MONACO. At the Monaco Yacht Show 2015 Cantieri di Pisa and Mondomarine held a joint press briefing on board 41.5m Serenity, during which Luca Dini presented Cantieri di Pisa’s seminal Akhir line. The Akhir 42s concept is the first Cantieri di Pisa superyacht concept to be introduced to the market since Mondomarine acquired the shipyard in May of this year - alongside 22m Kitalpha, another reimagined Cantieri di Pisa stalwart. The main themes to have emerged from the press briefing were a determination to respect Cantieri di Pisa’s heritage and a focus on the progression and optimisation of the line.
“I started my career in 1997 in the Pier Luigi Spadolini studio,” started Dini. “So Cantieri di Pisa has been in my professional life since the very beginning of my career.” Spadolini’s studio was not only a platform for Dini’s development as a designer, but Spadolini also served as his mentor for a time. The respect for Spadolini’s original features is plain to see throughout Dini’s contemporised design.
“We were obliged to move the roll bar from the back to around the middle of the yacht because of the new layout,” continued Dini. The style and characteristics of the ‘roll bar’, on which the radar is mounted on have remained consistent. However, the new layout has vastly optimised the use of internal and external spaces, which has been made possible in part thanks to the repositioning of this supporting arch.
The main difference between the new concept and the previous Akhir configurations is in the utilisation of the beam towards the bow allowing for a spacious owner’s suite with large windows or a balcony. Akhir also features a second full beam salon, hidden under the guise of the traditional raised pilothouse. The pilothouse remains as a physical structure, but if you walk up three steps you find the second social area.
While successfully striving to maintain the DNA of the original vessel, Luca Dini has also added a number of features that give Akhir a contemporary luxury edge. The skylounge has been transformed with the addition of a motorised roof that creates a sense of unity with the external environment as well as providing protection from the elements when the weather is less favourable. This unity can also be found with the two wing-like side doors that exit the pilothouse.
The initial 43m Akhir design includes two MTU 16V 2000 M94 main engines capable of reaching a top speed of 23 knots with a cruising speed of 21 knots. She has a versatile interior and is able to accommodate up to 10 guests depending on owner needs.