ITALY, Naples. Studio Pannone Architetti has unveiled a 14m RIB that takes inspiration from the studio’s Capri tender concept released in April 2012. The Italian Charm 45 will be presented at this year’s Cannes and Monaco yacht shows.
"Surpassing the success of the Capri tender was a challenge, but I think I’ve succeeded,” says principal designer Alessandro Pannone. The Italian explains that with the design of Capri, the aim was to achieve a new, sportier interpretation of an open style RIB. “With the Italian Charm project I tried to go a step further by approaching the design process from the world of car design, as well as yachting. I’ve thought of creating a boat with a hard top for a long time, as the more common top is an awning.”
The masculine looking exterior offers two sunbathing areas, one forward and one aft of the cockpit. The interior provides a seating area aft of the cockpit, which can be transformed into a dining area, thanks to the moveable sofa and hydraulic operated table that is stored underneath the floor. For a more relaxed setting, the backrests of the sofa can be folded down to create a lounger. To achieve the additional space needed to do this, the bulwarks either side of the boat fold down, which in turn makes it easier to board and disembark the tender when alongside. Forward of the cockpit is an en suite cabin and kitchen area, along with a cabin for a crew member.
Pannone tells us that the project is still under development and while the engine specifications have yet to be defined, he is keen to include electric motors and photovoltaic cells within the glass roof to enhance the tenders green credentials.