Mythology fans may recognize the name Vanadis, a Norse goddess. Alternately known as Freya, she has a strong predilection for love, beauty, fertility, and finery. Add one more item to the list, at least where the new megayacht Vanadis is concerned. This Vanadis further stands for environmental sensitivity. While she is the fourth launch in CCN’s fully custom Fuoriserie line, she is also the first of the yard’s E-Prop yachts, a name signifying hybrid propulsion.
To that point, CCN does indeed intend to build a series of such yachts. “We want to be pioneers in promoting a cultural revolution that we deem essential to truly respect our planet,” explains Diego Michele Deprati, the shipyard CEO. “‘Green technology’ is the way ahead.” With E-Prop, Deprati continues, CCN plans to continue researching and developing “innovative technological devices and solutions, with the final goal of safeguarding the Earth, which has now become an imperative.”
Launched on May 23 with her owner on hand, the 102-foot (31-meter) Vanadis features twin Caterpillar diesels, along with Schottel azimuthing thrusters and AKASOL lithium-ion batteries. While the diesel engines permit the megayacht to see a top speed of 12½ knots, an electric engine, driven by the battery bank, can run her at 8 knots. Vanadis can cruise at this speed on batteries alone for up to two hours, too, depending on the overall load. This is because the batteries primarily power the air conditioning and other systems onboard. This way, the owner can ensure lower emissions, plus lower noise pollution, particularly when at anchor. Specifically, CCN says the battery bank will keep everyone comfortable onboard at anchor for up to 17 consecutive hours.
The all-aluminum Vanadis features naval architecture by Ginton Naval Architects, a first-time collaborator for CCN. Yet another first-time collaborator is Guido de Groot, responsible for styling as well as interior design. As much as Vanadis may appear quite traditional outside, she unquestionably reflects her owner’s requests inside. For example, while yachts of this LOA often have main-deck master suites, the owner wanted his stateroom on the lower deck. This frees up the main-deck layout for an open galley to join a nice-size saloon and dining area. Outside, meanwhile, more dining can take place on the flying bridge, which further features a bar and, of course, sunning space.
Vanadis will conduct sea trials before delivery in time for the owner to enjoy the summer cruising season.
Ginton Naval Architects ginton.com
Guido de Groot Design guidodegroot.com