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Design update: ISA Classic 65

New-Build Design
Written by
Justin Ratcliffe

Palumbo Superyachts has released further design details of the 65-metre ISA Classic sold in 2017 and taking shape at its facility in Ancona.ISA Classic 65 yacht Photo: Palumbo Superyachts With both interior and an exterior design by Enrico Gobbi of Team For Design (also responsible for the lines of the latest ISA Continental line) and in-house naval engineering, the high-volume yacht of over 1,400 GT has contemporary classic lines with a number of innovative technical features.ISA Classic 65 yacht Photo: Palumbo Superyachts The swim platform is a case in point. The yacht has both a large fixed platform and a fold-down transom door. Usually, the fixed platform would articulate together with the transom as it opens, but this would increase the draft. Instead, as the 3.9 x 4-metre transom door folds down the corresponding portion of the aft swim platform tilts and aligns itself flat with the stern platform. When the two side platforms are also opened, the whole area is turned into a water-level beach club of 180 square metres.ISA Classic 65 yacht Photo: Palumbo Superyachts The gangway mechanism is also unique. Instead of being installed longitudinally, it is mounted athwartships on the port side and divided into two sections with a pantograph retracting system. The system was specifically engineered in-house to allow for a ceiling height of 2.10 metres throughout the whole beach club.ISA Classic 65 yacht Photo: Palumbo Superyachts Unusually, there are three ways to access the beach club: by an external staircase, an internal staircase, and via a glass-walled corridor directly from the lower deck accommodation lobby that passes through the engine room, which will be finished to a higher than usual standard for a technical space.

Featuring a lounge area, bar, showers, fully equipped gym, sauna, a glass-fronted massage room overlooking the starboard platform, and a welcome area for guests boarding or disembarking, the beach club will be the social centre on board when the yacht is at anchor. ISA Classic 65 yacht Photo: Palumbo Superyachts Finished in striking shades of cobalt blue with metallic and lacquered surfaces, care has been taken to combine natural lighting with artful artificial illumination, such as the back-lit frosted and knurled Murano glass panel decorating the front of the bar counter. LED strip lights decorate the teak-lined ceiling and back wall, and the glass bottom of the 6-metre pool with counter-current on the deck above allows shimmering light to filter through the water and create a dappled effect.ISA Classic 65 yacht Photo: Palumbo Superyachts SuperYacht Times was able to tour the ISA Classic 65 on a recent visit to the shipyard and can reveal the yacht will also feature a semi-open dining room extension to the main salon, which is framed on four sides by full-height panes of sliding glass that can be open or closed, and a firepit on the open upper deck aft because the owner intends using the yacht through the early autumn.ISA Classic 65 yacht Photo: Palumbo Superyachts “The owner was very involved and requested several design changes before the contract was signed,” says  Gianpaolo Lapenna, General Manager Palumbo Superyachts. “The yacht grew slightly in size and he also  wanted an extra deck, so we created an observation deck under the radar arch that wasn’t there originally,  as well as a second pool and a different garage layout on the foredeck that is now arranged athwartships to take a bigger tender.”ISA Classic 65 yacht Photo: Palumbo Superyachts The ISA Classic 65 has six cabins (plus a seventh convertible multipurpose room) for 12 guests, including the full-beam owner's suite on the forward main deck. The launch and delivery are scheduled to take place in 2021.

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