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Lontano: 78m military-inspired explorer yacht concept revealed

13 October 2021• Written by Tom McGhie

Fledgling design studio Bassan & Benedetti has revealed a 78 metre concept named Lontano, based on the hull of a supply vessel from the Norweigan shipyard Ulstein.

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The concept has a "family-cruise feel" while maintaining its explorer credentials

Lontano was penned by young designers Giulia Bassan and Alessandro Benedetti, who coined the concept as their master’s degree thesis project in La Spezia.

The designers wanted a "functional and elegant" interior

Sporting a striking exterior inspired by military vessels, the concept is designed for long-range nautical expeditions while still maintaining a “family-cruise feel”, with a “functional and elegant” interior.

One of two observatories on board the concept

A beam of 16 metres provides spacious living areas, including accommodation for 12 guests in six large staterooms designed in the style of a Manhattan sky-top apartment. Crew accommodation meanwhile is for a total of 26.

Owner's cabin ensuite

On board amenities include two observation lounges forward and aft, while the sun deck hosts a Jacuzzi. Elsewhere, the aft beach club features a nine-metre swimming pool, a large gym and a spa and massage room. A cinema room is found on the main deck with ample seating and panoramic views.

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The concept's cabins mirror the high-class style of sky-top Manhattan apartments

Toys abound on Lontano – the concept is equipped with an amphibious ATV, a submarine and a helicopter that can land and refuel on the certified helipad found at the stern. Below sit two nine-metre tenders deployable with a crane, alongside Jet Skis and scuba diving equipment.

Lontano's helipad found on the stern

Lontano is estimated to have a top speed of 12 knots and a range of 8,000 nautical miles, powered by twin Rolls Royce AZ 100 electric Azipod engines. 

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