The search for interior space is one of the most recent trends shown by many boats exhibited at the autumn boat shows of Cannes and Genoa. Basically, the owner has always tried to have an abundant interior space, in relation to the overall length. Now, however, many boats show volumes and numbers of rooms higher than their category’s standards and amaze at how much space they can make available to shipowners, guests and crew.
It doesn’t matter if sometimes this abundance is paid for with external forms that are not too traditional…
This reasoning applies to some, but not to all boats with hypertrophic interiors. There are some very successful ones.
We have chosen five different types, shown in order of increasing length from 10 to 20 meters.
Jeanneau NC 33
This model, launched last year, in a coupé with a hull length of 8.81 meters, (10.05 m LOA), inserts two real double cabins despite the engine room for inboard engines. On the main deck, the space can also be managed thanks to the sofa of the dinette that moves by keel as needed. The sliding door and the windows all over the deckhouse are designed to satisfy the sensation of wide horizons.
LOA: 10.5 m; b.max: 3.32 m; displ: 5.44 t; engine: Volvo; power 2×200 hp (2×220 hp opt)
An english coupé. The shipyard, which has become part of the Hanse group, is pursuing a profound process of model renewal. Now it’s the turn of the 12-metre shipyard, which doesn’t change how many cabins it gives you, but how it makes you feel in the three (plus two) bathrooms you have. The entire living area is coplanar, right from the cockpit.
LOA: 11.99 m; b.max: 3.85 m; displ: 10.52 t; engine power: 2×300 hp (2×380 hp opt).
Absolute Navetta 48
Absolute Yachts’ Shuttles are probably the progenitor of this genie of interior boats beyond imagination. They were the first to maximise hull and superstructure volumes to achieve the goal. The Navetta 68 is the small family boat, but big from the flybridge to the lower deck. The sundeck in front of the driving position on the upper deck and the aft dinette where six adults can be found give a nice glance.
LOA: 14.93 m; b.max: 4.65 m; engine: Volvo IPS; power 2×435 hp
Dutch Craft 56
This is all high. From the roofs on every bridge, all well over two meters, to the peaks in the cockpit. And even the televisions, installed above the dining area one on each side. And the flybridge is also high, so you can better see the submerged obstacles when driving from up there. The shape of the hull helps to raise the volumes, on this 17 meters in the Open version there are seats for 44 people.
LOA: 17.05 m; b.max: 4.65 m; displ: 17 t; engine: Volvo IPS; power 2×625 hp (2×725 hp opt).
They create space by enlarging the cockpit. But this is no longer a news. What struck us about the recent model proposed is how in a substantially open project with hard top the interior spaces are much larger, or rather longer, than expected. In fact, Valerio Rivellini, the designers, here went to find a place working longitudinally, more than width. The result is not narrow and long, but harmonic and amazing.
LOA: 18.00 m; b.max: 7.30 m; displ: 10.52 t; engine: Volvo IPS; power: 2×625 hp (2×725 hp opt).
In a very sporty line, which usually does not grant apparent concessions to internal needs, the interior spaces are admirable. The three double cabins with three bathrooms all have the comfort (and the light) that transforms them from “spaces to spend the night” to “a place where I like to be”. The same goes for the saloon, where the kitchen is moved towards the cockpit. A boat to live on the sea and with as few obstacles as possible around: the result obtained is really remarkable.
LOA: 19.60 m; b.max: 4.88 m; displ: 30.00 t; engine: Man; power: 2×1200 hp (opt: 2×1300 hp/2×1550).