Gamma Yachts delivers 22m superyacht Libertas to opera singer Andrea Bocelli
by Risa Merl
Gamma Yachts has something to sing about as it announces that the third hull in its 22.1-metre Gamma 20 series luxury yacht, named Libertas, has been delivered to famous opera singer Andrea Bocelli.
The Gamma 20 pocket superyacht is both built and designed in The Netherlands, with design coming from the Vripack team, and the yacht is finished with Italian interiors and materials.
Gamma Yachts CEO Guido Bonandrini attests that a high degree of customisation is available to owners of the Gamma 20. 'The main elements of the Gamma 20 that are dictated to a client are the hull and superstructure shape; almost all other aspects can be adapted to the client’s tastes, much like you would expect on a yacht of a larger size,' says Bonandrini. 'Particularly to the flybridge, we have seen major variations in each of the vessels delivered so far.'
Fitting for a musician, Bocelli chose to customise his craft by adding a piano and music studio equipment in the main saloon, creating his own recording studio at sea. Other customisations requested in Bocelli's brief included a custom-built diving board on the extended flybridge, a settee placed forward of the wheelhouse and the hull painted in a fresh metallic-blue finish.
The interior layout also makes use of the volume provided by the vertical bow to include a fourth stateroom, offering accommodation for a total of nine guests. Crew are accommodated forward. The windows in the master stateroom were also made wider on hull No 3 of the series. The interior is finished in matte oak joinery with natural oak flooring, and the galley is fitted with white Parapan and grey stained oak floors. Each deck is on one level, allowing the space to flow and preventing risk of tripping.
The Gamma 20's hull shape is designed with performance and fuel economy in mind; she has a range of 1,270 nautical miles on 5,500 litres of fuel. ' fast displacement hull lines that are used specifically for comfort at anchor and at sea,' adds Bart Bouwhuis of Vripack. To make the yacht as comfortable as possible, Vripack worked with Van Cappellan Consultancy, who also provided the insulation, to carry out extensive noise and vibration testing. Naiad stabilisers offer added comfort.
Vripack also applied its proprietary Smart Kit building technology. 'This allows the boat to be built faster as well as for a more rigid end product, which reduces noise and vibration to improve the guests’ experience,' says Bouwhuis.
The famous owner of the latest Gamma 20 seems to be a fan of the layout. 'I love the way space has been arranged so that our large extended family can be together, enjoying closeness and intimacy, while at the same time respecting everybody’s privacy,' says Bocelli. 'A yacht must meet precise needs and be able to make us feel at ease; it must comply with – and express both architecturally and technically – the same priorities as those living on it. Coziness, warm materials, safety, low noise levels and comfort: these were my needs, and they have been fully met. I needed a solid, safe and comfortable boat, and I am very happy with my choice in the Gamma 20.'
Stay tuned for more from yacht owner Andrea Bocelli on his Gamma 20.