Admiral Tecnomar Group Premieres Ouranos, Part of Nadara Series

Here’s Ouranos, photographed during her launch ceremony last Thursday at Tecnomar, a.k.a. Admiral Tecnomar Group. Ouranos is the largest megayacht in the Italian shipyard’s Nadara series, which emphasizes sleek lines and high performance.

Ouranos measures nearly 148 feet (45 meters) and is specifically the third Nadara 45 to launch. (The Nadara series also includes the Nadara 41 and Nadara 30.) Constructed of composite, Ouranos bears a deep-blue hull, with large ports forward. Admiral Tecnomar Group, so-named when Tecnomar acquired the Admiral brand of megayachts last autumn, was responsible for all aspects of design. Its in-house team worked with the owner on room arrangements and decor.

As for that interior, it follows what many megayacht owners prefer these days. The master suite is forward of the saloon and formal dining area on the main deck. It’s also full beam and benefits from the large ports mentioned above. The owner further has a gym and office in his suite. Below decks, five guest staterooms are amidships, arranged around a central lobby and stairway. Given four crew cabins forward of here and the captain’s cabin by the wheelhouse, the crew-to-guest ratio is quite good. Guests get to enjoy relaxation areas ranging from the skylounge to the sundeck’s hot tub and sunning spaces.

Since the Nadara series emphasizes performance, Ouranos should see a top end of 30 knots, powered by twin 4,184-hp MTUs.

UPDATE, APRIL 26, 2012: Admiral Tecnomar Group has signed a contract for its Nadara 38 series. The sale occurred just prior to the delivery of Ouranos. The new megayacht should exceed 28 knots with MTU power. Delivery is expected in summer 2014.

Tecnomar Acquires Admiral Brand of Megayachts

One Italian megayacht yard acquires another: Tecnomar has purchased the Admiral brand, known for displacement and planing megayachts established in 1966.

Though Admiral was not well-known stateside, it did have wide recognition overseas. It was responsible for a variety of megayachts in steel and aluminum from 105 to 177 feet (32 to 54 meters). Perhaps its most famous delivery was Sea Force One, the yacht pictured. At 177 feet, she was more than just Admiral’s largest yacht to date. Inside, she featured an eclectic (some say eccentric) mix of reality and fantasy. A giant metallic parrot, a mostly-black master stateroom (save for a white sculptured headboard mimicking the seabed), and other adornments sprang from the imagination of her owner, who referred to himself as Captain Magic and dressed much like a mix between the Phantom of the Opera and a Gilbert & Sullivan Pirate King.

Admiral was a brand of Cantieri Navali Lavagna (CNL), which declared bankruptcy in 2010. A few news reports in late 2010 stated that CNL was acquired by the Italian division of a Chinese shipping company. However, an Italian newspaper reported earlier this week that CNL was broken up into 16 business units by a court in Milan and auctioned off the last Friday of October. It followed what was reportedly three failed attempts to sell CNL to the Chinese and Italian firms.

As for Tecnomar, its management team says it was attracted to Admiral because its offerings help extend the range of sizes the yard can now offer.

In related news, Tecnomar plans to acquire a refit and service dock to target yachts in the size range that Admiral has built. Also in related news, Tecnomar held the keel-laying ceremony for a new Impero model megayacht on November 2. Attended by the owner and his family, it involved placing a coin into the keel for good luck. The Impero 40 model, so-named forher 40-meter (131-foot) LOA, bears design by Luca Dini and the yard’s in-house team. Top speed upon delivery in 2013 is expected to be 19 knots, given twin MTU 16V 2000 M94 diesels. She’ll also meet RINA’s Green Star Plus notation, verifying she’s built and operating within stringent environmentally friendly guidelines.

Tecnomar Signs 3 Megayacht Contracts for 2013 Delivery Dates

Less than a year after Tecnomar reorganized its model lineup, it has signed three new contracts for three different megayachts in its Tecnomar Alloy 5083 series.

Specifically, Tecnomar signed contracts for an Impero 45, an Impero 40, and a Regale 33. The Impero 45 features a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, while the other two yachts are all aluminum.

