The world of large yachts is dominated by variations on a common theme: a bright white hull and superstructure, three decks, a skylounge abaft the wheelhouse and a mahogany paneled interior. With the uncommon frequency of a solar eclipse, a yacht is launched that challenges contemporary design mores. Oceanco's Alfa Nero is one such vessel. Last year, The Maltese Falcon rocked the world of large sailing yachts with its innovative rig and styling and an interior that was far removed from the traditional sailboat ambiance. The new 82-meter (269-foot) Alfa Nero does for motor yachts what The Maltese Falcon did for sailing yachts, shifting the paradigm in motor yacht design. Driven by a mission to make the most of her owner's home cruising grounds, the Mediterranean Sea, she is a yacht designed by people who live the Mediterranean lifestyle.
The view from either off the yacht or standing on her stern reveals the yacht's bold approach to 'styling. An infinity pool betrays its location aft on the main deck, with a clear view through a transparent waterfall transom. Designer Dan Lenard says the feature connects life on board to the sea, a goal key to the owner's vision of maximizing the lifestyle associated with his home waters.
If Alfa Nero were a conventional yacht, she would have a transom settee protected by the overhang of the deck above. Instead, she displays a refreshing scarcity of top-heavy vertical structure that endows her with an aggressive, racy profile. Above her expansive aft deck is nothing but blue sky, which makes it all the better to land a helicopter. At the bottom of the pool a large "H" designates a landing pad. When the chopper comes in, the pool drains quickly and the pad/pool bottom rises up flush with the deck. The pool/pad arrangement is just one of many uncommon features found aboard this black-hulled beauty from Holland.
The owner wanted a yacht designed especially to cruise the Mediterranean. That, by nature, required a lot of open deck space, which turned out to be the perfect compromise. The collaboration resulted in what Lenard calls a low-volume superstructure. The challenge began in the design phase and continued to its realization in construction at Oceanco's yard in Alblasserdam, Holland (see ShowBoats' seven-installment On the Horizon column). Design work began on the yacht, initially designated Y702, in June 2005. The hull and superstructure arrived in the yard 10 months later. With the approved hull design and engineering for Y701, since christened Amevi, a rapid construction schedule was undertaken and deadlines were set for Alfa Nero to be completed in 14 months.