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December 27th 2018. By Diane Byrne.

Rossinavi’s Flying Dagger

Aptly named for a sharp-looking superyacht capable of fast speeds, Flying Dagger has a softer side, too, accentuating the feeling of leisure at sea.

Lest there be any doubt, Flying Dagger is definitively a speedboat. This 161-footer employs triple 2,600 HP MTUs coupled with KaMeWa waterjets to achieve a maximum end of 31 knots. Clearly, her owner relishes thrilling performance. Simultaneously, she relishes the calming sensation of being at sea, even feeling united with it. These concepts may seem to be polar opposites. Actually, they unite beautifully aboard Flying Dagger, through creative engineering and design. In fact, interesting enough, despite trusting the design teams, the owner herself wasn’t quite sure how some of it would be executed. The good news is, she was pleasantly surprised.

Flying Dagger cruises at a still-impressive 24 knots. While fast boats are fun, sometimes that speed comes hand in hand with loud engine sounds. Arrabito Naval Architects and Rossinavi paid additional attention to sound and vibration attenuation. In fact, Rossinavi asserts that the sound levels are akin to those of displacement yachts in her size. Photo By: Sandro Bertozzi.

“Usually when you enter a yacht, it’s a shock,” Claudio Lazzarini of Lazzarini Pickering Architetti, the interior designer, explains. “It’s hot outside and cold inside. There’s a barrier. We destroyed this.” Flying Dagger truly has no barrier between her saloon and aft deck, thanks to glass doors sliding completely out of sight. Photo By: Michele Chiroli.

Lazzarini Pickering Architetti literally opened up more of the interior, too. The studio suggested an extra set of windows atop each typically large port. The extra natural light, and the extra-enjoyable vistas, make Flying Dagger feel more voluminous. This, despite her being beneath the 500-gross-ton threshold. Photo By: Michele Chiroli.

This view, from within the saloon, lets you better appreciate the effect of that extra set of windows flush with the overhead. Of course, the glass floor-to-ceiling side-deck doors literally and figuratively open up the area, too. On a related note, the owner of Flying Dagger requested furnishings here be capable of rearranging for dining, not just lounging. Photo By: Michele Chiroli.

Lazzarini Pickering Architetti employed a clever trick throughout the interior to accomplish two things concurrently. First, mirrored sections alongside the windows, as well as in other areas overhead, augment the sense of height. Second, those same mirrored panels at the windows reflect the waves and sea. “The client was crazy about this,” Lazzarini says, when she saw it, despite not really understanding how it would work when his team described it. Photo By: Michele Chiroli.

The open dimensions continue in the skylight-topped foyer of Flying Dagger. Note, for instance, the floating stair treads, made of stone. The stone’s tones, along with the paint and treatment of the other materials here, mimic clouds, sand, and water. They’re all natural themes that the owner likes. Photo By: Michele Chiroli.

The cloud theme continues in this guest stateroom below decks, one of four. The white and gold details are hand painted over wallpaper. In addition, while it might be hard to detect, note how the lighting is half height, rimming the underside of the painted surfaces. This lends Flying Dagger a warm and cozy feel when overhead lighting is off. Photo By: Michele Chiroli.

Of course, being a speedboat, Flying Dagger would not be complete without areas for guests to feel the wind in their hair. The flying bridge welcomes everyone for sunning, lounging, and dining. Additionally, the mega yacht has a large foredeck sunpad, plus more seating aft on the upper and main decks.  Photo By: Michele Chiroli.

Getting back to the concept of breaking down barriers, the way guests board Flying Dagger provides instant insight. Like other mega yachts, she invites them to relax outside on the main deck. However, the primary seating area here is not a separate space unto itself flush with the transom. Rather, it’s really an extension of the saloon. It’s due to positioning right at the saloon threshold, where the sliding glass doors disappear. It’s further due to being sheltered and shaded. This, as Lazzarini explains, is “so that guests can live in the middle.” Yet one more pleasant surprise onboard.

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Specifications: LOA: 160’8”; Beam: 29’2”; Draft: 6’6”; Displacement: 499 gross tons; Fuel capacity: not available

Diane Byrne
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.