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SUPERYACHT #501
January 2004

Article selected from our quarterly magazine dedicated to the largest and most luxurious boats with information, interviews, technical articles, images and yachting news


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ALFAMARINE 140

Alfamarine, founded by sea and speed enthusiast Marcello Fazioli, started building boats in 1955. The Fiumicino yard, in the province of Rome, went on to build and sell racing boats, some of them skippered by Fazioli himself, in the CIU and CU classes of the Sport category. In 1975 the founder freed himself definitively from competition commitments to dedicate himself exclusively to building fast pleasure craft, innovative from both a technological and stylistic point of view. Marcello Fazioli commissioned Renato Sonny Levi and Franco Harraurer to design a new boat with all the features that sprang from his desire to build fast, avant-garde yachts. The result was the "Bronte 40", the boat with which Alfamarine took its first decisive step towards success. This fast yacht was one of the first to be fitted with surface propellers, an innovative transmission system in those days and forerunner of today's Arnesons.

The yard's boats, both past and present, have always stood out over the years for technological innovation and performance,. So Marcello Fazioli's aims were achieved and inevitably the yard sought new directions. Precisely this desire for new avenues led the founder's son, Andrea, to go back to the pleasure craft sector about ten years after their last superyacht was built. In the past Alfamarine had built boats of this kind on two occasions: the 1982 Alfamarine 82 and the 1993 Alfamarine 90. But although it was not the first time that the 24 metre limit had been exceeded, the Alfamarine 140 may reasonably be described as something revolutionary for the yard since this yacht has a number of details that deserve due attention. First of all it is built to Maritime Coastguard Agency standards and, unlike many other pleasure craft similarly built, is also MCA certified. These regulations impose special building standards whose main objective is passenger safety and protection against fire. To meet the requirements the yard had to use technological materials capable, for example, of isolating a fire in any enclosed area for at least 60 minutes.

 

TECHNICAL DATA
Overall length 42.50 m
Beam: 8.70 m
Draft: 2.50 m
Fuel tank: 30.000 litres
Water tank: 7.000 litres
Maximum speed: 22 knots
Cruising speed: 18 knots
Displacement: 205.000 Kg
Engines: 2 x 2.770 HP MTU 12V 4000 M90
Classification: ABS A1 Yachting Service + MCA.

For more details on the Alfamarine 140 and the yard's future projects, contact Alfamarine - Cantieri di Fiumicino; Via della Scafa 135; 00054 Fiumicino (RM); tel. +39 06 6580355; fax +39 06 6523466; website www.alfamarine.it; e-mail alfamarine@tin.it.

As this boat is in aluminium and built for speed, the prescriptions created a problem. The solution was found in the use of technologically advanced materials that would neither melt before the deadline nor add too much weight to the structure. Furthermore, again in compliance with MCA regulations, all the water circulating in the systems on board the Alfamarine 140 is drinkable. Waste water is filtered and treated before being stored in special tanks, and nothing is discharged into the sea. Other special features, such as the independent generator on the flying bridge, offer maximum passenger safety even in the case of the boat sinking. Thanks to a fire fighting system called "high fog", which produces a very thick fog that smothers flames, it was possible to use flammable materials for the interior. It is no coincidence that Alfamarine 140 has an abundance of wood throughout. In line with the Alfamarine philosophy, performance was one of the main elements in the design of this 135'. The owner, with his fifth Alfamarine, wanted a larger but still fast boat that could call at English ports where MCA certification is mandatory. The Alfamarine 140' owner's requirements set the yard staff working fast to find suitable solutions. The hull designer, the well-known architect Bacigalupo, together with Andrea Fazioli himself, personally supervised building at the Rossi boatyard in Marina di Pisa. Fitting out was done in Fiumicino. We could add a lot more about the systems and structures on the Alfamarine 140 but now we want to give a little space to how the interiors have been divided and how the external space has been exploited, where further original ideas requested by the owner have been implemented. First of all, there are no fewer than six guest cabins, meeting the owner's need to comfortably accommodate his large family, with whom he loves to spend his holidays at sea, and any other guests. All the cabins have private bathrooms and are roomy enough for prolonged periods aboard. There is also a Turkish bath, custom-built for the yacht by a company specialising in this kind of installation. The spacious interior of the Alfamarine 140 also includes a disco, this too built and installed by a specialist company. The acoustics are similar to those of discos ashore, with a fine ad hoc lighting system and of course a dance floor. Unlike the interiors, the open air spaces did not call for any special details since this is a superyacht that the owner will be using all year round and in climates that are not exactly temperate. This is why almost all the open decks are protected by the decks above them, with the obvious exception of the sundeck and the sunbathing area with sofas, forward on the main deck. The flying bridge has a heated swimming pool and sunbathing area with sofas. Aft there are two tenders and safety equipment such as a generator capable of supplying all the on-board systems for as long as the vessel remains not fully submerged. As we mentioned at the beginning, this was not a normal project for the yard, but observing the boat's construction, performance, safety standards, quality of fitting-out and overall appearance, we may say without fear of contradiction that this is an original superyacht that will get talked about. And we are pleased that the Alfamarine 140 is brainchild of that much sought after "Made in Italy": a further opportunity to elicit worldwide appreciation.