Mondomarine has launched the 60m, semi-displacement motoryacht Sarastar, the largest yacht in its fleet to date. Roberto Zambrini, CEO and co-owner of Mondomarine, further claims that Sarastar is the largest all-aluminium yacht built in Italy.

Designed inside and out by Luca Dini, Sarastar is the 65th yacht to be built by the shipyard and was christened at the shipyard in Savona in the presence of her owner, selected guests and members of the press.

Alongside Sarastar was the striking red hull of M/Y Ipanema, a 49.20m semi-displacement yacht with exterior and interior design by Hot Lab that was launched in June for a Middle Eastern owner and is undergoing final fitting out. Both yachts are expected to present at the Monaco Yacht Show.

“These two yachts send out an important message in a market that is overly directed towards northern Europe,” said Luca Dini, speaking at the launch ceremony. “Together I believe they show that Italian design, style and elegance has no rivals.”

This sentiment was backed up by the Italian owner of Sarastar, a repeat client whose first Mondomarine yacht was 41m Nameless delivered in 2013: “Italian craftsmanship is something you won’t find anywhere else in the world, which is why I choose to build here in Italy and not in northern Europe.”

During his address Zambrini presented a few facts and figures regarding the newly launched yacht, such as the 100km of welding, 120km of electrical cables, and 45,000 hours of in -house design and engineering. Not to mention the 470sqm and 10 different varieties of marble, onyx and semi-precious stone selected by the owner, and 110sqm of gold leaf.

Zambrini further intimated that in terms of volume and performance Sarastar represents a clear challenge to Heesen Yachts, its main European competitor building in aluminium. The 60m yacht of around 900GT has a top speed of 19.5 knots, a cruising speed of 18.5 knots, and a range at 12 knots of 4,100nm.

Upcoming projects in build at Mondomarine include an M40 explorer designed by Sergio Cutolo and an M54 by Luca Dini, both due to launch in 2017. Following its acquisition and relaunching of the defunct Cantieri di Pisa brand in 2015, Mondomarine also recently announced the sale of an Akhir 42S and the first steel-hulled Cantieri di Pisa 22 based on the iconic Kitalpha series from the 1960s.


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