PHOTO: Tom van Oossanen

Project Bravo Launches at Oceanco: VIDEO

A cold, crisp morning greeted Project Bravo as she slipped out of her build shed at Oceanco this weekend. The 357’6” (109-meter) megayacht is one of the most highly anticipated launches from the Dutch builder, and overall, this year. It’s not just due to her LOA, either. It’s due to the promise of pioneering features.

Project Bravo, a.k.a. Y718, celebrated her technical launch last year in February. In fact, back then, she transferred to the shed at Oceanco’s Alblasserdam yard where tugs gently guided her from this weekend. The cover of darkness during the technical launch, along with her partially complete state, allowed previewing just a few styling characteristics. Now, however, Nuvolari-Lenard’s handiwork shows off to full effect. Note especially Project Bravo’s vertical bow and the sharply angular lines mixing with softly rounded lines aft (below).

Oceanco megayacht Project Bravo

PHOTO: Tom van Oossanen

With a 53’5” (16.3-meter) beam, Project Bravo has length and width dimensions akin to other megayachts in her size range. Even with that, she appears quite lean. “Our approach with Bravo was to maintain a stunningly sleek profile without sacrificing any interior space,” explains Dan Lenard of Nuvolari-Lenard. Having collaborated with Oceanco on a few previous megayachts, such as Black Pearl and Alfa Nero, the studio needed to “raise the bar,” Lenard adds, at the yard’s request.

Additionally raising the bar, Lateral Naval Architects applied what it terms its LIFE design approach. The acronym stands for lengthened, innovative, fuel-efficient, and eco-friendly. (On a related note, Lateral Naval Architects is a partnership between BMT Nigel Gee and Oceanco.) LIFE benefits technical areas, performance, as well as relaxation areas.

For instance, “lengthened” applies as much to the megayacht’s LOA as it does some interior spaces. Project Bravo has, for example, a single-level engine room. For the past several years, super-size superyachts have featured two-level engine room. James Roy, director of Lateral Naval Architects, asserts that the one tier “allows novel use of space to deliver areas of outstanding luxury accommodation.”

It does so further via the use of hybrid propulsion, incorporating battery banks with “significant” capacity, according to Roy. Full details aren’t available, unfortunately, on the specific space dimensions. But, generally speaking, hybrid propulsion takes up less room than conventional propulsion. And, of course, hybrid propulsion results in better fuel efficiency and lower environmental impact.

The LIFE design approach is additionally meant to make owners’ and guests’ life aboard more enjoyable. Reymond Langton Design, responsible for the interior, isn’t commenting on the number of staterooms or specifics in terms of materials. Pascale Reymond of the studio simply says that Project Bravo looks and feels warm, benefiting the owner’s family as much as other guests. The overarching design theme is contemporary, too.

Use your imagination as to how that complements the styling, as you watch the time-lapse launch in the video above.

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