November 19th 2013. By Diane Byrne.

Mangusta 94: Italian Stallion

A flying bridge on a maxi open? Yes, and it does not dilute the strong brand identity of this Italian company.

The Mangusta line of open maxi yachts, built by Italy-based Overmarine, has always been available for customer input. The company also takes that input into consideration when launching new models. That’s what happened with the Mangusta 94. Between one customer who liked the Mangusta 92 and additional clients who liked features found on other, larger Mangustas, the builder decided to create an additional model. The result is the first-ever Mangusta incorporating a flying bridge, which you can get a peek at in our Mangusta 94 Short Take Video, shot at the Cannes Boat Show.

Let’s take a more in-depth look at this yacht, and how it is that even with a bridge, the Mangusta 94 doesn’t stray from the basic principles that make these maxi open yachts so popular in the first place.

Mangusta 94 flybridge running

The flying bridge on the Mangusta 94 is simply a relaxation space, fitted with sunpads. It’s small, but a few people can fit there without trouble. Why isn’t there an additional helm station on the flying bridge, the way that many other builders arrange this space? Because the client who requested it didn’t want one. All Mangustas are open to customization like this.

Mangusta 94 sundeck

Something else that resulted directly from client requests: this foredeck cockpit. After it first appeared on the biggest Mangusta, the 165, buyers began clamoring for it on the smaller maxi opens. No wonder: The combination of a U-shape dining/sitting area and the sunpads holds great appeal for grown-ups and the small set alike.

Mangusta 94 lounging

Further holding great appeal is this aft-deck lounging area. Picture yourself indulging in sundowners while at anchor, or enjoying breakfast at the dining area directly forward. Additional seating is available farther forward, to starboard (just visible in the photo). Again, thanks to the customization that Mangusta permits, you can arrange the aft deck however you wish.

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One thing that all Mangustas have in common is an open layout on the main deck. Aboard the Mangusta 94, it enhances the nearly 22-foot beam. The sense of volume is further increased thanks to terrific headroom of about seven feet. Note the skylights: These replace the traditional sliding sunroof, which is not aboard the Mangusta 94 due to the inclusion of the flying bridge.

Mangusta 94 lounge

Another feature that owners of the larger Mangustas particularly like, and which the owner of the 94 clearly did as well, is the TV lounge. Located below decks, it’s akin to a second saloon. Quite the crowd can spread out on the settee and watch movies. Alternately, the TV screen serves as a PC screen.

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Bleached oak (on bulkheads) and wenge woods (on the soles), is used to good effect here in the full-beam master stateroom. These are the materials of choice for the owner of the first Mangusta 94. The master stateroom also benefits from small opening ports to both sides, part of a triple-pane design feature.

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Here’s a closer look at that triple-pane feature. As shown, the two outer ports are the ones that open. The large central port is a new design element that will be used for all Mangustas from now on, too. If you’ve seen the Mangusta 92, for example, you’ll recall that there’s a series of smaller ports.

Mangusta 94 guest stateroom

Two queen staterooms and one twin cabin comprise the guest accommodations aboard the first Mangusta 94. Should you so wish, you can opt for Pullman berths in any of the staterooms. You can also request a fourth guest cabin be included, though that would replace the TV lounge previously shown.

Mangusta 94

The Mangusta 94 has twin MTUs paired with waterjets, which provide a reported top speed of 38 knots at half load. Now, high speeds do come at a price, that being range. But, even though the 280-nautical-mile range at best cruise is less than that of most comparably-sized yachts, maxi open owners don’t typically fret much about long distances.

LOA: 94’2” * Beam: 21’7” * Draft: 5’3” * Displacement: approx. 90 tons (full load)

Performance and space are two cornerstones of every Mangusta. To that end, the Mangusta 94 does not disappoint. The way that Overmarine has incorporated a flying bridge—and done it without disrupting the maxi open’s lines—plus expanded alfresco space on the main deck, has resulted in two Mangusta 94s being delivered so far this year. Equally important, the Mangusta 94 continues the company’s emphasis on giving customers a lot of freedom in arranging their yachts, well beyond selecting cushion colors and wood paneling. No wonder Mangusta customers keep coming back for more.

For more information, visit Mangusta.

 



Diane Byrne
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she contributes to Super Yacht World, Superyacht Business, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and a founding member of the U.S. Superyacht Association.