by CRN with Nuvolari Lenard and Gilles & Boissier

Atlante: an unconventional vessel that deserves an unconventional approach. So, rather than beginning our exploration of this boat from one of the two main entrances, or from the masculine, quasi military purity of its lines, let’s start with a quote from the Owner describing the fundamental idea that guided the construction of his boat: “When I decided to get a new boat the first thing I thought about was avoiding any compromises: I wanted a truly custom boat. This was my major aim. And thanks to Dan Lenard I got exactly what I was looking for. An unusual but functional yacht that fits my own style. The boat had to be masculine and intimate, a personal yacht that avoided all the usual references to the world of yachting: something square, a kind of military look with very clean and simple lines that, although it had to include some great details, needed not to be overdesigned. I wanted to build the boat in Italy and to find partners that would understand, respect and translate my vision perfectly. In Dan and CRN I found the best partners as they didn’t ask me to negotiate my ideas, and Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier, of Gilles & Boissier, were absolutely extraordinary in helping me to create a properly made to measure project. I enjoyed the development process greatly, working closely with all of them. According to mythology, Atlante (Atlas in English) was the son of Poseidon and I like to think about this yacht as my sea deity vessel: a contemporary craft that matches my lifestyle, rather classic because I feel a classic layout is right for me.”

Just as unconventionally, let’s focus first of all on the “multifaceted” structure of the mast that dominates the sun deck. The Owner, an expert sailor with a profound knowledge of seagoing life, emphasised his desire to be immersed as deeply as possible in the seascape, living in close contact with the marine environment. He therefore wanted the windows to be as big as possible everywhere on the vessel (in total they cover 200 m2) and are even full-height where possible. This posed a problem: how could the necessary facilities be put in place without using the sides, as is usually the case, which are occupied here by the windows? The solution: placing the central refrigeration unit in the parallelepiped on the sun deck and creating a trunk containing pipes to convey the conditioned air to the salons. Once the space was soundproofed with suitable materials for high-performance soundproofing, a generator and lift were installed. No fan coils and technical equipment in the salon!Forward of the parallelepiped, the 6,000-litre swimming pool has a protruding but very solid stainless steel handrail in a trapezoidal shape that creates light refraction effects. All the handrails on the boat have this shape, which forms a leitmotif throughout the vessel. The trapezoidal form creates multifaceted images and interplays of reflection depending on the angle of incidence of the light. The result is a sort of visual “liquidity” reminiscent of the visual liquidity of the sea on a hot day. An electrically operated sunshade makes it possible to rapidly protect the swimming pool sofa from the sun. Aft of the parallelepiped is the sunbathing and relaxation area, this time with sun beds and sofa covered by the classic raw cloth awning, and support poles in carbon fibre containing the mechanism for keping the awning taut, plus lights that illuminate this suggestive era spectacularly well. Descent to the upper deck is provided by a suspended staircase with teak steps and glass supports, a real gem of craftsmanship with a handrail also in teak mounted expertly in direct contact with the narrow breadth of the glass.The base of the staircase is positioned at bulkhead 21 of 104, meaning that from the final steps, thanks to the low furniture, it will be possible to enjoy the view both of the surrounding environment and of the aft deck immediately. The upper deck offers a real distillation of seafaring technology and culture. One of the entrances to the vessel is here, complete with a touch of brilliance: a hydraulic gangway connects the upper deck with the quayside, offering two advantages. The first is purely intellectual: going up the gangway with space all around you creates a psychological separation as you step into another world. The second is that if the harbour is busy, guests immediately step onto a deck that stands above those of other boats, with obvious benefits in terms of privacy. The gangway itself is a masterpiece of engineering and artisanal skill, 8 metres long with a horizontal angle of 45°. To achieve the required structural robustness, it was carefully designed by CRN Engineering working with Italian master carpenter Mor Saverio. The hatch containing it also required careful 3D modelling to ensure it handled correctly. The upper deck is divided into five separate adjoining zones. The first is the aft sunbathing zone with two sofas facing aft and a mobile protective awning. The second, with two face to face sofas with small tables, is covered overhead by the aft section of the sun deck. The third, separated by a 6-metre-long automatic opening French window, is the upper salon with three sofas and a large table. The fourth comprises the pantry, lift, lobby and wheelhouse with a large panoramic sofa slightly raised to provide a view of the navigation post with five multifunctional, interchangeable touch screens supplied by Telemar. Finally, the fifth comprises the forward flush deck, where the only furniture is a pop-up table with removable backrests. Last but not least, the deck also has a touch and go helipad for helicopters weighing up to 3 tonnes, and the stanchions and stays can be removed.From the starboard-facing lobby amidships, the lift goes down to the main deck and a long bow-to- stern corridor which is characteristic of this boat. The Owner’s cabin is located forward. It includes an appealing, highly functional long sofa against the starboard side, with two rails flush with the floor in front of it. These allow two different objects to slide along: a desk and a pouffe. The former creates a business terminal, while the second offers a conversation space. It’s a brilliant way to avoid enclosed spaces that are often very similar to the usual workplace.Turning from the lift towards the stern, we find perhaps the most innovative, culturally advanced area on the yacht. The main salon does not face the uncovered aft deck as is usually the case, and instead faces an enclosed area. It has a teak deck and fine quality finishing, and while underway it is used to store the three tenders: 1 limo tender, 1 walkaround, both of which are 9-metre custom craft designed by Nuvolari Lenard, plus one custom-made, 5-metre inflatable. An automatic sliding glass door divides this space from the main salon. This means that once guests are comfortably seated on the sofas during navigation, the external panorama can be enjoyed to the side, while there is a view of the magnificent lines of the tenders to aft. The result is one of pure culture: you can never forget that notwithstanding all the luxuries, you’re not in a sitting room in a hotel, a house or a villa, but well and truly on a yacht! The salon is equipped with French windows that access the ship’s lateral passageways, while thanks to the low gunwales the view of the sea is truly panoramic. And once she is moored? Just fold down the gull-wing sides, launch the tenders and you are once again in a covered area with the running tracks of two ceiling davits visible to give the space a touch of cool. It can be transformed into a ballroom, a place for aperitifs on windy days, a cinema room or more – all it takes is a little imagination!Still on the main deck, the galley is located amidships with equipment worthy of a boat like this one and is ready to serve the only covered dining table on the main deck or anywhere else on the vessel. This too is a pop-up table, and can be transformed to serve as a coffee table. Finally, the mooring facilities are accessible forward from the crew areas or the helicopter deck.Below, the lower deck is reached via an impressive marble staircase that runs from the garage floor to the beach club. The stair can be hidden by closing the suggestive sliding companion-hatch in glass and steel. The area accessed as the primary main entrance from the quayside is an authentic foyer and has two spaces, one for fitness and the other for relaxation, complete with a massage room and Turkish bath; in their turn both areas have their own balcony and openable lateral hatches that become little beaches over the sea. The technical spaces for mooring are positioned in the two aft quarters, as the Owner wanted them to be concealed. From the outside, there are no signs of mooring equipment apart from two cable slots visible from the side and one hatch on each side specially designed by Nuvolari Lenard and integrated with the transom plates that characterize the exterior of the stern area. Continuing forward, the control room, the engine room and, amidships and forward, the four guest cabins, all with different layouts, are followed by the accommodation for the 13 crew, including the captain’s cabin with an on board systems and alarm monitoring system.So far, we have described the arrangement of space and the philosophy and culture underlying it. However, we would also like to highlight the materials used for the interiors, an incomplete list of which bears witness to the Owner’s attention to detail, passion and knowledge. Polished steel, burnished brass, assorted shades of Carrara and Verona marble, smoked oak, brushed pine, black oak, larch, grey-veined white Vagli Calacatta marble, dark grey Carnico, the unmissable teak, rosewood and eucalyptus are all here. Loro Piana fabrics, carpets by Chinese firm Tai Ping, founded in 1956 to preserve the centuries-old Chinese art of handmade carpets, carpets in abaca, a natural fibre made from banana plants and also known as Manila hemp, assamela (a fine-grained wood that is easy to work but dries slowly to avoid deformation), outdoor fabrics from Perennials, and Texas fabric with round rather than bean-shaped dyed acrylic fibres for increased abrasion-resistance and better colour consistency also feature. In short, this wealth of refinement is a truly accomplished expression of a “functional but out-of-the-ordinary yacht”.

