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A 325-foot exploration megayacht conceived by Pastrovich Studio, to be built by Fincantieri and to feature a multi-fuel power and propulsion system designed by Wärtsilä.
Starting at About $255 Million
A few years ago, the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri approached the yacht designer Stefano Pastrovich, a compatriot, with a challenging proposition: to create the world’s most eco-friendly megayacht. This gift is the vessel that Pastrovich conceived—a distinctivelydesigned 325-foot exploration yacht powered and propelled by a compact, multi-fuel engine from the Finnish marine power-systems builder Wärtsilä. The engine can run on natural gas, marine diesel oil, heavy fuel oil, or liquid biofuel and can switch from one fuel to another without any loss in speed or power. This allows owners and operators to select the most suitable fuel based on environmental restrictions in their current area. In gas mode, the engine produces about 85 percent less nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide and emits about 25 percent less carbon dioxide. The engine also meets the International Maritime Organization’s Tier III standards for emissions, which take effect in 2016. The project, dubbed X-Vintage, falls under Pastrovich Studio’s Parkour classification, which includes yachts with streamlined exteriors, high-tech interiors, and amenities that are tailored to active, adventurous owners.
“The owner of an exploration vessel wants to travel the world,” says Pastrovich. “I am not a person who thinks that an exploration vessel must be your only place to stay. An exploration vessel allows you to have a home base moving around the world, but the beauty of going around the world is that you see and experience different cultures. If you’re only living on your vessel, how can you experience that?”
Reflecting Pastrovich’s philosophy, X-Vintage departs from the more traditional configuration for vessels of this size, in which each deck is outfitted with a saloon, a dining area, and a terrace. Such a layout provides an abundance of living space and is ideal for extended stays on board. Instead, the X-Vintage plans call for nearly all of the living, dining, and entertaining areas to be on the main deck (an owner’s apartment and terrace are situated on the bridge deck above), and they feature an open-air concept inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential designs of the early 1900s. “[With X-Vintage] there’s continuity, the space is not broken; you don’t have cells or compartments,” Pastrovich says. “This is a very special part of the boat.”
By placing the living areas on one deck, the design maximizes stowage for a variety of personal watercraft and a pair of tenders. And because X-Vintage is intended for explorations and adventures, Pastrovich also envisions it holding a 39-foot trimaran, a seaplane, and a submersible. The design of the aft deck features two J-frame cranes for launching the vessels. When not in use, the cranes will be recessed in the exterior portion of the deck. The aft deck can be transformed into a beach club, with the bulwarks folding down to increase the size of the space and a canopy sliding out from the tender garage to provide shade.
According to Pastrovich, construction of the yacht can begin immediately, and the design can be significantly customized. As an example, he says that he can reconfigure the cabins to give guests private access to the ocean from their staterooms. “When guests wake up,” he says, “they can just jump into the sea. It’s beautiful.”
Completion of the X-Vintage will take about three-and-a-half years from the time the order is placed. The price does not include tenders or any other vessels or aircraft that could be stowed on the yacht.