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7 May 2014

A 'Gran' occasion for ISA as it launches its largest vessel to date

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On 3 May 2014 ISA Yachts launched the ISA66M Granturismo. This full displacement custom motoryacht is the largest the Ancona yard has built to date.
 
The concept behind the Granturismo, the yard explained in a statement to the media, is 'to emphasise the outdoor experience of a yacht without compromising the space and comfort that the owner would expect from a steel and aluminum displacement yacht'. The  yacht is in direct contravention with the continuing trend towards interior focuses to the detriment of exterior spaces.
 
The ISA66M Granturismo has four decks and features an aluminum superstructure and a steel hull with a distinctive straight bow. The yacht is designed by Andrea Vallicelli, with an interior by Alberto Pinto. Both designers worked closely with the yard and the owner’s management team to combine both design and architectural aspects based on a strong contrast between the harmonious and curvaceous lines of the decks with the rigorous and diamond-like geometry of the transom and sundeck.


Image courtesy of Zitti.

The philosophy of the whole concept is to guarantee the owners the space and comfort they would expect, which is why the emphasis has been on producing a high 'space to volume' ratio. The interior work has been subcontracted to the Austrian company List General Contractor GmbH.

The naval architecture was undertaken in-house by the ISA technical department in conjunction with BMT Nigel Gee naval architects, including a comprehensive four-month cooperation with MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands). According to ISA this included a very intense tank testing programme to evaluate all possible sea conditions before embarking upon construction.
 
The notable exterior colour scheme is composed of a Dupont Black metallic finish on the hull and Dupont Silver Metallic on the superstructure.
 
Powered by two CATERPILLAR 3512 C engines rated at 1765kW @ 1800rpm, she can reach a top speed of 18 knots and cruises at 16.5 knots.
 
ISA 66M Granturismo will now undergo the final commissioning phase before delivery to her owners.

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ISA - International Shipyards Ancona

Alberto Pinto Interior Design

LIST GENERAL CONTRACTOR GmbH

BMT Nigel Gee Ltd

MARIN - Maritime Research Institute Netherlands

DuPont de Nemours International SA

CATERPILLAR S.A.R.L

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