Although from an international perspective Mondomarine has its communication and business headquarters in Monaco, from a purely technical point of view the company’s production facilities are located in the historic Campanella shipyard in Savona, Italy. This underlines the fact that Mondomarine’s yachts are a product with global reach, tailored to meeting the needs of the international market. Mostly importantly, however, it demonstrates that the Savona-based shipyard’s vessels are all-Italian from design to construction. This means that every Mondomarine yacht is an exclusive, unique creation, specially devised and built with all the sophistication of top-flight Italian styling with a view to satisfying the requirements of each individual owner in an entirely personal, individual way. This is undeniably the case for the five vessels currently under construction at the Italian shipyard’s build facilities, soon to be launched by Mondomarine and delivered to their respective Owners: this year, the first to take to the water is the SF40, which we previewed in issue 32 of Yacht Première, while next year will see the launch of the M50 and M60 S, followed by the M40 Explorer and the M54 the year after that. However, at the same time, the Italian shipyard is of course pursuing its product development marketing strategy, constantly preparing new vessel proposals to meet current requirements and, crucially, to anticipate trends in the sector.
For example, at the Dubai International Boat Show earlier this year, Mondomarine unveiled the design for the new SF60, which was devised and developed in-house jointly with designer Luca Vallebona and SF Yachts, a yacht services company based in Dubai specialising in consultancy, management, brokerage and chartering, but is also Mondomarine’s exclusive agent for Middle East sales.
This new 60-metre project is the logical next step in the evolution of the design philosophy that has given rise to the recent SF Line of motor yachts. This series aims to offer a constantly updated product in terms of both technology and aesthetics to meet the ever more demanding requirements of the world market in an innovative way. Mondomarine’s prestigious, exclusive SF Line, consisting of semi-displacement hulled motor yachts, is currently available in a range of four models: the SF30, which has a length of 32.70 metres, equivalent to 107 feet; the SF35, which has a length of 37.5 metres, equivalent to 123 feet; the SF40, which has a length of 41.5 metres, or 136 feet; and finally the SF60, which has a length of 60.00 metres, or 196 feet, and is therefore the new flagship of the SF Line fleet.
All the models in the SF Line have both hull and superstructure entirely in light aluminium alloy, and the build is based on naval architecture and engineering developed in-house by the Italian shipyard with the Mondomarine Engineering technical team. Meanwhile, the exterior design, interior design and interior decoration are the work of designer Luca Vallebona, who has prepared numerous alternative proposals in multiple different versions for each model in the new SF Line. Some of these have a decidedly unconventional layout, as is the case with the SF60. Externally, the new flagship of the SF line fleet has the same family feel as the other models in the range.
At first glance, the unusual shape of the stem stands out for its slant, very similar to that of both the glorious transoceanic liners of the early years of the last century, and the unmistakable luxury yachts owned by tycoons of finance and industry. It’s a classic, cultured reference that breathes new life into a charming, timeless image of times gone by with a real touch of class, making it increasingly contemporary and even more attractive. Thanks to ideas inspired first of all by a noble past and then by a dynamic future, the visual appearance of the vessel becomes that of a gentleman’s yacht, reinterpreted in a wholly contemporary vein. The yacht’s proposed layout is designed with the greatest attention to functionality and rationality, so that generous interior and exterior spaces with extraordinary levels of usability can be offered both during open ocean cruises and spells at anchor. The exterior design is certainly appealing and elegant, with pleasingly balanced volumes and intriguingly precise, clean geometric lines that are nonetheless not overly rigid, but harmoniously fluid instead. Beginning with a geometric view, the SF60’s profile concept is developed on a long diagonal that runs visually from the vessel’s stern up to the top deck. As well as making the new motor yacht’s look individual and unique, this expressive diagonal aspect acts as an unusual motif that, in a way, prefigures the arrangement of the interior through its large arches and long lines, giving a sense of the interior’s corridors and compartmentation. In the first section, which features the beach club and part of the main deck, there are two main inter-complementary elements: the island of sofas surrounded by a shallow mirror pool and the interior staircase to the salon, which has an unusual curved flight.
The second section begins from the centre of the main salon, with a staircase resting on various supports in a vertical void across three levels, surmounted by a skylight in the sun deck, and adjoined by the other social areas on board the motor yacht, which are based on a concept of increasing informality in use.
The third section delineates the shape of the sun deck, which to aft features a sunbathing area with a swimming pool and sun pads alongside an open air dining area, while forward, separated by the glass cover of the staircase space that opens onto the sun deck, there is a living area partially covered by an overhanging hard top and another sunbathing area with sun pads.
The private accommodation for the Owner and guests is similar to what you would typically find in a small, intimate boutique hotel, with different solutions for the various private staterooms.
Apart from the two guest staterooms on the lower deck, which are identical and symmetrical, the three guest staterooms on the main deck have been specially designed to be different, so that each has its own identity in terms of composition. In addition, at the Owner’s request, two of the three staterooms can also be combined to create a large full-beam VIP suite, demonstrating the extreme versatility in terms of layout that the Italian shipyard’s innovative design allows. The Owner’s suite layout also follows the same design approach as the guest staterooms, resulting in an unusual, innovative arrangement for the functional areas and ancillary spaces: the suite, located in the central section of the bridge deck, has two separate entrance areas, one near the “social” staircase that connects the salons vertically, and the other next to the “private” staircase and lift that connect the lobbies.
The full-beam master stateroom has two symmetrical relaxation areas lit by two unusual angular windows and two foldable side balconies. It also features a double wardrobe and an en suite bathroom, which recalls current modern urban loft concepts in terms of both design and size.
Finally, as a latest-generation luxury motor yacht, the foredeck of the SF60 has a touch and go helipad for the Owner’s private helicopter, with the garage for the tenders and waverunners below, featuring two side hatches for launch and haulage.
Mondomarine SF60 Technical Specifications
|LOA||60.00 m / 196’8’’ ft|
|Beam overall||10.1 m / 33’1’’ ft|
|Draft||2.9 m / 9’5’’ ft|
|Maximum speed||18 knots (Standard)
20 / 21 knots (Optional)
|Cruising speed||17 knots (Standard)
19 knots (Optional)
|Range at 12 knots||4,000 nm (Standard)
4,000 nm (Optional)
|Fuel capacity||105,000 litres / 27,738065 US gallons|
|Fresh water capacity||24,000 litres / 6,3401293 US gallons|
|Main engines||2 x MTU 16V 2000 M84 (Standard)
2 x MTU 12V 4000 M93L (Optional)
|Maximum power||2 x 1,630 kW at 2430 rpm (Standard)
2 x 2,580 kW at 2100 rpm (Optional)
|Internationale gross tonnage||abt.900 GT|
|Naval Architecture||Mondomarine Engineering|
|Class Register||LLOYD'S ✠ 100 A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6 ✠ LMC|
|Flag||Red Ensign - Compliance LY3|
|Exterior design||SF Yachts - Luca Vallebona|
|Interior design||SF Yachts - Luca Vallebona|