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Party mecca lends name to Superyacht concept

Published on April 15, 2016 by   ·   No Comments


Ibiza’s popularity has gone stratospheric over recent years.  Knocking the Côte d’Azur into the shade, the sun-soaked Spanish island now attracts everyone from celebrities to royalty who spend a fortune at the elite beach clubs, gourmet restaurants and five-star boutique hotels.  In response, it’s also upgraded its superyacht facilities and now vessels up to 140 metres can berth at the foot of UNESCO-protected Dalt Vila.  How fitting therefore that up-and-coming NaoYacht Design & Engineering have decided to call their latest 76 metre concept ‘Eivissa II’ – Eivissa being the Catalan name for this Mediterranean paradise.


Eivissa II (not sure what happened to I) is perfectly suited to Ibiza’s party persona.  It has a seven metre long and 1.5 metre deep swimming pool on the aft main deck, indoor and outdoor cinemas, plenty of al-fresco dining spots, a cocktail bar, helipad and hot tub Jacuzzi on the bow, and a luxurious Spa area.  With sumptuous sleeping accommodation for 14 guests (including an owner’s suite with private lounge and office, four en-suite doubles with dressing rooms and two en-suite twins for the little’uns) it has enough room for 21-crew in ten crew cabins plus a captain’s suite so nobody need lift a finger.  She manages an effortless 18-knot top speed courtesy of twin 3,500 to 3,800hp engines.


Based at the mouth of the Guadalquivir on Spain’s Cadiz coastline, NaoYacht is headed up by youthful naval architects Jesus Franco Martin and Alejandro Gonzalez Andreu.  With four concepts currently to their name, they aim to provide bespoke solutions in all aspects of superyacht design from naval engineering to interior and exterior styling.  They use 3D software and computational fluid dynamic programmes to put together designs, improving (or proving) them with wind tunnel and tank testing.

With their firm only established a year, Jesus and Alejandro clearly intended to make their presence felt early doors with the unveiling of Eivissa II.  Beautiful, yet rather aggressive and striking in her profile, she has certainly captured media attention and something tells me that, should she find an interested future owner, Eivissa II will make a fabulous charter boat and sit rather nicely against Ibiza’s postcard-perfect backdrops of Playa d’en Bossa, Cala Jondal, Cala Conta and Ses Illetes on neighbouring Formentera.


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