Wider 165

by Wider, Fulvio De Simoni and Wider Engineering & Associates

Since its beginnings in 2010, Italian shipyard Wider has astounded observers with entirely unprecedented projects, but its founder Tilli Antonelli could hardly have failed to make an impact given his past history in shipbuilding. The shipyard’s name itself suggests the philosophy that characterises every project it has developed to date, but it’s not just about space, although that’s important in both small boats and the vessels of which the 165’ is the flagship. “Wider” refers just as well to the breadth of use that these boats can guarantee. As aforesaid, all the projects presented to date by the Italian shipyard offer the owner and guests plenty of space, but the real “width” lies in the opportunities to experience the space on board a yacht in countless different, but most importantly new, ways. This concept is expressed to the fullest on board the new Wider 165. Talking about the 50-m craft under construction, Tilli Antonelli says: “Our new flagship will embody the ideal combination of innovation, design and cutting edge technology – the next stage in the evolution of international yachting.” To understand the new Wider 165, the concepts that Wider introduced with the Wider 150 must be restated, although there are differences in the details. First and foremost, the two high-tech yachts have a designer in common, the renowned architect Fulvio De Simoni, who has a history of developing boats with Tilli Antonelli that have made a real impact on the classic interpretation of a yacht. These start with the Pershing range, the result of the collaboration between the two professionals, and continue through to Wider’s current yachts in production, which unquestionably represent a stylistic and technical evolution in leisure vessels. There is very little on these vessels that is conservative – from the diesel-electric propulsion system to the transmission, the hull and the entirely original aesthetic, everything on board a Wider yacht is all about innovation. These are precisely the points that the recently launched and successfully tested Wider 150 and the new Wider 165 currently under construction have in common. However, the flagship, due for delivery next year, also has some distinctive elements compared to normal new leisure vessels, including the possibility of accommodating a submarine inside the unusual beach club and the T-top with sliding glass doors to protect the sun deck when necessary, allowing this area to be enjoyed in complete comfort regardless of weather conditions or as desired by the owner. And that’s not all, since another element distinguishes the exterior of this project, namely the fore deck which is laid out with a relaxation area featuring two round tables surrounded by chairs, a hydromassage tub and a private used helipad. In addition to the two balconies for the owner’s suite on the main deck, other mobile elements on the hull can be found in the aft section, where the side openings of the garage and the beach area make the stern of this yacht completely usable in numerous different ways. These solutions have been created to give the stern different functions but most importantly to offer the owner and guests a large area for relaxation in contact with the sea, with some zones protected and others exposed to the sun. It’s a project that, as we stated at the beginning, has very little of the traditional about it, including the arrangement of space inside, where the diesel-electric propulsion system allows the generators to be positioned in the bow and also permits the use of azimuth thruster propulsion units. This choice makes for a certain freedom when it comes to managing the space in the stern, which is now dedicated to the large beach area and the spacious garage that can accommodate the 32’-tender also built by Wider. A further service tender and two jet skis are housed in the compartment below the forward section of the main deck, reached through a portside hatch that facilitates launch and recovery using a specially made mobile structure. This section of the main deck is also equipped for helicopter take off and landing. The interiors are focused throughout the ship on creating a direct relationship between the occupants and the sea through the use of extensive glazed surfaces, balconies and large open air spaces for relaxation. The most striking space in terms of size and fittings is the owner’s suite, positioned on the main deck forward of the zone housing the lobby, the pantry and the main galley. It occupies the full width of the hull and has a small living area to portside at the aft end with a spacious balcony that is substantially bigger than average. The lower deck features four guest cabins, two of which are VIP cabins amidships and to aft, and two of which are double cabins amidships and forward, all with large bathrooms and, most importantly, abundant light from the numerous side openings. The crew quarters occupy the entirety of the bow area with ample space for the staff both at night and during periods of relaxation – it is no accident that the new Wider 165 complies with the LY3 international standard for crew accommodation. The only member of the crew who has accommodation away from the section described above is the captain, whose cabin is located aft of the bridge and connected to it.

The interiors have been created by Tilli Antonelli in collaboration with the architects of Ideaeitalia, who have combined warm colours, linear design and the use of materials such as wood, glass, leather and eastern cultural details. The result is welcoming spaces full of light, where a sensation of stillness combines well with the view of the sea visible from virtually every point on the yacht. Sandblasted, inlaid oak, Roman Travertine, leathers and white marbles are worked with great care throughout the vessel, all in the great spirit of traditional Italian craftsmanship. From a technical point of view, there are countless features that deserve to be highlighted, from the material chosen for the hull and the superstructure, namely aluminium, to the diesel-electric propulsion system. The combination of this engine arrangement and azimuthal pods is based on architecture where four variable-speed in-line diesel generators are used, all equipped with an electronic control system allowing the correct amount of energy to be supplied. In addition, battery packs based on the latest technological developments are installed to store electricity. Together with the powerful electronic power management system, they ensure that the yacht’s energy needs are always met. All this translates into very low consumption, high levels of autonomy and a reduced environmental impact. And as mentioned above, this choice leaves plenty of space free in the main section. The potent power management system on the yacht was developed by Wider with Emerson Industrial Automation, the market leader in this type of technological solution. The system can manage both shore power and power from the generators and batteries, distributing it optimally between accommodation and propulsion needs while calibrating the requirements of each individual system for maximum efficiency. The system also independently keeps the batteries charged. In terms of propulsion, handled by the azimuthal pods as we said before, the system offers greater reliability, greater efficiency and therefore reduced power consumption, draught, vibrations and noise as compared to traditional solutions, not to mention maintenance. The whole ensemble ensures greater flexibility in use and increased autonomy. The system operates on a modular basis, and can therefore be used in full electric mode drawing on the batteries and the stored power, referred to as zero emission mode, or in combined diesel-electric mode. In the latter case, the four generators supply the electric motors. The developments that have taken place in this technology are also apparent in the performance that a 165’ yacht of this type can achieve – we’re looking at a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots with an estimated range of 3,600 miles, rising to 5,600 miles at the economy speed of 10 knots. The top speed achievable in zero emission mode is 5 knots, the ideal choice for clean navigation in protected areas or otherwise in total silence. To conclude, this yacht is another demonstration of the fact that the Italian shipbuilding industry does not just produce stunning boats, but also has the ability to lead progress in the sector.The many technological solutions adopted on board Wider 165, together with the outstanding design work by Fulvio De Simoni, unquestionably embody Italian skill at the highest level.


Angelo Colombo

Wider 165 technical specifications

LOA49.98 m / 165’ ft
Maximum beam 8.60 m / 28’21” ft
Draft (Full Displacement)2.10 m / 6’10” ft
Hull and SuperstructureAluminium 5083
Gross tonnage498 GT
Displacement fully laden399 t
Fuel capacity 45,000 litres / 11,888 US gallons
Long range navigation additional fuel 12,000 litres / 3,170 US gallons
Water capacity13,000 litres / 3,434 US gallons
Maximum speed (diesel electric) 14.7 knots
Cruising speed (diesel electric) 13 knots
Ecological sped (diesel electric)10 knots
ZEM speed5 knots
Electric motors 2 x 531 kW
Gen Set4 x 350 kW
Battery Packs 544 kWh
Accommodation 2 in Owner’s apartament
10 in 4 Guest’s cabins (2 pulman beds)
10 in 5 Crew’s cabins + 1 in Captain’s cabin
DesignerFulvio De Simoni
Naval Architect WIDER Engineering & Associates
BuilderWIDER, Ancona (Italy)
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