From the drawing board: Nauta Design's 78.4 metre Slipstream

4 April 2022

Slipstream is a 78.4-metre motor yacht from the drawing board of Nauta Design. Embracing many of the design solutions and ideas from the Italian studio’s earlier 70 metre Moonflower project, this larger concept is at an advanced stage of design and engineering, with a package ready to tender.

“The exterior styling of Slipstream reflects Nauta’s trademark preference for clean, uncluttered design devoid of fussy or superfluous detailing,” explained Mario Pedol, co-founder of Nauta Design at the time of the announcement. Among the features of this concept — with its steel hull and aluminium superstructure — is the studio’s “the island” patented beach club idea, which also appears on Moonflower — due for delivery in 2021/2022. The proposal allows for fold-down platforms and bulwarks to create a 280-square-metre terrace for waterside lounging.

Alongside a bar and underwater viewing lounge, the beach club also includes a pool. “Integrated into the stern platform is a seawater swimming pool that is ideal for children or guests who seek sheltered alternatives to open water bathing,” said Mario Pedol. “The pool design features a hydraulic mechanism for raising the teak bottom that closes flush with the deck when the pool is not in use.”

An intriguing styling detail is found in the aft twin staircase that connect the lower deck with the main deck. Each step of the staircase extends inboard to form part of the superstructure, drawing the eye to the aft opening that leads into the beach club. It is a subtle touch that adds interest and sculptural form. This linear detail also appears on the sundeck, along with the main and upper decks which in turn help to visually connect each level.

The openness of the beach club is a feature that extends to the upper deck with floor-to-ceiling windows offering unobstructed views out to sea. This level is dedicated to the owner and is where the owner’s suite, with a king-size bed, is located alongside a private foredeck that includes a Jacuzzi and protected infinity nest in the bow. Direct access is also provided to a helipad forward, while a private saloon aft offers panoramic views and a calm space to relax.

Slipstream can accommodate 12 guests across six cabins including an owner's suite, three guest cabins and two VIP suites with balconies, while crew quarters provide for up to 23 crew and staff. Each deck is serviced by an elevator that extends from the lower deck to the sundeck. Each level of the superyacht offers generous open deck space and various seating arrangements towards the aft. The same is true for the sundeck which includes a bar, additional seating and a sunbed forward, with shade provided by a hardtop canopy that forms part of the mast.

Forward of the beach club is the tender garage, which houses various tenders and toys including a 10-metre limousine tender, a nine metre RIB, two rescue tenders, alongside Jetskis, Seabobs, kayaks, bikes, quadbikes, kite surfing and windsurfing equipment.

This 78 metre design is powered by a diesel-electric propulsion system with fixed drive shafts. Four 1,081 kW generators and two 500 kW generators provide all the power needed for the system to achieve a top speed of 17 knots and a range of 5,000-plus nautical miles at an economic speed of 12 knots.