On board Rosetti’s first 37.83 meter explorer superyacht, Emocean

The World Superyacht Awards named Emocean the winner

Hydro Tec received three nominations and one award at the World Superyacht Awards.

The committee opted to award the RSY38m EXP, Emocean in the wonderful ambiance of London’s Guidhall, validating the success of this fresh new series, developed and engineered by Hydro Tec.

The owners wanted a motoryacht with the convenience, versatility, and seafaring qualities and range of a true Explorer, a hybrid combining a luxury yacht that respects the environment and is compatible with the modern lifestyle of a young couple and their family with a pocket-size ship that can handle long voyages and spend long periods of time out of port.

The Darwin 115, built by Cantiere delle Marche with Hydro Tec’s exterior design and naval architecture, was also a finalist in the category World best displacement motor yacht 499GT and below, from 30m to 44.9m.

The Darwin 115 is part of the well-known Darwin Series, with Hydro Tec’s exterior design and naval architecture, and is designed to sail thousands of miles every year. It has a highly durable hull, a range of 5,000 miles, and a capacity of 55400 litres of diesel fuel.

The Columbus Sport 50 meters M/Y K2, a nominee in the World’s Best Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts category, 40 meters and above, is the result of Palumbo Superyachts’ naval engineering collaboration with Hydro Tec.

The Columbus Sport 50 meters represents a one-of-a-kind yacht on the market, capable of sailing in shallow waters, with an aluminum hull and superstructure, a gross tonnage of 499, and a maximum draft of 2.2 m.

For the second year in a row, Hydro Tec reinforces its success by winning another Neptune in the same category, following the victory of Aurelia in 2021, the first Flexplorer manufactured by Cantiere delle Marche.

On Board Emocean

Emocean, the first superyacht built by a busy commercial yard, is generating a lot of interest. During the debutante’s first public appearance in Cannes, BOATSTEPS ABOARD…

When the market for oil and gas vessels tanked in 2016, commercial builder Rosetti Marino Group decided to branch out into a new industry, resulting in the formation of Rosetti Superyachts. The Italian company used its shipbuilding expertise to develop unique, dependable yachts. The 37.83-meter modern explorer yacht Emocean was unveiled at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival as the company’s first product.

“Previous commercial ships built by Rosetti had to labor around the clock. “They couldn’t fail,” says Andrea Giora, sales and marketing director at Rosetti Superyachts and a former employee of Ferretti Group’s Custom Line. “When it came to boat construction, it was a step backward.” The Ravenna yard was already proficient in steel construction; the learning curve came in designing to superyacht aesthetics.

Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec naval architects comes to mind. He was one of the specialists Rosetti turned to for advice on how to enter into the superyacht industry. He not only shared his idea, but he also introduced the budding superyacht builder to its first client. Cutolo was working on another project with Rosetti when Emocean’s owner arrived. “We met the owner, and everything occurred in a flash,” Cutolo adds.

Emocean’s last owner had a 25-meter GRP yacht built. Giora explains, “He wanted something more substantial, with a lot of liberty.” “The owner prefers to keep as far away from the harbor as possible.” He considered building a larger yacht at first, but settled on a 38-meter vessel with a gross tonnage of less than 500GT. Emocean has a volume of 410GT and uses every inch of available space for hidden storage, making it ideal for long-range cruising. Despite the fact that the shipyard was new to superyachts, the owner was drawn to Rosetti because of its competence in creating strong ships and its financial stability. There would be no need to rescue a sinking shipyard.

“In terms of functionality, the owner wanted an exploration yacht, but not in terms of style,” Cutolo explains. “This is the new way: a stylish explorer yacht.”

Cutolo compares the history of the explorer yacht to the evolution of four-wheel drive automobiles. “Twenty years ago, the only off-road vehicles available were the Jeep Wrangler and the Land Rover Defender. You can now go off-road in a comfortable environment with a Range Rover, Mercedes, or any other vehicle. The same concept applies to sailboats. You can now have both capability and luxury.”

The brief was for a boat that didn’t scream “expedition yacht” in this vein. The owners wanted a timeless, classic appearance with lots of windows. “When people go exploring, they want to feel like they’re a part of the environment,” Cutolo explains. “Explorer yachts used to have smaller windows because it was safer, but now you can manufacture huge glass with structural integrity.”

The owners of Emocean desired a yacht that was as transparent as possible. “You should never lose eye contact with the sea when moving through the boat,” Cutolo says. The yacht’s expanse of windows on the main and upper decks, as well as the use of smoked mirrors, skylights, and glass floors, all contribute to the notion of transparency. Outside views are reflected through mirrors, bringing the movement of the water on board. “Like her name suggests, this evokes strong feelings — you get the feeling you’re at sea,” he explains.

Burdissocapponi Yachts & Design, co-founded by Francesca Burdisso and Emiliano Capponi, was in charge of the interior design. For years, the two worked in-house for the Ferretti Group before opening their own shop in Ravenna, which is also where Rosetti is located. “It started with the idea of a skylight,” explains Emocean’s interior designer Burdisso, reflecting the brief for openness. Each deck’s glass panes are placed to allow a shaft of light to pass from the sundeck to the lower deck lobby. This concept is enhanced on the upper deck with a complete length of glass flooring — an absolute delight to walk over – with views extending to the main deck below.

