Antonini Navi Building First UP40 Crossover On Spec
At the height of the pandemic in April last year, Gruppo Antonini surprised the industry with its announcement of plans to launch a brand new La Spezia-based shipbuilding brand Antonini Navi. Antonini Navi has today issued an update on the construction of its first UP40 Crossover superyacht currently taking shape; a defiant testament to industry productivity in these adverse times.
Antonini Navi’s ‘Utility Platform 40’ features a modular hull which can be adapted into three different versions; Motor yacht, Explorer or Crossover. The construction of the first Crossover unit began on spec in December of last year; all three adaptations of the platform are designed by Italian architect Fulvio De Simoni.
The first unit will feature a major modification in the liveability of the stern area, which has been redesigned into ‘nothing less than a private beach at the water’s edge’. This maximisation of proximity to the water is an extension of the most in-demand trends in modern yacht design, driven by the urge to optimise Owners’ freedom and connectivity to the sea.
The in-construction superyacht measures an overall length of 43 metres, with a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure. Further flexibility is offered in that the UP40 Crossover itself is offered in both Open Deck and Enclosed Bridge versions.
The UP40 Crossover “establishes a direct link between the stern platform and both a beach area and the cockpit proper, eliminating the changes of level that have an impact on everyday life on board,” Fulvio De Simoni commented. “Generally speaking, our intention with this design solution is to offer the owner and their guests the opportunity to enjoy life on board to the full and in direct contact with the sea, creating nothing less than a ‘fully equipped platform on the water’s edge’, obtained primarily by lowering the height of the hull sides.”
Another interesting feature is the innovative asymmetrical design of the UP40 Crossover. The forward deck has direct access to the upper deck from the port side, and itself can be accessed from the starboard side of the main deck. This has created a terrace of over 200 square metres enjoying spectacular sea views and partially shaded areas for lounging.
The yacht’s hull has undergone thorough tank testing at the MARIN Maritime Research INstitute in the Netherlands, simulating even extreme sea conditions to put the Crossover’s explorability to the test.
“The UP40 – Crossover project offers an excellent balance between design, efficiency and safety, enhancing spaces and volumes that accommodate a surprising amount of furniture and living areas… In this case we really can say that function enhances form!” concludes De Simoni.
"The UP40 – Crossover project offers an excellent balance between design, efficiency and safety."