With as many as three MAN 1,900 HP engines coupled to three MJP hydro-jets this yacht is definitely a maxi when considering performance and size. Despite a top speed of 55 knots it sports dedicated on board comfort even when cruising fast.
First introduced at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2016 this open was built by AB Yachts in Italy. It is the link between the open AB92 maxi and the “navetta” AB116 small ship. The official overall registered length of the AB100 is of 23.99 metres in spite of its 30 metre LOA the AB100 offers loads of space and volume as a superyacht but doesn’t have to comply with the restrictions and norms pertaining to superyacht ownership.
As for the aesthetics and silhouette of the AB100 they are the same as the yard’s maxi open larger and latest generation models meaning the same reaction and manoeuvrability in stern seas, and similar lateral window like ports installed into the segmented GRP superstructure. This model’s sporty looks are characterized with the yard’s logo installed between the coachroof top and flying bridge.
Original video by the shipyard
The 2019 version the most recent one to date of the AB100, is “Lea lll”. The interiors of this model were carried out as requested by the owner, and Centro Stile AB Yachts with precious input from Gio Pagani realized a special line of furniture as requested which needed to be welcoming and warm. The range of colours deployed vary from diverse hues of beige to darker oak and wengè essences while the exteriors are painted in camellia white as the camellias in the owner’s garden.
The main deck’s layout offers a bright open space which includes the main living area which is furnished with an outstanding sofa, “chaise longues” as well as a 75” television set, a dining area with a seating capacity of ten around a teak slatted table. The raised helm controls station is decorated with coffee coloured non reflecting skin to maintain top visibility through the windshield.
The galley which is well equipped to satisfy any discerning chef’s needs as well as the owner’s quarters which comprise two double cabins and two twins are situated below deck. The first of these reveals a king size bed measuring two by two metres which is beyond standard but was owner requested, a sofa, a dressing table and a walk in wardrobe. The huge bed’s elegant headboard stands out for its soft Nubuck textile lining which rises as far as the ceiling to frame four large mirror panels. The same solution is to be found in the other cabins as well.
The crew mess room, galley, and access to the crew’s night quarters boast lacquered surfaces as well, the latter can be reached from an external passage way so as not to interfere with the area reserved for guests.
There’s plenty of room in the cockpit area in which to relax and to enjoy meals. A pair of stairways lead from here, contouring each of the transom’s two sides and descend to the platform at the water’s edge forming a beach club area. The bow area of the main deck reveals a lounge furnished with a sofa and sunbathing gear which thanks to a removable sun awning can provide shade when wanted, while the sporty looking fly deck is equipped with sun beds, sun pads a second helm controls station and a dining table. From this point visibility is enhanced and so is the desire to open up the power deriving from three 2,000 HP MAN engines which coupled to an MJP booster will propel “Lea lll” to 55 knots.
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Text by Fabiano Maresca – Photos by A&B Photodesign
The sea trial was pubblished in Superyacht 65 -Spring 2020