If you only live once, then the owner of YOLO is about to make the most of it. (For the uninitiated, “YOLO” is an acronym for “you only live once.”) YOLO is the first Nauta Air 86 model from Cantiere delle Marche.
The Italian builder transported the megayacht from her build shed to the water over the weekend. Look closely at the truck moving her, to get a sense of her dimensions. Note, too, her underwater gear, pictured below. Cantiere delle Marche prides itself on overbuilding its yachts. As Cantiere delle Marche’s managing director, Vasco Buonpensiere, told us in our Leadership Series interview a few months ago, “It is really common to hear clients saying, ‘I know that the first season, there will be a lot of things to make good after a bit of usage.’ But do they say the same of their jets or sports cars? Do they expect to stop on the highway or make emergency landings during the first months of use? This is something we really wanted to change. We are proud to say that the after-sales claims we have experienced on the boats we have delivered are really few.”
The Nauta Air 86 is an explorer yacht bearing design by Nauta Yacht Design. Buonpensiere says the idea came from observing the megayacht market. “We noticed that a large group of owners was looking for motoryachts that are different from the typical white-hulled planing boat with a flying bridge,” he explains. “They wanted an energy-efficient boat that has larger interior volumes, something fully customizable and with sturdy metal construction. This without having to go for a large, three-bridge displacement yacht that can be heavy in more ways than one.”
The Nauta Air 86 has the practical features you’d expect of such a project. These include full walkaround decks and a secondary helm on her upper deck. She also, of course, has the luxury touches of any yacht, including teak decking, sunning areas, and lovely relaxation spaces inside. Parts of the inside become indoor-outdoor areas, too. The galley is a good example. It’s aft, making it connected to aft-deck gatherings and more overall socialization. (All buyers are invited to customize the layout of the Nauta Air 86.)
The Nauta Air 86’s LOA is a little larger than 86 feet, the latter being what you’d expect from her model name. It’s 89’1” (27.15 meters). YOLO actually started out somewhat smaller but grew to the current model length. She has a beam of 21’3” (6.5 meters).
All staterooms aboard YOLO, including the master, are below decks. The master is full-beam, of course. Guests are treated to two staterooms, a twin and a VIP. What some buyers might want as a third guest cabin is a gym.
YOLO’s owner, from Australia, anticipates cruising quite a bit. The twin 875-hp Caterpillar engines should permit YOLO a 3,200-nautical-mile range at 9 knots. Cruise speed is reportedly 13½ knots.