Inside Nauta Design's 70 metre Project Moonflower

3 May 2021

Developed for an experienced owner, 70 metre Moonflower by Nauta Design reflects the Italian studio’s design philosophy with its clean and uncluttered profile. It has been combined with open deck spaces and a patented beach club design that promises to enhance outdoor living on board.

“Innovative design, lots of open-air space, close contact with the water, light-filled and airy interiors, flexible layout and furniture solutions… these were the ‘must have’ features requested by the owner that drove the exterior styling, general arrangement and interior design,” explained Mario Pedol, co-founder of Nauta Design at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2017, when the design contract was signed.

Armed with this brief, the Milan-based studio conceived an interior that works in harmony with the exterior design, which includes spacious exterior deck areas and an expansive beach club — a patented design with multiple fold-down platforms. This space features a full-beam lounge with a fire pit, bar and a Nemo window offering underwater views. The transom and side doors can be opened to create a walkway around the stern. When combined with fold-down bulwarks, it creates the studio’s patented idea “the island” — a 117-square-metre viewing platform offering 270 degree views.

The beach club is complete with a sea-water swimming pool set within the stern platform and includes a retractable teak floor, operated by a hydraulic system. This in turn allows the space to be used as a dance floor or for operational purposes when not in use. For guests wanting to take a dip in the sea, the stern includes a transformer platform that can be lowered into the sea. While a spa and wellness area with a hamman, sauna, shower and changing room is located forward of the beach club.

Leading away from the aft pool are twin staircases with transparent balustrades. Either side lead up to the main deck where guests can enjoy additional seating, while the upper deck offers al fresco dining.

Moonflower provides accommodation for up to 12 guests with the owner’s 87-square-metre master suite located on the owner’s deck on the upper level. It includes full-height windows and a skylight to allow as much natural light to penetrate the interior as possible. Access to the private foredeck and helipad is provided along with the inclusion of a protected infinity nest in the bow.

The 1,450GT motor yacht includes an elevator that extends from the lower deck up to the sundeck, connecting five decks, as does a circular staircase that encases the elevator. The sundeck offers additional seating and sunbathing areas with the centre of the deck offering shade thanks to a fixed canopy that forms part of the mast. Forward of the deck is a Jacuzzi enclosed by a sunbed.

Moonflower has a diesel-electric propulsion system in the form of two electric motors producing 1,500 kW connected to fixed drive shafts, and achieves a top speed of 16 knots and a maximum range of 6,000nm. The package offers reduced noise and vibration along with the added flexibility and redundancy of multiple generators — three 1,000 kWe and two 500 kWe. Meanwhile, the lower deck is also home to a 78-square-metre tender garage housing a variety of tenders and toys.