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Darth Vader-Inspired Otam 70HT Debuts At Cannes Yachting Show

The Star Wars 70-Footer That Took Cannes By Storm

The Otam 70HT made its world debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021. Otam 70HT features a one-off design by Giuseppe Bagnardi BG Design Firm and engineering and hull lines by Umberto Tagliavini Marine Design. 

Every Otam yacht is made completely bespoke for its owner. In this instance, the owner opted for highly stylized interiors and a 3-cabin layout in the cockpit, with a salon with sofa seating along the port side for hosting large groups. 

We stepped on board the very first Otam 70HT ever to be made. She is fully customized with cosmic Star Wars-inspired interiors, and she certainly stands out among a wave of traditional yachts, which sometimes seem to blend into one. Darth Vader’s artworks and details can be seen on the exterior, interiors and it’s no surprise that the owner is a Star Wars fan. Even if you don’t like Star Wars, the interiors will seduce you. The slick metallic and monochrome color palette, LED backlights and marble-clad bathroom will leave you wishing that you could hunker down in the cabins. 

Otam 70HT Image credit: Alberto Cocchi


Otam 70HT Image credit: Alberto Cocchi

Bespoke Yachts: She’s Cosmic

The distinctive use of elongated soft curves that never seem to end can be seen in the hull and interiors. An abundance of glass paneling connects the passenger to the natural world, allowing natural light to flood into the vessel. 

Another standout design feature is the electric glass screen that separates the interior lounge and exterior cockpit. The glazing completely retracts between the two C-shaped sofas. When the glass is lowered, it opens up the interior and cockpit to provide a single space, bringing a sense of the outside in. The new Otam 70HT offers a comfortable sunbed on top of the transom tender garage together with a second generous volume sunbed on the foredeck, integrated into the center bow muscle. 


Otam 70HT Image credit: Alberto Cocchi

Sea Trial: The Force Is Strong With This One

We stepped onto the aft of the OTAM 70, a little sleepy from traveling and the midday heat. Before we knew it, the captain was going full-throttle, taking us from standstill to 50 knots in a matter of minutes. We quickly woke up! Twin 2000hp MTU engines provide a solid cruising speed of forty knots- which is pretty impressive for a boat of seventy feet. We had the pleasure of taking the boat out with the proud owner, whose dress sense was every bit as elegant as the interiors that she cherry-picked.  

Otam glided through the ocean, taking big waves in her stride- the water became white from where her bow beat. We watched the race marks behind us as we left the marina.

If you want a truly bespoke speedboat with oodles of style and performance, get in the queue and create something personal and unique. You certainly won’t walk away with a tired beige carpet, navy furnishings, and teak. Leave that to a follower. Otam’s owners are very much leaders.

Otam 70HT Image credit: Alberto Cocchi

Written by Emma Coady

Written by: Emma Coady

Emma Coady is a freelance writer and marine journalist who creates content for many household names in the boating industry, including YachtWorld, Boat Trader and She also writes for several boat builders as well as charter and rental companies and regularly contributes to Greenline Hybrid yachts, TJB Super Yachts and Superyachts Monaco. Emma is the founder of Cloud Copy and enjoys traveling around Europe, spending as much of her spare time as possible in or on the water.