by Cantieri Navali Codecasa

As the proverb has it, every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up and knows it must run faster than the lion if it wants to survive. At the same time the lion knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle if it wants to survive. However, there are some notable exceptions – one being Cantieri Navali Codecasa’s Gazzella. The Owner did not have to put on a lion costume and endure an uncomfortable journey into the Dark Continent to get it, just comfortable clothes and a simple trip to a sunny spot on the Tuscan coast. For one thing, Gazzella had no intention of escaping at high speed, quite the opposite, in fact, as she was specially designed as an ode to serene slowness and a symbol of welcoming tranquillity. To demonstrate how true this is in tangible terms you just have to take a look at the exteriors, and most importantly explore the interiors using all your senses. The look of the new motor yacht is marked by clean, traditional lines with elegant aesthetic sobriety achieved through a style that melds classic and modern elements. It is a harmonious union successfully expressing a creative endeavour that was inspired to find the right compositional balance between the past and the present. The formal placidity of the look is fully underlined by the pure white livery of both the hull and superstructure of the vessel. All of this continues and is perfectly matched in the atmosphere of calm and warmth enveloping the interiors, with fittings permeated by a splendour that epitomises the utmost luxury. The classic sumptuousness of the design creates the ideal setting for the most relaxing of lifestyles and suggests the fundamental idea of exclusiveness that is highlighted to the fullest in the richness of the furniture. The furnishings and decoration are made with the finest artisanal skill using materials of the highest quality, presented in sophisticated pairings and refined juxtapositions. Select woods can be found throughout, primarily mahogany and feathered mahogany with maple inserts, together with exquisite fabrics alternating with fine varieties of marble and onyx, with details and finishes in wrought iron, gold leaf, mosaic and mother-of-pearl. However, the new Gazzella is also a truly perfect motor yacht for long ocean cruises because, in addition to offering an outstanding level of comfort, she also affords a high level of safety. As a decidedly transoceanic vessel, she can complete demanding voyages in any weather and sea conditions thanks to reliable naval architecture and a solid, robust metal build. The Italian shipyard used AH36 high-strength steel for the hull of the motor yacht and 5083 H 321 light aluminium alloy for the superstructure. The outstanding nature of Gazzella’s technical capabilities is also shown by the huge success of the two smaller units that preceded her in the Vintage Series, a Codecasa series of which Gazzella is the current flagship. These first two units in the Codecasa Vintage Series both had lengths of 42 metres; the first was Magari in 2011 with build number F73 and the second was Libra in 2013 with build number F75. The creation of the third vessel in the Codecasa Vintage Series, the first to have a length of 50 metres, began in 2014 with build number C121. The construction of the new Gazzella, took place at Codecasa’s Darsena dei Navicelli production facilities in Pisa, while fittings and finishings were implemented at Codecasa’s Viareggio production facilities. Brokerage for the sale of the yacht to the interested Owner was carried out with the utmost professionalism by Ocean Independence, a world leading brokerage company in luxury yachting that specialises in sales, charter, marketing, management and construction of yachts. For its part, the Italian shipyard respected the work schedule set out in the sale agreement in full, and in June last year Codecasa launched Gazzella right on time in a strictly private ceremony. Then in July, the motor yacht was finally delivered to her satisfied Owner, who is ready for her maiden voyage. With huge external areas and extensive interior spaces, Gazzella has a layout across four decks, all served by a convenient four-person lift. On the sun deck, the aft section is laid out as a sunbathing area with deck chairs while the raised forward section has a large hydromassage tub flanked by sun pads. The central section of the deck, protected by a long, rigid cover, is laid out as an open air lounge served by a practical bar. On the bridge deck, the wheelhouse is located in the bow and is near the captain’s cabin. The bridge salon features a bar area with bar stools, also served by the adjacent pantry, and a lounge area with sofas and armchairs around a coffee table.Opposite the seating area there is a 65-inch TV screen next to a breakfast table with chairs. A sliding glass door leads out of the bridge salon into the comfortable al fresco dining area on the aft deck with its extendable table, protected by the overhanging deck above. For its part, the main deck wheelhouse has been laid out as a conversation area with comfortable chairs, and has two sliding glass doors leading to the formal salon. Inside, divided into two sections by a low storage unit, it has a living area and a dining area. The former features two sofas and four armchairs arranged around a coffee table in front of a 65-inch TV screen, while the latter has a rectangular table and chairs for up to 12 diners.

The pantry and the professionally equipped galley stand adjacent to the dining area. The hall is located on the opposite side of the vessel, providing access to both the VIP stateroom, with queen size bed, and the Owner’s suite. This space includes a study / private office with a desk and the master stateroom with a king size bed, positioned opposite a 60-inch TV screen, while a relaxation area with a sofa and a dressing room space with a vanity furniture and a comfortable chair have been created on opposite sides of the suite. The suite also has large walk-in wardrobes and twin bathrooms linked by a walkthrough shower cubicle. The guest accommodation is located amidships on the lower deck, with two guest staterooms each with a queen size bed and another two guest staterooms each with pulman beds. The crew quarters are in the forward section of the deck, featuring a professionally equipped crew mess, a crew dinette with a table and chairs, and a laundry with three washers and three dryers. There are five cabins, one of which is the engineer’s cabin and four are crew cabins; each has its own bathroom and two foldout bunk beds. The engine room is in the aft section of the deck, with a control room, two main engines and two generators (the emergency generator has its own enclosed compartment on the sun deck). The garage / lazarette is positioned in the stern on the lower deck, housing water toys and the main tender, a 6.4-metre Castoldi Jet Tender 21. The 4.3-metre service tender is stored in the open on the fore deck. Finally, the top tank deck houses the generous storage spaces for food and other supplies, including dry storage, refrigeration units and freezer units.


Jacob Herzog

Photos by Studio Braida

Gazzella technical specifications

LOA49.90 m / 163’71’’ ft
Maximum Beam10.20 m / 33’46’’ ft
Maximum Draft2.85 m / 9’35’’ ft
HullHigh tensile steel AH 36
SuperstructureAluminium 5083 H321
ClassificationLloyd’s Register of Shipping ✠ 100 A1 SSC Yacht
Mono G6 ✠ LMC+UMS/MCA compliant
Full load displacement700 tons approx.
Main engines2 Caterpillar 3512C (1765 kW/2365 hp @ 1800 rpm)
StabilizersNAIAD DYNAMICS Zero Speed
Generators2 Caterpillar C6.6 (143 kW each) +
1 Caterpillar C4.4 (82 kW - Emergency)
Propellers2 Detra 5 blades
Maximum speed at light displacement17.5 knots
Range5,000 nautical miles @ 12 knots
Fuel oil capacity140,000 litres / 36,984 US gallons
Fresh water capacity29,000 litres / 7,661 US gallons
Guests’ cabins1 Owner’s suite
5 Guests’ cabins
Crew cabins5 Twin Bed cabins
ShipyardCantieri Navali Codecasa Tre S.p.A.
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