The 63.8-metre superyacht Atomic was delivered to her American owner this past January. With her first summer season under her belt, SuperYacht Times takes a closer look on board the VSY-built superyacht.Atomic was built for an experienced superyacht owner, as the third and largest unit of the Italian shipyard’s VSY 64 series, comprising the 61.8-metre superyacht Sealyon and the 61.8-metre superyacht RoMa. Each of the superyachts in the series, including Atomic, were designed by famed-designer, Espen Øino. Laurent Giles Superyacht Architects completed Atomic’s naval architecture. The interior of the 1,101 GT superyacht was completed by Franck Darnet Design who previously worked with Atomic’s owner to design the interior of the owner’s previous 45-metre yacht. Though it was the Nantes-based designer’s largest project to date, Franck Darnet Design’s previous collaboration with the client and familiarity with his tastes helped the designer to execute the design brief. Atomic’s owner has a passion for diving and therefore required a “warm, cosy and timeless interior inspired by marine life.”
Franck Darnet, founder and CEO of Franck Darnet Design, commented, “The key design words were elegance, warmth and natural. An elegance that is expressed through simplicity and understatement. The owner’s trust and support has made all the difference in achieving a masterpiece that reflects his personality and matches the needs of his personal and exclusive way of living at sea together with his family.”
The resultant interior achieves the bespoke ‘warmth’ through the use of light-coloured natural materials such as American walnut wooden floors and furniture, soft leathers and white cotton carpets.Atomic accommodates as many as 12 guests between six en suite staterooms, situated on the lower and main decks. The master stateroom is located forward on the main deck and provides almost 270-degree views. The stateroom features his-and-hers bathrooms and wardrobes as well as access to private terraces, which include a reading lounge to starboard and a ‘panoramic shower’ to port.
Arguably, Atomic’s most standout feature is her fully-equipped, state-of-the-art professional diving centre, which was essential to her design brief. The dive centre has been meticulously designed and features an internal air and nitric filling station, to allow for longer or deeper dives, an air and nitric compressor to refill tanks, and a one person hyperbaric chamber that can be monitored by an onshore doctor to assist during any emergency. The dive centre stores 24 scuba tanks. Central to Atomic’s sundeck is her pool, which is equipped with impressive lighting to allow for day and nighttime use. The pool area is surrounded by umbrellas, features a nine-stool bar and a fire pit. Her upper deck is home to a seating area, a bar, and an al fresco dining area for up-to 14 guests. She is equipped with an exhaust gas cleaning system and her electric thrusters are powered by four 200 kW generators, contributing to her reduced environmental impact. Lorenzo Cerulli, the owner’s technical representative, said, “Atomic’s owner, loves the sea and intends to cruise in remote areas of the world in a respectful manner for the environment and marine life together with his family and guests, Therefore, minimising the environmental impact of the yacht was a key objective and underpinned many of the decisions that were made during construction.”Atomic is equipped with twin Caterpillar 3516B diesel engines and can reach a top speed of 17 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots. She has a range of 5,500 nautical miles.