The Florence-based designer, Tommaso Spadolini has recently released images showing the vertical sections of his 85-metre supply vessel concept which he has designed for Rosetti Superyachts.
As well as featuring a helipad on the raised main deck aft, the drawings reveal the vessel's distinctive features, including a two-tier owner's deck with private forward terrace, a main salon and beach club located underneath the aft helipad, and an open and covered companionway which links the aft deck with forward accommodation.
“The biggest challenge was to create something different from the look-alike expedition vessels already available,” says Spadolini. “I studied the market very carefully and came up with a masculine, no-frills exterior design, but it’s the general arrangement that really sets this project apart.”
The aft deck arrangement is designed to enhance the project’s vocation as an expedition yacht or supply vessel, with the helideck placed as far from the guest accommodation and forward superstructure as possible in order to optimise heli operations. Indeed, when arriving by helicopter, the owner can walk from the helipad along the open companionway to the forward superstructure and directly access his duplex apartment.
On arrival, guests would be welcomed in the huge main salon below – complete with pantry, day head and aft terrace – then walk along the covered companionway on the main deck to their forward accommodation. The lower deck is home to a spacious beach club complete with folding side platforms, a bar, sauna, massage room and with direct access to the portside tender bay.
“Despite the large deck areas dedicated to storage for tender and toys, I was able to develop a vessel with a volume of over 2,000 gross tons split between the forward superstructure and aft guest area below the helipad,” says Spadolini. “Connected by an open and covered walkway, this is a unique arrangement on a yacht borrowed from certain working vessels.”
The owner's duplex apartment is arranged on two levels. The master suite with his and hers bathrooms is on the upper deck, but a private staircase connects with the private deck above and features a lounge and open-air terrace with hot tub overlooking the foredeck. Another salon aft serves as a media room and/or a sky lounge.
For the other guests, four staterooms with ensuite bathrooms and walk-in dressing rooms are located on the main deck, arranged around the central lobby and elevator serving all five deck levels. The lower deck houses the galley, crew lounge, dinette and accommodation, with additional crew cabins located on the forward main deck.
Designed to offer maximum visibility, the bridge deck with wheelhouse, captain’s cabin and radio room/ship’s office is entirely dedicated to navigation. The under-lower deck has direct access to the engine room and comprises a workshop, laundry, cold/freezer room, dry store, linen store, garbage room and other technical areas.
Since this is a fully-custom project, potential owners can bring their own interior designers, although Spadolini has also developed an interior proposal that he describes as “contemporary and comfortable but not lavish.”
“As we weren’t constrained by the limitations of a traditional yacht or by the requests of a specific owner, I was able to come up with layout solutions that break the mould,” says Spadolini. “The 85m is also available with the helipad amidships, but the aft version is arguably the purest expression of an expedition yacht or supply vessel. Able to voyage anywhere and buildable at relatively low cost, it’s the most authentic yacht I’ve designed in my 40-year career."