Megayacht News Onboard: Ouranos, by The Italian Sea Group

If you got a second chance to do something, what would you do? If you’re like most yacht owners, you’d probably build a bigger yacht. You might even return to the same shipyard. The owner of Ouranos did both of those. He stepped up not just in size, however, but also in creature comforts, including peace and quiet while cruising and at anchor.

The first Ouranos from The Italian Sea Group was a 148-footer, delivered in 2012. (Back then, the builder went by the name Admiral Tecnomar Group.) At the time, she was the builder’s largest all-fiberglass trideck. In fact, she was part of the Nadara series, which emphasizes performance. That Ouranos hit a reported top speed of 30 knots. At 164 feet LOA and with a steel hull, the owner’s new megayacht marks two big changes right there. Yet another change is the full-displacement hull design. Since that emphasizes efficient cruising, she sees a reported maximum speed of 17 knots.


There’s yet another significant difference related to performance, in terms of quiet operations. The shipyard says Ouranos scored 96 on a scale of 100 in meeting RINA Comfort Class sound and vibration requirements. The mark is among the highest achieved by a traditionally powered motoryacht thus far. In brief, RINA Comfort Class meets, and in some respects exceeds, the IMO’s standards. In fact, it has stricter standards than the IMO for guest accommodations. And, for crew areas, it meets more restrictive regulations that are coming into effect in the near future. Both the owner’s guests and charter guests will appreciate the direct and indirect benefits of all of these measures.

Guests of both kinds will definitely appreciate the owner’s eye for detail. Throughout the interior of Ouranos, there’s carefully selected artwork. Two colorful figures engage in a dance in the foyer outside the skylounge (above), for example. A painting nearly the size of the forward bulkhead dominates the dining area, further visible from the saloon just aft. The entrance to the saloon shows off its own mini art gallery, too (below). Two glass-fronted display niches contain carefully lit sculptures.


With leather-wrapped walls, marble and steel accents, wood soles, and floor-to-ceiling windows, Ouranos sets a serene scene. Whether they’ve mostly admired the scenery inside or outside, guests have been enjoying life aboard this new yacht. The Italian Sea Group delivered Ouranos in time for the owner to spend the summer season in the Med. Charter guests had the megayacht booked up from June through September, too.

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