Mangusta 165 “Da Vinci”

by Overmarine Group, with Stefano Righini and Maxine Tissenbaum

“Da Vinci” is the eleventh version of the Mangusta 165 produced by the Italian Overmarine shipyard, where every new construction is a story in itself, because although based on a well-established naval architecture, each one is still a custom-built yacht.

Every vessel produced by Overmarine has the ability to surprise with some detail or technical solution, even when it involves a new model in a successful series that has already seen 10 other vessels take to the water. In this case, one thing that stands out is that “Da Vinci”, unit number 11 of the 165 series, was launched just 22 months after the order was placed, and for a 50-metre yacht capable of sailing at well over 35 knots with far more contained levels of noise and vibration than less efficient craft, that is certainly no ordinary result. We talked about it with Francesco Frediani, sales director for Overmarine, who immediately gave us a good humoured ticking off when we referred to this 165’ series as “fortunate”: “We like to think that the successful sales we achieved with the Mangusta 165 among others were not due to luck. With this yacht, as with all the models in the Mangusta range, the shipyard has shown its great expertise in the field of ship design and construction. This comes from being part of a group that ranges from building military and civil professional vessels to pleasure boats, passing on experience and technical skills that enable us to create hulls that can not only sail fast but do so without any problems, and in particular for a long time. Every model produced by Overmarine carries with it all the experience that the shipyard has accumulated since it started in the 1990s, when the first 80’ maxi open was launched, at a time when the market was only offering maximum lengths of 50-55’ for vessels of this type.

Now we’ve reached 165’ and this represents an evolution in performance, in layout, with good living spaces, and

in comfort. The great technological development since we started out has led us to this point, and we continue to carry out research ceaselessly, which is one of the special characteristics of the family that own the shipyard: constantly looking forward and never stopping.

This number 11 of the 165’ model is another step forward in the “Evolution” model, although the number 12, already under construction, will be the first to adopt the new 96L series MTU engines, which meet the US regulations on emissions and which we have decided to fit to all the new models. Like every Mangusta unit, this one is also entirely custom-built, even though it is part of a specific and well-established shipbuilding project. In this case, the propulsion system has enabled us to achieve important targets both in terms of maximum speed and cruising speed, not to mention consumption. In addition, we have installed gyroscopic units that further increase comfort on board without compromising on hydrodynamics, and indeed actually improve performance when sailing at displacement speeds thus ensuring an excellent range thanks to the reduced fuel consumption. No one else installs four engines on this type of vessel, but we do because we don’t copy others but always develop designs that look to the future.”

One thing that has definitely been a distinguishing characteristic of the vessels produced by this Tuscan shipyard since their first unit is the research into performance combined with reliability and comfort.

In our opinion this combination of elements is the basis for the remarkable success of the shipyard and its boats, which, as Frediani confirms, are the Mangusta’s main competitors on the second-hand market.

If there are still vessels from the 1990s or early 2000s generating an interest that perhaps no other shipyard of the same size can boast, there’s a reason for it. The quality of construction that has always distinguished the Mangustas partly derives from the construction skills developed by the industrial Group’s involvement in other fields, such as the military, which is certainly one of the factors in their success, but added to this is the family feeling that the range brings with it, right from the very first model, making every Mangusta recognizable. Another element that Francesco Frediani wanted to underline in talking about the Mangusta range is this: “Many people mistakenly think of our boats as party boats or day cruisers, but in reality our owners use them for much more demanding cruises because they have the necessary space, they’re reliable, fast and they can sail with consumption levels that offer very respectable range. In addition, every Mangusta is furnished according to the specific taste and requirements of its owner, so you can understand why these boats are actually used for living in. I think that these characteristics are what makes Mangusta customers come back a second time, as in the case of this 165’, whose owner already has our 130’ that he intends to keep as well, and like the owner of the Mangusta Gran Sport 54m under construction in the works where we build the metal units, who also owns our 130 and a

94 before that. Many of our customers are repeat customers, and we’re proud of this fact because it is definitely a sign of the trust we have gained with the quality of our boats and with our ability to adapt to meet the requirements of each owner, while keeping

the Mangusta spirit unaltered.”

