Notes From The Editor

Editor’s Note: Transforming the Bow

Over the last few years, the market has been presented with a number of ideas that make use of the area immediately behind the bow. More than this, it is an area that makes crew operations easier and views out to sea all the more special when sat just behind.

It is a feature brought to my attention this week during an interview with Rossinavi's COO, Federico Rossi about the shipyard’s 49m Aurora motoryacht project.

One of the defining features of the yacht is the clear working deck behind the bow, with its angular shapes that have been carved out of the bulwarks. They allow views forward from the master suite — a view that would otherwise be obscured by metal — which is located behind this clear deck area. These large viewing holes also make crew operations when berthing easier. While this area doesn’t include seating, it can be used as a gym, with equipment stowed below the deck. Aft of this location and above the owner’s suite is a seating area for guests, which is framed by sidewalks that extend from the bow to the stern. This seating area ensures that the view forward from the master suite is kept unobstructed unless the owner is using their gym.

Aurora is a super-sporty and elegant superyacht with stretched lines,” said Rossi during my interview with him for the 2018 edition of InDepth, which focuses on Montenegro. “To realise the project, all our experience was required and we had to re-interpret and evaluate past mistakes. This combined with a generous dose of creative and tireless enthusiasm not to change the original concept. Once the drawing was developed it was a process of engineering the whole package and Aurora was the stunning result.

It is a great use of space that has multiple applications, however, it is not the first example of such an idea. In the yachting sector, creating a space forward that can be used for viewing out to sea while also providing some protection from the elements is a theme we are seeing more of. One of the first examples I saw of this was by British design studio Claydon Reeves a few years ago. During a visit to its studio I was shown a design that offered a beautiful bow area where guests could enjoy when exploring the world, inside and outside. It is an idea that has been realised by others as well, with a similar design feature appearing on Damen’s SeaXplorer series with its outside viewing platform at the bow.

This type of feature won’t suit every yacht and is mainly reserved for the larger explorer vessels but it is a lovely addition to the Aurora design. When married to the aft full beam open area of the superyacht, which is used for al fresco dining, Aurora is able to provide uninterrupted views out to sea forward and aft without the need to fold down any platforms. The secondary benefit to this is that there aren’t any parts to service and more importantly there isn’t the risk of mechanical failures leading to platforms being left open or closed.

Rossinavi has begun work on a 56m and 65m based on Aurora, so it is more than likely that we will see features like these again from the Italian shipyard. At the Monaco Yacht Show this month, keep an eye out for the yard's new 49.9m Flying Dagger, which will be on display.

To realise the project, all our experience was required and we had to re-interpret and evaluate past mistakes. This combined with a generous dose of creative and tireless enthusiasm not to change the original concept.
Federico Rossi