Next year, the historic Savona-based shipyard will celebrate a century of shipbuilding. At present, we are a good 99 years from its foundation with the name Cantieri Navali Campanella, long before 1978 when the original name was changed to the current Mondo Marine after the shipyard was acquired by the powerful Mondo Group. In the early 1990s, the Italian shipyard – now famous and well established internationally – entered the exclusive super yacht market sector in style, beginning to produce fully custom vessels with lengths of over 40 metres / 130 feet in all-metal builds. At the beginning of last year, the company and the brand were acquired by two businessmen, Alessandro Falciai and Roberto Zambrini, who took the key strategic decision to form Mondo Marine MC and consequently to transfer the sales and marketing activities that support the shipyard to prestigious new premises on Avenue des Ligures in Monte Carlo.
The design and construction of the yachts will continue at the shipyard’s facilities in Savona, maintaining the unusual feature of having the full production cycle on one site, from the cutting of the plate for the hull to the launch of the finished ship. There are currently 62 motor yachts proudly bearing the Mondo Marine logo: over the last seven years, ten yachts with lengths of over 40 metres have been delivered, together with six yachts with lengths of over 50 metres, including the famous
Tribù owned by the late Luciano Benetton, which was the first yacht to obtain the RINA Green Star certification. Next year, two vessels entirely built in light aluminium alloy will take to the water: leisure vessel M60, which will be the first 60- metre superyacht built by the Italian shipyard, and the 40-metre yacht SF40, whose design was featured in the previous issue (32) of Yacht Première. In this issue (33) of the magazine, however, we now present a preview of the new design for the Mondo Marine M43, developed by Mondo Marine MC working closely with two well known Italian firms: Arrabito Naval Architects, which worked with the Mondo Marine MC in-house team to create the naval architecture and marine engineering, and Hot Lab, which devised the exterior design and general layout. Hot Lab had previously also created the exterior design and general layout of the Mondo Marine M50 for the shipyard – details published last year in issue 27 of Yacht Première. From an aesthetic point of view, the new design for the M43 follows the same approach as the M50 design, and echoes Mondo Marine’s recognisable “family feel” with sporty, elegant lines and a successful balance of substantial volumes and sleek outlines offering generous space on board, comparable with the space available on larger ships, but without the yacht losing its powerfully dynamic look overall. An interplay of light and dark with solid and empty areas makes a significant contribution to lightening the appearance of the yacht’s bulk, together with the windows that are very long throughout, and frequently full-height. The windscreen is also steeply sloping, contributing to the decisive rake of the lateral profile, which continues towards the stern with a noticeably lengthened, cleanly uninterrupted top section. From a technical point of view, the new
M43 design can exclusively boast a hull with a highly modern, innovative keel developed and patented by Arrabito Naval Architects, offering 20% improved efficiency compared to similar semi-displacement hulls with a traditional design and therefore providing significantly greater performance allied to much lower fuel consumption.
The engine room is to contain two turbo diesel 16V 2000 M94 engines by German firm MTU, each with maximum power of 1,939 bkW / 2,600 BHP supplied at 2,450 rpm. With this engine configuration, the yacht will have a top speed of 22 knots and will be able to maintain a cruising speed of 20 knots. At the economy cruising speed of 12 knots, the yacht’s range will be 3,400 nautical miles. Construction entirely in a special light aluminium alloy for both the hull and the superstructure will give the yacht an international gross tonnage value below 500 GRT. This is a very important technical and legislative limit because, as owners and experts will know, above this limit there are additional technical requirements and legislative obligations set out in codes and regulations for both the construction and the operation of the vessel. These increase the initial investment costs and make certain facets of management more costly during the vessel’s operating lifespan. In terms of layout, the M43 design has made very effective use of the maximum spaces available in the hull, which has an exact length of 43.00 metres, or 141 feet 1 inch, and a beam of 8.78 metres, or 28 feet 10 inches. On board, the yacht can accommodate up to 10 passengers in one master stateroom and four guest staterooms, as well as up to 10 crew in one captain’s cabin and four crew cabins.
On the sun deck, there is a whirlpool tub flanked by sun pads forward, with a multi-purpose area to aft that can be for sunbathing on sun beds or sun pads, or as an alfresco dining area with a table and chairs.
Amidships, protected by a hard top, there is a double lounge area laid out with chairs and small tables, and a bar with bar stools. On the upper deck, to aft there is an alfresco dining area with a table and chairs, while a lounge area with chairs and small tables is positioned forward. The sky lounge is inside, laid out with sofas and small tables, and featuring a bar with bar stools adjacent to the upper pantry and a practical day head. The captain’s cabin, featuring a bathroom with separate shower cubicle, precedes the wheelhouse, which has an instrumentation panel and pilot’s chairs.
On the main deck, there is a lounge area with chairs and a coffee table to aft, while forward there is a horizontal hatch covering the garage to house the rescue and service tender. The salon is inside, including the entrance area with a bar, a living area with sofas and armchairs arranged around a small table, and a dining area with a table and chairs adjacent to the pantry and the galley. The lobby with its practical day head precedes the Owner’s suite, which features a private study/office with a desk and bookcase, the master stateroom with a double bed and desk / dressing table alongside a relaxation area with a chaise longue and a conversation space with chairs and a small table, and the bathroom which has two washbasins and a whirlpool tub, as well as a separate shower cubicle and a separate toilet cubicle. The guest area is located amidships on the lower deck, with two guest cabins, each with twin beds and a bathroom with a separate shower cubicle, as well as a further two VIP staterooms, each with a double bed, desk / dressing table, relaxation space with a small sofa and table, wardrobe and bathroom with a separate shower cubicle and separate toilet cubicle.
The crew area is located forward on the lower deck, featuring a crew mess with chairs and a dining table, a fully equipped laundry and four crew cabins, each with two bunk beds and a bathroom with separate shower cubicle. To aft, positioned adjacent to the engine room, there is a garage to house the main tender and two jet skis, closed by a hatch that folds out to create a beach platform that can be reached via two side staircases from the main deck wheelhouse above.
Mondo Marine M43 Technical Specifications
|L.O.A.||43.00 m / 141’04’’ ft|
|Beam||8.78 m / 28’79’’ ft|
|Draft||2.45 m / 8’04’’ ft|
|Engines||2 x MTU 16V 2000 M94|
|Maximum power||2 x 1,939 kW|
|Range @ 12 knots||> 3.400 nautical miles|
|Speed cruising||20 nodi|
|Classification||RINa C Hull Mach YCH (EFP) COMF (Y)|
|Displacement||< 500 GT|
|Naval project||Arrabito Naval Architecture
Mondo Marine Engineering
|Design exterior||Hot Lab Yacht & Design
|Builder||Mondo Marine S.p.A.