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Explorer yacht Audace extended to 46m during Lusben refit

29 April 2021By Ria Wolstenholme

The 42.8m explorer yacht Audace, launched by Cantiere delle Marche in 2018, has been lengthened to 46m following a refit at Italian yard Lusben.

The yacht was originally commissioned by Andrea Merloni, former president of Fineldo and Indesit who passed away in 2020. Following his death, the Merloni family, together with the shipyard, designer and architect, wanted to refit the yacht according to plans originally drawn up by Merloni.

Imagery courtesy of Lusben

Completed in 16 months, the refit saw the yacht’s stern lengthened by 2.4 metres and the bow made more aerodynamic and lengthened by 2.2 metres. This, combined with other structural improvements and strengthening of the generators, resulted in an increased top speed, from 15.8 knots to 17 knots. At the same time, fuel consumption has reduced by 20%, the yard said.

The overhaul also included the complete refitting of the interiors, with two lifts installed to allow free movement between the decks and service to guests, as well as an engineered emergency staircase to connect the owner’s cabin with the lower deck.

All of Audace’s furnishings in the owner’s deck have been revised and changed to a darker colour palette to bring a new feel to the space.

Audace’s al fresco entertaining facilities have also been increased. The large outside living areas, which can accommodate up to 60 guests, have been retained while the bar area has been upgraded.

Following delivery, the yacht will embark for the Balearic Islands in Spain, where another ceremony will be held in the late owner’s honour.

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