Overmarine prepares for GranSport 44 keel laying

Written by Charl van Rooy

During last month’s Yachts Miami Beach show, Italian yacht builder, Overmarine announced that it will be extending its GranSport line of fast displacement yachts with a new 44-metre verison. The first unit in the range, the 54-metre model, has already been sold to a client and is currently under construction in Pisa where it will be completed in time for the 2018 summer season.

The GranSport 44 is designed by Alberto Mancini as an elegant yet sporty yacht with low-key styling tones that draw the eye aft to her open deck spaces in part of the yacht. The outdoor yachting lifestyle was used as inspiration and the expansive upper deck is a testament to this approach. Another key exterior feature is the three way-opening beach club with its extendable swim platform and range of comfortable amenities.

Mancini’s automotive background is evident throughout the yacht, and this performance theme is carried on by engineer Ausonio together with the Group’s Technical Office who designed an efficient bulb-shaped hull. Paired with three MTU 2000 M96L engines connected to two outer fixed-pitch propellers and a central waterjet, the GranSport 44 will be able to reach a top speed of 26 knots. A range of 3,000 nm can be reached cruising at 11 knots.

The shipyard reports that final tank tests are currently being performed and the keel laying of the project will take place in September this year, putting the expected delivery date at some time in 2019.



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