BEST of the BEST 2015: Mangusta 165 E

  • Shaun Tolson

An evolution of speed and style.

The E in the name of the Mangusta 165 E is short for “evolution,” but it could also stand for “enhanced.” The yacht is essentially an upgraded version of the Italian shipyard’s 165-foot maxi open, the first example of which was delivered in 2007 and featured in Robb Report’s Best of the Best issue in 2008. The first 165 E hull debuted at the Monaco Yacht Show in September and has been christened Moonraker.

 

The Evolution series originated from a client’s request to build a Mangusta 165 that would have more aggressive-looking lines and a muscular aspect. The designer Stefano Righini and the Mangusta design team recon­figured the flybridge, integrating the exterior couch with the handrails. The change gives the yacht a more angular profile aft and a more aerodynamic appearance from the stern. The team also incorporated an expansive window on the main deck, which allows natural light to fill the saloon and contributes to the yacht’s streamlined countenance.

As with all Mangusta yachts, the 165 E’s interior can be entirely cus­tomized. Moonraker’s eye-catching decor includes more than 10 types of marble and a dozen types of wood. Throughout the interior, the flooring incorporates gray-painted oak, and the walls are lined with white leather. Blue tigereye accents the saloon’s 13-foot-long, ebony-sided bar. The saloon also includes a humidor concealed within a blue-painted glass cupboard; two steel-and-crystal wine cabinets; and a shelving unit behind the bar that can hold about 20 spirit bottles and can be electronically lowered into the countertop and hidden from view.

At the helm, the dashboard that displays the various navigation and engine monitors has gray leather and carbon-fiber accents.Moonraker is powered by three MTU diesel engines. They propel the vessel to a top speed of 40 knots, though Mangusta notes that it reached 46 knots during its sea trials. At a cruising speed of 33 knots, the yacht can travel 600 nautical miles, and with a draft of less than 6.5 feet, it can access most of the world’s ports. Mangusta will build future examples of the 165 E, which has a starting price of about $32.4 million, with a four-engine propulsion system that includes a stabilizer. (At the owner’s request, Moonraker was not outfitted with a stabilizer.) The company says the new system will improve the yacht’s fuel efficiency by 35 percent.

Mangusta, overmarine.com

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