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Cantieri di Pisa presents 48m concept Polaris 48

29 May 2024 • Written by Katia Damborsky

Italian shipyard Cantieri di Pisa has presented a new 48-metre model concept called Polaris 48, the first in a new line of steel and aluminium motor yachts with a focus on versatility, long-range cruising and low fuel consumption. 

Antonio Luxardo, the yard’s chief designer, will design the exterior lines for the entire range, while Optima Design will handle the engineering. Interior design is by Parisotto + Formenton, and the studio has focused on creating a modern style that draws inspiration from the shipyard's historic Akhir line, including pickled teak, carbon fibre, bronze, glass and brass.

The aft deck beach club is one of the highlights on Polaris 48, with openings on all sides to promote a connection to the water and the option to include a jacuzzi at the stern. Unfolding gunwales maximise the relaxation space, and when the area is not being used as a waterside chillout zone, it can accommodate three tenders, including an eight-metre model.

The main deck spans a total of 200 square metres and is home to both an owner's cabin and a VIP cabin. There are a further four guest cabins on the lower deck, which is also home to accommodation for eight crew – but this can be customised according to the wishes of the owner.

In terms of propulsion, two 1,650 hp V12 Man engines will deliver a range of around 4,000 miles at ten knots and a top speed of 16 knots, with hybrid technology also being explored. 

Antonio Luxardo commented: “The new line features different types of boats and materials compared to the brand’s past production, but with immediately recognisable lines that tap into its traditional values. Polaris 48 is classified as a voyager because it has the range of an explorer but also offers incredibly versatile exteriors and highly sophisticated interiors. The main characteristic is the liveability of the upper and main decks, which feature two large interconnecting water’s edge terraces that can be used in different ways and can accommodate everything needed to explore the surrounding area and play water sports.” 

This first model will be followed by Polaris 38 and Super Polaris 60. Cantieri di Pisa has built almost 90 yachts over 25 metres, according to BOATPro, and the new line marks a new era for the Pisa-based yard.

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