by Admiral | The Italian Sea Group with Luca Dini Design and Gian Marco Campanino Design

Nono, a super motor yacht with a semi displacement hull, two decks and a raised pilothouse, was launched last year. With an all-metal build in light aluminium alloy for both the hull and the superstructure, in terms of design she is based entirely on the Impero 37M RPH model in the Impero Series. The latter is one of the numerous series of new models in the huge range offered by Admiral, one of the shipyards in The Italian Sea Group alongside Tecnomar, NCA Nuovi Cantieri Apuania and the new Franck Muller Yachts. In spite of its brevity and apparent simplicity, the name of the yacht itself is probably one that cannot fail to arouse a little curiosity – perhaps it is a firm repetition of the negative, expressed ambivalently in English and Italian alike. If it were part of a numerical sequence (“Nono” means “Ninth” in Italian), more simply, the Owner’s previous yacht would have been named “Ottavo” (Eighth) and the next would be “Decimo”, or Tenth. We are just having a little innocent fun here, but the Owner generously allows us another, more cultured attempt: maybe he’s a classical music enthusiast? In that case, the name of the next yacht might be “Berio”. Wordplay aside, the name is not the only element of the vessel to generate interest, as her visual appearance has an immediate and explosive effect thanks to a cutting-edge look generated by innovative lines that mix references to the 1920s and the 1980s to form a contemporary brew. The shape of the prow section is in a motor torpedo boat style, and the raised helm station is reminiscent of a motor fishing boat while the yacht has a motor yacht-style antenna arch but redesigned in reverse. The stunning finishing touch on this picturesque ensemble is a modern, elegant two-tone livery with light bronze metallic paint for the hull and pearl white metallic paint for the superstructure, alongside matte black inserts to correspond with the windows and the hard top. The imaginative creator of this radiant look and dazzling exterior design, both of which break all the rules for their category to stand out among the usual run of vessels, is Tuscan design genius Luca Dini, who has a predilection for acrobatic feats of balance in shipbuilding design. However, that’s not all, because while NONO’s exteriors are utterly captivating, the interiors are equally appealing thanks to the interior design and general layout developed by the Admiral Style Centre in-house team, working with architect and designer Gian Marco Campanino. Certain specific preconditions guided the overall design of the new motor yacht, directly referring to both technical requirements and aesthetic issues, and these are reflected in synergy in the end result. Of these, the main basic specifications can be summarised by the questions “what is it for?” and “who is it for?” Well, this vessel was expressly designed and built with a specific focus on very long voyages, and intended purely for private use as a holiday home for the Owner and family. With these preconditions and their fulfilment, it was virtually inevitable that the motor yacht would end up having the characteristics typical of a comfortable modern “pavilion villa”, such as the huge glass surfaces through which light floods the interiors and which allow the gaze to roam freely across the panorama. These characteristics and the other interior architectural styling solutions also contribute to lending the fittings a certain airy lightness. The fittings themselves have been created in an elegant, contemporary, eclectic style, but most importantly they make the interiors seem larger, so that they seem to have the dimensions you would normally expect on significantly larger vessels. It all contributes to generating a pleasing feeling of being in a luxurious, exclusive contemporary villa facing the sea, full of light and space. This feeling is particularly noticeable in the main deck salon, with its substantial vertical free space and most importantly the floor to ceiling sliding glass panels that surround it completely. The fluid visual and physical continuity of this open space is entirely untroubled and uninterrupted by the unavoidable presence to the side of the usual technical fittings which, as they are skilfully hidden by the cladding panels, together with a corresponding lowered part of the ceiling, create a pleasing virtual separation between the living area and the dining area. An opaque, enclosed space concealing a convenient day head and a glass-enclosed space holding the staircase that leads to the lower deck collectively form a spectacular architectural backdrop in the middle of the ship, separating the salon from the pantry to portside and the foyer to starboard. The pantry provides access to the wheelhouse and the galley, as well as the staircase to the crew area, while the foyer provides access to both the staircase to the guest area and the corridor to the Owner’s suite. This last occupies the entire forward section to ensure complete privacy, and features a private study/office and his and hers walk-in wardrobes directly connected to the en suite bathroom lit by skylights, with its twin washbasins and separate shower cubicle. The full beam master stateroom has large side windows and a mirror wall with a TV screen built in, which disappears when not in use. The other four staterooms are located amidships on the lower deck, and each has opening hullports and an en suite bathroom with a separate shower cubicle. The aft stateroom and the forward stateroom are full beam VIP staterooms, but given the exclusive family use of the new motor yacht, in practice they can be considered as the second master stateroom and the third master stateroom. The other two guest staterooms – though here again it’s only a manner of speaking – differ; the portside stateroom has a queen size bed while the starboard stateroom has twin beds and a third foldout bed. The crew quarters are located in the forward section of the lower deck, featuring a crew mess, laundry and three cabins each with an en suite bathroom. One of these is the captain’s cabin, the other two are crew cabins. In the aft section of the lower deck, in addition to the engine room with its control room, there is a garage for the main tender which is launched and handled through an openable side hatch to starboard. A beach club is located in the stern on the lower deck, with a hatch that opens to form a terrace over the water, which can be used as a swimming platform. The beach club area is designed for relaxation and sports, and therefore has a bar and a steam bath as well as a day head. A protected internal staircase goes up from the beach club directly to the aft deck area on the main deck, which has a sunbathing area with sun pads and an al fresco dining area with a table and chairs. A further sunbathing area with sun pads and a sitting area with a coffee table are located on the fore deck, which is completely clear and free of obstructions thanks to the unusual design solution whereby the anchor winches are positioned on a lowered level below an openable hatch for access to the technical equipment during manoeuvring. However, the sun deck is where open air living is expressed to the fullest on board the yacht. This most panoramic deck on the yacht is partially protected by both a hard top and a horizontal sliding awning, and affords a magnificent 360 degree view and all the best in cruise relaxation and entertainment. The huge, exclusive private terrace facing the sea provides all the space needed for the Owner and guests to enjoy numerous activities, with a relaxing lounge area and an al fresco dining area both served by a bar with a barbecue kitchen. Then of course there is a large swimming pool for eight people, installed in a raised position and surrounded by sun pads on three sides. It is also equipped with a convenient shower corner and has an adjustable TV screen within sight. Nor should we forget the external helm station, a real invitation to sample the intoxicating effect of piloting a ship in the wind, and finally the deck also offers plenty of space for storing the service tender and a pair of waverunners or jet skis. NONO might have just one defect: the fact that it is intended solely for the private use of the Owner and family, because at least for the moment the response to a request for charter use is a brisk NO, definitely NO. However, we can always hope.

