Superyacht of the Week: the Mangusta Oceano 42

Written by Charl van Rooy

Known for their class-leading maxi go-fast superyachts up to 50 metres in length, Overmarine entered a new segment this year with the launch of the first unit in its new Oceano 42 displacement line. Instead of re-inventing the wheel by creating an entirely new image, Overmarine retained that same Italian flair and contemporary zest found on their open cruisers, albeit with a few family-friendly upgrades.

This new market gamble was the vision of the founder and CEO of the company, Maurizio Balducci. His idea of ‘creating a three deck yacht that would best interpret the Mangusta DNA in a market segment that was new for the Group’, has proven a success with four units already confirmed and the second nearing completion. To deliver a seaworthy performance, Overmarine has veered off its familiar GRP construction track to build its first full-aluminium displacement yacht.

Designed by Alberto Mancini, the Oceano 42 is an elegant yacht with sensual lines that cleverly hides her robust nature and voluminous interior and exterior guest spaces. Starting at the sundeck, each level offers a unique experience in outdoor living with the comforts of home never too far away inside.

Fitted with the ultimate chill out zone, the sundeck will become a guest favourite with its large social U-shape area, forward bar and open sunbathing deck space. A unique table centre piece in the U-shape is finished with glass inserts in the deck that allow natural light into the skylounge below. This is a feature continued all the way down into the beach club.

Bridge deck level is split between between two external areas and is where Oceano 42 truly comes into her own in terms of outdoor versatility. An intimate breakfast area is located on the aft facing deck and offers a wind-free zone to hide from the marina crowds.

A rather unexpected water-filled area of fun is located on the foredeck. Here, endless hours of fun in the sun can be had by all in an open environment away from the hustle of the main exterior areas. An infinity pool is surrounded by large sunpads and a forward-facing settee overlooking the wet area. A temporary bimini structure can be erected to provide much needed shade on those hot tropical days.

Overmarine has taken the sunken bulwark idea to a whole new level, with the view outwards from the main saloon only obscured by the series of stainless steel stations that support the side glass panels. A feature that might keep the deck crew busier than usual with day-to-day maintenance, but surely adds that wow factor when enjoying a formal dining experience at anchor with friends.

Mancini’s funky touch is felt here on the interior too with a bright and crisp atmosphere apparent from the moment one enters the main saloon. Natural elements throughout this main area acts as a prelude to the organic aspects of each of the various guest areas elsewhere.

The master suite is yet another prime example of the genius use of large glass panelling throughout the Oceano 42 in order to create an added dimension of impressiveness. The central forward-facing bed is in line with a circular ‘wave of wood’ separated by a life size glass window from the ensuite bathroom.

A private balcony to starboard makes this one of the interior highlights of the yacht.

Below deck, the four guest suites have been decorated in its own unique destination of colour and textures. From the luxury of St Tropez, the exotic appeal of Mauritius and the far-away allure that Bodrum offers, each of these destinations have been incorporated to inspire guests through its special charm.

From the technical point of view, special attention has been paid to comfort on this ship: noise, stability both at anchor and underway and the use of last generation technologies and materials. Powered by two MTU 12V 2000 M72 engines, the ship has a cruise speed of 11 knots, a pace which makes it possible to cover a distance of over 4000 miles. Her top speed, on the other hand, is 15 knots.



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