Measuring 45.5 meters (149 feet) LOA, the Impero 45 is intended to bring both military vessels and traditional yachts to mind, via a blend of stylistic elements of each. Boasting a reported 6,000-nautical-mile range, the yacht is expected to cruise at 16.5 knots, with 1,900-hp Caterpillar engines. Though Tecnomar didn’t release specifics of the interior design for this contract, the Impero 45 can include five to seven staterooms, for 14 people.

Tecnomar also didn’t release specifics on the Impero 40 contract, though computer-generated renderings reveal she’s a somewhat scaled-down version of the Impero 45.

At 33.65 meters (110 feet), the Regale 33, pictured above, may be even smaller, but she’s intended to make no less of an impression. The reported 33-knot top end, courtesy of 2,400-hp MTUs, certainly helps in this regard. The owner’s party of eight can enjoy the beach club, formed when the transom garage door is folded down and the RIB stowed in there is offloaded. They also get an open sundeck, with plenty of space for sunning and dining.

Tecnomar Partners With Denison Yacht Sales

As part of its efforts to expand its sales across the Atlantic, Tecnomar has tapped Denison Yacht Sales to be its exclusive North American sales and marketing partner.

Denison Yacht Sales will field all inquiries from the United States and Latin America, through its U.S. and Mexican offices. In a statement, Alex G. Clarke, a broker with Denison Yacht Sales who is serving as the main contact, says, “U.S. buyers are now looking at different styles and options away from the more conventional American products, and with Tecnomar’s new ownership and vision, we are confident that this will prove to be a very successful relationship for all those involved well into the future.”

Two years ago, a new management team took over Tecnomar, investing a reported €3 million (about $4.3 million) in its megayacht models. Much of it went toward the creation of two series, the Tecnomar Alloy 5083 and Tecnosail. The Tecnomar Alloy 5083 series includes both aluminum and steel megayachts, in planing and full-displacement hull designs from 33 to 56 meters (108 to 184 feet). Meanwhile, the Tecnosail series is comprised of sailing yachts in fiberglass and aluminum. Just three models are offered: 66, 76, and 100, with each numeral referring to the LOA in feet. These two series complement the existing Tecnomar series of fiberglass planing megayachts from 30 to 45 meters (98 to 148 feet).

The latter includes a newly launched Tecnomar Velvet 36 available for sale, similar to the one pictured. At 36.5 meters LOA (about 120 feet), the open-style megayacht accommodates 10 people and three crewmembers. Top speed is reportedly 32 knots, powered by twin 2,600-hp MTUs. Asking price is €7.5 million ($10.6 million).

Tecnomar Launches Aurora, From Nadara 30 Megayacht Series

Tecnomar Aurora

On the heels of launching a 36-meter (118-foot) megayacht in May, Tecnomar has splashed another megayacht, albeit a bit smaller. Aurora, part of its Nadara 30 series, tasted salt water for the first time on June 22.

As her series names suggests, Aurora measures 30 meters (98 feet). As part of the Nadara 30 lineup, Aurora emphasizes a blend of traditional and modern motoryacht styling. While it’s hard to see them in the launch photo, large windows wrap all the way around the main deck. The expanse of glass becomes even more expansive where the bulwarks lower. The Nadara 30 series emphasizes speed, too, and Aurora does not disappoint. Tecnomar says she tops out at 26 knots and cruises at 22 knots, given twin 1,825-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERTs.

Aurora’s styling and interior design are each by Tecnomar’s in-house team, Tecnomar Centro Stile. All staterooms, including the master, are on the lower deck. The owner’s stateroom is accompanied by two double cabins and two twin staterooms. This leaves the main deck devoted mostly to relaxation, though the galley and pilothouse are fully forward. More relaxation space lies up top, on the sundeck. Sunpads, settees, and a shaded dining/drinks area are the highlights. When the owner wants more shade, the crew can extend awnings. Alternately, if friends and family seek more sunning space, they can head to the main aft deck or bow. The aft-deck dining table can drop down for a fill-in sunpad. Permanent pads surround the hot tub on the bow.

For the owner’s privacy, the crew, housed in three staterooms aft below decks, have dedicated staircases.