Tilli Antonelli is used to shaking things up a bit. As one of the founders of Pershing Yachts, he understood that to set yourself apart in a marketplace, you have to stand out. That meant going very fast in a gleaming hull while putting Arneson surface drives to good use.
Next, Antonelli turned basic boat geometry on its head with Wider, launching an express cruiser that used carbon fiber to reduce weight, inventive stowage (luggage became a locker by way of hanging bags), and, of course, expanded her decks to increase party space without sacrificing performance when it’s time to run.
What’s next for Wider when you’ve got 42- and 32-foot express cruisers under your belt? Why, a superyacht of course! With diesel-electric power in conjunction with azimuthing pod drives and all-aluminum construction, the Wider 150 takes interior volume seriously, with a five-stateroom layout and space for up to 11 guests, while nine crew are housed in five cabins. The owner’s suite on the main deck encompasses more than 800 square feet and offers a 60-square-foot private terrace. This 150 brings the big-boat experience back in touch with the sea. One way the design does this is by increasing the width of the side decks, to create spaces alongside the superstructure where one would actually want to spend time on board.
Another way you get in touch with the sea is by getting your feet wet. All the more simple with a full-blown beach club at the stern that opens three sides to the sea. And the best part cuts two ways. For one, that beach club is also a tender garage for the Wider 32. And the second reason? That garage has a 23-foot swimming pool in its sole once the tender is launched and the beach club is open.
Next question: Who wouldn’t hone their tender design and launch it a full year in advance of creating a large yacht? Everyone before now, that’s who.
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Bottom Line: It’s no day at the beach—the Wider 150 is far better than that.
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- Builder: Wider
- Model: Wider 150
- Boat Type: Megayacht
- Year: 2016
- Base Price: Approx. $30 million
- LOA: 154'2"
- Draft: 7'3"
- Beam: 28'3"
- Displacement: 782,000 lb.
- Fuel Capacity: 11,888 gal.
- Water Capacity: 3,170 gal.
- Standard Power: 2/712-hp Visedo electric motors; 4/350-kW MAN gensets
- Cruise Speed: 13 knots
- Top Speed: 14.1 knots
This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.