by Overmarine Group with Alberto Mancini/Overmarine Group Design Department

Overmarine Group, the world leader in the large open semi-custom sector, is now entering a new era in its history of yachting successes with the Mangusta Oceano 42.

Mangusta Oceano 42 is a ship rich in innovations, from stylistic content to various specifics connected to the Overmarine shipyard, which, for the first time in its history, is tackling a yacht that is completely different from those it has built to date. For 30 years now, the Italian shipyard has captured the attention of enthusiasts all over the world with its production of planing yachts in composite of the highest quality and with cutting-edge technical content. This is a sector in which the shipyard has not only often set the trend, but where it has always excelled with high-performance vessels, each a semi-custom creation. That’s 30 years of development by Mangusta of naval platforms typified by high performance and design that has become iconic in the large open sector. The shipyard’s entrance into the steel and aluminium displacement vessel segment is therefore a very important step for Overmarine Group. However, Maurizio Balducci, the Group’s Managing Director, has emphasised that although the company is going into an entirely new segment, it is crucial to keep the Mangusta DNA unchanged. This does not just mean stylistic elements that are restated in the design of the new vessels in the Long Range lines, whose existing vessels include the Mangusta Oceano 42 and Fast Displacement, of which the first vessel has already been sold and construction work on it has already begun. It is also about continuing to express the principles underlying everything the shipyard builds – innovation, customisation, and technology in the service of comfort and performance. This is certainly no easy task for all those involved in the development of new projects, nor is it easy for the Group personnel whose job is to give concrete form to these ideas. For the development of the first hull in Overmarine’s new venture, the Group chose a young designer with huge technical and creative abilities. We have been impressed with his work before, as he has entered the world of yachting discreetly but with projects that immediately showcased his talents. We are talking about Alberto Mancini, to whom Maurizio Balducci gave the difficult task of “creating a three-deck vessel that expresses Mangusta’s DNA to the fullest in a market segment that the Group has never entered before”. In our view, with Oceano 42 Alberto Mancini has succeeded in demonstrating his great talent, not just because he successfully and completely fulfilled the requirements of Overmarine’s MD, but also because he did so in a segment where finding a highly innovative exterior and interior design in which every element is finely balanced between form and function is no simple matter. The moment we set foot on board the vessel, we were immediately struck by the pleasing sense of spaciousness present in every area and by the fact that it is possible never to lose sight of the sea, while the eye is free to wander from the interior and the exterior all the way to infinity. We asked Mancini to tell us about his work to help us understand how he came to devise a design with such complexity of form yet with perfect harmony between the exteriors and the interiors which, we would add, were happily both placed in his hands. Mancini told us: “The project began as a challenge. In the briefing, Maurizio Balducci asked me if I was capable of creating a three-deck displacement vessel while still retaining the Mangusta spirit. I began studying the history of the Mangusta brand in depth, its stylistic elements and its design philosophy, and developing drawings by hand to synthesise each point. Injecting the Mangusta DNA into a completely new project in terms of both type and construction materials was obviously a process that required a huge amount of ground work. Everyone’s commitment and passion allowed us to create the Mangusta Oceano 42, and when I say ‘everyone’ I really do mean everyone involved. The welders painstakingly followed the designed forms to perfection, although they were sometimes very complex on the superstructure. There are forms that I thought would only be possible with the use of moulds and composites, but the yard’s shipwrights successfully created them and did so impeccably.” We made the same observation when we saw the complex forms of the superstructure, which make a decisive contribution to the end result.

