Admiral Custom Classique 35 – M/Y Foam

by The Italian Sea Group, Admiral Centro Stile

A new Admiral has taken to the water, this time a 35-metre yacht devised, developed and built entirely in-house by The Italian Sea Group. The naval engineering is the work of the engineering and layout design department of Admiral – The Italian Sea Group, and the exterior and interior design were created in-house as well, by the Admiral Centro Stile (Style Centre).

The first thing that strikes a careful observer is that here, as at other shipyards, we are looking at a new interpretation of the navetta or shuttle boat concept.

In this case, a new interpretation means that contemporary form and function content is being introduced into a general concept that keeps faith with the key aspects of the navetta idea. Foam, therefore, has a steel displacement hull and an aluminium superstructure with an overall length of 35 metres and a relatively low height. However, there are some decidedly important elements here that change the details of the navetta concept a little, or rather update them, such as an interior control station on a half deck between the main deck and the sun deck, taut, decisive, lines, substantial engine power and performance in terms of speed that is well above the standards for the classic navetta. The data provided by the shipyard on top and cruising speeds testify to a high-efficiency displacement hull. In displacement vessels of the same size, the top speed is usually no more than 14 knots, with a cruising speed of 12 knots.

Although there are naturally some variations on a pure displacement hull, this is what we really want to emphasise here since this yacht has a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 15. If three or so knots’ difference in the cruising speed does not seem like much, just think that after 24 hours of navigation, these three extra knots mean 72 more miles.

Of course performance is not where the navetta concept is expressed to the fullest, but in this case the shipyard made a clear choice to produce a yacht that has modern content and a modern shape, but that could be categorised in a specific segment.

Like most leisure vessels of this type, this yacht has two decks plus the sun deck, but what is immediately apparent from an analysis of the plans is that, in this design, particular emphasis has been placed on the need for natural light and the feeling of contact with the sea. Amidships, for example, we note the absence of gunwales, replaced by stainless steel tension cables to make it possible to see the sea from inside the salon even when sitting down. This also means that the horizontal lines of the yacht’s profile are uninterrupted, which we think enlivens and lightens the design. The full-height windows installed around the superstructure to correspond with the lowered gunwales are also very appealing, and provide access to the interior through sliding doors to starboard and portside alike.

The forward section of the sun deck includes the windows of the bridge located on the half deck in this area. The sun deck itself is substantial, primarily due to its regular shape – it is unusually large for the size of the yacht, extending almost as far as the aft end of the main deck and following the same form.

The sun deck has two clearly separated areas for enjoying open-air relaxation.

The first, located forward, is sheltered by a rigid structure that protects the open-air dining area, the bar and part of the two manoeuvring fins, which feature control instrumentation to facilitate piloting of the ship in restricted waters.

The second sun deck area, to aft, has a large sun mattress that can be used as a sofa and an area that can be fitted out with the Owner’s choice of outdoor furniture. It should be noted that much of the aft section of this deck can be protected by an awning included in the vessel right from the design phase. From here, a central access located forward leads to the half deck that houses the bridge in a space proportioned to fit the boat, equipped with everything that could be needed even on the most demanding voyages. We also note an unusually generous provision of space for the crew. The salon also includes the dining area and, to aft, provides access to the wheelhouse where a further table for informal dining and a sofa are protected overhead by the deck above.  There are four cabins in total.

The Owner’s cabin is located amidships with the bed positioned centrally athwartships and a large bathroom divided into three sections – dressing table, toilet and shower.

Two guest cabins with twin beds and en suite bathrooms are located forward, as well as the VIP cabin with a double bed aligned with the keel and, once again, a large bathroom divided into three sections. The design is clearly intended for private use of the ship, with privacy arrangements following the typical standards for family use without excessive restrictions on guest and Owner access routes.

In spite of this, however, the relaxation areas also allow a high number of guests to enjoy the privacy that can prove necessary over the course of a long cruise.  For example, in addition to what we have already described, there is a sofa in the prow, near the manoeuvring area, which faces forward and has a small table, all protected by the bulwark. From here, a staircase built into the superstructure leads to a sunbathing area built into the forward surface of the superstructure. It is a very interesting design in terms of technical solutions, which lead to performance worthy of a modern navetta, as well as in terms of stylistic solutions, which are clearly focused on maximum comfort and contact with the sea.  Regarding fittings, in this case the Owner selected natural materials ranging from silk to chamois or white leather, all connected by white lacquered cladding with steel inserts. These choices mean that the interiors are full of light – both natural light from the numerous windows and also artificial light carefully designed to give each space a welcoming atmosphere. Foam is a yacht that speaks Italian from start to finish, following on from the introduction of the previous 40-metre hull with which The Italian Sea Group definitively set the new course for the Admiral brand.


Angelo Colombo

Photos by A&B Photodesign


Admiral Custom Classique 35 - M/Y Foam Technical Specifications

Hull Steel
LOA35.00 m / 114’83” ft
Beam Max7.10 m / 23’29” ft
Main Engines2 x MAN 12V D 2862 LE 463 (2 x 1400 hp – 2 x 1029 kW)
Generators2 x 33 kW
Fresh Water7.000 litres / 1,849.204 US gallons
Fuel Capacity28.000 litres / 7,396.817 gallons
Max Speed16 knots
Cruising Speed15 knots
Propellersn. 2 fixed pitch propellers
Bow Thruster50 kW
Stabilizersn. 2 Fins Stab. Zero Speed
Max Guests accommodation4 Cabins (9 Guests)
Max Crew accommodation3 Cabins (4 Crew + 1 Captain)
Naval ArchitectAdmiral – the Italian sea group
Exterior DesignerAdmiral – Centro Stile
Interiors DesignerAdmiral – Centro Stile
BuilderAdmiral – the Italian sea group
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