We now come to the “Da Vinci”, the eleventh model of the Mangusta 165 with interior design by Maxine Tissenbaum, now working with the shipyard for a second time. The interiors reveal a wealth of different materials for each environment, but combined in such a way as to ensure a sophisticated atmosphere even in the less important areas. It is a yacht where the interior design has been conceived to provide very high levels of comfort and privacy for the owner’s guests when required, and also where the division of the spaces has been laid out to offer convivial moments and the shared experience of sailing. The covered and open spaces are all very generous while the sailing system makes it possible to have breakfast on the Costa Smeralda and lunch on the Costa Azzurra, moving the yacht in conditions of absolute comfort for the owner and guests, despite the high speeds. The relationship between the interior and the exterior is always ensured by large glass surfaces positioned in such a way as to keep the two environments in constant contact, as in the case of the three skylights over the dining table,

for example. On this model, too, the cockpit is an area where people can enjoy relaxing both while sailing and during stopovers; as well as being suitably sheltered, it covers an extensive, carefully laid out surface. So it is no accident that it is equipped with retractable multimedia systems and generous, comfortable seating for 12 people with a large table for open air dining. On the topic of open air space, on the forward deck there is a genuine “Mediterranean lounge club”, as described by the shipyard, and it is an apt description. It has a jacuzzi with an awning to provide shelter from the sun and a spacious sunbathing area, which can also be shaded in just a few seconds if required.

The second helm station is on the flybridge in an ideal position for steering in narrow waters, but during sailing or stopovers it almost disappears thanks to the careful layout and design of this open deck. In fact, when they are not in use, the steering controls are hidden from view by a mobile bar decorated with blue and white mosaic pieces. Here, too, there is a large table with a sofa and a spacious sunbathing area.

As regards the interiors, the owner’s suite extends the entire breadth of the hull on the lower deck aft, while a double cabin, two guest cabins and the big VIP cabin complete the night zone areas.

As for the crew, it is interesting to note that suitable space has been devoted to them for their long periods on board, and there are dedicated circulation flows to ensure they can provide efficient service without interfering with the life of the owner and guests.

It is definitely a yacht designed for long cruises, which you can see from the amenities but also from the attention paid to the crew, who have enough space

and amenities available to provide them with comfort and the right amount of privacy.

“Da Vinci” is a yacht with very important technical features, starting with the four engines that take on the task of allowing the hull to express its exceptional hydrodynamic qualities. But all this would be of limited value if the yacht were not built in such a way as to ensure appropriate weight distribution and sufficient structural sturdiness.

With this unit Overmarine has yet again confirmed its great abilities as a shipbuilder of undisputed technical quality, able to successfully market a type of yacht for over twenty years.

That this is so is down to ceaseless research, the result of which is a series of yachts whose iconic value is now making them timeless.

Angelo Colombo

Photos by courtesy of Overmarine 

Mangusta 165 “Da Vinci" technical specifications

LOA~ 49.9 m / 163’71” ft
Beam~ 9.2 m / 30’18” ft
Max draft~ 1.9 m / 6’2” ft
Displacement at full load285 T
Displacement at half load265 T
Gross tonnage485 GT
Main engines power4 x MTU 16V 2000 M94 1939 kW (each)
TrasmissionKamewa 2 x 71 S4 + 2 x 71 B4
Max speed half load 37 knots
Range~ 900 nm at economical cruising speed (20 knots)
Fuel capacity~ 40,000 litres / 10,567 US gallons
Water capacity~ 4.000 litres / 1,057 US gallons
AccommodationGuests 12 in 5 cabins
+1 Relax room as per Owner’s request
Crew 9 in 5 cabins
ClassificationABS ✠ A1, Commercial Yachting Service, E, ✠ AMS MCA Code Comèpliance. (LY3 ED.2) Restricted navigation to a distance
Stabilizers 4 x Seakeeper 35
ExteriorsOvermarine Group / Stefano Righini
Interiors Maxine Tissenbaum / Overmarine Group Design Dept
BuilderOvermarine Group S.p.A.

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