Design: 120-meter yacht by Nuvolari-Lenard for Oceanco

Design of the Future

When talking megayacht design, sometimes the magnitude of the project is difficult to comprehend through just the LOA. The length doesn’t tell the whole story; it doesn’t give any concept of volume or number of crew required for maintenance. Such is the case with the design plans for the 120-meter (393-foot) yacht by Nuvolari-Lenard for Oceanco. (The partnership also launched the eye-catching Alfa Nero and celebrity-owned Seven Seas, which is No. 8 on last November’s America’s Top 100 list.)

On paper, the five-deck megayacht features all the expected accoutrements: a foredeck helipad and aft helicopter hangar. A large infinity pool aft. A dedicated owner’s deck below the uppermost bridge deck. A VIP cabin a level below with direct access to the side decks. A glass elevator with sea views connects all the decks—including the tender bay—and reflects the designers’ philosophy of the exterior reflecting what’s inside.

But the numbers are what speak volumes about this design. She weighs 8,100 gross tons. Her beam is just under 65 feet, and she draws 18 feet. Top speeds are expected to reach 20 knots (23 mph), and she’s designed to cruise at 15. But her accommodation capacity is truly jaw-dropping: She can carry 36 passengers and 46 crew. In the world of megayachts, the length is only the start of the story. Digging further into the specifications fleshes out the picture. Though just a design at this writing, if this 393-footer finds an owner, she’ll be the largest yacht ever built in Holland—by any measure.

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This article originally appeared in the July 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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