Designed to combine aesthetics and seaworthiness, I-Nova is an Ice Class explorer vessel with a strong identity. A harmonious balance between aesthetics and functionality was pivotal to Cristiano Gatto's vision when approaching the design. Featuring a robust steel hull and light aluminium superstructure, I-Nova has an overall length of 50m and a large beam of 9.50m accommodating 12 guests, 12 crew and all of the owner’s requirements whilst maintaining elegant yet powerful lines. Companies and institutes such as Marine Hollande Institute, Vripack Naval Architects, Van Oossanen Naval Architects, Scan Vibra cooperated to finalise the project and bring it to completion.
The hull has been reinforced in the bow section with extra thick steel plates and propeller shafts, propellers, sea chests, rudders and steering gear systems, as well as the sea water cooling system, were designed to meet the ABS's requirements for the D0 Ice Class notation. Powered by twin MTU 16V2000M70 (1050hp at 2100rpm), I-Nova can reach a top speed of 15.6 knots and at a cruising speed of 12 knots has a range of 5500 nautical miles.
Despite her five decks, a low centre of gravity was obtained thanks to a wise distribution of weights, and a fine entry of the water line grant smooth motion and great stability. Five decks, plus a tank deck, display a functional layout offering a lot of privacy to the owner whose private apartment benefits of a large cabin on the Main Deck forward and a panoramic saloon right above on the Upper Deck, accessed through a dedicated staircase. One of the yacht's particular features is the elongated Upper Deck hosting two tenders and a full array of water toys. Outside living was another major focus for I-Nova.
A main goal for the interior design was to provide the owner and his guests with a
relaxing yet sophisticated environment, providing space, comfort and quality. Most of the furniture was designed by the Cristiano Gatto Design Team who,made use of materials including kauri wood, teak, both weathered and limed, wengè,bamboo and rope. Lighting and photographic art complement the overall package.
Four guest cabins - two doubles and two twins - are located on the lower deck, nearly
amidship. A full beam owner's suite is located on the main deck, and accommodates a large bathroom and adjoining dressing rooms. A private staircase connects the owner's suite to a saloon/study on the Upper Deck, that is a panoramic hideaway with views towards the bow. A VIP cabin is located forward on the upper deck.