Wider President and CEO Tilli Antonelli announced at a VIP cocktail reception and press briefing on the eve of the 2014 Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach that his shipyard is building a 50-meter superyacht. The Wider 165’, which will be the Italian builder’s largest superyacht project to date, was ordered by the yard’s new co-owner. Originally, he planned to build a Wider 150’, but his desire to house a unique tender onboard necessitated a larger project.
“The owner wanted to store a submersible onboard. We didn’t want to compromise on space, so we decided to build him a bigger boat. That’s why the 165’ came up,” said Wider President & CEO Tilli Antonelli, who founded the shipyard in 2010. “Our goal is to give our clients anything they want or need to create a yacht that is a true expression of their own unique personality, even if it means expanding the capacity of our design, engineering and construction divisions. As we say here at Wider, 'Never Enough!'”
Using the Wider 150’ as a starting point, yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni, in collaboration with Tilli Antonelli and the Wider design team, created a 50-meter aluminum superyacht with the same elegant lines, sense of harmony and connection with the water, while adding significant interior volume and exterior living space. Along with its innovative submersible bay, the new 165’ accommodates a touch-and-go helipad and offers a truly magnificent “Wider Beach” – one of the most spacious transom swim-and-sunbathing decks in its class – complete with indoor swimming pool. The “Beach” also converts to a garage that seamlessly accommodates the highly customizable new Wider 32’, while a floating launching system facilitates entry/exit maneuvers for the crew launching the tender.
Low-comsumption diesel/electric propulsion
The beating heart of the Wider 165’ project is its diesel/electric propulsion system, which guarantees hugely reduced fuel consumption and nearly unprecedented range. This system has made it possible to replace the traditional Engine Room with a Power Generator Room and a Technical Room with LiPo battery pack located into the bow; the resulting space in the finest area of the ship therefore can be used to create larger, more comfortable guest cabins. Emerson Industrial Automation, which like Wider is an international leader in bringing technology and engineering together to create innovative solutions for its clients, will supply the electric propulsion system for the Wider 165’. The overall propulsion system is completely modular: the yacht can cruise using only the battery packs, in ZEM mode (Zero Emission Mode). With up to four diesel generators online, it will be able to operate at a higher range of speeds while maintaining limited specific consumptions.
All the onboard energy sources are controlled by the Wider Management System, a next generation, smart, independent and incorporated system that controls the power supplied by the shore connection, gensets and battery packs, distributing it between the Hotel systems, propulsion system and recharging the battery packs, as needed.
In addition, the Wider 165’ is equipped with an AziPod propulsion system that affords significant advantages compared to a conventional shaftline system: Vibrations are reduced (even when reversing), handling is ultra-smooth, and no rudders are needed for maneuvering, therefore draft is minimal. Furthermore, the yacht’s aluminum displacement hull offers unquestionable added value in terms of higher speeds and a greater range.
The yacht’s intelligent design focuses on minimizing fuel consumption and emissions while maximizing onboard living space, without underestimating the importance of easy maintenance. For these reasons, the material chosen for the entire construction of the Wider 165’ is aluminum, a noble, durable metal that, being particularly lightweight, makes it possible to increase the performance/consumption ratio of the yacht and achieve a considerable reduction in emissions. Combined with the fact that aluminum is completely recyclable, this helps to reduce the vessel’s footprint on the environment. Aluminum provides greater freedom during construction as it increases the opportunity for customization, yet considerably shortens production times. This material is not just lightweight, it is also resistant and flexible, versatile, supple, yet sturdy, resulting in an even safer yacht.
Details of the yacht’s interior design and general arrangement are still preliminary; rest assured, however, that the Wider 165’ will stay true to the builder’s mission of enhancing the connection of the owner and guests to the water at all times through the use of large windows, side-opening balconies and spacious exterior dining and entertaining areas.
“Our new flagship will represent the finest marriage of aesthetics, innovation and cutting-edge technology that the yachting world has seen so far,” Tilli Antonelli said.
The Wider 165’ is expected to launch in 2016.