ITALY, Milan. Nauta Yachts has presented a new 39.6m sailing yacht design under construction at Finland-based Baltic Yachts. With naval architecture by Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design, Nauta Yachts created the interior and exterior for the project, which is due for delivery in June 2016.
“We did the deck and interior design,” says owner of the studio Mario Pedol. “We’ve created a contemporary interior, which is being built using light materials and methods. The interior has been created according to what the owner wanted but it was quite a challenge, requiring mock ups of the salon and cabins. A number of changes were needed throughout the project but we are very happy with it now.”
The brief required a fast racing yacht that also offered a high degree of comfort and space on board. The owner, a previous Nauta Yachts client, wanted a vessel that was not only lightweight and performance-orientated but also quiet and well insulated from sound and vibration.
Following the success on 30.4m Magic Carpet, Reichel/Pugh suggested a similar approach in the structural engineering for the new project, which has a carbon pre-preg hull. The base structure is light with all critical areas having been weight-optimised, strengthened and engineered following an Finite Element Analysis (FEA) study. The result is a 39.6m sailing yacht with a 102 ton displacement.
“The hull is a last generation fast sailer with a rearward and wide beam, optimised using CFD models to obtain the best possible result,” says the designer. “The waterline B max is conventional, to obtain a reduced wet surface. But close-hauling, the boat takes advantage of all the waterline length with a reduced total wet surface.”
The sleek low profile features a deckhouse, which is largely concealed by the 30cm high and wide gunwales, which double as footholds when heeling. When cruising, they provide additional seating with the handrails acting as a backrest. A four-metre wide gap has been included in the gunwale in front of the coachroof windows to allow as much natural light in as possible while providing views out to sea.
The social hub of the vessel is the cockpit, which can be converted to provide al fresco dining and sunbathing. While there is generous space towards the aft, this location provides direct access to the interior and accommodation for six to eight guests including the owner. The owner’s suite forward of the mast comprises a cabin, walk-in wardrobe, two en suites and a studio, which can be converted into another guest cabin when necessary. Two guest cabins are located aft of the salon.
Using Velocity Prediction Programme (VPP) software, the team expects an average speed of 16.5 knot, which will increase to 26 - 28 knots when planing. The project is the fourth Nauta Yachts to be built at Baltic Yachts and the largest sailing yacht design to reach the construction phase for the Italian studio.
We hope to bring you more news on the interior in the coming months.