CRN unveils new superyacht concept

6 July 2011 • Written by Tim Thomas

Italian builder merges sleek styling with a displacement hull to create the DO superyacht range.

London, 7 July – Italian superyacht builder CRN today unveiled its latest superyacht concept, dubbed DO – or DislOpen in its longhand form. The design, by Studio Zuccon International Project, aims to convey the sense of open-style sports boats but offering the volume of conventional displacement yachts. This has been achieved by using a displacement hull form – which also promises more comfortable cruising and more economical running costs – while adding distinctive Open yacht styling. ‘In architecture in general the concept of types is a founding principle,’ explains Giovanni Zuccon. ‘DislOpen is a hybrid of the types, achieved through a process of integration and fusion of the dimensions of functionality and space. It identifies a new view of life at sea – maximum comfort, ease of use, and a stronger connection with the sea.’

The design principle also re-evaluates the use of space for both exterior and interior guest areas, and the provisional concepts allow for an owner’s suite and private deck up top, a main deck comprising saloon and dining areas inside and potential for a large aft deck with pool aft, with guest cabins located on the lower deck. The range currently spans three potential models coming in at around 45m, 50m and 60m.

‘DislOpen means displacement open vessel,’ explains Luca Boldrini, CRN’s brand manager. ‘Normally clients like open vessels – they are sleek, fast but have low volume. They also suffer from more noise and vibration so they can be quite uncomfortable sometimes. The DislOpen concept started with the wish of a CRN client, developed with the vision of the president and the ideas and pen of Giovanni . We wanted the lines of an Open boat, the interior volume and exterior space of a displacement yacht, the transatlantic range of a full displacement yacht and the lines of a semi-displacement yacht. We decided to redevelop the layout, subtract and add elements to keep the boat as a vessel, not a floating palace. We showed the concept to a few clients and we then understood that it could be something quite special – they all led to negotiations. So we developed the three lines.’

‘I am most fond of the 45m version,’ adds CRN chairman Lamberto Tacoli. ‘I believe it is the flagship as we have managed to include everything from the 62m version with a quality/price ratio that is very interesting.’ CRN claims that the advantage of using a displacement hull means that the volume of each of the models is close to the equivalent standard trideck – 450 to 470 GT for the 46m, 680 to 690 GT for the 52m. Moreover, the yard believes it can build the yachts for between 15 and 20 per cent less than the cost of an equivalent tri-deck of the same dimensions.

The design has obviously gone down well with CRN clients. The yard holds a letter of intent already for a 50m version and negotiations are ongoing for other models. For more on the DislOpen concept and range, look out for the September issue of Boat International.

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