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Sep 2005

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Corradino Corbò

Italian style made in Holland

This is the first time two big of the yachting work together. The object of their partnership is an eighty - metre yacht spreading technology and fashion. We are going to talk about with both protagonists of

Holland is the damp land of tulips, windmills and ... superyachts. Yes, right here in the heart of the Netherlands leisure ship building is a great tradition indeed just since when in other world - widely countries the production of small crafts began. The great availability of row material - steel - as well as extreme ease of shipping along the close fleet system are, then as now, a quite right incomparable pairing of at out.

To these both factors it is also to be added an unusual skill as firm at team working, an attitude expressed either by co - operative working founded on either different specializations or technical and marketing knowledge exchange above all among leader shipyards.

Among them, Oceanco is right to be assigned the prime position being an industrial complex of so big dimensions that it extends over its central nucleus situated at a strategic key - site in Albrasserdam on the Noord River, one of the few rivers guarantying an excellent, direct access to open waters.

We visited the yard and some of the satellite structures with two exceptional guides: the managing director Eel Kant and the engineer Carlo Nuvolari, co - owner of the Nuvolari - Lenard studio, who are just now realizing with Oceanco one of its main projects. It came from a two - part interview that resulted in a very interesting snapshot of the superyachts' world that consistently changed all its features in the last years.

Oceanco and Nuvolari - Lenard: this is the first time indeed one of the most important yards of the world is working with one of the most world - widely appreciated design studio. How is it going on?

Kant: This is the first time we are working with Nuvolari representing the sum of lots skills we could usually find in a differentiating team. It is very important to us to work with a professional man who is not only a skilled designer but also a refined technician perfectly managing all building problems. Moreover, he has a great passion for everything he does.

Nuvolari: Indeed, I wish to underline I actually represent only one face of the medal, the other being the architect Dan Lenard. We team up by 1989 and from then on we have drawn down together all drawings come out from our studio.

The Dutch yards are some of the most world - widely skilled shipyards at realizing sometimes very bold projects from the most important designers coming from all the world, a thing that on someone opinions could result, as a counterpart, in a risk of weakening the styling identity of the "Made in Holland". To which extent may a yard such as Oceanco, in opposition to, be able to distinguish itself from others?

Kant: Well. Usually by us work 40 employees making a nucleus of high quality. Moreover a team of prodigious firms works with passion and efficiency at and follows literally our indication. We think these unanimous proposals could represent the unique formula making for a top - quality level; and the proof of is that - I say that proudly indeed - our yachts are not subject to be refitted, this phenomenon being actually, on the contrary, macroscopic in the superyachts' world: in other words a yacht of ours pass from owner to owner without having to be undertaken to a very expensive restoration. On this main background bases our aesthetic philosophy seemingly consisting of an unmatchable binomial: on one side we wants to guarantee full - custom layouts suiting all owner's needs; on the other we want not to give up with our own trademark making an Oceanco a yacht recognisable at first glance all over the world.

Nuvolari: In Holland there is actually big construction yards ready for literally doing all you want: you bring them a fine - detailed project and they realize it faithfully without chancing anything. In opposition to, Oceanco always demands to offer its own style and identity. When we started to drown down the eighty - metre yacht under construction now we had to take it into account.

We are well informed of the reserve wrapping around this announced marvel. ... Anyway, do you want to take the opportunity of telling us something in advance about it, don't you?

Nuvolari: Talk is of a yacht in whose drawings we have tried to amplify the feel of nature and above of sea - not to be usually taken for granted aboard an eighty - metre hull - using absolutely vanguard tech - architectonical solutions to: for instance there is a crystal lift moved from downside by a special device instead of the usually upside lifted one, joining all decks, allowing so a continuous looking out to the sky. Moreover, a wonderful fountain, at which an American specialized firm is just working now, right aims at making closer - so touchable - the feel of water.

Kant: Obviously this vanguard technology is applied to all specific naval items too. One above all: a computerized system acting on the manoeuvring props enables the yacht to rest on its own position even while not on mooring; this solution makes usefully for very short stops or pausing in very deep waters.

We right know you even keep your mouth shut about the owner's nationality too. Don't you? So let's approach this argument in a roundabout way. New economic realities are entering international markets. To which extent is the leisure yachting world actually changing?

Kant: Well, customers come by now from world - widely countries, all this resulting in a decidedly more shared out and mature market. Of the crazy time of Thunderball, Octopussy, For Your eyes only (editor's note: some of superyachts owned by the Italian - American John Staluppi and John Rosatti, who were for years fighting for an unofficial record speeds) just remains the bequeath of technological knowledge, since nowadays we prefer to build yachts providing less fuel consumption and greater cruising range. This is actually the current challenge! . And this is the reason why we try to satisfy all customer requirements demanding our yachts to be leaders in quietness, manoeuvrability and safety.

Nuvolari: I absolutely agree with. The present super - riches may spend a lot of days on holiday but they demand for an as domestic appearance as that in their own houses of 8.000 square metres with park. So they want yachts providing cruising range, safety and ... luxury of course. The present design trend features, in fact, drawing of more and more broad - beamed and comfortable yachts that put some big production Dutch yards a bit in crisis since they are heavy conditioned by the close fleet system they face, but Oceanco yard fortunately lies on the same waters as those of the Port of Rotterdam, namely without any limits.