Overmarine’s newest Mangusta yacht made its regional debut as the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) got under way yesterday.
The new 44-m is the second in the builder’s Mangusta GranSport fast-displacement series and joins joins the GranSport 54, which is set for delivery next summer.
The Delhaye Gregory Group (DGG), the Dubai-based GCC dealer for the Italian brand, held an exclusive event at the One&Only Royal Mirage – The Palace, to showcase the Mangusta GranSport 44 to VIPs from the region.
“I am delighted to present to the GCC the new GranSport 44. Overmarine has consistently introduced models that suit different needs, desires and dreams, and this fast displacement model that we are exclusively presenting in the region is the style and design evolution of the line,” says DGG Chairman Gregory Delhaye.
He continues: “The yacht’s distinctive lines can be summarised in a timeless contemporary design, which has no need to shout to attract attention. She is a real beauty, and does not have to show off to be noticed. The interior design, once again bearing Mancini’s signature, is impeccable and features an Italian style that is consistent with the external lines. The propulsion package is gritty and powerful, but also smooth and flexible when necessary.
Overmarine Group Commercial Director Francesco Frediani says: “In the automotive sector, the name GranSport means a high performance, and excellent onboard comfort. In order to study this new line we started with those very principles, adding specifically nautical-related technical features such as extensive range.
Designer Alberto Mancini continues: “After the initial briefing, I worked on an elegant line which would immediately express a strong character combined with the purity of the Mangusta DNA. From the very first drawings, I imagined and drew a project which brings together interiors and exteriors and has them communicate with each other, using a unique design language which best expresses and indeed emphasises the typically Mediterranean and Mangusta lifestyle.”
The distinguishing feature of Mangusta Gran Sport 44 is the upper deck, an area in which the lifestyle concept finds maximum expression. The central salon communicates in two directions: towards stern by means of two large sliding glass doors, and with the bow sunbridge, where there is a lounge area overlooking two large sunbathing areas, in the centre of which lies a Jacuzzi which can hold up to seven people. The water continues towards bow, creating a waterfall which descends to the lower deck, whilst three large underwater skylights diffuse sunlight through to the underlying owner head.
Another highly distinctive feature is the stern beach area, where contact with the sea is fully emphasised with an impressive three platforms. One of these can be extended astern while two terraces rotate from the side walls of the hull, thus attaining an impressive 75 sq m of walkable area.
The Mangusta GranSport 44 has a fast displacement hull which was designed, as indeed that of the 54 m, by naval architect Ausonio together with the group’s Technical Office.
It features a bulb-shaped hull with sleek lines, thus guaranteeing maximum efficiency and top performance. From the very beginning of the design, painstaking attention was paid to her sea keeping and the well-being of those onboard. The yacht is equipped with electric fin stabilisers which guarantee a better response compared with other existing systems, maximising comfort both at anchor and sea.
Once again with a view of increasing performance (speed and efficiency), this model features a special propulsion package, a rare feature in the sector of pleasure boating yachts: 3 MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines. Two outer engines are coupled to shaftlines with fixed pitch propellers. The central engine, on the other hand, is coupled to a steerable Rolls Royce (Kamewa) waterjet. The central unit means it is possible to cruise at low speeds, manoeuvre during cruising and carry out dynamic positioning in ports.
This package allows for a top speed of 26 knots and a wide range of efficient cruising speeds, with a range of up to 3,000 nm at 11 knots and over 1,000 nm at 20. Thanks to this propulsion, Mangusta GranSport can satisfy the demands of owners who want a high performance on long cruises. The package was also designed bearing in mind the environment, as the MTU M96L meets more stringent rules than the current IMO TIER II.
The Mangusta GranSport was presented two years ago as a concept design. The first model, the Mangusta GranSport 54, has already been sold and is being built at the Pisa shipyard. She will be delivered to her owner in summer 2018.
Tank test for the Mangusta GranSport 44 will be completed in May 2017 while the keel of yacht will be laid in September 2017 for delivery in 2019.
The Overmarine Group, owned by the Balducci family, holds seventh place in the world ratings for the length of the yachts built, which counts 771.16 m. Its current order book is €134.2 million ($141 million) with a turnover of €89 million ($93 million) forecast for the 2016/2017 year.
Now in its 25th edition, the Dubai International Boat Show is being held at the Dubai International Marine Club in Mina Seyahi until March 4.
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