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Adler Suprema, a collaboration between Adler Yacht and Nuvolari-Lenard

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Adler Suprema
Adler Suprema

The Adler Suprema is unique in its size range for a number of reasons, not least the realisation of a vision from world-renowned superyacht designers Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard of Venice-based Nuvolari-Lenard Design Studio.


As the yacht was conceived without an existing platform from the builder, formulation of the design and engineering was a complex process. The design alone took 18 months, before the technical team proceeded to tank testing and models. The Suprema was created to appeal to a growing client base that is looking to combine a midrange speed of between 15 and 24 knots with superior fuel efficiency, says Nuvolari.

In particular, the Suprema was envisaged for to those who come from a sailing or conventional planing cruiser ownership background who are looking for long range and low consumption but good speed. These owners are reluctant to purchase the slower trawlers on the market, and fast trawlers with a planing hull provide an unsuitable or inefficient solution.

Nuvolari comments of the sweet spot that the Adler Suprema occupies in terms of speed and efficiency: “An experienced yacht owner does not often cruise at high speeds, because this makes for very windy conditions when they have family on board. We find yacht owners try to stay around speeds of 22 or 23 knots, which is a very inefficient speed for planing yachts that are designed to travel at 35 knots, as the engines and propellers are not running optimally. We created this yacht design for clients who have owned several boats before, perhaps with a sailing yacht background, but are becoming older so want to switch to power. They are very experienced, so they spend a lot of time researching the product and they know exactly what they want.

Nuvolari emphasises the advantage of yacht owners being able to choose special features with the Adler Suprema, unlike many other yachts in the size range, which are more “production” in the construction approach. He explains that many exacting clients are seeking this level of customisation, no matter what the size of the yacht: “The owner’s involvement in designing a boat is as complex as designing a house. It is going to influence the best moments of their life – their holidays – so it’s a much more personal experience. I can see this happening for any size of boat or yacht, even a ‘smaller’ one. The owner of a small boat of course is still interested in focusing on the details that go into its construction, just as much as the owner purchasing a yacht that is 100ft longer. The shipyard should be able to satisfy the client’s requests.”

The need for efficiency is not just to minimise running costs, says Nuvolari, but also to reduce time spent refuelling, particularly in the high season when this can be frustrating and stressful for yacht owners. This efficiency was incorporated from the very first point of the Suprema’s design: the vertical bow. Although this adds a certain modern aesthetic to the design, it is also practical as it maximises the length at the waterline, a key element for efficiency, and was the driving factor for the exterior design.

The efficient design and engineering of the Adler Suprema is complemented by the fully-carbon superstructure material, a unique feature in a yacht of this size range, which reduces weight and allows for the semi-planing hull to “take off”, as well as improves stability at anchor.

The Suprema’s main deck interior space includes an open-plan living and dining area, featuring large sliding side doors to provide an “inside-outside” feeling that is often missing on boats in its size range. The side doors provide a window to the surroundings, allowing guests to feel more connected to the water and coastline, while remaining shaded from the sun in the heat of the day.

Within this saloon space, two large sliding louver frames in place of curtains offer flexible protection from the direct sun and wind, adding a Caribbean house style. Nuvolari’s favourite place on the Suprema in terms of layout is the wheelhouse, he says, because it provides a convivial but self-contained space rarely found on yachts of this size. The wheelhouse can be kept dark for night cruising while the saloon is occupied and lit up, making it ideal for longer-range passageways as opposed to the open-plan wheelhouse commonly seen on marina boats or conventional Mediterranean-style yachts. It also features a convenient day head which can be used by those at the helm to save time away from the controls, or visitors, meaning they no longer need to intrude on the owner’s privacy by sending them to a cabin.

Furthermore, the wheelhouse can double up as a small office space, says Nuvolari, adding: “If you want to use the boat for true long-range cruising over more than a few weeks, your boat becomes like your house. With this independent area, it can become your private office space when you have guests on board, where you can have some peace and space without having to go to your cabin, which is not comfortable.”

The Adler Suprema is a unique opportunity for yacht buyers in the sub-30-metre size range to acquire a piece of Nuvolari Lenard’s mastery in design work, combining Italian style and craftsmanship with German and Austrian engineering. “I want all the boats we design to share one thing: they must be very well finished and the level of detail needs to be the focus; it is what makes it feel luxurious. The Adler Suprema caters to a very specific niche where the clients expect certain elements within the design, such as long range, mid-speed and possibly hybrid propulsion. With a company like Adler Yacht, you can try new things because they want to grow. For us, it is important to explore new things; so, we found the approach very stimulating in a creative sense,” concludes Nuvolari of the project.

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