Versilcraft Sportadventure 45 by Optima Design
Built in Italy by Versilcraft, the upcoming Sportadventure 45 is the first of Optima Design’s series of adventure-explorer motor yachts up to 70m.
Optima Design handled the exterior and interior of the Sportadventure 45
Italy’s Versilcraft is due to launch hull one of the Sportadventure 45 steel and aluminium motor yacht in June. The 45m, 499GT superyacht has a beam of 9.2m and features exterior and interior design, naval architecture and engineering by Optima Design.
The four-deck features a slightly reverse bow and can carry a helicopter on the front of the upper deck. Just below, forward on the main deck, is a garage with crane for tenders of 14ft and 23ft.
Antonio Luxardo of Optima Design said the yacht was initially meant to be 42m long, but after the model test, the client wanted to make changes that led to an extension of 3m. “The main features of this yacht are the big spaces without obstacles and big openings, like the main saloon,” said Luxardo, who co-founded Optima Design in 2004 withMichele Zignego.
The 18m-long saloon starts with a main lounge
The 18m-long saloon features floor-to-ceiling windows and starts with a social lounge featuring two large sofas and chairs, while forward is a dining table for 12 with a ‘lazy Susan’ turntable. Further forward still is a TV lounge with a 65-inch screen, while to starboard is a striking stairway leading to the upper deck.
Forward on the main deck is the full-beam VIP suite with a forward-facing bed, private dressing room, large bathroom and drop-down balcony. The lower deck has three brightly decorated en-suite guest cabins, each with a TV.
The 50sqm master suite is on the upper deck and offers striking views through huge windows and direct access to a private sunbathing area aft. It also has a large ‘his and hers’ bathroom and a dressing room, plus a private cinema with a 65-inch TV.
A dining area is forward of the main-deck lounge
Forward is the wheelhouse and an 80sqm foredeck that can feature a sofa and sun loungers, which can be moved or removed when the space is needed for a helicopter. The sun deck has a central whirlpool, a forward sofa and sun loungers.
On the aft lower deck, the 32sqm beach club has a swim platform and an interior area as well as a steam room with shower. The lower deck also features three guest cabins, the crew area and even a wine cellar for 72 bottles.
Twin 1,600hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines deliver a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots, while the yacht has a capacity for 66,775 litres of fuel, 18,865 litres of fresh water and 8,244 litres of grey/black water.
Optima Design,which has experience in the marina, automotive and industrial sectors,has also created designs for 52m, 58m and 70m versions of the Sportadventure series, which blends traditional and explorer yacht designs.
The 45 is among several Sportadventure designs by Optima
“The family feeling of the entire range is like the 45m unit, but a stronger touch of modernity will be added. As a matter of fact, the first unit shows a very classic style, because the client requested so,” said Luxardo, who has over three decades of design experience.
“The lines that we initially suggested were modified with him, according to the spaces he needed, but we would like to give the other units a more contemporary appeal.
“We believe these models have an added value for the client, resulting in the best experience onboard we could offer. During the work, we tried to make the best of the spaces, focusing on the best structures, on facilities and on the design to enhance the viability of the boats.”
A TV lounge is forward of the dining area
Luxardo says the beach club is a priority as it’s where many clients spend much of their time, while on larger models, the main deck is dominated by guest cabins and the main saloon is on the upper deck.
“These shifts allowed us to achieve two significant results: a larger lateral side deck and, more importantly, cabins with wider windows, instead of small portholes,” Luxardo said.
“When coming aboard, guests will proceed on the main deck if they want to head to their cabins and head to the upper deck if they want to access the main saloon. On the one hand, this access might seem less fluid, but on the other hand it will allow guests to enjoy the sea and the view from any cabin due to amazing views enhanced by small terraces.”
The open sun deck on the Sportadventure 45
Based in La Spezia, Optima Design employs over 20 people including architects, designers and engineers. Focusing on ‘conception to realisation’, the studio works on 360-degree projects, from the naval architecture to the exterior and interior designs, and to the entire engineering design.
The company and its principals have worked on over 400 design projects, and clients have included Azimut and Benetti, Ferretti Group brands Ferretti Yachts, Pershing and Riva, Sanlorenzo, The Italian Sea Group brands Admiral, Tecnomar and the newly acquired Perini Navi, as well as Fincantieri.
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