ITALY, Genoa. Otam, the Italian shipyard, has completed 30 per cent of its first superyacht project. The Otam SD35 is a 35m custom yacht built for an experienced Italian owner and will be known as Gipsy upon her predicted completion in 2016. The build process is progressing well with the hull now complete, main engineering installed and the superstructure due for completion in the near future.
The owner’s brief demanded a style of yacht that reflects his personal approach to life at sea. Gipsy’s entire main deck is dedicated to guests and their daily activities, be it business or pleasure. These social areas include a main salon with movie theatre that covers nearly 40 square metres and a full beam dining area forward. Crew service areas, a galley and pantry with separate crew access, are also on the main deck.
The lower deck features four twin or double VIP rooms with en-suites. A passage connects the guest rooms to the crew quarters ensuring smooth service access. The crew quarters are equipped with three cabins, three washrooms, laundry room and storerooms.
Privacy rules the upper deck where the owner has his own dedicated suite. The addition of an owner’s deck was stipulated from the conception of Gipsy and while much was made of the importance of social spaces, respite was a necessity.
Gipsy is a 295gt semi-displacement vessel designed by naval architect Umberto Tagliavini, she will have a top speed of 22 knots and a range of 1,000 nautical miles when cruising at 11 knots. Special attention has been paid to her draft, the hull form including semi-tunnels that reduce the draft, making her ideal for US and Caribbean cruising where shallow coastal depths are an issue.