Palmer Johnson Signs 170 SportYacht, 48 SuperSport

Palmer-Johnson-170-SportYacht-Project-262On the verge of delivering a 170 SportYacht (above) and 48 SuperSport (below), Palmer Johnson has signed new contracts for each megayacht model.

The contract for the 170 SportYacht is for the third yacht in that series. The name refers to the LOA in feet, or about 52 meters. The first one was DB 9, delivered in . The second is Bliss (pictured), just launched a few weeks ago. Styling and interior design of the 170 SportYacht is by Nuvolari-Lenard. Palmer Johnson permits buyers to customize the interior and some elements of the exterior. The owners of Bliss took advantage of that. Their 170 SportYacht has a hardtop, with smoked-glass insets aft to partially enclose it.

Palmer Johnson has not indicated whether the new 170 SportYacht will have a hardtop or be open. However, beam is set at 31’2” (9.5 meters). The megayacht can accommodate up to a party of 12. Top speed should exceed 30 knots, thanks to MTU 16V 4000 M93L engines. Construction will be all aluminum, and gross tonnage will be less than 500.


As for the 48 SuperSport, the contract is for the second yacht in that range. The model name refers to the LOA in meters, which is about 158 feet. The first one is being delivered soon. Besides looking dramatically different, the 48 SuperSport has an entirely different hull design and construction materials. The hull is a wavepiercer, chosen for its advantages in cruising comfort and efficiency. Wavepiercers have fine bows, which don’t pitch the way that traditional monohulls can. As for the construction, the 48 SuperSport is all carbon fiber. Palmer Johnson says that translates to a 20-ton weight savings.

Palmer Johnson has not revealed specifics on the new contract. However, some details from the first 48 SuperSport likely will be the same. She’s expected to top out at 32 knots, with twin MTU 16V 2000 M94s. At that same speed, fuel burn should be 264 gph (1,000 lph). The 48 SuperSport has a full-beam owner’s suite with floor-to-ceiling glass, the latter of which characterizes the entire main deck. The owner’s suite further has a fold-down balcony. The skylounge is nearly enrobed in glass, too. The all-important beach club is yet another feature. Gross tonnage is less than 500.

Bliss, Second Palmer Johnson 170

Palmer Johnson Bliss launch 2The second Palmer Johnson 170, christened Bliss, is nearing delivery. She was launched and started conducting initial sea trials several days ago.

Bliss bears some similarities in style to DB 9, which was delivered a few years ago. She, too, is a Palmer Johnson 170, part of the Palmer Johnson SportYacht series. However, there are also styling and structural differences. The most notable is that Bliss has a hardtop. That in turn is accompanied by angular, smoked-glass insets and striking wing-like sections. Bliss features styling and interior design by Nuvolari Lenard.

Specifics on the decor and customization of the general arrangement haven’t been revealed. However, Bliss should have accommodations for 12 in the owner’s party. She also certainly emphasizes outdoor living as much as indoor. The SportYacht series allows for ample alfresco space. There’s a private pool on the foredeck, besides a large, welcoming pad and seating area aft. The series further keeps non-structural bulkheads inside on the main deck to a minimum.

True to her SportYacht heritage, Bliss is intended for speedy cruising. Twin 16V 4000 M93L diesels from MTU promise a top end of 31 knots. She’s also all-aluminum construction and meets both Lloyds and MCA requirements.

Palmer Johnson hasn’t revealed any further details about Bliss at the moment.

Oceanco Design Proposal by Nuvolari-Lenard: Rialto


Oceanco is among the builders squarely taking aim at the upper end of the megayacht market. As such, upon contract, it’s prepared to build this 361-foot (110-meter) project. Rialto, “rise” or “ascent” in Italian, is fittingly styled by Venice-based Nuvolari-Lenard.

The styling of Rialto fits in with the overall Oceanco family feel, while still standing apart. One of Nuvolari-Lenard’s design missions was to incorporate vast amounts of glass to bring the outside in. Skylights are one way it’s achieved. The megayacht’s master suite and private lobby—situated on one of two upper decks devoted to the owner—benefit from a skylight. Another skylight sends natural light straight down to Rialto’s main deck. Speaking of the main deck, two fold-down balconies do the trick even more. They flank the main-deck dining area aboard Rialto.

