Based on a visit to Narvalo (below) at the Cannes Yachting Festival, a yacht buyer from Northern Europe signed the dotted line for a Nauta Air expedition yacht of his own from Cantiere delle Marche (CdM).
Narvalo is a Nauta Air 108, the same model that the new client has commissioned. Vasco Buonpensiere, the shipyard’s sales and marketing director, says the new client and his family “have an incredible eye on design.” Furthermore, their enjoyment of long-range cruising and spending abundant time aboard “make them perfect ambassadors of our CdM soul.” The shipyard has earned a reputation for building sturdy globetrotters, with several of its customers having put tens of thousands of miles under their yachts’ hulls thus far.
CdM isn’t yet revealing how the owner of the new Nauta Air 108 is arranging the yacht. Regardless, the series measures nearly 110 feet, with a healthy 24’7” beam. Naval architecture is by Nauta Yachts (which explains the “Nauta” part of the model name). If Narvalo is any indication, the new Nauta Air 108 will accommodate eight guests and six crewmembers below decks. The the master suite sits forward on the main deck of that yacht, too.
In addition, in keeping with her explorer concept, the new Nauta Air 108 should see significant range. Narvalo’s twin 715-hp Caterpillars permit a reported 5,000 nautical miles at 9 knots. Cruising speed is only slightly higher, at 12 knots. This, and the steel and aluminum construction methods, attracted the client’s attention.
This latest Nauta Air marks the fifth yacht sold in the series so far. Also noteworthy, CdM says that she’s filled its last available build slot until springtime 2019. The shipyard caps construction to keep deliveries at a maximum at four yachts per year. Currently in build, there’s a Nauta Air 111 and two Darwin Class 102s.