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Watch: ISA's 55-knot Super Sportivo 100 GTO on sea trials

21 July 2021• Written by Miranda Blazeby

ISA Yachts has released a video of its first 30.5 metre ISA Super Sportivo 100 GTO superyacht named Aldabra.

The latest model from the Italian builder, part of the Palumbo Superyachts group, hit the water for the first time in May and is set to debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival later this year. 

Designed inside and out by Marco Casali of Too Design, Aldabra features "sleek lines" emphasised by a deep-V-shaped bow and a profile that drops down to the stern. Studio Arnaboldi collaborated with the shipyard to develop the yacht's naval engineering. 

Elsewhere, the deckhouse has a pronounced sheer line that matches the large double-curved front windows of five sqm each, divided a the gull-wing door for ease of access to the cockpit.

On the starboard and port side of the cockpit are two electric lift carbon tables that can be used for dining or relaxation, along with four Frau Donald armchairs.

Accommodation is for 10 people in five double cabins, including a full-beam owner's cabin located amidships which also has its own double bathroom and a pass-through shower. Aldabra is crewed by a team of four in two double cabins.

The Super Sportivo is a contender for one of the fastest models on the market; three MAN 2000 HP engines powered her to maximum speeds of 55 knots during sea trials. According to ISA Yachts, great care was taken to reduce the weight of all furniture, flooring and ceiling on board.

The hull and superstructure, built with epoxy based vinylester resin with carbon fiber and Kevlar reinforcements, will combine optimum lightness and strength to aid performance. Buyers will be able to choose between completely customisable models ranging from three to five guest cabins. Meanwhile, a four metre tender is housed in her aft garage while there’s also room for a transformer and a Seakeeper 35.

Designer Marco Casali said: "ISA Super Sportivo 100ft GTO stems from the idea of creating a boat that would exalt the values of sportiness and seaworthiness typical of an open boat."

"The sizeable open surfaces at the bow and stern make it unique in its category, while the hard top large opening glass panels ensure maximum comfort even in the cockpit extensive covered areas. The performance of the boat is stylistically enhanced by the large air intakes with a dynamic function for those positioned above the hard top," he adds.