The sea trial was pubblished on Superyacht 34 – Autumn 2012

A 50 metre displacing motor yacht below 500 GRT designed by Andrea Vallicelli’s masterly pencil with the shipyard’s in house design team.

Papi du Papi is the second 50 metre built by this Italian ship yard, a series built on the same basis but with different stern parts and superstructure and with totally custom made interiors. The Italian yard ISA is experiencing a very important season in terms of new orders and yachts in construction thanks to the outstanding quality of their yachts which is internationally recognized.

Papi du Papi is a three decker with steel hull and aluminium superstructure characterized by Vallicelli’s new profile which blends dynamism and elegance. In this case too the ever famous characteristic stern stairway hasn’t gone amiss since it is both functionally elegant and stylish. Its first appearance goes back to ISA’s first model the 470.

Thanks to the presence of this stairway, the whole stern area is further embellished in an original way but also due to the “beach area” which is accessible from the stern platform through two large semicircular cut glass doors.

As is the norm ISA has dedicated much attention to many small functional details to ensure life on board is always pleasant. In this instance we’re referring to a number of small things which can be spotted only by those discerning experienced mariners that spend much of their time cruising and here’s where we find one of this yard’s strong points. ISA’s managers are very much in contact with seafaring owner clients, and often spend time on board with them listening to their input and the crew’s as well.

This translates into a definite advantage when added to architect Vallicelli’s skilfull pencil for the exterior design work and to Francesco Paszkowski’s for the interiors which together ensure a remarkable outcome and a valuable guarantee.

But let’s briefly comment the profile which notwithstanding the fact it has been drawn over again it certainly generates a familiar feeling which is so typically true of ISA’s yachts with their styles, lines and traits which are in fact this Italian ship yard’s unequivocal signature.

All of this features throughout three decks plus a sun deck sporting ample open air zones nearly always made as protruding terraces towards the stern for a decidedly original effect which is often more exploitable on larger yachts. As we’ve mentioned at the beginning, the three uncovered decks are connected to one another by lateral staircases the steps of which taper off as they rise from the stern helm/controls station up to the sun deck.

More open air zones are to be found along the superstructure’s bow portion on the same level of the first upper deck where forward of the bridge and helm/controls station there’s a welcoming small lounge equipped with a divan and armchairs from which to enjoy the shelter offered from the wind and from the sun by deploying a quick to install awning which has been foreseen in the project.

This area can be accessed from both sides by means of a passage way which also serves as access to the side wings which are used when manoeuvring in restricted waters and are situated by the door leading to the helm/controls station. The same passage way leads to staircases which take one to the main deck’s lateral corridors.

The interiors are naturally in line with the owner’s requests with whom Francesco Paszkowski Design studio worked with. In the designer’s own words the result is harmonious, elegant and sober and the decor has been limited to the alternating of just two essences in function of the spaces available with special care in setting up a lighting system which can convey the same brightness and serene atmosphere typical of a house.

Four guest cabins are situated amidships, two of which are doubles and two are with twin beds, a fifth double guest cabin is situated slightly forward of centre. The bow portion of the lower deck is almost entirely dedicated to the crew quarters which are made up of a dining area with entertaining multimedia gear, four cabins with dedicated bathroom, and crew staircase to access the decks above.

The owner’s quarters are situated in the bow area on the main deck. They are made up of a large office with ocean view containing a table, sofa, and desk, followed by a cabin with double bed, dressing room and a large double bathroom.

This same deck also sports a large galley, dining area amidships and saloon which offers access to the cockpit aft which houses an open air lounge area and is connected to the stern “ beach”. The top deck houses the modern bridge with the helm/controls station situated in a predominating position from which there’s direct access to a technical room and to the captain’s cabin with dedicated bathroom. To starboard there’s a convenient day head which is accessed by means of a corridor and connecting steps leading to all decks and to a second saloon.

This second saloon is equipped with latest generation multimedia gear, a great almost breathtaking ocean view and accesses a large open dining area towards the stern where there’s room enough for chaises longue and similar accessories. Contrarily to what one might expect the sun deck is large, with plenty of room for four sun beds, a rectangular Jacuzzi tub installed at centre and partially coverable dining and bar areas which make them attractive even during the hottest time of day.

Papi du Papi highlights the great care this Italian shipyard dedicates to every model in terms of design work and construction, where every single element present on board and the choice of materials is subjected to rigorous qualitative protocol which as a whole contribute in the making of a high value yacht. It’s these elements that maintain each ISA produced yacht’s value over spans of time together with designs that have never become excessive, and thanks to management’s adaptability on one side and production on the other that dedicate time to explore all new ways of construction. As said earlier on at the beginning ISA is going through a very important season with numerous orders under way and a lively pre-owned yacht market which can discern and confirm the validity of projects and of the yachts built so far.

For further information:  Isa Yachts

by Angelo Colombo

The sea trial was pubblished on Superyacht 34 – Autumn 2012

LOA: 49.95 m – LWL: 43.25 m – Perpendicular length: 41.90 m – Beam: 8.60 m – Draught fully laden: 2.55 m – Gross tonnage: 497 GRT – Top speed: 16 knots – Engines: 2×1,670 HP Cat 3512C – Stabilisers: Quantum zero speed – Fuel tank capacity: 83,000 litres – Water tank capacity: 15,000 litres – Range at 14 knots: 2,200 nm – Gen.sets: 2×115 KW Northern Lights.