Oceanco is renowned for signature transoms, and Rialto is no different. Nuvolari-Lenard has placed an infinity pool on the main aft deck, complemented by two hot tubs and, of course, sunning space. The pool floor can additionally rise up to make the water shallower. Then there’s the eye-catching glass expanse just beyond the pool. Nuvolari-Lenard made it a glass ceiling, over the gym.


With a beam of 59’1” (18 meters), Rialto offers accommodations for 18 guests. The suggested layout contains seven VIPs, a double stateroom, and a twin stateroom. A beauty salon, beach club with a dive locker, cinema, and even a medical room are also onboard Rialto. Obviously Oceanco and Nuvolari-Lenard will reconfigure the arrangement if a buyer so wishes. In addition, a buyer is free to select an interior designer.

Because of Rialto’s passenger count, Oceanco and Nuvolari-Lenard, as well as BMT Nigel Gee, which paired with Oceanco’s in-house team for naval architecture, have ensured the megayacht is compliant with the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC). On contract, the megayacht can be built to the Lloyd’s classification X100 A1 Passenger Yacht X SCM ECO.

Oceanco expects Rialto to be capable of a 21½-knot top speed. She’ll be powered by four 4,290-hp MTU 20V 4000M 73L diesels. More than 71,000 gallons (271,000 liters) of fuel will ensure any popular port is within reach.

This video gives a good overview of Rialto’s exterior spaces.


Megayacht News Onboard: Lürssen’s Quattroelle


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Even for the legion of Lürssen fans worldwide, Quattroelle is something special. From her name—translated to “Four Ls” from Italian, meaning Love, Life, Liberty, and Luxury—to her Italian flair, when combined with German engineering prowess, she is a family yacht built for pleasure. Complemented by a top-notch crew under the command of Paul Bell, and with an enthusiastic, experienced owner who was involved in every aspect of the build, the 282’5” (86.11-meter) Quattroelle will surely deliver on the promise.


PHOTO: Klaus Jordan

A knowledgeable, involved owner produces a better yacht, and Quattroelle is a perfect example. The team involved in the design and build of the megayacht reads like a who’s who of yachting. The owner is a previous Lürssen client, having chartered extensively, and a second-hand owner of the 197-foot (60-meter) Capri. Working together with the yacht brokerage and management firm Moran Yacht & Ship, he and his wife were involved in every aspect of the specification of Quattroelle, which was called Bellissima throughout the build. When choosing designers, they went to Nuvolari-Lenard, which supplied both exterior and interior design. The result is a megayacht which is not only typically Lürssen in the quality of her finish and engineering, but also has the elegant, streamlined yet  aggressive look associated with the finest of Italian design.


PHOTO: Norma Trease

Still more talent on the build team included Capt. Paul Bell, who commented, “the yacht is an overall amazing unison of engineering and design perfection moulded with crew input, which created the ultimate experience for our boss.” He and the chief engineer, Robert Millar, were involved from the earliest days of planning, contributing myriad practical suggestions which were a tremendously positive addition to Quattroelle. These particularly benefitted the engine room, which every yacht aficionado appreciates, Quattroelle’s is truly a thing of beauty, both practical and aesthetically correct. The baby of Millar, who has been with the boss close to 10 years, is as shiny as a disco ball and perfectly laid out. Trimmed in polished stainless throughout, Millar convinced the Lürssen engineers to move some machinery a few centimeters here and there, making for clean edges and level surfaces throughout, and then added curved stainless steel handrails around the sides, for a layer of decoration as well as secure handholds and a barrier against touching delicate machinery.


PHOTO: Klaus Jordan

The twin Caterpillar engines are labeled with name plates of “Greta” and “Juliette” to honor Millar’s grandmother and his wife’s grandmother. No detail has been spared, from rubber-mounted, sound-insulated machinery, to tool drawers with custom-designed slots in rubber-lined drawers, similar to those most normally found in the pantry to protect delicate cutlery, glass, and dishware. Millar also suggested adding a workshop, a Lürssen first. Fitted with low-emission engine-exhaust systems and equipped with HUG particle filters and soot burners, Quattroelle is not only extremely fuel efficient, but surpasses IMO air pollution standards.


