Nauta Design and Italian yacht builder Wider announced the start of the construction of the Moonflower 72 project, an innovative superyacht equipped with the latest generation of the Wider hybrid propulsion system. Last year, Mario Pedol, co-founder of Nauta Design in Milan, and Marcello Maggi, who heads up W-Fin Sarl, the holding company that owns 100% of Wider equity, updated their respective projects, constructions and outcoming plans for the future.
Nauta was looking for a builder for a superyacht project in the 70 mt L.O.A. range and attention turned to Wider as the proposed builder. That led to an agreement between the client, Wider and Nauta which consisted in signing a Letter of Intent in early September 2021 and a contract in January 2022.
The exterior styling is characterized by clean, uncluttered design. Visual lightness, seamless outdoor/indoor connections, predominantly horizontal lines, and the extensive use of glass, accentuate the balanced proportions. The chamfered sheer line amidships adds a dynamic aspect to the displacement hull.
The yacht will have ‘The Island’ feature. Patented by Nauta Design, it is an expandable aft deck/beach club with folding bulwark terraces that offers a single walkaround space allowing guests to move from one side of the yacht to the other, either from inside beach club or from the open aft deck.
The Moonflower 72 will be fitted with the Wider hybrid propulsion system comprising two variable-speed generators of 1,860kW each and a sodium nickel battery bank of approximately 1MW. Attention has been paid to the recovery of energy dispersed in the form of heat from the electrical propulsion system, as well as optimizing the operation of the onboard amenities to increase efficiency and reduce consumption by using AI to learn the habits of the owner, guests, and crew.
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