In January I visited the Italian shipyard ISA Yachts in Ancona. The yard signed three new contracts between mid-2011 and early 2012, and I had the opportunity to tour two of these projects, the ISA 41m Classic and the 66m Granturismo. I also toured the yard's large refit facility.
ISA 41m Classic
The first yacht I visited was the ISA 41m Classic, which has been developed from the 39 metre platform, which the company introduced in the Summer of 2009. Designed by Andrea Vallicelli, the motor yacht was ordered by a repeat client of ISA Yachts and is slated for delivery in the Summer of 2013.
The steel/aluminium displacement superyacht will be powered by twin Caterpillar C18 diesel engines, which provide a max speed of 14 knots. The ISA 41m Classic will have 1 master and 4 guest cabins to accommodate 10 guests.
Her layout is slightly unusual, as there is no main saloon on the main deck, rather one large dining room. She also features a charming little beach club area aft, which will no doubt be a popular feature. She will make her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show 2013.
ISA 66m Granturismo
The largest yacht under construction is the ISA 66m Granturismo (GT). Designed by Andrea Vallicelli, the full displacement motor yacht is developed from the shipyards 65m GT platform. The steel/aluminium superyacht is powered by twin Caterpillar engines which propel the yacht up to a top speed of 18 knots and cruising speed of 16 knots.
Alberto Pinto will style her interior, and accommodation is provided for 12 guests in 1 master suite and 3 to 4 guest staterooms, including a study that can be tranformed into a VIP cabin. The ISA 66 GT will be delivered in the early Summer of 2014. She features a large main aft deck pool, and a beautiful flush foredeck.
Other features include a large inside/outside dining area on the main aft deck, and a cinema on the bridge deck. The master cabin is foward on the main deck, and there are three guest cabins on the lower deck, as well as a beauty salon.
In the next shed, there was also a new ISA 120, as well as a 140 Sport, both of which are still available for sale, and will be finished in relatively short time when sold.
Apart from building high quality new superyachts, ISA also has a strong refit division, that also manages the Marina, located just in front of the yard. During my visit, the 47 metre Heesen superyacht Yalla was inside, for a refit. The marina offers winter berthing, and on-land storage to a large number of superyachts. When I visited the yard, there were several ISA yachts at the marina, including Papi Du Papi, Midnight Sun II, Liberty and Alexandar V.