If the old maxim that innovation is the key to success holds true then Italian boatbuilder Wider Yachts could be looking at a very bright future. The yard is following up its last launch, the groundbreaking Wider 42, with a megayacht that looks to open some minds as to just what a 150-footer can do.
It speaks to the state of the can-you-top-this culture of megayachts in recent years that a 150-foot vessel is no longer considered a true giant, but that should be of little concern to this yacht's future owners, as she will far outpunch her weight. In fact, Wider claims that her design features and amenities will make her feel more like a 200-footer. Perhaps chief among the big-yacht features is her tender, a 33-foot Wider that stows in her transom garage and is deployed by a "floating launching system." When deployed, the 33 leaves a space on the 150 that can either be filled with seawater to become a natural bathing pool or convert into a dance floor for some late-night boogeying--"Caribbean Dream" seems like an appropriate playlist selection.
Another feature that will enhance this yacht's sense of grandeur is the spacious aft section known as "Wider beach." Two wings fold out from the transom and connect with the swim platform to create an expansive lounging area with direct access to whichever lovely sea you happen to be cruising.
The 150's foredeck area has room for two more tenders and also has a covered garage that can house either two PWCs or an electrically powered Tesla roadster for zipping around the avenues of your favorite exotic ports of call. The 150 also has an optional helipad available--not a common feature on a yacht of this size.
The 150's dynamism is not relegated to her entertainment features however. She's also designed with a diesel/electric hybrid propulsion system that is sure to pique the interest of any potential owner who has the environment in mind. Her designers say she could run for a full eight hours with all onboard appliances in use employing just electric power. Meanwhile, when the electric motors are combined with her diesels, she should be able to reach a top speed of 23 mph, thanks in no small part to her efficient semi-planing hull.
The Wider 150' will be nothing if not interesting. With amenities not often seen on a boat her size and a very modern propulsion system, this yacht is sure to garner the attention of forward thinkers everywhere.
This article originally appeared in the January 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.