Megayachts in the 98- and 141-foot (30- and 43-meter) size ranges have shifted into composite construction over the years rather than aluminum. The designer Tommaso Spadolini still sees client demand for them as metal yachts, though. He’s therefore come up with the Montecristo 43 in 30- and 45-meter proposals. Each emphasizes smart use of volume and flexible use, to cater to families as well as charter guests.
With more than four decades of design experience, Spadolini draws inspiration from a multitude of surroundings. The name for the Montecristo 43 comes from the Tyrrhenian Sea island that he sees from his summer home. The lifestyle she offers is inspired by it, too. “I wanted to design a compact superyacht with a low, sporty, and muscular profile in my signature style, but combined with ample living space,” he explains. Specifically, he chose a widebody design, spanning the full beam (28’5”, or 8.7meters, for the larger yacht).
One of the benefits you’ll find is an unexpected owners’ suite on the upper deck. Nearly every designer and shipyard currently creates main-deck master suites. Spadolini went a different route because of the level of privacy the upper deck affords—rare for a project of this size, too. Sitting aft of the wheelhouse, the suite lets owners enter the helm area directly if they so wish. A crew-service stairway is just outside the suite, too, for easier linen changes and related jobs when you’re off enjoying your day. That might include enjoying your private alfresco aft deck, which guests can join you on via a stairway from the main saloon. Forward, meanwhile, you have a hot tub and sunning space.
The Montecristo 43 accommodates an additional 10 people in three VIP staterooms and two twin cabins below decks. They’re more traditional in nature, of course, as is the crew area fully forward. It features four crew cabins, their mess, and a good-size laundry area. Furthermore, Spadolini carves out a welcome extra stowage area to starboard, by the service stairs. He envisions crew using it for extra linens or other needs when the crew take care of the guest staterooms.
So if the crew is in the usual below-deck location, where does the captain go, since his or her cabin isn’t by the wheelhouse? The Montecristo 43 puts it forward on the main deck, opposite the galley. It maintains a separation and therefore a level of privacy from the guests’ social space aft in the formal dining room and saloon. Interestingly, on a similar note, a dimmable LCD sliding panel separates the saloon and dining areas. Crew can opt to dim it when they’re setting or clearing the table, for example.
“Clients today expect outstanding livability, both inside and outside,” Spadolini says.
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