Inside Cantieri Navali Leopard's aeronautical-inspired L40 superyacht

1 May 2021by Miranda Blazeby

Enrico Gobbi’s Team for Design has worked hard to design the all-new 40 metre L40 superyacht to meet the demands of a competitive superyacht market. As a result, the exterior of the L40 is studded with stylistic elements and design cues targeted towards the tastes of a modern superyacht owner, such as the sleek shaping of the stern and long windows that characterise the yacht’s bow. 

Elsewhere, both automotive and aeronautical inspiration is found throughout the exterior. The hull windows are lined with strip LED lighting, recalling the breaking lights of a supercar, while the sleek arch on the flydeck is designed to resemble the wings of a jet. Other aeronautical detailing includes the mast, which is specifically designed to give the impression of the tail of an aeroplane.

The sporty exterior design leads into “elegant and prestigious interiors”, according to Gobbi. Clean and neat with refined details, the interior features ample natural light thanks to the continuous glazing in the hull, light and dark woods and a central mirror in the main saloon to “open the space as much as possible,” Gobbi says. “It’s a typical Italian interior,” he adds, “it’s very modern with round details and high-quality materials, such as Italian white marble.”

However, the real stars of the show are found elsewhere. Gobbi points to the owner’s private terrace and enclosed skylounge on the flydeck as the standout design features on board this 40 metre superyacht. Far-reaching panoramic ocean views are the first sight of the morning in the master cabin thanks to huge windows in the hull. The sleeping area leads out onto a private outside area, complete with a private Jacuzzi pool, convertible sunpad and breakfast area. This outdoor haven is entirely private and dedicated to the owner’s use alone.

The enclosed skylounge meanwhile can be customised to meet the desires of a specific owner, giving maximum flexibility to the client. “Each client can select the function of the room, so they might want a gym or an enclosed dining table. The owner can personalise on the basis of exactly what they need,” Gobbi says. This feature, he adds, was specifically requested by Cantieri Navali Leopard. “The skylounge was a request from the shipyard because so many clients ask for something different on the flydeck instead of a big open area.”

Another standout feature is found at the stern, which has sacrificed an internal beach club for a cavernous garage large enough to hold plentiful toys and tenders. However, the transom more than makes up for it with a spacious sunpad that folds out of the stern, revealing a cascading water feature inside.

With the naval architecture, design and engineering complete, the first L40 is ready and raring to begin construction. Blending automotive design cues with aeronautical inspiration, Gobbi has created “the perfect blend of performance and luxury” in the L40.

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