Charting Oceana Yacht Designs

From weekend trips along the coast to charting the oceanic horizon, yachting is a true passion that embraces the freedom and spirit of the sea.



Intermarine 55 by BMW Group DesignworksUSA

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The Pacific wake of Southern California is without a doubt one of our greatest treasures.  From weekend trips along the coast to charting the oceanic horizon, yachting is a true passion that embraces the freedom and spirit of the sea.

With new designs and launches every year, advanced technology and software has given yacht makers the ability to customize an environment that will make for a memorable experience at sea; what was once a predictable seaworthy stateroom now offers spacious living that is only limited by imagination or budget. From the craftsmanship and innovation of the world’s most celebrated yacht makers, here is a sampling of just a few of the most recent vessels to take the open seas. 

Intermarine 55 by BMW Group DesignworksUSA

[photo shown above] Setting sail this fall, the Intermarine 55 – among the latest from DesignworksUSA growing portfolio of clients to hail from Brazil – unveils a new era of bespoke, ultra exclusive mega-yachts. Measuring 57 feet in total length, the Intermarine 55 is a very luxurious boat, not only because of the exclusivity of the design, but also because of the balance of spaces. It was conceptualized to provide harmony for day and night use, and has an excellent internal arrangement including a salon, galley, three cabins and two bathrooms. It comfortably seats six people and one sailor.

The team at DesignworksUSA created an innovative design for the exterior of the boat, translated in powerful, elegant and refined lines. Expansive windows have a unique and dynamic shape while offering an open view of the sea. The internal areas of the vessel were conceived from the theme “open horizons,” providing maximum openness and space; inspired by modern architecture, the spaces are full of natural light, creating a warm and comfortable environment. 

“Intermarine is a famous connoisseur brand with a rich history, and to evolve its design forward with the Intermarine 55 is an honor,” says Laurenz Schaffer, president of BMW Group DesignworksUSA. “We’re eager to share the Intermarine 55 with the world when examples begin setting sail later this year, and likewise to continuing the evolution of this design story with the unveiling of upcoming yachts for Intermarine.”

Semi Classic 88 by Werner Yacht Designs

[photo shown above] Known for their design reliability and stylish motor yachts, Werner Yacht Designs of the Netherlands recently unveiled their newest addition, the Semi Classic 88. Honing a 1960s styling and tone, the 88 foot vessel offers excellent sea keeping capabilities along with a stability curve that promises a smooth ride; not to mention construction designed according to the highest Lloyd’s SSC class and a fuel capacity suitable for an ocean crossing. And of course, every Werner reflects the brand’s passion and commitment for navel architecture and engineering.

“When I started Werner Yacht Design in 1997, I was convinced that yacht designing had to be approached differently from what I had seen around me,” states Theo Werner, managing director. “The demands on the interiors seem to dictate the looks of the exteriors. Whereas, in extreme cases, styling would be the outcome rather than the starting point for the design. In my opinion one has to establish the styling first, and then design the exterior and interior layouts simultaneously, without preference for one or the other. The result should always be stunning. [And] the yacht, once launched, shall attract the eye of everybody passing by.”

Yachts Specs
Length over all: 26.90 m
Length water line: 24.38 m
Draught: 1.60 m
Beam: 5.86 m 

Custom Line 100 by Ferretti

[photo shown above] Equipped with twin 2639 HP MTU engines – driving the yacht to a top speed of 26 knots, the Ferretti Custom Line 100’  was developed through the close working relationship between Studio Zuccon International Project, the AYT - Advanced Yacht Technology – the Ferretti Group’s naval research and design centre, and the team of architects and designers at the Centro Stile Ferretti Group. With an extraordinarily sporty profile, the vessel features a more contemporary style and an overall improvement in living conditions – a unique attribute that has significantly increased onboard space, as well as new external routes typical of larger yachts. Amenities afford four guest cabins with en suite heads and large open view windows overlooking the sea; outdoor living celebrates life on the sea with an upper flybridge equipped with large sun pads, and an external lounge at bow on the main deck.

“The project for the 100’ was developed to satisfy the demands of those of our Owners, including younger Owners, seeking a more sporty design without, however, foregoing the functional features and more spacious areas of a wide bodied yacht,” notes Marco Segato, Ferretti Custom Line brand manager. “The racy lines, reinterpreted according to Ferretti Custom Line style, give this yacht such a strong character that we’ve decided to keep Ferretti Custom Line 97’ in the range too, for those of our Clients looking for a more classical yacht, despite the fact the two models are quite similar in length.”

Yacht Specs
Engines: 2 x MTU 16v - 2000 M94 power 2639 mhp / 1940 kW at 2450 rpm
Range: maximum speed, 350 nm; cruising speed, 380 nm
Overall Length: 30,60 m; 100 ft, 5 in
Maximum beam: 7,25 m; 23 ft, 9 in
Displacement laden: 129,90 t/lbs; 112,00 t/lbs unladen
Accommodations: maximum 20 person on board; 4 guest staterooms

Ocean SUV 116 by Kingship

[photo shown above] Combining both luxury leisure and the spirit of discovery, the Ocean SUV 116 – Kingship’s newest superyacht series – is well suited for world cruising tours, offering a safe, economical and long range capabilities; not to mention the comforts and ease of traveling long distances without the need for frequent ports of calls. This unconventional design by Sergio Cutolo at Hydro Tec in Italy is quite comparable with the functional characteristics of an SUV/4-wheel drive car; thus the inspiration for its name.

According to the Hong Kong-based yacht designer, “The uncluttered exterior is frill free, easy [to] maintain and offers passengers a high vantage point from which to view the passing scenery. The 116 ft has a full-beam main-deck master for maximization of space and an internal elevator connecting all decks can be added as an option upon request. Extensive exterior and dining facilities can also be found on all decks for relaxation and entertainment.”

Yacht Specs
Main Engines: 2 x Cat C18 339 kW
Length overall: 35.36 m; 116 ft
Beam: 8.33 m; 27 ft, 33 in
Speed: 13 knots max, 10 knots cruise
Range: 7,500 nm at 10 knots
Accommodations: 5 cabins for 10 guests; 4 cabins for 7 crew

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