On 27th July, Viareggio Superyachts (VSY) held launching ceremony for its 72-metre flagship Stella Maris. After the resounding success of the two previous 62-metre yachts Candyscape II and RoMa – which in recent years have been directly instrumental in projecting VSY into the international Olympus of super-yacht builders – it was the turn of Stella Maris.
The impressiveness of this 72-metre – conceived in line with the yard’s values and reflecting the fusion of avant-garde technology and the excellence of genuine Italian craftsmanship in full respect of the environment – crowns her as the most important yacht of this size built in Viareggio over the last 30 years.
Stella Maris is a spectacular 72-metre yacht, to be delivered to her lucky owner for the 2012 season, which represents a definitive step forward for VSY and may also rightly be taken as a reference point. The design was entrusted to the expertise of Espen Øino and the naval architecture to Laurent Giles Naval Architects.
With them VSY produced an exclusive project blending traditional elements of design and layout with new variations on a theme – such as the staggered internal decks, the heights of the saloons and the innovative form of the bow. The resulting layout ensures a volume more usually seen in yachts of greater dimensions, of 2,270 GRT.
Also, it was possible to share the various functions on board among the decks thus rendering greater flexibility for any further different layout requirements, flexibility which constitutes one of the corner stones of VSY building philosophy, with the aim of satisfying the widest possible requirements of the owner. In particular, besides there being one deck exclusively for the guests, there is a separate Owner’s deck and saloons with finished heights of 270 cm and the pleasure of enjoying green landscapes at sea – and this must be an exclusive novelty – with real house-plants crossing the decks. Concepts of the internal and external spaces are interpreted in a very unconventional way. For example, in the two most important saloons and the Owner’s cabin, there are spectacular walls entirely of glass, thus allowing the eye to see and enjoy beyond what would normally be a rigid barrier.
A certified helideck and a sundeck, conceived also for evening use with suitable atmospheric lighting, are featured by essential materials and colour tones reminiscent of a Mediterranean beach which is even more emphasized by the large beach area located near the water.
The interior design by Studio Reverberi is based on simple lines but refined, embellished with natural stones, fabrics and veneers that spell freshness, lightness and luminosity where the external and internal ambiences merge. This new 72-metre is yet another example of VSY’s ability to interpret the most exclusive ideas of an Owner creating leisure crafts where living as sea is an unimaginable privilege and pleasure.
Gross Tonnage 2270 GRT (approx.)
Length Over All 72.10 m
Beam (max) 12.60 m
Draft 3.70 m
Guest 10 + 2 (owner)
Crew 18 + 2 (captain)
Maximum speed 17 Knots
Range at 12 Knots 5500 nm
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, August 8, 2012; Image: vsy