Wider 165 project Cecilia superyacht ready for fitting out
by Philip Reynolds
The largest and most spectacular of the Wider range, the Wider 165 - known as project Cecilia - has been moved into the company's superyacht division’s main production facility for fitting out.
It has been a busy period for the Italian shipyard, based in the Marche region in the east of Italy. Wider has only recently launched its first superyacht, the 46 metre Wider 150.
Wider Yachts first revealed the plans for its new 49.98 metre superyacht during the Miami Yacht and Brokerage show in February 2014.
"With the aluminium hull and superstructure all but complete the first job is to attach the upper deck structure to the hull... Thereafter, we will be pushing ahead with all of the various trades to ensure that we are on time for delivery to the owner in 12 months’ time,” said Tilli Antonelli, Wider founder and CEO.
Juan Balaguer, the chief operating officer added: “Although we have been busy over the last few days with the 150, checking a number of systems and performing the stability tests required by class, it was a little strange to see the main yard empty. It’s very pleasing to see our next project here and the yard is buzzing again with all the people.”
The aluminium 165 features interior and exterior design by Fulvio De Simoni as well as design input from Tilli Antonelli and the Wider team of designers and engineers. The Wider 165 will feature a submersible tender bay on the portside of the yacht, a touch-and-go helipad and a 'Wider beach,' a spacious transom swim-and-sunbathing deck complete with indoor swimming pool. The beach also converts to a garage that accommodates a floating launching system for the highly customisable Wider 32 superyacht tender.
The first Wider 165 will have a hybrid diesel/electric propulsion system that will allow for reduced fuel consumption when high speeds are not needed. All the on board energy sources are controlled by the Wider Management System, a next generation, smart, independent and incorporated system that controls the power supplied by the shore connection, gensets and battery packs, distributing it between the hotel systems, propulsion system and recharging the battery packs, as needed. The Wider Management System was created with the help of American company Emerson Industrial Automation.
The Wider 165 has a range of 3,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots, increasing to 5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots. The yacht has a maximum speed of 15 knots. Also available at Zero Emission Speed, the Wider 165 can run solely on batteries for silent cruising at lower speeds, (5 knots), or for short movements, avoiding the need to start generators to move anchorages or for early starts.
The launch of the Wider 165 will round out the Italian builder's superyacht offerings, which will also one day include the new Wider 125, which was introduced at the Miami boat show this year.
The Wider 165 is expected to launch in 2016.