee. Hull studies show that she should see a swift turn of speed for something of her size, about 20½ knots with quadruple MTU 20V4000M73 diesels, among the most powerful propulsion packages used aboard megayachts these days.

Styling-wise, DP002 has a family resemblance to other Nuvolari-Lenard projects and Oceanco projects. The same is true of features like the aft-deck pool, which became a signature element when it was introduced aboard Alfa Nero several years ago. Something new, though, which we can easily see becoming a new signature style is the use of mirrored glass to shade seating and relaxation areas. Equally noteworthy, that same glass becomes transparent when it’s backlit at night, creating a lovely effect.

You’ll see that and more in the following video. While general arrangement is ultimately being left up to the owner who commissions the project, nine guest staterooms (with seven of them being VIPs) are suggested, as is the location of the owner’s suite three decks above the waterline. A crew of 40 can attend to everyone’s needs, too. Given the 57’7” (17.6 -meter) beam and nearly 18, 622 square feet (1,730 square meters) of interior space, surely no one will complain about not having enough elbowroom.

The video also includes specifics about fuel capacity, draft, and even the types of helicopters that can be accommodated on the foredeck helipad.


Lürssen Launches Bellissimo, Now Named Quattroelle

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You can’t tell in the photo, but a heavy rainfall accompanied the formal launch of the latest Lürssen megayacht this morning, at its Rendsburg, Germany facility. She’s Quattroelle, known as project Bellissimo during construction.

Like a few other Lürssen megayachts, Quattroelle has been under a publicity embargo. However, the yard has confirmed earlier reports that she features styling by Nuvolari-Lenard and has provided an official LOA of 282’5″ (86.11 meters). The yard also released the beam, 45’3’’ (13.8 meters).

Quattroelle further has six staterooms for an owner’s party of 12, with a decor said to be contemporary in nature. The megayacht is for a repeat client of Moran Yacht & Ship, which has been monitoring construction for the owner.

It was a little more than a year ago that Lürssen slid the then-named project Bellissimo out from her first build shed. She was then transferred via tug to the shed where she emerged from today.

For the best measure of this megayacht’s scale, look at the bow… a person is standing there. Also take a close look at some of her features, particularly the shapes of the ports forward along her main deck. They’re quite unusual and seem to complement the curving shapes elsewhere. You can also see a fold-down hatch deployed a bit farther forward of there.

UPDATE, OCTOBER 29, 2012: Quattroelle left the shipyard under her own power for the first time on October 23. The photo below shows her en route to what was expected to be three days of sea trials.

PHOTO: Carl Groll/TheYachtPhoto.com