Currently under construction at ISA Yachts in Italy‘s Ancona, the 54-metre motor yacht FOREVER ONE (Project Panorama) is a twin-screw fully customized steel and aluminium displacement vessel, boasting modern exterior design by Horacio Bozzo and a double-curvature stem hull for increased efficiency. Superyacht FOREVER ONE is scheduled for delivery in July 2014.
The Owner’s deck is one of the peculiarities of such vessel with a private balcony – accessible from his stateroom – and a large aft deck terrace. Foldable bulwarks on the main deck grant a spectacular view to the exterior. Noteworthy is the glass elevator that connects all decks, from the lower deck to the flybridge.
A spacious beach club with large foldable stern and side platforms ideal for water toys and tenders docking give also facilitated access to the water by automatic and gentle-angled submerged stairs.
The main garage is located forward on main deck and will carry a 9m tender and a 5,5m crew tender. Two Caterpillars 3512C engines will propel this motoryacht to a speed of 16.5 knots with a trans-pacific range.
INTERVIEW TO THE EXTERIOR DESIGNER & NAVAL ARCHITECT, HORACIO BOZZO
How did the “Forever One” project come about, and when was this? Did the owner or broker approach you? Had you worked with them before?
The project of M/Y Forever One started on July 2010. Fernando Nicholson called me from his office in Miami and he brief me about a new 50 meter motoryacht for a Mexican Client he has sold already four yachts. The following day I produced a rough sketch of how I envisioned the profile of the yacht and the Client loved it: the project had just started. Drawing the layout was very stimulating since Fernando knew very well the client needs and himself had some great new ideas that we included in the design. We worked on the layout for several months with the Owner until we all were satisfied with the yacht features.
The next step was to establish the quality of construction to be achieved, so we wrote a complete Technical Specifications.
At that point we had put together a Design package -Exterior Profile, General Layout and Technical Specifications- to get a quotation from different shipyards. to submit to different shipyards for quotations. The shipyards preliminary selection was based the quality they can deliver, the reliability to deliver on time and the financial health of them. We got quotations from shipyards in USA, Italy and Turkey and finally the contract was signed in January with ISA, from Italy.
The yacht is due for launch in June 2014 (?) At what stage is the build now?
We have done the tank testing with excellent results and the shipyard has already started cutting the steel for the hull. The exterior detailed design, engineering and interior design are proceeding at full speed and in contemporaneous. This stage of the design process is my favorite, when the design, naval architecture and the engineering are blended with the unique objective of creating the finest super yacht.
What were the owner’s five ‘must-have’ priorities when it came to her design specification?
1- Coziness. They usually spend five months on board so one of the priorities was to be designed cozy as their homes.
2- Functionality. For them substance prevail to form, so functionality is the key design motto.
3- Character. Her exterior styling must had a strong character.
4- A big tender. The selected tender is a 9 meters Riva Iseo.
5- Crew comfort. Crew areas were designed for maximum comfort. A happy crew makes a happy Owner.
Who are the key players involved (yard, naval architect, interior designer, captain, broker etc) How closely did you have to work with each of these in coming up with the design – and will have to during the build process?
The design of a Superyacht involves the following key players: Owners, broker, designer, naval architect, interior designer, captain and shipyard’s project manager.
Our team is composed by the following people:
Fernando Nicholson, Broker
Horacio Bozzo, Designer
Sandro Spaziani, Project Manager from ISA Group
Axis Group Yacht Design, Naval Architects
Studio Massari, Interior Designers
Colin Skinner, Captain
The first stage of the design or “Concept Design” phase, where the initial concept is being developed, I have worked very close with the broker since he knows well the Owner’s needs. The result of this stage was an exterior profile and a preliminary layout.
The second stage or “Basic Design” phase, where the ideas are further developed and refined, working with the Owners (for the layout) and the Captain (for the technical side) are essential. The result of this stage is a in depth study of the basic parameters of the yacht including the hull shape, naval architectural studies for stability and speed and much more defined exterior profile and a layout.
At the third stage or “Detailed Design” phase, where the design is refined and become final, the shipyard is also involved into the equation. The result of this stage are all the engineering and construction aspects of the yacht.
How involved will you continue to be throughout the build? Will you visit the yard often?
The design of a Superyacht of this size takes about one year to completion. During that lapse of time we will meet with the Owner and the Broker every two-three months to update them on the project progress and to make presentations of the “Detail Design” phase. This stage is a further development and refinement of the exterior details of the Yacht. From the Yard side, we will be visiting the vessel in a monthly basis for the whole construction to supervise the work.
In what way is Forever One different from projects you have worked on in the past? Has the design challenged you creatively? How?
The layout of Forever one is a non conventional one and the challenge was to fit several features that make her unique. Some of the peculiarities are the Owner’s deck with a private balcony – accessible from his stateroom and from the exterior deck for serving- and a large aft deck terrace, a spacious beach club with large foldable stern and side platforms ideal for water toys and tenders docking give also facilitated access to the water by automatic and gentle-angled submerged stairs and a dining/relaxing salon located forward on the main deck.
What were the three biggest challenges you encountered when coming up with the design? How did you overcome each of these?
The main challenge was to design a yacht for Owner’s that live on board several months of the year, what is totally atypical. To better understand their needs I visited the different places where they live and spend a few days with them discussing the project.
What are the high points of the project so far? Ie teamwork, achieving a certain stage in the process, breakthrough innovations in design/technology etc
The high point of the project is the involvement of the Owners in the project. They have spent so many seasons onboard their previous yachts that they know what they want and still more important what do not want.
How would you describe the yacht’s style? What makes her so different from other yachts?
How did the name “Forever One” come about? (is there a story behind it?)
The yacht exterior is modern with exterior lines that flow smoothly. Her combined reverse bow makes her unique and with a strong personality.
The Yacht’s name “Forever One” -as explained by the Owner- is dedicated to his wife: she is the one, forever….
BRIEF SPECIFICATIONS OF FOREVER ONE YACHT
Length Overall 54.65 m (179’ 04”)
Length at Waterline 53.70 m (176’ 02”)
Breadth 11.10 m (36’ 05”)
Design Draft 3.00 m (09’10”)
Estimated Gross Tonnage 1050 tons
Full Load Displacement 850 tons
Fuel Oil 100.000 lts. (26.417) gals
Fresh Water 20.000 lts. (5.280) gals
Grey Water 6.000 lts. (1.585) gals
Black Water 6.000 lts. (1.585) gals
Model 2 x Caterpillar 3512C Rating B
Power 2 x 1911 bhp (1425 kW) @ 1600 rpm
Main Generators 2 x 150 kW Caterpillar
Emergency Generator 1 x 86 kW Caterpillar
16 knots at max power and half load
4200 nm at 12.0 knots
Hull High Strength Steel AH 36
Superstructure Aluminum Alloy AA5083
RINA C, HULL, MACH – Ych Unrestricted navigation AUT-UMS LY2 Compliance
Axis Group Yacht Design/ISA
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