by Isa, Walter Franchini and Cristiano Gatto Design

There is a sort of fascination with the number “7″. Seven is the number that has marked this project from the very beginning: Acquamarina is the seventh unit of the fortunate series produced by the Isa shipyard, an acronym for International Shipyards Ancona. Seven is the number of styles that characterise this splendid yacht.

Old English, Oriental, Marrakech, Kremlin, Empire, Modern, and Czar, for voyages among epochs and cultures, between the East and the West, even before setting sail.
A new challenge for partners ISA and the Cristiano Gatto Design Team, who continue in their close collaboration in all three series (120-133-470) that have been produced so far by this Ancona-based shipyard. Succeeding in renewing the design with each new unit, guaranteeing a level of detail and sophistication to suit the needs of its Owners, to make their dreams come true: this is what drives this shipyard on to explore new interiors and new combinations of materials and colours every time, with the conviction that each interior must above all reflect the tastes and demands of the Owner, leaving the designer with the task of interpreting and transforming them into an organic and integrated project.
47.5 metres of overall length, 157 feet, is a dimension that this world-class yard has concentrated on for yachts characterised by excellent proportions between length and interior volumes. The genius of this Italian shipyard is manifested by its proposal for an exterior design that immediately defines the hull, beginning with the metallic aquamarine blue (the name of the vessel is certainly not arbitrary) of the topside that enhances the white bridges. But what gives this yacht real pizzazz is the design of the superstructure. From the stern, the main and upper decks blend into a single upward line, emphasised by the aquamarine hue of the structure. The same curve is echoed inside by the roll-bar that, in addition to elegantly supporting the antennae of all the onboard instruments, also attractively and efficiently protects the living area of the sun deck, while the antennae supports astern partially protect the pool.
The topside characterises the hull with an increase in volume at the prow to incorporate the main deck. In this way the open bow area is at the same height as the upper deck, with the original idea of using this space for storing the service dinghies and the two jet skis neatly in the standard anchor capstan. In order to monitor the position of the tenders and the jet skis, there is an integrated Seatrac system that, in addition to other things, also allows the use of mobile phones even in remote areas. This innovative rationalisation demonstrates that just as much attention to detail was paid to the stern zone, where numerous protected dinettes have been carved out from the overhanging fly deck. The stairways are comfortable and safe, with three ramps that pass directly from the fly deck to the stern gangway. The stern also holds the after-peak for the 21’ tender that can be moored to either the port or starboard side of the ship. The engine room, located forward, houses two powerful 12-cylinder V- MTUs that pump out a spectacular 2350 hp (1,740 kW).
The lower deck houses the guest cabins. Amidships we find the first full-beam VIP cabin with two bathrooms that can be transformed into two cosy cabins with double beds thanks to a removable bulkhead. The mahogany woodwork and the quilted leather recall classic Anglo-American-style nautical interiors. There are two more cabins at the bow: to the left stands a “twin”, whose red and black lacquer, woven leather, and precious silks evoke the Far East; then there is a second starboard unit with a double bed furnished in a “Marrakech” style with ivory lacquer and edging in gold leaf, marble, and turquoise mosaics, as well as exquisite Persian-design carpets on the floor.
From the corridor, the main stairway leads to the main deck. Instead, if we continue on down to the lower deck we find the crew area through a cleverly camouflaged door, or through a dedicated access that gives on to a series of corridors and stairs leading to the laundry, the crew’s living quarters, the storeroom, the pantry with refrigerator and freezer rooms, and the tank zone where it’s possible to transport heavy equipment and parts thanks to a clever system of passages that allow the mechanics access to all technical areas. Crew quarters at the bow are characterised by an ample dinette and a galley with,
further forward, the cabins with private bathrooms. From the lower deck we ascend to the main deck where the stairways and lobbies of both the main decks are decorated in a “Kremlin” style, with ivory lacquer and gold leaf frames enriched with inlays, friezes, and ground mirrors, while the wrought iron and brass railings and polychrome marble and parquet floors contribute to the charm of these common areas. [...]

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