Marco Casanova

Photos by Maurizio Paradisi CRN Shipyard

Atlante technical specifications

Yard ID number134
TypeDisplacement hull
LOA54,80 m / 179’789” ft
LBP 50,00 m / 164’041” ft
Moulded Beam10,20 m / 33’464” ft
Draft3,00 m / 9’842” ft
Moulded depth5,60 m / 18’372” ft
Full Load Displacement808 t
Deadweight150 t
Gross Tonnage1024 t
Hull colourDuPont Dark Grey Metallic
Superstructure colour DuPont Matte Jet Black
Main EnginesCAT n. 2 3512C da 1230 kW @ 1800 rpm
Max speed (half load) 15 knots
Cruising speed ( @ 85%MCR)14 knots
Range @12 knots/14 knots4.200 nm – 3.100 nm
Main GeneratorsCAT n. 2 da 175 kW 400 V 50 Hz
Emergency Generator n. 1 da 86 kW 400 V 50 Hz
Fuel tank120.000 litres / 31,700.65 US gallons
Fresh water 30.000 litres / 7,925.162 US gallons
Fresh water producion800 l/h / 211.3376 US gallons
Bowthrustern. 1 EAS – 150 kW
Fins Stabilizer n. 2 VT NAIAD 720 including @ zero speed
Crew / Staff 12 + 1
VIP interior areas520 sq m
Crew quarters 107 sq m
Teak470 sq m
ClassificationLloyd’s Register of Shipping LR  100 – A1 – SSC – “Y”, MONO, G6,  LMC, UMS LY2 compliance
Naval ArchitectureCRN Engineering
Exterior DesignNuvolari Lenard
Interior DesignGilles & Boissier
ShipyardCRN S.p.A.
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