Typically megayachts exceeding 230 feet (70 meters) are entirely custom builds. While ISA Yachts practices that, it now also believes that shortening delivery times for super-size projects will help influence buyers’ decision. Therefore, the ISA Continental 80 hull and superstructure are already under construction. With plenty of personalization still possible, the yacht can start cruising in the summer of 2023.
ISA Yachts revealed this 262-footer (79.9-meter) last autumn as part of a traditionally styled range. She is the shipyard’s largest project to date, and the largest on-spec project in all of Italy, too. “Large” references not just her LOA, but also her volume, 2,300 gross tons.
Enrico Gobbi – Team for Design is still handling styling, working with Palumbo Superyachts’ in-house naval architects. (Palumbo Superyachts is the divison of Palumbo Shipyards to which ISA Yachts belongs.) Between the bow flare, the large ports, and fixed balconies, the ISA Continental 80 has the features that certainly will turn buyers’ heads. The megayacht additionally has fold-down side terraces in the beach club, making the area look and feel even more airy. Yet another in-demand feature that owners will like is the large aft-deck pool. It has an infinity-like effect, plus a waterfall effect. Aft, water flows down over part of the transom, between two glass panes.
Since interior outfitting won’t start until next summer, owners have time to work with Luca Dini Design, the studio that ISA Yachts asked to pen some ideas. With a beam of 41’10” (12.8 meters), and a possibility for seven staterooms, including your own, a lot is possible. For example, dedicate the entire upper deck to yourselves, situating your sleeping area forward and lounging areas aft. Furthermore, request a touch-and-go helipad aft, so that you can land and walk right into your private quarters. Further ideas include equipping the sky lounge with a gym.
Run by a crew of 19 (housed in 10 cabins), the ISA Continental 80 should be capable of taking you and your family on far-flung voyages. The best range should be 6,200 nautical miles, at a 12-knot cruising speed. Twin MTU engines also should allow a 17-knot top speed.
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Enrico Gobbi – Team for Design teamfordesign.com
Luca Dini Design lucadini.com