by Fincantieri Yachts, with Claydon & Reeves and March & White

It’s certainly not unusual to decide to take a relaxing stroll along a sunlit dock from time to time, and once there to perhaps encounter someone else and pass the time with no other end in view than simply spending a pleasant few minutes. However, if the dock in question is not just any dock and the quayside is that of a prestigious international boat show, then the conversation can turn into something much more tangible, leading to outcomes that are a great deal more interesting. And that is exactly what happened beside the Port Hercules moorings during the Monaco Yacht Show, when an animated conversation took place between the managers of Fincantieri Yachts and the Claydon & Reeves design team, as described by those involved. This conversation led to a collaboration that rapidly brought about the concept and development of an innovative design for a giga yacht with a length of over 90 metres, named “Linea” to identify it among the wealth of new proposals constantly presented by the famed Italian shipyard. For this new luxury motor yacht project exclusively presented by Fincantieri Yachts, alongside Claydon & Reeves, creators of the concept design and exterior design, March & White were also brought on board to create the interior design and interior decoration. It was a truly international team, confirming the key objective of the “Linea” project – to create a vessel capable of combining the spirit of the great Italian classic tradition with high-level modern global innovation, from both a technical and an aesthetic point of view. With the design for this 90-metre vessel, Fincantieri Yachts is offering the global market a giga yacht embodying a holistic concept of life at sea, focused on creating a contemporary lifestyle impeccably based on the owner’s personal preferences to completely fulfil his wishes. However, rather than simply presenting a predictable list of elite stylistic elements, or even a true encyclopaedia of formal luxury, the emphasis in this new project is placed instead on spatial elements and sensory components to create an ideal setting that offers a huge, multimodal spectrum of experience for all the yacht’s guests. As a result, the design for “Linea” is decisively dominated by all things linked to “wellbeing” in its purest sense, both physical and mental, carefully considered and studied, a process then followed by the development of a multitude of solutions. The key words needed to read the new Fincantieri yachts design in depth are undoubtedly relaxation, privacy and comfort, understood in the highest sense of the guests’ emotional experience on board. Numerous examples of these keynotes are impossible to miss throughout the yacht right from the very first analytical review of the design, since they guided the complex process undertaken to achieve the design objectives to the fullest in every phase. As an example of the very essence of relaxation at the highest level, each of the five decks from the lower deck to the flybridge has specially devised panoramic external areas. These have been created with an extraordinary surface area to allow for a full range of specialised relaxation spaces to be fitted out, such as beach club areas and sunbathing areas with foldable balconies and swimming pools, as well as alfresco dining areas and open-air lounge areas with sun awnings, bar and BBQ facilities. These areas also include the owner’s forward deck which perfectly exemplifies the second design keystone of “Linea”, as it is the very embodiment of complete privacy. As well as having access solely from the owner’s suite, this external area has been subjected to an in-depth visual and spatial study to offer a completely open view of the surrounding area, while at the same time and most importantly allowing it to be enjoyed in complete freedom, entirely out of view of the crew working in the wheelhouse when sailing or during manoeuvres in the roads. When it comes to examples of the third pillar of the design, comfort, they can be found throughout on every deck, both in social areas and in the private accommodation. It is apparent immediately from the extraordinary feeling of warmth and welcome provided by the sensational double-height glazed atrium, or the magical setting of the upper lounge with its atmosphere of relaxation created by the exceptional natural light flowing in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The same applies to the large salon where the magnificent living area and stunning dining area are separated by an outstanding transitional element in the form of the monumental island bar located in the centre of the architectural entrance space. Completing the design proposal for Fincantieri Yachts’ new 90-metre yacht is the style chosen for the interiors, as defined in the description kindly provided direct from the Italian shipyard: “This exquisite yacht’s interior is inspired by the instinctive elegance of Italian fashion, and a creative intuition flows throughout the spaces. The graphic linearity of the design accentuates the really perfect balance of textural opulence and the soft glow of sumptuous surfaces. Very unique, precious, beautifully textured surfaces are composed and developed in the way a fashion designer pieces together and shapes a couture collection. Never obvious, nor literal. In the most beautiful sense, nothing is quite as it seems. The palette is dark sultry tones, beautifully engineered metal edge details and the gentle allure of sublime and very intelligent ambient lighting. All elements in this composition are of an interior which is truly evocative, really atmospheric and the very definition of confident and timeless style.” In terms of capacity, the vessel’s layout has been devised to accommodate up to 12 passengers in one owner’s stateroom and five guest staterooms, as well as up to 26 crew in one captain’s cabin and 13 crew and staff cabins. The exterior and interior spaces on board the new 90-metre “Linea” are laid out across five decks, all connected by a convenient lift and a well thought out central staircase, together with a further technical and service deck. The flybridge features a sunbathing area plus a swimming pool with hydromassage function. The bridge deck offers a further sunbathing area outside, together with a hydromassage pool and a bar area, while inside there is a lounge area as well as the captain’s cabin and the bridge. To aft on the owner’s deck, outside there is an open-air lounge area and an alfresco dining area, while the upper lounge is inside. The space amidships and forward indoors is occupied by the owner’s suite, which in addition to the stateroom also features a private office, two walk-in wardrobes and two bathrooms, while outside, the owner’s private terrace features a sunbathing area with hydromassage pool. The helideck is located in the prow, with a touch-and-go helipad. Outside on the main deck aft there is a sunbathing area with swimming pool and an alfresco dining area, while inside there is the large salon with its living area and dining area served by a bar and adjacent pantry. Amidships and forward there is a cinema room and five guest staterooms, each with a bathroom and wardrobe. On the lower deck aft there are two garages to house the tenders – spaces that can be turned into a beach club with adjoining gym. The engine and generator room is amidships, and the crew quarters are located forward, including the galley, crew mess and 13 crew and staff cabins. The tank deck, meanwhile, houses a laundry and numerous technical and storage spaces.

Flaviano Perelli

LINEA 90 M technical specifications

LOA 91.85 m / 301.34 f
Max beam14.0 m / 45.93 ft
Full load draught4.0 m / 13.12 ft
Gross tonnage2,550 GRT
No. of decks 6
Owner and guests cabins 6
Owner and guests capacity 12
Crew and staff cabins14
Crew and staff capacity25
Propulsion system2 diesel engines driving fixed pitch propellers
Propulsion engine power 2 x abt. 2,350 kW
Maximum speed (100% power)abt. 18.0 kn
Nautical range at 12 kn abt. 5500 nm
Generators2 x abt. 400 ekW + 1 x 350 ekW
Bow thruster (super silent type) 1 x abt. 300 kW
Stern thruster (super silent type)1 x abt. 150 kW
Stabilizers2 pairs fixed – at anchor stabilization
Max tender length10.0 m / 32.81
Exterior DesignClaydon Reeves
Interior DesignMarch & White

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