50m superyacht to launch in 2011 at CBI Navi
by Malcolm MacLean
Under construction at the Viareggio yard of the FIPA Group is the fastest yacht ever built by CBI Navi. This builder normally focuses on sturdy steel displacement motor yachts under 40 metres but the new yacht is 50 metres long, it is constructed completely in aluminium, it has a planing hull and it is forecast to have a top speed of 24 knots.
The style shows an extremely sleek design with the superstructure rising upward in curved steps and the sides curving inwards to the large flybridge. This is dominated by the arch mast from where retractable Biminis extend forward and aft. There is generous seating, dining tables, a hot tub and sun loungers up here to make the most of open air living. Further open air seating is provided on the forward coachroof and of course in the aft cockpit.
There is generous accommodation within the hull with 5 ensuite guest staterooms. The master suite is at main deck level and in addition to the normal lounge and dining areas there is a playroom and a theatre with a 60 inch plasma TV. The large volume of the interior at main deck level is achieved by taking this right to the sides of the yacht with access to the foredeck achieved by means of a Portuguese bridge and then a central passageway forward.
The power units are a pair of diesels from the MTU 4000 range. Each of these produces 4200 hp and with shaft and propeller drive the top speed is predicted to be 24 knots with a cruising speed of 21 knots. The fuel capacity is a massive 85,000 litres. In addition to the use of aluminium for the hull and superstructure the construction uses a range of lightweight material for the internal outfitting in order to control the weight which is predicted to be 325 tonnes.
This breathtaking new design is scheduled for launch in mid-2011 from the FIPA shipyard in Viareggio.