We take a courteous, unobtrusive look around the Savona facilities of Mondomarine, where we find four luxury motor yachts in different stages of construction. Two of them, both with a light aluminium alloy hull and superstructure, are undergoing the final stages of fitting out and are on schedule for delivery, due to take place this year. These are the 50-metre Mondomarine M50, designed by Hot Lab, and the 60-metre Mondomarine M60S, by Luca Dini Design. The other two, both with a hull in high-strength steel and a superstructure in light aluminium alloy, are in the process of construction and will continue through the next steps until they are ready for launch next year. These are the 40-metre Mondomarine M40 Explorer, designed by Hydro Tech, and the 54-metre Mondomarine M54, also by Luca Dini Design. However, if instead of looking around industrial sheds, exploring among metal plates and welding sparks, you prefer moving through cocktail lounges in glittering social settings like Monte Carlo with charming companions, then you might have lingered on the Port Hercules quayside at the Monaco Yacht Show. A Mondomarine yacht was on display at the event, launched to coincide with the magnificent gala held to celebrate the centenary of the Savona-based shipyard, namely the 42-metre Mondomarine SF40, named Serenity by her Owner, which was designed by Luca Vallebona and built entirely in light aluminium alloy. However, during the show, the Italian shipyard’s big news was not just visible on the water, since as well as its most recent build, Mondomarine also presented a preview of one of its new projects: the 50-metre Mondomarine M50 Aria. The project was developed in close collaboration with a truly special pair of designers, father and son Giorgio Vafiadis and Stefano Inglese Vafiadis, of renowned firm Vafiadis & Associates, who devised both the exterior design and the interior design. The naval architecture and marine engineering were designed and calculated in-house by the Italian shipyard’s expert technical team, Mondomarine Engineering. Mondomarine
M50 Aria is an all-metal build using light aluminium alloy for both the hull and the superstructure.
The yacht has a semi-displacement hull with a design value for a gross tonnage of less than 500 GT.
The vessel has a length overall of 49.20 metres, equivalent to 161 feet 5 inches, a total beam of 9.00 metres, equivalent to 29 feet 6 inches, and a maximum draught of 2.60 metres, or 8 feet 6 inches. The engine room will contain two MTU 16V 2000 M94 engines, each with maximum power of 1,939 bkW, equivalent to 2,599 BHP, supplied at 2,450 rpm. With this propulsion package, the yacht will have a top speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots. At the economy cruising speed of 12 knots, the estimated range is 3,500 nautical miles, achieved in part thanks to the capacity of the fuel tanks, which will be able to contain over 80,000 litres, or 21,000 US gallons. The yacht’s equipment will include a main tender with a length overall of up to 6.2 metres / 20 feet 6 inches and a service tender with a length overall of up to 3.8 metres / 12 feet 6 inches. The layout of the vessel is designed to accommodate up to 12 passengers in four guest staterooms, a VIP stateroom and a master stateroom, and up to 10 crew in four crew cabins and a captain’s cabin. In terms of concept, the Mondomarine M50 Aria is a particularly dazzling, extremely modern project where the emphasis is placed on comfort on board, clearly revealing the two designers’ express intention to create very comfortable, versatile spaces that can easily be transformed from closed indoor spaces into open outdoor spaces, or vice versa, to adapt flawlessly to different situations and needs.Examples include the beach club in the stern which can be opened out completely onto the external platform that overhangs the water, or the huge aft upper deck, which is essentially like a panoramic veranda lounge with large sliding glass doors surrounding it on three sides. This way, the space can be enclosed and climate controlled on oppressively hot days, while on cool evenings it is opened up to the breeze. The general layout of the Mondomarine M50 Aria occupies four decks. The standard version is offered with the following basic solution, which can of course be modified to meet the owner’s individual requirements. There are two areas on the sun deck, which features a large hard top with sliding awnings for protection from the sun’s rays – a lounge area forward with a bar section and conversation spaces laid out with sofas and coffee tables, and a sunbathing area to aft with a hydromassage tub and relaxation spaces with sun pads and sun beds or chaises longues. The upper deck features two areas outside: a completely open lounge area forward, with a hydromassage tub and a conversation space laid out with sofas and a coffee table, and to aft, completely covered by the deck above, an al fresco dining area with a table for 12 and a veranda lounge area with sofas and a coffee table. Inside on the upper deck, there is a pantry to serve the dining area, as well as the wheelhouse with an instrument panel and three pilot’s chairs, and the VIP stateroom with a king size bed, a wardrobe and an en suite bathroom. Outside on the main deck to aft, there is a lounge area partially covered by the overhanging deck above, featuring a relaxation area with sun pads and a conversation space with sofas and a coffee table. Inside on the main deck is the grand salon, which features a living area with sofas and a coffee table, and a dining area with a table and chairs for 12. The pantry and the professionally equipped galley are located amidships, together with the lobby featuring a practical day head and a gym with sports equipment. The owner’s suite is located forward with a walk-in wardrobe and an en suite bathroom with a pair of washbasins, a shower cubicle and a sauna. The master stateroom also has a private balcony, a sofa and a king size bed. The guest accommodation is located on the lower deck amidships, featuring four guest staterooms, each with a wardrobe and an en suite bathroom. Of these, two have a king size bed and a desk / dressing table each, while the other two each have twin beds and a third foldout bunk. The beach club is located in the stern, with an open air space and a covered space. It can be laid out with sun beds or chaises longues, and features a bar area and a practical day head. The crew quarters are located in the bow, with a crew mess, a laundry and five cabins, each with a wardrobe and a bathroom. The captain’s cabin has a double bed while the four crew cabins each have two foldout bunk beds. The garage for enclosed storage of the main tender is located on the lower deck, while the open air storage for the service tender is positioned on the fore deck. The finishing touches for the presentation of Mondomarine M50 Aria are provided by the exclusive proposal for the interiors, designed by the tight-knit Vafiadis team, which is set out on these pages and highlights the same elegance and sportiness that typify the external aesthetic and contemporary style of the vessel. It is an unpretentious, direct look, sophisticated yet minimalist, that radiates a captivating message of unmistakably balanced harmony in terms of line, shape, colour and material alike.
M50 Aria technical specifications
|LOA||49,20 m / 161’38’’ ft|
|Beam||9,0 m / 29’52’’ ft|
|Draught||2,60 m / 8’53’’ ft|
|Engines||2 x MTU 16 V 2000 M94|
|Maximum power||2 x 1.939 kW at 2.450 rpm|
|Range at 12 knots||3.500 nautical miles|
|Maximum speed||20 knots|
|Cruising speed||19 knots|
|Class||RINA C ✠ Hull • Mach YCH Unrestricted Navigation|
|Gross tonnage||< 500 GT|
|Naval Architecture||Mondomarine Engineering|
|Exterior design||Stefano Inglese Vafiadis – Studio Vafiadis|