In the prestigious lounges of the most exclusive yachting clubs, Taransay, the yacht launched and delivered last year by Rossinavi, is still spoken of very highly, and undoubtedly will be for a long time to come. This enchanting, beautiful 39 metre navetta yacht in steel and aluminium, inspired by the seductive, timelessly classic style of the 1930s, is clad in an elegant, attractive two-tone coat of “blue and white, but with a touch of wood”, which onlookers cannot help but admire. Although the exterior styling and interior decoration very clearly pay nostalgic homage to the bewitching atmosphere of the early 20th century, at the same time (forgive the play on words), below the cloak of the past the yacht is equipped with cutting-edge technology. You could say that she represents a step back in time to rediscover the pleasure of boating, but without giving up the efficiency and safety of a modern creation. It was a real challenge, but one that was duly prepared for and flawlessly met by the well established Viareggio-based Italian shipyard. For more than 30 years, Rossinavi has been meeting a constant, stimulating succession of challenges, generating new projects and innovative proposals. These include the successful Prince Shark series, a line of mega yachts with a length of over 49 metres, in a semi-planing hull with a build in light aluminium alloy.
Two Italian firms worked with the Rossinavi in-house team to create the Prince Shark line: Arrabito Naval Architects, Giovanni and Giuseppe Arrabito’s firm, which developed the naval architecture and marine engineering, and Enrico Gobbi’s firm, Team For Design, which devised the exterior design, layout and interior design. The first hull in the Prince Shark series was launched and delivered in 2013, bearing the name Param Jamuna IV. After sea tests were completed, the Arrabitos were pleased to comment: “This fantastic project has been launched after 30 months of naval architecture and marine engineering efforts and a construction period of about 22 months. The shipyard was able to perfectly fulfil Arrabito Naval Architects’ design inputs since the yacht on launching was perfectly balanced as to trim and heel, the full load displacement value exactly matched the calculations and stability requirements were completely fulfilled without the need to add even 1 kilogram of fixed ballast. All contractual performance requirements were definitely fulfilled in terms of top speed and range obligations.” Rossinavi’s build schedule therefore continued with the second hull of the Prince Shark series, named Polaris, launched and delivered in 2014. The greatest differences between the two vessels lie in their interiors, which give them very different personalities, but they both received unanimous approval from the public and attracted particular interest from the specialist press. In view of the magnificent success at international level achieved by both these sister ships, Rossinavi then decided to continue and expand the Prince Shark series with another new project. In November last year at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Rossinavi officially presented the world preview of the third hull in the Prince Shark series at the shipyard’s stand. This is a project that Rossinavi very much believes in, and the shipyard therefore decided to develop it further, past the basic general design so that a possible buyer could be guaranteed faster delivery with attractive lead times. The name itself, PRINCE SHARK EVO, gives an indication of one of the three main characteristics that distinguish the third hull from the previous two Prince Shark vessels that took to the water. As it indicates, unlike the other two builds which were entirely in light aluminium alloy, steel is also used alongside aluminium for the EVO model. A second technical characteristic which markedly differentiates EVO from the other two vessels is the difference in the type of hull, as EVO has a full displacement hull rather than a semi-planing hull like its sister ships. A third characteristic distinguishing between the three vessels is the exterior design, where the numerous differences make the aesthetic of the new EVO noticeably different from both Param Jamuna IV and Polaris even at first glance. Firstly, while the hull obviously has a different profile due to the differing waterline, it also has windows and glazed areas with a very original design, albeit one that is consistent with the particular stylistic look of the Prince Shark series. However, it is most importantly in the superstructure where the greatest differences are apparent in the styling concepts adopted for the three yachts, and here EVO has its own individual, recognisable personality.
The softer, more flowing forms and surfaces with less sharp angles give it a unique flavour compared to the approach taken on the vessel’s two sister ships. However, all three mega yachts in the Prince Shark series share the same generous availability of space and as a result, each of them similarly has a layout with huge external areas and sizeable interior spaces, laid out across four decks. On EVO’s sun deck, the aft section features a sunbathing area with sun beds and a pool, while the forward section offers an observation lounge area with a sofa and a bar area with a BBQ/grill. Amidships, protected by a hard top with an openable section, the deck has an open air dining area with tables and a lounge area with sofas. On EVO’s upper deck, outside in the bow there is a technical area with a garage for a pair of jet skis, while the forward section features a sunbathing area with sun pads and a lounge area with sofas. For its part, the aft section – partially covered by the overhanging deck above – has a lounge area with sofas and an al fresco dining area with a table. Inside on the upper deck, the aft section has a cinema salon with sofas and a screen, while the deck’s central section to starboard holds the upper lobby with a staircase and a lift, as well as a day head, and the upper pantry and the captain’s cabin with en suite bathroom are located to portside. Finally, the forward section houses the wheelhouse with a tech console and a sofa for guests. Outside on EVO’s main deck, in the aft section partially covered by the overhanging deck above, there is a lounge area with sofas and a corner bar. Inside on EVO’s main deck, the aft section has a salon featuring a living area with sofas and a dining area with a table, while the central section to starboard holds the main lobby with a staircase, a lift and a day head, and a pantry and galley are located to portside. The deck’s forward section holds the owner’s private space: the owner’s suite, which offers a dressing room to portside and a study/office to starboard with an exterior side openable balcony, his and hers bathrooms with a shower space and a full beam master stateroom with a king size bed, a desk and a sofa. On EVO’s lower deck, the lower lobby with the staircase and lift is located amidships, surrounded by the private guest accommodation which features four VIP guest staterooms, each with a queen size bed or twin beds, a desk and an en suite bathroom with a shower space. The crew quarters are located in the bow, with a laundry room and storage room, crew mess and four crew cabins each with two fold-out berths and a bathroom with a shower space. The aft section of EVO’s lower deck holds the technical area, including the engine room and engineer’s control room. An additional technical area in the stern then features the main tender garage, with a hatch to portside, and the lazarette for storage of the water toys and diving equipment, with a transom hatch which folds out to expand the swimming platform.
Prince Shark Evo technical specifications
|Type||Motor Yacht Displacement|
|Length Overall||48.50 m / 159’ ft|
|Beam||9.00 m / 29’ ft|
|Draft (max)||2.20 m / 7’ ft|
|Gross Tonnage||< 500 GT|
|Class||RINa ✠ Hull ● Mach Ych – Confort PNVC – Green Plus|
|Naval Architect||Studio Arrabito|
|Exterior Designers||Team For Design|