M/Y Vanadis: the perfect blend of timeless style and a hi-tech soul
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 10:21 AM
Pencilled by Guido De Groot, M/Y Vanadis is the fourth yacht in CCN’s Fuoriserie family. This 31 m fully-custom aluminium craft stands out in the luxury yachts arena for being the first Italian-built yacht to obtain the Lloyd’s Register’s “Hybrid Power” certification. The Vanadis reveals two harmoniously entwined souls: on the one hand, she can boast a cutting-edge technological concept, reflecting the latest achievements in environmental friendliness and efficiency; on the other, her timeless, classical and elegant style goes
beyond current design trends.
“Both the exterior and the interior layouts – explains designer Guido De Groot – have been fully customised to the Owner’s needs and wishes, resulting in a highly functional, comfortable, stylish and sophisticated design”.
The interior layout features the master stateroom and 2 guest cabins on the lower deck and a spacious salon with an L-shaped sofa, the dining area and the open galley in the indoor areas of the main deck, behind the wheelhouse. The atmosphere is that of a modern interpretation of “Jugendstil Interior”, the German branch of Art Nouveau, with an extensive use of bleached ash and walnut.
The interiors are very bright, thanks to the large glazed surfaces letting in plenty of natural light, a well-balanced arrangement of space, and light colour shades and furniture that make every area airy and cosy. The sober style of interiors goes hand in hand with custom-made furniture and furnishings, selected together with the Owner, by Wittmann, Poltrona Frau, Giorgetti, Knoll and JAB.
Upon request by the Owner, great care has also been devoted to onboard safety: many handles have been in-built in the interior structures and furniture, as is the case in the hall
and in the master cabin, with slender slits cut in the walls becoming discrete and stylish handles.
Outside, on the main deck, two comfy lounge areas can be found both astern and at the bow. A second steering station is located on the flybridge, which is entirely devoted to outdoor life, with sun loungers, a bar area, and a dining area, while the aft swimming platform hosts a 5.5 m tender. An interesting challenge faced during the construction stage was defining the layout of the engine room. Thanks to the hybrid configuration and to the compact shape of the vessel (31 m -102’), the main engine compartment has been installed at the stern, the genset compartment at the bow. Taking advantage of the slender bow and of the shallow stern to accommodate machinery, space allocation below deck has been optimised, leaving more space and volumes available for the yacht’s guests and crew.
Two CAT C9.3 B engines push the Vanadis to a maximum speed of 12.5 knots, which drop to 8 knots when cruising in electric mode. The yacht is fitted with a set of high energy density AKASOL lithium-ion batteries (175 kWh) which supply most of onboard utilities, allowing to remain at anchor at zero emissions for up to 17 consecutive hours and to cruise freely at limited speed for up to 180 minutes, depending on the power load.
Onboard M/Y Vanadis, the technology of the XENTA Integrated Steering System has been combined for the first time with SCHOTTEL’s Azimuth PODs, capable of rotating 360° on
their vertical axis. Thanks to this manoeuvring system, both the PODs and the bow thrusters are controlled by a single processor. Equipped with a software specifically customised
for this application, the manoeuvring system efficiently modulates the thrust and direction of each propulsion system in real time, allowing the captain to control M/Y Vanadis with the utmost precision using a joystick.
One more feature that means added value in the manoeuvring system is the DP (Dynamic Positioning) function: thanks to a latest-generation GPS, dynamic positioning allows the
captain to anchor the boat electronically, keeping her steady and maintaining the bow fixed in the same direction by simply pressing a button. Siemens has supplied a reliable and convenient power management system, which can be customised to the client’s needs. The Integrated Power System (IPS) combines propulsion control and power generation, as well as the management of the energy stored in lithium ion batteries, using one single 750W DC network. Besides supplying energy for noiseless, low-speed cruising for limited amounts of time, lithium-ion batteries also ensure other functions, like Peak Shaving - to manage power load peaks and prevent the activation of diesel generators - and Strategic Control, to limit the use of diesel generators in low-load conditions, thereby maximising efficiency.
M/Y Vanadis – says CCN’s CEO Diego Michele Deprati CEO – opens up a new era for our Shipyard, who is fully committed to promoting a cultural revolution that we deem essential to truly respect our planet”.