Typically, exterior design and naval architecture are handled by separate teams, but for Emocean, Hydro Tec handled the outside as well as the layout, engineering, and hull design. “When you do the full package,” Cutolo explains, “you don’t have to negotiate with designers about the technical parts of the boat, like where to install vents and so on.” The ventilation trunks, which are centrally positioned on the main deck rather than aft of the main saloon, support this theory.

“At first, the yard was concerned since Sergio and the owner chose to put the trunks in this arrangement,” Burdisso adds. “However, this was a more fascinating design decision than a normal open-plan saloon from an architectural standpoint.”

Guests entering the main deck are met by a pair of Moroso Gogan L-shaped sofas in front of the ventilation trunks, which narrow off the beam and create a transitional area between the main deck lobby and the dining room. An spectacular wine cellar takes over the starboard wall here in the smaller section, and a mirrored ceiling makes it appear as if the bottles of wine are stacked infinitely. With a dining table with a carved base in black oak that seats 10, the dining room is a big venue for entertaining. The side decks are accessed via sliding glass doors to port and starboard, with minimal railings to protect the view of the sea. Instead of being hidden in a lobby, the owner requested that the main staircase be visible from the dining room. Glass frames the stairwell, making the beige plastic stairs appear to float.

With neutral colors and free furnishings, the interior motif is elegant and uncomplicated. Materials and colors are utilized sparingly — the walls are made of clay-colored oak, while the wine cellar is highlighted with a darker smoked oak. Two different beige lacquers, one matt and the other gloss, were chosen to contrast and create a sense of movement.

“Rather than the richness of the materials, the attention is on the space itself,” Burdisso explains. “The end product is quite contemporary — simple but not dull.” All three decks have Parietal Fuoco Lipari parquet wood floors. Because the proprietors are vegan, no leather is used on board, and Eco Contract’s eco-friendly rugs are produced from Econyl, a recycled plastic fiber.

The owner desired a functional arrangement, which meant no extra dining areas (the sole other dining area is on the sundeck) and quarters that suited his onboard lifestyle. The main deck is intended for entertaining, while the top deck is for relaxation. As a result, the comfortable upper deck saloon features a deep sofa directly facing a large television screen to port, as well as a bar. The loose furniture on the aft upper deck can be shifted to accommodate the tender. A crane is positioned far aft to lift the tender onto the swim platform for short trips or the upper deck for longer journeys. “The crane also serves as a bar,” Cutolo says of the crane’s large, flat top, which has been used to serve drinks.

Some of the unique furnishings on board, such as the sundeck dining table, were developed in partnership with the owner’s wife. The sundeck features built-in heaters for chilly days and a misting system for hot days, and it can be completely closed. A custom-built spa tub with a waterfall element is located forward on the sundeck. Water that might splash out of the tub instead goes in between the panes of glass, rather than overflowing onto the deck, thanks to the tub’s double-paned glass sides. The tub’s 5,000 litres of water may be piped to a backup tank on the lower deck, where it can be sanitized and kept at the same temperature. It takes 30 minutes to replenish.

The owner’s goal has always been autonomy, but it became especially more important during the Covid-19 pandemic. Cutolo explains, “The boat is absolutely fundamental to their lives… they wanted it to be like an island.” This goal encompasses not just how long Emocean can remain at sea, but also how the owner lives on board. For example, in the master suite, a starboard permanent balcony was chosen so he could use it whenever he wanted without having the crew to set up a retractable balcony. Giora explains, “This style of balcony was part of the brief.” “He prefers to be able to appreciate the fresh air without requiring assistance from the staff.” The master bedroom is separated in an interesting way as well. A sliding pocket door set flush against the right side of the bed may completely block off the starboard side of the room, allowing him to access the balcony, his share of the his-and-hers en suite, and the neighboring office without disturbing his wife.

While Emocean’s explorer qualities aren’t immediately apparent from her outward lines, her hull tells a different narrative. Cutolo designed a bulbous bow and a round bilge hull. To accommodate the large props and rudders, as well as a skeg for course stability, the hull flattens towards the aft. Cutolo explains that the rudders can be maneuvered separately, eliminating the requirement for a stern thruster. “It’s also good backup in case one of the rudders fails.”

The engine room has high ceilings, and a crouching-height tunnel connects it to the crew compartment, providing access to tanks for maintenance. “This mezzanine tunnel also provides additional storage space and provides the crew with another means of accessing the engine room in the event of an emergency,” Giora notes.

It’s not every day that a new builder hits a home run with their debut offering, but Rosetti appears to have done so. “The general consensus is that this isn’t a ‘first boat,'” Giora explains. Rosetti sold hull No. 2 at Emocean’s debut at the Cannes show, demonstrating the success of its maiden build. The second yacht will be built for a South American owner and will be 40 meters long with a slightly different stern and a custom interior layout and design. It will be based on the same technical platform as the first but will be 40 meters long with a slightly different stern and a custom interior

Emocean will be utilized exclusively by the owners and will be available for hire while she tours the globe. She’ll be in the Caribbean for the winter season of 2021/2022, and she’s already booked for several weeks. According to Giora, the owner was overjoyed to see Emocean at her launch. “It was the best launch reaction I’ve ever seen.” The owners have been dreaming about this project for five years, so it was an exciting time for them to actually employ her.”