The one which has just been sold is the eighth flag ship of the series from Overmarine, a 50 metre superyacht sold in Florida too like the Mangusta 165’ which was the seventh motoryacht which we’ll be presenting in the following pages. It was exhibited at the end of October last for the very first time in the United States for the Miami Boat show which is known to generate the world’s biggest turn over.
We met Maurizio Balducci Overmarine’s CEO down at the docks in Fort Lauderdale who with regard to the American market commented as follows: “The whole of the American continent but more so the United States have always attracted our keenest attention, they are strategic markets.
To us it has always been a thriving vital area on par with Europe and on which we have invested and continue to invest and where at short notice we formalized important business contracts” – reaching an agreement on dealership with Marine Max last year with its 55 offices and sales outlets, it is quoted on the New York stock exchange and is the largest sales organization in America and probably in the world, Ed’s note – “We invested in Stefano Arlunno our area manager for North and South America for his renowned professional skills, and in Francesco Frediani sales director.
Both gentlemen have great experience of these markets, they are doing a great job which is beginning to pay us back while we are getting stronger and this Fort Lauderdale event is giving us positive results in this sense.” Company policies and strategies aside its Mangusta’s product which is making the difference and has given the yard commercial success.
To be entirely honest the 165’ we saw in Florida can leave one gaping in complete astonishment even those who’re used to seeing large yachts and at a boat show like the one in Miami there are plenty of large ones. The sheer dimensions of this open meaning LOA and beam but also for its volumes where it is difficult to find the same headroom this Mangusta boasts in a bigger multi-decked steel ship, were we to talk about the living room – where at first glance entering from the stern the effect is simply determining since we are in fact talking of an open space boat with an opening roof top which extends from the limit of the cockpit to the wind screen with no bulkheads of any kind and comprises a large living room with sofa and chairs, a dining area seating ten, a wet bar, television set cabinet, helm/controls station with three seats for pilot and co-pilots – or were we to refer to the lower deck, where we find the guests’ quarters as well as the crew’s.
Lots of air, lots of light specially on the main deck, with lots of space in every area give one the feeling of being in a villa by the sea or better a villa on the sea without even noticing the difference when looking at the ship from outside looking in thanks to Stefano Righini’s sporty lines which make it all look well proportioned in relationship to the 50 metre hull’s overall length.
The owner at his third Mangusta has made of this one his residence, his family yacht, fine tuned for the purpose in terms of layout, furnishing and decor with which to arrive quickly from Fort Lauderdale the yacht’s home port to the Bahamas: casting off on Friday afternoon, and making it to Bimini in just over an hour or so. Yes, because this 50 metre open maxi is really quick for its category topping at 38 knots according to conservative technical specs. While the yachts skipper told us more like over 40 thanks to triple Kamewa-Rolls Royce – and two lateral hydro-jet 80 S3’s with which to steer linked to a central booster a 71B3 model which can transform into thrust the 4,610 HP developed by each of the three MTU 16V 4000 M93L engines.
A huge power house, and monumental at that which is one of the yacht’s main features so as to satisfy state of the art fans anywhere. The engine room in which the engines are situated alongside of gen. sets, A/C, watermaker and much of the onboard hardware, is so vast that every item is well lit, easy to get to in a rational way so as to easily carry out standard maintenance work and more.
The coupling of the Kamewa-Rolls Royce to the MTU engines affects in no mean way the helm/controls station with its various purposely built in gauges to monitor and oversee the engine/water jet propulsion plant but in the main even if complex, things seem user friendly enough also thanks to five touch screens situated on the console which provide data on all other main gear and on board functions as well. The layout below deck is made up of four cabins with modern furniture, which has visibly been carefully selected as well as the materials, and fabrics. Considerable attention was given to detail which makes everything pleasant and welcoming.
Whitened teak takes the lion’s share but there are also steel bits, and inlays in dark brown leather on the bulkheads and on some of the furniture while light camellia coloured leather is deployed for ceilings and wood flooring is treated for cabins’ soles and elsewhere as well. Among the things which struck us the most we wish to mention a dedicated TV room situated on the lower deck which sports a mega-screen situated in front of a comfortable L shaped sofa; the gym area which is situated on the starboard side is directly accessed from the owner’s full beam suite which is made up of an office corner, dressing table, twin bathrooms “his&hers” in the middle of which there’s a single shower stand they share.
Further astern we come to a garage where in addition to a tender there’s a watercraft, jet skis, air compressor to refill scuba tanks, a windsurf and other toys. Out on deck beyond the huge cockpit area there’s a mini swimming pool placed between the sunbathing area and dinette next to which in the bow there’s a pop up TV set. The fly bridge above is decidedly on the small side considering the yachts length however it can house a second helm/controls station and is equipped to host parties “al fresco” with a grill, barbecue, refrigerator, sink, ice maker and so on. A sun bathing area with sun pads and plenty of seating space complete the picture astern of it. A “small” deck which increments the 165’ Mangusta’s vocation to be decked out with a special regard to tan and sea loving fans also because there’s a retractable diving board and an inflatable slide which reaches down to the sea.
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The sea trial was pubblished on Superyacht 35 – Winter 2013