Last year, Cantieri di Pisa announced it was reviving the Akhir brand. The revival is paying off, with a contract for the first Akhir 42S. LOA: 138 feet (42 meters). A Japanese client will take delivery in springtime 2018.
If you know the Pisa name, you probably know that the Akhir series was popular particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. It reached American shores during that latter decade, too. Cantieri di Pisa went into bankruptcy during the global recession, but was acquired by Mondomarine early last year. That new ownership turned to Luca Dini Design to breathe new life into the series. The lines are updated, a skylounge is now onboard, and ports are more like picture windows, keeping with modern trends. Luca Dini Design preserved the signature Akhir 42S elements, like the sharp bow (what Cantieri di Pisa calls a “shark nose” bow). The studio also moved the radar arch farther forward. In the series’ heyday, it used to be all the way aft. The new position permits extending sunshades over the open deck and framing of the skylounge structure.
Inside, the Akhir 42S follows the arrangement a lot of owners prefer. This includes a main-deck master, further full beam. (Beam is 26’6”, or 8.1 meters). As seen above, the stateroom has balconies and natural light flowing in even from the ceiling height. The megayacht additionally includes a captain’s cabin aft of the wheelhouse and a beach club, formed when the transom folds down. The Japanese client requested a below-decks galley as well.
The all-aluminum, semi-displacement Akhir 42S is meant for cruising in and out of various ports. Draft is 7’5” (2.3 meters), permitting some shallow-water access. The Akhir 42S should also see a top speed of 19 knots under 1,920-hp MTUs. Best range should be 2,200 nautical miles, too.
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