Italian Vessels in Termoli on Italy’s Adriatic coast has turned the finished hull of its first project, a 28.5-metre pocket explorer yacht in build on speculation. Photo: Italian VesselsDesigned by Tommaso Spadolini with engineering by Umberto Tagliavini, the steel and aluminium Enjoy 93.9 is based on a flexible technical platform that can be combined with different superstructures and a choice of interior layouts.
Photo: Italian VesselsThe explorer-style Enjoy has a superstructure that is positioned forward to leave more room on the open aft deck for carrying tenders and toys, whereas the Wide model has a more conventional profile with a longer upper deck aft. A series of trawler-style vessels, the Ice-Class 94 and 115, are also under development.Photo: Italian VesselsItalian Vessels was established by Mario Parigi and his two sons, Marco and Eugenio, on the site of the defunct Cantieri di Termoli shipyard. They purchased the facility in late 2014 at a bankruptcy auction and are investing in a new 260-tonne travel lift and upgrading the site to meet the latest safety and environmental regulations. Photo: Italian VesselsCantieri di Termoli mostly built workboats, ocean-going tugs and fuel tankers, but it also launched a few large yachts, including 36-metre Sea Wish (2003), 27-metre Bugia (2006) and 50-metre Beatrix that was designed by Spadolini with interiors by Achille Savlvagni and finished in 2015 shortly after the yard was acquired by the Parigi family.Photo: Italian VesselsCEO Mario Parigi is an experienced captain and former owner of the Nautilus marina and shipyard in Fiumicino near Rome, while his sons have focused on the commercial and production side of the marine business. The new facility is still gearing up, but by the time it is fully operational it will have around 40 full-time employees on site. No outside investors are involved and the yard is fully owned by the Parigi family.
“We’re in this for the long term and not just as a financial investment,” says Marco Pargi. “A sign of that commitment is that we’ve been willing to start building our first project on spec.”Photo: Italian VesselsThe tri-deck layouts of the Enjoy and Wide models are very similar and provide a high level of flexibility in a compact package. The main deck forward, for example, can house an owner’s suite or dining room, while below deck several arrangements are possible for up to four guest cabins, in addition to two crew cabins. Photo: Italian Vessels
“Both versions are powered by twin 560-hp MAN engines for a top speed of 13 knots and a cruising speed of 10 knots,” says Marco Pargi. “But what’s unusual for yachts of this size is that they can carry 30,000 litres of fuel and have a transatlantic range in excess of 3,000 nautical miles at economical speed.