First images of 63m Rossinavi Project Vector
by Chris Jefferies
Italian yard Rossinavi has revealed the first images of its 63 metre in-build superyacht, which is being developed under the name Project Vector.
Previously simply known as Hull FR031, this new design strikes a balance between elegance and attitude. Rossinavi calls it “the perfect compromise between a tri-deck motor yacht and a pure speed boat”.
Built for an American client, Project Vector has been a closely guarded secret ever since news of the deal broke in November 2014.
These renderings are the first glimpse we have been given of her design, including a fold-out beach club in the transom. The 11-metre beam allows for a total interior volume of 930 gross tonnes.
The layout includes six cabins for a maximum of 12 guests, plus crew accommodation for 13. Interior styling is courtesy of Enrico Gobbi at Team 4 Design.
Project Vector’s purposeful lines are characteristic of the Rossinavi yard and this sleek exterior profiling is more than backed up by her punchy performance statistics.
Power comes from four 2,600hp MTU M96L engines, coupled with Rolls Royce Kamewa waterjets. This combination should translate into an impressive top speed of 28 knots out on the open water.
However, when trimmed back to its intended cruising speed of 12 knots, Project Vector will have a transatlantic cruising range of around 3,300 nautical miles. Comprised of an aluminium hull and superstructure, Project Vector is due for delivery in 2017.
Rossinavi is placing a particular emphasis on weight saving, with chief operating officer Federico Rossi telling us in 2015 that the build will involve “a specific internal unit totally dedicated to weight control”.
"We have set up the first two hull blocks," he added. "In this stage, we are building two blocks for a total length of 12 meters. We build single blocks with a length of six metres, and our plasma cutting machine can cut aluminum plates with format six by two metres."
Rossinavi's Pisa yard is located on the Navicelli channels, which were built in 16th century to connect Pisa with the port of Livorno. In 1603, the channels were opened to river traffic, and Rossinavi will utilise the Navicelli to transfer its new yacht via channels to the Tyrennian sea via Viareggio.
Once in Viareggio, Federico Rossi tells us, "we are planning to use the Polo Nautico production unit, the same one were we built Numptia. There we will complete the construction from outfitting to painting."
What's most notable about the new FR031, says Rossinavi, is the yacht's versatility. Her exterior design has a very fast and sporty essence, while the technical aspects and performance are closer to those of a classic displacement yachts.
Other notable projects currently under construction at Rossinavi include the 49 metre FR036 superyacht project, which is being developed in conjunction with Team 4 Design and is slated for a 2018 launch date.