Flaviano Perelli

Photos by Giuliano Sargentini

Nono technical specifications

Hull / SuperstructureAluminum Alloy
LOA37.30 m / 122’37’’ ft
Beam max7.75 m / 25’43’’ ft
Draft1.80 m / 5’90’’ ft
Displacement210 t
Main engines2 x CAT C32E 1417 kW (1925 hp)
Generators2 x 65 kW (60 Hz)
Max speed19.5 knots
Cruising speed17.5 knots
Fresh water capacity6.700 litres / 1,769.953 US gallons
Watermaker 2 x 6,000 litres / day / 1,585.032 US gallons /day (Sea Recovery)
Fuel capacity24.200 litres / 6,392.964 US gallons
+ 10.000 litres / 2,641.721 extra load
Propellersn. 2 fixed pitch propellers
Bow thruster50 kW
Stabilizersn. 2 Fins Stab. Zero Speed (CMC Marine, Electrical Driven)
Max Guests accommodation5 cabins (10 Guests)
Max Crew accommodation3 cabins (4 Crew + 1 Captain)
ClassificationRina C Hull•Mach, Y, Unrestricted Navigation
TenderLightwave Ampere 16 Abel Yachts
Naval architectAdmiral – The Italian Sea Group
Exterior designerLuca Dini Design – Admiral Centro Stile
Interiors designerAdmiral Centro Stile – Arch. Gian Marco Campanino
ShipyardThe Italian Sea Group
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