Monaco, Day 2: A new vision for Italian yacht builders?

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The new Perini Navi Falcon-Rig is the latest design from the Italian superyacht builder.

The new Perini Navi Falcon-Rig is the latest design from the Italian superyacht builder.

The first day of the Monaco Yacht Show concluded with new launches, signed contracts for superyacht projects and announcements of new model lines.

The Italian shipyard Tankoa presented plans for a 230-foot superyacht by designer Francesco Paszkowski, with an owner’s suite spread over two decks, two swimming pools and a flexible cabin layout. The Genoa-based yard has seen something of a overhaul in the last three years, with new owners and the success of its 69-meter (226-foot) Suerte and 72-meter (236-foot) Solo.

“This new yacht builds on the success of Suerte and Solo but combines them with new solutions,” Paszkowski said during a press conference.

Another recently purchased brand, Wider, is also undergoing a transformation. The company said its Wider 180, which has already started, will be delivered in early 2022. The 180-footer has some new features, such as an outside area that measures 17,000 square feet, but its main feature is a hybrid propulsion system powered by generators. Ultimately, the company wants to build only electric-powered superyachts.

“I am an enthusiast of this project, both for its clean modern lines and green soul,” said Marcello Maggi, Wider president, at yesterday’s press conference. “It’s something we strongly believe in. We opened the way of the electric propulsion applied on leisure superyachts, and this is the right path forward.”

The company also announced a new 135-footer that will be built in aluminum, its first metal build. Maggi also said that it is working on custom projects from 100 to 200 feet, as well as new versions of its 32- and 42-foot powerboats.

Another investor, Tiziano Giovannetti, said Wider will have a “complete electric propulsion system without the actual limitations in range and speed, and we will do this in five years.” He said the company plans to go public in the next three years.

Benetti, the world’s largest superyacht builder by volume, unveiled a line of three hybrid expedition yachts, including the 121-foot B.YOND 37. The company called it a “serious expedition yacht designed to travel the world.” The second model is a 144-footer that will be released on Oct. 15.

Perini Navi, known for its sailing superyachts, revealed a line of sailboats with a “Falcon Rig” sail plan. The models are reminiscent of its Maltese Falcon, the 289-foot sailing superyacht known for its DynaRig masts and sails. The new Falcon Rig yachts, which will range in size from 184 to 302 feet, represent a fresh departure for the Italian brand. Edoardo Tabacchi became the majority shareholder two years ago.

“We are here at Monaco after two years of enormous transformation and major investment in R&D, and we will continue investing over the coming years,” Tabacchi said at yesterday’s press conference. “Perini Navi has always pushed the boundaries of technological research and today is presenting innovative products that are unique in the sailing sphere. We have the largest output of 40-plus-meter sailing yachts in the world and have also just delivered the extraordinary Eco-tender, our research laboratory for sustainable innovation.”

The company said its current order book is worth $175 million. It expects to end this year with sales of $88 million.

Baglietto, a fourth Italian brand that has undergone a sea change in the last five years, said it has four superyachts under construction, ranging from 131 to 177 feet. The company also displayed a 213-foot concept yacht designed by Francesco Paszkowski. Baglietto also said it was partnering with the Italian firm Visionnaire for the interiors of its 48-meter T-Line superyacht.

“This partnership arises from our client's need to enjoy the interiors of a house inside their yachts,” Michele Gavino, Baglietto CEO, said during a press conference. “Their vision is to live at home even when they are on board, with the same level of comfort. It was this vision from our clients that drove our collaboration with Visionnaire to study a concept of the interior furnishing of the yacht.”

The Monaco Yacht Show runs through Saturday. 

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