PHOTO: Klaus Jordan

While every Lürssen is known for precision in engineering and design, the sheer number of new concepts brought to the design of Quattroelle by Nuvolari-Lenard takes this megayacht to whole new level. Having a long relationship with the owners, Nuvolari-Lenard understood from the beginning their brief for a yacht which would be “eclectic contemporary,” and this is evident throughout the interior and exterior. Seen from the water, despite her massive volume and 45’3” (13.8-meter) beam, Quattroelle looks “normal” due to the fluid lines of her hull and superstructure. Even the paint job, a subtle mix of three colors, helps this ship-sized vessel look like a yacht. The design flows seamlessly from the exterior to the interior, with such details as the “sugar scoop” windows making her highly distinctive for yacht spotters, but also offering a fascinating design element to the guest cabins on the main deck level.


PHOTO: Klaus Jordan

Quattroelle’s interior is incredibly intricate, with each room, each deck level having a look of its own, yet joined together by what Dan Nuvolari described as the language of the design. “Yachts are extremely engineered products,” he says, and so to make them more human, he and his team chose to “speak an analogic language in a digital atmosphere,” drawing shapes on paper before putting them into 3-D computer designs, and building designs layer by layer so it wouldn’t look like a digital product.


From the five guest suites on the main deck to the owners’ suite on the upper deck (pictured), and even to the upper-deck lounge, where a self-playing Steinway piano and bar are located, Quattroelle has an enormous amount of detail that could be potentially overwhelming. However, the use of design themes keeps the interior flowing and utterly captivating. By using similar materials, including wood, glass, bronze, and leather, yet carving, molding, and otherwise shaping them into hundreds of different applications, Nuvolari-Lenard keeps Quattroelle’s design from being excessive or too busy. In fact, it is warm and logical at the same time.


PHOTO: Klaus Jordan

Nuvolari-Lenard designed every bit of the megayacht, including the custom 33-foot (10-meter) Columbo tenders to the exterior fashion plate (carved, of course) to the magnificent Murano glass chandelier in the dining room for 16 (though it can be enlarged for 20 guests). Nuvolari-Lenard even designed Quattroelle’s crew uniforms. No matter what design element you see, all feature a modern approach based on classicism.


PHOTO: Klaus Jordan

Quattroelle’s design will surprise and delight both her owners and the yacht world for years to come.

ISA Building Hybrid-Powered ISA 140 Megayacht

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Come next summer, ISA plans to deliver this 140-foot (43.63-meter) megayacht, its first featuring all-fiberglass construction as well as a hybrid propulsion system developed by Siemens.

There are several well-known benefits to hybrid propulsion, such as lower fuel burn, quieter atmosphere onboard, and lower emissions, without compromising speed or performance. Hybrid propulsion can involve batteries and/or gensets in addition to traditional diesel engines. For the ISA 140, ISA has selected two gensets powering electric motors in addition to the diesels, each set of which can operate with a single pair of Rolls Royce waterjets. For times when the owner wishes to travel close to the anticipated 32-knot top end and 26-knot cruise, the ISA 140 megayacht will operate solely on traditional power. For maneuvering slowly, up to 8 knots, the captain will engage the electric motors. Of course, the hybrid system also serves as a redundant source of propulsion, should something go wrong. The shaft gensets for the electric motors can turn the props if the main engines fail.


If the owner is particularly concerned about fuel consumption, or the megayacht is in an environmentally sensitive area, it’s easy to imagine the electric motors will be used often. ISA expects a fuel burn of only 2.9 gallons per hour (11 liters per hour) at 8 knots when they are the sole source of propulsion. ISA also expects fuel consumption at the best cruise under diesel power to be miserly, just 23.78 gallons per hour (90 liters per hour) and range to be 2,600 nautical miles.

While full details on the interior design aren’t available yet, the five-stateroom layout of the ISA 140 will be designed by Nuvolari-Lenard. Expect customary indoor and outdoor spaces like a saloon, sundeck, and beach club (above).

On a related note, this isn’t the first time a megayacht builder—ISA included—has collaborated with Siemens. Kingship, Wally, and Wider Yachts have all either launched or plan construction on megayachts featuring Siemens hybrid systems. While it hasn’t built a megayacht with Siemens yet, Trinity Yachts is more than familiar with the offerings, as its sister company, TY Offshore, has worked with Siemens on commercial and/or military vessels. As for ISA, it aimed for zero emissions in presenting the ISA 390 Zero concept back in 2009.