Nauta Design and Wider Announce 72m Project MOONFLOWER 72 Now In-Build

By Emily Dawkins

Italian design studio Nauta Design has announced that it has teamed up with innovative electric yacht builder Wider, to build a brand new superyacht project: Moonflower 72. The 72m steel and aluminium superyacht is due to start her build process next month in Italy, expected for delivery to her owner in 2025.

With innovative qualities, such as the trademark hybrid propulsion system of Wider, and a striking exterior design from Nauta Design, Moonflower 72 is the result of an impressive collaboration between two ‘veterans’ of the superyacht industry. Following an initial meeting last year, Nauta Design looked to Wider to build the new 72m design, which led to the pair signing a contract with the owner at the start of 2022. 

Nauta’s iconic design characteristics are highlighted through the 72m project, which has a ‘clean, uncluttered design’ without unnecessary details or adornments. The studio’s patented ‘The Island’ feature is showcased onboard, with an expanding aft deck come beach club that provides a harmonious walk-around space for freedom of walking onboard. Horizontal lines and a large use of glass create light areas both inside and out, adding to the clever flow of the layout. 

Mario Pedol, Co-Founder of Nauta Design, commented: ‘The Moonflower 72 retains all the key features of modern yet timeless design, onboard liveability and maximum connection with  the marine environment – fundamental characteristics of all Nauta projects. With Wider we found just the right cocktail of technology and team organisation to make the project a reality.’

Moonflower 72 will not only be equipped with the latest hybrid propulsion system, but will also see new Wider innovations and technologies encouraging harmony with the sea and the environment onboard. A notable sustainable feature of the 72m vessel is the recovery of heat energy from the propulsion system, as well as optimisation of amenities to increase efficiency through the use of AI. 

Marcello Maggi, Head of W-Fin Sarl, the owners of Wider, added: ‘We’ve invested heavily in restructuring the shipyard in anticipation of orders like this one and thanks to the current management that has been working together for 30 years, Wider is able to build the Moonflower 72 to the highest quality levels.’

"The Moonflower 72 retains all the key features of modern yet timeless design, onboard liveability and maximum connection with the marine environment"

Mario Pedol, Co-Founder, Nauta Design

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"The Moonflower 72 retains all the key features of modern yet timeless design, onboard liveability and maximum connection with the marine environment"

Mario Pedol, Co-Founder, Nauta Design
By Emily Dawkins