More entertainment space, for more family and friends. This was among the special requests made by a Latin American customer of Astondoa when he considered commissioning one of the builder’s bigger boats. You’ll get to see the results next week at the Miami Yacht Show. The event marks the U.S. debut for the megayacht, the Astondoa 80 Flybridge.
The client appreciated the outdoor ambiance of the yacht, along with the promised swift speeds. The Spain-based builder says the 80 Flybridge can cruise at 26 knots, achieving a range of 400 nautical miles. The same MAN engine package also permits topping out at 32 knots, according to the yard. However, he wanted to maximize usable space inside, with fewer bulkheads separating and therefore compartmentalizing spaces.
One area you’ll see this aboard the Astondoa 80 Flybridge is in the main-deck arrangement. Typically, boat buyers want the galley closed off from the saloon. They also want to split the saloon into seating and dining zones. This owner, though, wanted his guests to be able to see straight from the entry to the saloon (above) to the forward windshield. It was important to have as bright and as voluminous a feel as possible. Therefore, the galley has a pass-through aft to the saloon, plus no wall between it and the helm. In addition, the saloon is one big relaxation zone, with cocktail tables.
The helm moved places, too. Usually, the Astondoa 80 Flybridge situates the captain’s command area forward to port. Aboard this owner’s yacht, it’s to starboard. Unchanged, though, is the second helm station up on the flying bridge.
With four staterooms below decks, including the master (above), the Astondoa 80 Flybridge is actually a redesign of a previous model. Astondoa took it upon itself to change things up, notably larger side ports below and above deck. It also created louvers within the flying-bridge hardtop, so that owners can let air and more sun in when they so wish. All that buyers have left to do up here is pick out sun lounges and a paint color, if they want to contrast the hardtop with the hull.
G Marine, Astondoa’s U.S. representative, which is exhibiting the Astondoa 80 Flybridge at the boat show, believes the redesign and the owner’s requests will resonate with other customers, too. “We are finding more families and larger groups are traveling together on a yacht,” explains David Galante, COO. This translates to “more expansive living and play space, entertaining options, and casual lifestyles, filled with watersports and excursions.”