ISA Yachts has earned a reputation for building stylish, swift yachts, but it’s also expanded into displacement yachts. Thanks to the Fast Displacement Hull Form by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, its clients no longer have to choose efficiency over speed, or vice versa. ISA Yachts is offering a new design, the Yara 44, with the naval-architecture firm’s patented hull. There’s also a larger version, the Yara 48. The Yara 44 and 48 should further be of interest to buyers who want a real twist on indoor-outdoor living and particularly ones in the Americas, given Bahamas-friendly drafts.
The Yara 44 (“yara” is a water nymph in ancient Brazilian folklore) measures 145’7” (44.4 meters). The Yara 48 measures 156’8” (47.78 meters), sharing the same hull. As we’ve explained in previous articles, the Fast Displacement Hull Form is efficient throughout the full speed range, not solely toward top end. This can mean a 30-percent better fuel burn at cruise and 15- to 20-percent better burn at maximum speeds. The all-aluminum Yara 44 and 48 will each have a beam of 29 feet (8.85 meters) and promise equal performance figures. Van Oossanen Naval Architects anticipates a top end exceeding 24 knots with twin MTU 16V 2000 diesels. Optional 12V or 16V 4000s should permit 27- and 30-knot top ends, respectively. Transatlantic range is, of course, calculated into the equation as well. With the standard engines, the Yara 44 should achieve it at 13 to 14 knots.
There is one slight variation in the two hulls: draft. The Yara 44 draws 6’7” (2.05 meters), while the Yara 48 draws 7’1” (2.16 meters). Regardless, both will allows owners to enjoy skinny-water cruising in the islands.
Besides these requirements, ISA Yachts wanted the Yara 44 and 48 to offer more versatility for indoor-outdoor living. Plenty of yachts have sliding aft-deck doors that can remain open, and/or sliding hardtops. But, the room remains walled in to both sides, even if there is full-height glass. The Yara yachts eliminate the walls by making them slide and fold. The concept is similar to what is aboard only a handful of yachts, like Smeralda. The design was created by Omega Architects, while still respecting ISA Yachts’ DNA.
Take a close look at the sketches above. The top left image shows the Yara 44 with the glass walls in place, akin to a traditional saloon. Though, even with them this way, the yacht offers great views, thanks to lowered bulwarks (as best seen in the bottom-most profile image). Follow the arrow down to the next image: The outer glass walls slide aft, and the aft-deck glass doors fold outboard. Then, as the top right image shows, the Yara 44 gains a doubly long alfresco lounge area.
Speaking of that lounge area, ISA Yachts didn’t want the hot tub to interrupt the profile nor views from inside. Omega Architects therefore penned it to be essentially flush with the teak-lined deck. The waterfall emanating from the upper deck’s overhang is another nice touch, especially if lit at night (below).
Other highlights of the Yara 44 and Yara 48 include four guest staterooms below decks and a main-deck owner’s suite. The latter benefits from bulwark cutouts running the length of the room. The beach club offers a choice of a sauna or a steam room, paired with a bar and day head. Because the main decks aboard the Yara 44 and 48 emphasize relaxation, the galleys go below, in the forward crew area. Toys go on the foredeck due to the beach club. More relaxation takes place aft of the wheelhouse and on the sundeck. To preserve openness up here, the masts for the Yara 44 and 48 have pedestal-like legs. Aboard the 44, a bar and pop-up TV is centered beneath the mast. On her bigger sister, there’s a hot tub and sunbeds. Otherwise, dining and seating areas are on both designs.
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