My First Take: This boat makes me wish that fate would bring the owner and me together at the exact moment when I would have the opportunity to save his life, so he’d be forever indebted to me and have to take me anywhere I wanted on his boat, as fast as I wanted.
Few boat companies build vessels that stimulate the public’s appetite for what’s truly possible. Mangusta is one of them. Built in Italy and known for truckloads of speed, space, and exotic silhouettes, Mangusta yachts have an ardent following from South Beach to St. Tropez. And just by looking at them, it’s not hard to figure out why.
Take, for example, the 165E Moonraker, the second largest in the company’s Maxi Open range, after the colossal 215. With an LOA of 163 feet Moonraker could easily be a lumbering behemoth, replete with lines that make her look more like a freighter than a pleasure boat. But to Mangusta’s credit she is in actuality quite sleek. Indeed her lines nimbly make her look somehow smaller, a trick of the eye that must come as quite a surprise once she pulls into close range and her full magnitude is appreciated.
To move all that fiberglass, the yacht has three monster engines, specifically 4,613-horsepower MTU 16V 4000 M93Ls that can rocket her along at a maximum speed of 37 knots, a fairly blistering pace for a boat this size. Quadruple MTU M94s rated at 2,600 horsepower each are also available.
An intensely enticing area on this boat has to be the vast foredeck, which features a Jacuzzi, seating, and a sunpad area that looks large enough to fit the entire cast of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Meanwhile the flying bridge is so expertly concealed that I didn’t even see it on first pass. Or second or third pass to be honest. It wasn’t until I saw an overhead shot of the boat that I realized the bridge existed, which is to say, I tip my cap to the designers. That deck features an upper helm, of course, but also extra seating and the coup de grâce, a full-sized wet bar. I’d have to guess it is a fantastic place to quaff some Cristal.
Indeed, this boat is about nothing less than living the good life. And with those beastly MTUs in her belly, she does it in the fast lane, as well.
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- Builder: Overmarine
- Model: Mangusta 165E
- Boat Type: Megayacht
- Year: 2015
- Base Price: Upon Request
- LOA: 163'7"
- Draft: 6'2"
- Beam: 30'2"
- Displacement: 570,000 LB.
- Fuel Capacity: 10,657 GAL.
- Water Capacity: 1,065 GAL.
- Standard Power: 3/4,609-HP MTU 16V 4000 M93Ls
- Cruise Speed: 31 Knots
- Top Speed: 40 Knots
This article originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.