January 2nd 2017. By Diane Byrne.

Metalships Rodman Maybe: The Largest Yacht Ever Built in Spain

A commercial shipyard completes the largest yacht built in Spain—and catches the yachting bug.

When a 194-footer started construction in Spain in 2008, national pride surged. The yacht was to become the biggest private project built on Spanish soil. But several years into the process, troubles arose. The owner reportedly cancelled the contract. What’s more, the builder, Factoria Naval Marin, struggled financially. In fact, it closed its doors in mid-2015, shortly after towing the yacht to another yard. All of this could have made the 194-footer languish. Instead, the yard that took her in, Metalships & Docks, strove for engineering and aesthetic success. The result: Maybe, which leaves no doubts as to the adventures an owner can pursue aboard.

Metalships & Docks is a division of Rodman Group, which has 40 years of experience in pleasurecraft, patrol boats, and more. It understood full well the importance of completing a motoryacht meant to cross oceans. Maybe has a reported range of 5,000 nautical miles at 14 knots. She reportedly can travel 10,500 nautical miles at nine knots, burning just 24 GPH.

Metalships & Docks is a division of Rodman Group, which has 40 years of experience in pleasurecraft, patrol boats, and more. It understood full well the importance of completing a motoryacht meant to cross oceans. Maybe has a reported range of 5,000 nautical miles at 14 knots. She reportedly can travel 10,500 nautical miles at nine knots, burning just 24 GPH.

Guests get welcomed aboard Maybe off the main aft deck with a refreshing drink from the bar (in the background). Though you can’t tell in the photo, the bar is slightly elevated in comparison to the rest of the saloon. Interior designer Toni Colom of Marcelo Penna Yacht Design created a warm, convivial atmosphere, plus abundant stowage in cabinets.

Guests get welcomed aboard Maybe off the main aft deck with a refreshing drink from the bar (in the background). Though you can’t tell in the photo, the bar is slightly elevated in comparison to the rest of the saloon. Interior designer Toni Colom of Marcelo Penna Yacht Design created a warm, convivial atmosphere, plus abundant stowage in cabinets.

Though Maybe has an overall relaxed vibe, she still has some formal spaces, like the dedicated dining room. A pantry lies just forward to port to let the crew stage platters and other dishes. Wisely, the door between the pantry and dining room opens automatically with the wave of a foot across a sensor.

Though Maybe has an overall relaxed vibe, she still has some formal spaces, like the dedicated dining room. A pantry lies just forward to port to let the crew stage platters and other dishes. Wisely, the door between the pantry and dining room opens automatically with the wave of a foot across a sensor.

The spiral stairway and elevator make getting from one deck to another simple, and quick. Note the door to the right in the photo. The one oddity about Maybe is that doors like this are positioned at the entrances to nearly every room. That shouldn’t deter a buyer, though, and the yacht is for sale and currently listed on Yachtworld.

The spiral stairway and elevator make getting from one deck to another simple, and quick. Note the door to the right in the photo. The one oddity about Maybe is that doors like this are positioned at the entrances to nearly every room. That shouldn’t deter a buyer, though, and the yacht is for sale and currently listed on Yachtworld.

With an upper saloon like this, Maybe lets all 12 passengers get together at once while enjoying different activities. Picture a game of cards at the round table to port, while a beloved sports team gets cheered on from the seating area to starboard.

With an upper saloon like this, Maybe lets all 12 passengers get together at once while enjoying different activities. Picture a game of cards at the round table to port, while a beloved sports team gets cheered on from the seating area to starboard.

Come nighttime, the master of the house has generous accommodations to enjoy. The full-beam owner’s suite occupies real estate forward on the main deck, in traditional fashion. Also in traditional fashion, it includes a study and his-and-her walk-in wardrobes. Two doubles and two twins are below decks for guests, along with cabins for 16 crew.

Come nighttime, the master of the house has generous accommodations to enjoy. The full-beam owner’s suite occupies real estate forward on the main deck, in traditional fashion. Also in traditional fashion, it includes a study and his-and-her walk-in wardrobes. Two doubles and two twins are below decks for guests, along with cabins for 16 crew.

Pass the popcorn, please: There’s a personal cinema aboard Maybe. It’s on the same deck as the upper saloon, giving guests a choice of how to relax up here. Also noteworthy, it’s sound-insulated on three sides, keeping cinematic explosions from booming into adjoining spaces.

Pass the popcorn, please: There’s a personal cinema aboard Maybe. It’s on the same deck as the upper saloon, giving guests a choice of how to relax up here. Also noteworthy, it’s sound-insulated on three sides, keeping cinematic explosions from booming into adjoining spaces.

Wellness areas are being prioritized by megayacht buyers nearly as much as hot tubs always have been. Maybe follows through by including a sauna and separate massage room in her gym, on the upper deck. As for the hot tub, it’s on this deck, too, fully forward and circled by sunpads.

Wellness areas are being prioritized by megayacht buyers nearly as much as hot tubs always have been. Maybe follows through by including a sauna and separate massage room in her gym, on the upper deck. As for the hot tub, it’s on this deck, too, fully forward and circled by sunpads.

With a two-level engine room, a sizable pantry complementing the all-stainless-steel and well-planned galley, and a dumbwaiter leading down to dry and cold stowage, Maybe tends to the crew’s needs in smart fashion. Here in the wheelhouse, each screen can call up radar and all other navigational needs.

With a two-level engine room, a sizable pantry complementing the all-stainless-steel and well-planned galley, and a dumbwaiter leading down to dry and cold stowage, Maybe tends to the crew’s needs in smart fashion. Here in the wheelhouse, each screen can call up radar and all other navigational needs.

As much as the “pretty things” aboard are well done, Maybe has a strong engineering backbone. Of particular note, during the Monaco Yacht Show, one genset had to run due to shore-power issues. There wasn’t a hint of vibration or sound outside of the engine room.

As much as the “pretty things” aboard are well done, Maybe has a strong engineering backbone. Of particular note, during the Monaco Yacht Show, one genset had to run due to shore-power issues. There wasn’t a hint of vibration or sound outside of the engine room.

While commercial yards have completed yachts in the past, many times woodwork, stone, and more aren’t up to snuff. Aesthetics just aren’t their strong points. Metalships Rodman passed that test. In fact, yachting journalists, some of whom are known to be critical, admitted to being pleasantly surprised after touring Maybe at September’s Monaco Yacht Show. Due to the experience in completing her, Metalships Rodman would like to test itself in the yachting sector again, too. It plans to start another hull on spec after finding a buyer for the yacht.

See the Maybe listing.

Specifications: LOA: 193’6” * Beam: 35’1” * Draft: 10’2” * Displacement: 1,053 tons * Fuel capacity: NA



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.


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