Quick, name a custom Italian yacht builder. Chances are, Rossinavi didn’t come to mind. That’s because for the better part of the past 30 years, Rossinavi wasn’t been building yachts. Instead, it focused on building hulls for other famed Italian shipyards. But that’s been changing, and with the launch of the 230-foot Numptia in 2011, the megayacht world certainly took notice.
They’re continuing to notice, too. Rossinavi is intent on proving its own mettle among myriad custom-yacht yards. Its newest delivery, the 152-foot 2 Ladies
, is not only fully custom, but also a mix of seemingly contradictory styles: Dutch and Italian design. However, the naval architecture and exterior styling expertise of Holland-based Mulder Design
and interior design expertise of Design Studio Spadolini
come together in a contemporary, calming way. Indeed, 2 Ladies
is a yacht that caters to the comfort of her guests and owners—the latter being two couples, hence her name.
Rossinavi’s 2 Ladies was designed and engineered for leisurely, long-distance travels. The steel-hulled yacht is equipped with twin 1,300-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesel engines. Top speed is reportedly 15.5 knots, while her cruise speed (at half load) should be just one knot slower. The yacht’s best performance figures come when she cruises at 12 knots, letting her achieve a 4,500-nautical-mile range.
The owners wanted good social areas aboard their yacht. The flying bridge is a good example, beckoning them and their guests when they want to soak up the sun, or even simply the ambiance of an anchorage for the day. Note the two sunpads flanking the Jacuzzi tub, a traditional arrangement. The setup is forward on the flying bridge, lending privacy when tied stern-to.
A mostly open main-deck layout means the yacht’s saloon and dining area flow from one into the other, given a bit of privacy by the spiral staircase and elevator separating them. Though it’s hard to tell from the photo, the dining table actually extends a bit farther into the passageway along the starboard side. Since the owners have big families, a larger-than-usual table was needed.
Rossinavi has described 2 Ladies as being “a perfect union between Nordic style and contemporary Italian flair.” It’s in recognition of the Dutch firm Mulder Design and the Italian firm Design Studio Spadolini both taking part in the project. The interior is certainly contemporary, featuring wood soles and neutral fabric tones. They result in a sophisticated yet homey feel.
Here’s one of the two master suites aboard. This stateroom is forward on the main deck, accessed via the port side. Although it doesn’t occupy the full beam, it’s plenty spacious. It’s also the larger of the two master suites; note the good-size sitting area adjacent to the sleeping area. A hidden television can play a wide variety of movies on demand.
The second master suite is aft of the wheelhouse, and it, too, is plenty spacious, despite being smaller than the main-deck owner’s suite. There’s room for a small seating area, tucked slightly aft to starboard of the sleeping area. A vanity is situated right at the room’s entryway. On a side note, the two couples who own the yacht spent a few weeks aboard after delivery to determine who preferred which stateroom.
When friends or family accompany the owners, they are accommodated in either this twin cabin or one of three other staterooms, all below decks. All of the guest staterooms are outfitted similarly to the rest of the yacht. Since she is also intended to charter, this equal treatment is among the reasons why she should be an attractive vacation option.
Take a closer look at the elevator and staircase combination. It lies between the saloon and dining area on the main deck and just forward of the skylounge here on the upper deck. It effectively lends separation to rooms without serving as a walled-up space. Spadolini Design deliberately left the ebony and steel framing plus the Travertine marble treads (treated so they’re not slippery underfoot) visible no matter where you stand.
What luxury yacht would be complete without an en suite bath enrobed in bookmatched stone? This is one of the guest baths, featuring Travertine marble on the sole, the countertop and sink, and in the shower. In keeping with the decor found throughout the rest of the yacht, it’s lovely to look at but doesn’t overwhelm your senses. The room is also practically laid out, with a good number of drawers for towels and the like.
Specifications: LOA: 152’1” Beam: 28’5” Draft: 9’6” Displacement: 499 gross tons Fuel capacity: 14,794 gal. (approx.)
The couples who commissioned 2 Ladies had simplicity in mind not just for her looks, but also her use. It was for their own benefit plus that of charter guests, who can book her via the central listing of Ocean Independence. (The weekly rates are €199,000 in high season and €180,000 in low season.) Of course, simplicity doesn’t mean simplistic, and 2 Ladies has smart features meant to make life aboard uncomplicated. Since the owners prioritized entertainment, there’s a Kaleidescape server system networked with every television, for movies on demand. These, plus music and mood lighting, can be called up and controlled via iPads.
Simplistic isn’t in the vocabulary of Rossinavi, either. Its other new launch this year, Aslec 4, received the Green Plus notation from RINA, a quite strict, “green”-oriented classification standard. Moves like that will certainly make the Italian yard more memorable.
For more information, contact Rossinavi.