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Spring 2007

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Fabio Petrone


CNL Admiral 35

Among the boats we've seen lately this recent CNL Admiral 35, as her name Be Cool suggests, really is one that aims to be a trendsetter. A 115 foot planing motoryacht with two decks plus half-deck and flying bridge, built totally in aluminium alloy 5083 and absolutely customised. Her simple, geometric and perfectly illuminated fitting out comprises truly personal solutions, and with all the comfort of a villa by the sea.


CNL Admiral 35

CNL Admiral 35

CNL Admiral 35

CNL Admiral 35

CNL Admiral 35

CNL Admiral 35

CNL Admiral 35

CNL Admiral 35

CNL Admiral 35

CNL Admiral 35

LOA 34.98 m.
Beam 7.40 m.
Draft 2.30 m.
Displacement 123 t.
Fuel tanks 24.500 litres
Water tanks 4.400 litres
Engines 2 x 2.775 HP MTU 12V 4.000 M90
Generators 2 x 40 kW Kohler
Maximum speed 30 knots
Cruising speed 28 knots
Range at 28 knots, 900 nautical miles
Classification: ABS - Maltese Cross A1 Yachting Service, MCA Compliance.

For information: Cantieri Navali Lavagna Srl - Via dei Devoto 197 - 16033 Lavagna (GE) - Tel +39 0185 300341 - Fax +39 0185 306601 - website - email

CNL Admiral 35

Refined materials, special metals, lacquered furniture, suspended beds, and then the references to Pop Art, the linearity but also the soft forms of the furnishings and accessories, the metalescent paints, a use of light that sculpts the ceilings, highlights the spaces and furniture. all in all there's really plenty to be struck by on a visit to Be Cool.

We're at Port d'Ercule in Monte Carlo. We go aboard just as the sun is starting to set and its rays make the ship's sides warm and even brighter. The colour scheme is two-tone, with the hull in oyster white - which at that hour appears almost golden - and an equally idiosyncratic metallic silver grey for the deckhouse and superstructures.

Let us name right away the creators of Be Cool: the external forms are the work of the Luca Dini Design studio and the CNL yard's Centro Stile, while the hull was designed by Studio Bacigalupo. The interiors are by the Rome studio Magazzini Associati.

The ship welcomes us with a great cockpit faced in teak where, immediately on the port side, there's an extendable table with a sofa set against the bulwark and some small armchairs. Two safe and easily negotiable gangways lead forward where, almost at the end of the deckhouse, in the place where we usually find a hangar for jet skis, there's a specially designed Technogym, protected by a carbon hood which, when raised, keeps you out of the sun.

Back to the cockpit. The saloon is accessed by a sliding door in steel and etched white glass. Here you're at once struck by the spaciousness of the environment, its considerable brightness, by the enormous sofas set against the walls, one in quilted dark- brown leather and the other in grey raw linen, and by the equally enormous poufs, again in brown leather, placed in the centre of the conversation area. The latter is completed by two small armchairs upholstered in horsehide and a white leather chaise- longue.

Everything seems to attract the guest's attention, from the light- coloured oak flooring laid in longitudinal planks - the wood has been seasoned for 100 years - to the side walls in matt-white lacquered parquet, from the vast rectangular windows to the central wall at the bottom, forward, completely faced in titanium, with a grey metallic-effect piece of furniture containing a plasma TV. Then the ceiling, also in matt-white, dotted with eyelids from which a diffused light is spread, and a great side mirror near the sliding entrance door which conceals two monitors also visible from the cockpit.

Outside it's summer but inside the air conditioning, with ventilation grilles integrated into the walls, works silently and perfectly, just as the clearly present but imperceptible home automation system opens and closes curtains, regulates lighting, controls the TV etc., creating different atmospheres as required by the moment.

All this refinement, all these details and colours form the leitmotif of the yacht, all brought together by the old oak flooring which, a constant throughout, undoubtedly contributes to warming the environments.

Proceeding on the starboard side we come to the dining room where attention this time is drawn to the rigorous dining table in satined aluminium, surrounded by Tonet chairs in white painted wood, and then to the great picture of Marilyn's face, a tribute to Pop Art, standing out against the walls which are once again white. Here too we find titanium, as the facing for the doors of a lacquered furniture piece purpose-built for Be Cool.

Farther forward, a well equipped Schiffini galley where the wood flooring is reflected in the steel of the furnishings and appliances, while the work surfaces and sinks are in Arabescato marble.

On the port side of the vessel there's a white stairway leading to the night zone. At the bottom the corridor, again faced in white lacquered wood, leads aft to the owner's cabin, full-beam with a great antiqued silver leather bed which is suspended - a sensation underlined by the use of light - and whose headboard is the titanium of the broad wall behind it, with another work of art in the centre. The bedside tables, also suspended, are custom built, as is the long piece of furniture that further enhances the room. The bathroom is in marble, all white Taxos with the walls embellished by a black and white Greek key border in travertine and slate, which also extends into a sort of "wellness unit" with shower, Turkish bath and Chromotherapy facilities. Here too the washbasin and top in satined aluminium are rigorous in their essential forms and lines. The cabin also has a good sized wardrobe-cum-dressing room.

The rest of the deck is for the guests, whose accommodation is in two twin bed cabins of the same size, with private bathrooms, and a larger VIP cabin with double bed and bathroom, all furnished in the style of the owner's cabin with variations of materials and details that personalise each environment. It is worth pointing out, for example, that in the VIP cabin, on the wall against which the bed is set, there's another aluminium panel where laser created micro-perforations depict the traditional image of Che Guevara.

The crew's quarters are forward on the lower deck and directly accessible by means of a stairway from the galley. There are two cabins with bunk beds for the seamen and service staff, plus the captain's cabin, all complete with bathroom.

In the elegant wheelhouse on the upper half-deck there's a helmsman's sofa in brown leather and a satined aluminium instrument panel which is really well equipped for navigation, communications and control of all on-board apparatus.

Here, as in the cockpit, there's access to the flying bridge: faced in Myanmar teak, it's vast and enjoyable. The whole area aft is a sundeck with three coloured sun-beds and two huge sofas that invite to lie down, perhaps chatting with the helmsman, since the second command bridge is just slightly forward. The area is served by a unit containing fridge and grill.

Powered by two MTU 12V 4000 M90 engines with an overall 5.550 HP, this Admiral 35, certification Maltese Cross A1 Yachting Service, AMS, achieves a maximum speed of 30 knots with a cruising speed of 28.