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As the creative use of onboard space evolves, some boatbuilders have pushed the boundaries in bold new directions, taking cues from larger yachts but working within the constraints of smaller hulls to deliver on performance. The 808 Maximus from Canados promises to capture the imagination just this way.

Building at the Cantieri Di Ostia shipyard in Ostia, the port city of Rome, Canados is rolling out a whole quiver of designs ranging from 42 to 140 feet, including such diverse projects as a modern take on the dayboat and fast expedition yachts. But this pocket superyacht caught the eye, shipping the amenities and features of a 100-footer in 80 feet 8 inches of LOA, but without sacrificing comfort.

Marco Casali, a Rome-based designer, placed the master suite forward on the main deck, and so blew up the conventional accommodations plan below, with a variety of layouts and up to four additional staterooms. The builder expects the expanded accommodations will make the yacht more appealing for charter.

All of the living areas make the most of large horizontally oriented hullside windows, while a beam of better than 20½ feet means no one is left wanting for space. But when a boat gets to be this size, it’s what one does with the space that matters. Canados has added some inventive twists that heighten the superyacht feel. A centerline transom passerelle divides the afterdeck dining and lounging area into port and starboard “terraces.” Inside, a pair of L-shaped settees echoes the symmetry of the hull design. Meanwhile, the yacht’s formal dining table is located aft in the salon—or forward on the afterdeck, depending how the crew deploys a pair of curving doors that encircle the dining table. Slide them forward and the dining table is outside for alfresco enjoyment, or aft to ensconse the dinner party within the salon.

This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.