BY APB Staff on 25 Jun 2019

The Italian designer discusses the requests and thought processes behind the new 43m explorer yacht concept

Luxury yacht designer Tommaso Spadolini from Florence, Italy describes in his own words the specific requests and thought processes behind his newest project. The design development of the 43-metre steel and aluminium explorer yacht, made for an experienced owner, is currently 70% complete.

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(Image: Tommaso Spadolini)

“The European client already has a 36m motoryacht and wanted to go bigger, while staying under 45 metres in length overall. An initial inspiration for him was one of my previous designs, the 47metre Aslec 4 built by Rossinavi in 2012. He definitely liked the exterior profile with its lowslung superstructure and near vertical bow, but he had some specific requests of his own.

“Firstly, he wanted a big, open cockpit on the main deck aft that can be covered with awnings for shade. You can see from the initial sketches that we’ve emphasised this area by having handrails instead of raised bulwarks, which provide unobstructedv iews out to sea from both the open deck and the main salon.”

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(Image: Tommaso Spadolini)

“Apart from being something of a design statement, the grand transom staircase can be raised to access two sideloading garages. Because the client intends on using the yacht for longrange cruising and exploration, he wanted decentsized tenders and there is space for two 5.5metre tenders in the garage bays. We’re also looking into thef easibility of building the hull to Ice Class.

“He had fewer requests regarding the interior layout, which has a classic arrangement with four guest cabins on the lower deck and the owner’s stateroom in the widebody section on the main deck forward. He wanted his cabin to be filled with natural light, hence the very large side widows.

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(Image: Tommaso Spadolini)

“Because the client prefers to spend his time on board in the open air or on the maindeck closer to the water, the upper deck lounge on the bridge deck is comfortable but deliberately modest in size.

“In terms of the exterior lines and the interior layout, the project is about 70% complete. We have yet to start with the interior design and décor, and we’re currentldeveloping the preliminary technical specifications.

“Once complete, we’ll put the project out to shipyards for tender. We’re keeping our options open and the final decision will naturally depend on the client, but as an Italian I’d obviously be happy if the boat was built in Italy!”