When we were told that it had all been done as planned in aluminium, we understood just how much work and passion the shipyard had poured into this project. In terms of the Mangusta DNA, Mancini said: “The Mangusta spirit is intact, with elements such as the aft lines reinterpreted in a new key to suit a three-deck displacement yacht, but echoing the style of the large Open yachts. Then there is the sloping stern to create dynamism, inspired by automotive design. The slits of light in the full-beam transom are also an innovation in this category, making it possible to enjoy the beach area even when travelling at over 10 knots. One of the things I tried to do was to eliminate as far as possible the feeling of claustrophobia that that kind of environment inevitably has when the hatch is closed, then with the hatch open, you have the impression of walking over the sea on rectangular windows. I must say that this element was very well received, also by the buyer. The shipyard gave me carte blanche and even left me to develop the more complex shapes, to the point that I admit I found the Mangusta Oceano 42 more beautiful in the water than I already found her on the renders, highly satisfying. I was in tune with the shipyard and the project, and that made everything easier. On Mangusta Oceano 42, the cornerstones of the project are the use of light, which is a characteristic element of every design of mine but in this case I was able to express it fully, giving free rein to many ideas I had been developing for some time. The pursuit of this idea follows two clearly defined pathways. The first is the use of natural light, which is present throughout the exteriors and interiors, while the second is artificial light, which is always indirect. The light itself makes it possible to amplify the perception of space on board with careful use of windows of varying levels of transparency. What I wanted to achieve is the feeling of being on board a larger yacht. For example, on the bow sun bridge, the swimming pool has three separate windows in the base – three real skylights that, when the pool is full, fill the Owner’s bathroom below with reflections of light from the water. These are only details, but details never seen before on a 42-metre yacht and Owners appreciate innovations such as this. In the stern, meanwhile, the water illuminated by the underwater spotlights filters upwards and lights the windows that can be walked across on the beach club platform. I must say that this project was blessed from the beginning – the Owner fell in love with it from the brochure alone. I would say that it is an example of how a serious shipyard and a design team full of passion can succeed in selling large yachts starting from a graphical representation that inspires dreams and imagination.” Light undoubtedly plays a fundamental role in the perception of space on board this yacht with all its rich stylistic content. This content can also be found in the interiors, again devised and designed by Mancini and therefore in perfect harmony with the exterior lines. One of the elements we found very striking was the creation of four guest cabins, each in a different style and bearing correspondingly different names – Saint Tropez, Bodrum, Mauritius and Bergama. The designer says: “The idea suggested, which the owner accepted enthusiastically, was to give the guests four different symbolic ‘keys’ playing on different themes. The result is four spaces with four completely different styles and material selections, from parquet to leather via fabrics, based on an in-depth study of each country theme. The designer’s creativity together with the shipyard’s capacity for production were the key ingredients in the success that the Mangusta Oceano 42 enjoyed at the Cannes Yachting Festival among the public and the specialist press alike. She is a genuinely original, different yacht, with a huge amount of brand-new content and can even make a comment that is now all but worn out by most yacht builders seem less banal, namely “look around, doesn’t it seem like you’re on board a bigger yacht?”. On the Mangusta Oceano 42, this question certainly finds fertile ground, because that is genuinely the result, and it did not take a miracle, but rather very careful management of perspective. The other key ingredient was the interplay of light described by Mancini which required such care in the construction process, as natural and artificial light play fundamental roles throughout the yacht, giving form to all her constituent elements. Mancini concludes: “When I think about how everything that the Mangusta Oceano 42 is now was just a mountain of sketches and renderings, it sends shivers down my spine.” There are so many design elements that work in two ways, contributing to the final visual result at the same time as fulfilling the underlying logic of the project, such as the balcony in the Owner’s suite, which facilitates visual contact with the sea even when it is closed thanks to the inclusion of a glass insert.

Many other elements such as transparent materials, backlit satin-finished glass and indirect lighting from recesses make it possible for each shape to be enhanced in line with the perspective sought by the designer and skilfully managed in every space, again by the person who devised each individual component with the greatest care. This is certainly one of the vessels we have found most striking in recent years, with exteriors that are consistent with the interiors and where every aspect contributes to a truly effective result from both an aesthetic and a functional point of view.

Angelo Colombo
Photos by Maurizio Paradisi

MANGUSTA OCEANO 42 technical specifications

Superstructurealuminium alloy
LOA41.4 m / 135’83’’ ft
LWL36.74 m / 120’54’’ ft
Beam8.7 m / 28’54’’ ft
Draft~ 2.5 m / ~ 8’20’’ ft
Displacement at Full Load Cond.~ 390 ton / ~ 859.794 lbs
Gross tonnage 440 GT
Fuel Oil - Main Tank ~ 55,000 litres / ~ 14,529 US gallons
Fuel Oil - Day Tank ~ 9,200 litres / ~ 2,430 US gallons
Fresh Water Tank ~ 13,000 litres / ~ 3,434 US gallons
Grey Water Tank ~ 5,800 litres / ~ 1,532 US gallons
Black Water Tank~ 2,600 litres / ~ 687 US gallons
Max speed (half load) approx 15 knots
Cruising speedapprox 11 knots
Range 5279 nm @cruising speed (one generator running at all times)
Engines2 x MTU 12V 2000 M72, 1080 kW (~1450 HP)
Transmission2 x ZF 3350 gearboxes + shaft line with Fixed Pitch Propeller
Bow thrusterCMC Marine Bow Thruster Diesel Generator:
2 x KHOLER model 100 marine generator, each having a capacity of 99 kW, 380 VAC, 50 Hz, three-phase.
Stabilizers2 x CMC Marine Stabilizing Fins - “Zero Speed” and “Underway”
ClassificationABS A1, Commercial Yachting Service, E,
AMS- MCA Code Compliance.
Guests 1 Owner’s + 4 Guest cabins (up to 12 people)
Crew1 Captian’s + 3 crew cabins (up to 7 people)
Exteriors DesignerAlberto Mancini
Interiors DesignerAlberto Mancini / Overmarine Group Design Department
BuilderOvermarine Group S.p.A.

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