Enrico Gobbi of Italian studio Team For Design has exclusively discussed the in-build 48.5m Prince Shark Alusteel motor yacht project with Boatinternational.com.
The motor yacht is halfway through construction for a client at Rossinavi, with naval architecture by Arrabito Naval Architects and Rossinavi. The yacht will be the third 48.5m Prince Shark from the Italian yard: the first, motor yacht Param Jamuna IV was launched in 2013 and the second in Rossinavi's Prince Shark series is due in May this year. The third Prince Shark will feature some important differences to her sisterships, including a steel and aluminium displacement hull (as opposed to her sisters’ all-aluminium semi-planing hulls).
‘The geometry, the proportions of the boats are the same, but with some different styling details,’ says Gobbi. ‘On the first two units you had very aggressive and minimalistic, sharp edges. This boat is a bit softer, all the edges have been rounded.’
The lighting design of the yacht was important to the owner and Gobbi’s exterior styling is emphasised by lights that shine from the underside of the foredeck. The sundeck features an arresting pool with waterfall, lounge seating, a large dining and coffee table area amidships and a more secluded seating area forward for enjoying the view or reading a book.
On the upper deck there’s a cinema saloon and a seriously spacious lobby centred with a helix-like custom Swarovski sculpture that will run down the centre of the stairwell, through all decks. There’s ample exterior seating both on the aft deck and foredeck. The owner’s suite is forward on the main deck, with a private office with a generously proportioned fold-down balcony. Three double and one twin cabin guest cabin are amidships on the lower deck, with accommodation for eight crew forward – the captain’s on the upper deck. There is a side-opening tender garage to stern.
The Alusteel Prince Shark will carry two 1,300HP, C32 Acert Caterpillar engines offering a predicted top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots. The yacht is due to launch in spring 2015.