“We entered our new shipyard in Ancona in August where plates of aluminium started to arrive and be welded by the end of the month,” reveals Laura Carboni, communication manager at Wider Yachts. “Thanks to the great commitment of the local craftsmen, the hull soon started to take shape, and by the end of January we shall be joining the fourth of seven sections of the hull. At the moment, the bow section is taking shape, a distinctive feature of the Wider 150’, and will represent another significant milestone when we join it to the main body of the vessel.’
The Wider 150’ project, driven by Tilli Antonelli and his team, focuses on the use of a diesel/electric propulsion system, which allows reduced energy consumption and increased range. This system has made it possible to relocate the engine room to the bow, using the unexpected space to create larger guest cabins. “The size of the stern area is particularly extraordinary for a yacht of this size and contributes substantially to making life in direct contact with the seas even more pleasant and fully respecting the Wider spirit,” adds Carboni. “Besides the stern, All other details of the ship have been studied to emphasise direct contact with the great outdoors, beginning with the large, glazed surfaces that open out onto each deck, bringing huge amounts of light indoors.”
“Being such an important project,” Carboni continues, “we decided to rely on the extensive experience and knowledge of engineer Juan Balaguer who joined our team last year bringing with him a wealth of experience acquired from decades of work with some of the world’s most renowned superyacht manufacturers. Balaguer shall soon be overseeing the construction of the Wider 150’s spectacular superstructure, ensuring that the project keeps to it’s carefully planned schedule on time for launch early next year.”
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