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SUPERYACHT #509
September 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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Fabio Petrone


TECNOMAR VELVET 35


SPORTY BY VOCATION

The name Tecnomar has an important history in the open motoryacht sector. For a long time it meant very fast boats with such "monstrous" performances as to meet the expectations of those customers who even when they go to sea always want to feel rivers of adrenalin coursing under their skin. Extremely technical vessels, then, with which this yard has built up considerable experience in all aspects of construction, transmission and performance hulls, all rigorously under the banner of high-tech.

 

TECHNICAL DATA
Building material: GRP
LOA: 34.20 metres
Beam: 7.20 metres
Displacement: 130 t.
N° beds: 8+1 in four cabins
N° beds for crew: 6 in three cabins
Fuel capacity: 10.000 litres
Fresh water capacity: 2.000 litres
Engines: 2 x 2.285 HP MTU series 396
Maximum speed: 30 knots.

For further information
Tecnomar S.r.l.: via Virgilio, 220; 55049 Viareggio (LU); tel. +39 0584 392901; fax +39 0584 392902; web site: www.tecnomar.com.

 
This know-how is still more than tangible in a range which the Sarti family, the owners of Tecnomar, decided to expand just a few years back. First of all with the size of their boats, raised to the 24 metre "peerage", and then with the development of new aesthetic stylistic elements, less extreme but still strongly characterised by the sporty hallmark, followed by a different interpretation of the interiors which, however, remain absolutely customisable and are fitted out to true superyacht standards. All in all a new avenue which customers seem to have appreciated considerably, given the yard's success with the various Madras and Velvet models. Now a new step has been taken in Tecnomar's growth, represented by this new flagship, an imposing 35 metre yacht, still with the name "Velvet". So it is no surprise that her lines are very sporty indeed, nor that the interiors - chosen by owner Roberto Mancini, new trainer of Inter Milan and old Tecnomar client - are refined, up-to-date and carefully executed, perfectly matching the overall aesthetics of the boat. To all effects the Velvet 35 follows the "coupé" approach adopted by many with regard to large size opens, interpreting the concept with the almost sinuous lines of the above deck area. The deckhouse, fairly low forward where a huge sundeck dominates, rises amidships, first integrating a large, fairly curved windshield, then the elliptical side windows and, aft, a spoiler that functions as an aerial holder and overlooks the cockpit below. Here the hard top descends, disappearing precisely where, in side view, the bulwark takes on roundness, its forms elongating until in turn it takes in the bathing platform. Great emphasis has been placed on the cockpit where, over and above a second sundeck, there is a dinette for 8 on facing seats, this too of a rounded shape, equipped with fridge and icemaker etc. for meals outdoors. This area, like the teak deck, is well linked with both the bridge, thanks to a double flight of steps on the transom, and the saloon by means of a four door entrance which can be locked open to make the two areas practically a single environment, extremely liveable, and also wholly en plein air. This is because much of the saloon roof can be opened by an electro-hydraulic servomechanism which of course also closes the area perfectly when air-conditioning is required. The single environment concept is reinforced here by teak which, as on deck, is laid with narrow caulking in rubber. We can fully agree with the choices made by Luca Dini who, together with hull technical designer Roberto Zappelli, designed both exterior and interior of this Velvet 35. "To give strength to the overall sporty characterisation of the vessel," the architect told us, "we decided to use natural wood, bay oak to be precise, but sandblasted, with the walls faced in rough cotton, the same fabric used for the curtains, while handles, taps and spotlights are in 'brushed' steel. What we endeavoured to do in a general design-related way was to give modernity to the furnishings, but we were also very careful about lighting, thinking of solutions that could integrate both aspects. One example is in the design of the bedheads in the cabins which in form and colour, the latter matching the bedspread, are complementary to the wall on which they are fixed. In that case, and with excellent results, we devised a special lighting that could emphasise the evocations which such a solution already guarantees in itself. As for dividing up the night area," continued Dini, "the first spaces we find, proceeding from the stern, are the bathroom, featuring shower facilities for two persons, and the adjacent dressing room, both serving the owner's cabin. This last is very large, running the whole width of the deck, and well illuminated by two portholes on each side. There's a dressing table corner and a comfortable L-shaped sofa. The two guest cabins are amidships, both with twin beds and bathroom with separate shower. The one on the starboard side is slightly larger, designed to accommodate a third 'Pullman' bed and furnished with a desk for any guest intending to work on board or for children's games. Forward, separated by a door in the corridor, is the VIP cabin, also very large and with a private bathroom which, however, is also accessible from the corridor itself so it may be used as a 'day toilette'. On the upper deck," the architect added, "the boat has a single very bright environment divided into two distinct areas: the living area is aft and consists of an L- shaped sofa and, opposite it, another sofa along the starboard side. Next to the latter there is a unit which incorporates a 50" plasma TV. The dining area, with a table seating 12, is forward on the port side while the wheelhouse is on the starboard side. In this case too we wanted to put forward something innovative, with a futuristic dashboard, the bridge faced in blue leather and three comfortable seats for helmsman and co-helmsmen. Another L-shaped sofa aft of the cockpit makes the area extremely convivial since the person at the wheel can be together with the other guests. The yard states a maximum speed of 30 knots for this boat which is powered by two MTU engines of 2.285 HP each with the thrust of classic shaft drive.