That the Cantiere delle Marche and Nauta Design make a successful partnership was clear from their first projects, the CDM Nauta Air 86 and 90, Yolo and Noga, launched in the last two years. However, it would seem that the team have now upped the ante once again and all-but squared the nautical circle with the launch of Narvalo, the CDM Nauta Air 108.
Stretching 33 metres in length and spread over three decks, this steel and aluminium beauty pulls off the delicate trick of combining elegance, refinement, simplicity and comfort with the exceptionally high technical standards demanded for an explorer yacht.
“Narvalo is the first example of a new class of explorer vessels that strikes the perfect balance of solidity, elegance, volumes and design,” explains the yard’s sales director Vasco Buonpensiere. “This yacht is the Cantiere delle Marche’s response to a very specific market demand and we’re offering an unparalleled product: an over-engineered, long-range tri-deck explorer yacht with 20 per cent more volume than its competitors and an overall design that reflects all the latest Italian styling trends,” he adds.
Built for a South American owner with a passion for Italian design, Narvalo is a bright, airy yacht that gives her guests plenty of contact with the sea in a soberly elegant yet luxurious environment.
“Narvalo’s three most striking qualities are her elegance, space and liveability,” declared Mario Pedol after her launch. “Her elegance comes from light, beautifully proportioned lines that really do stand out no matter what angle you look at her from. This is a timeless design but absolutely recognisable. It has the charm of a displacement yacht and the performance of an explorer,” continued the Nauta Design founder. “Those two characteristics combined deliver unique comfort and liveability which are the core elements of all the CDM Nauta Air models”.
The interiors exuded a distinctively Italian chic too. Not merely become of their sobriety but also become the furnishings have been handpicked from the collections of some of Italy’s leading names including Cassina, Poliform, Minotti, Flexform, Baxter and Dedon. The layout itself is quite conventional with a large, bright open-plan saloon on the main deck, which is also home to the dining area and the galley.
The forward area of the deck is reserved for the owner who has a suite with an office nook and double bathroom with breathtaking views. Moving below, there are four guest staterooms (four double VIPs and two twins), all generous in size, as well as the crew quarters in the bow. The latter incorporates plentiful storage areas and the sub-lower deck is given over to stowing provisions to allow the yacht stay out at sea for weeks at a time.
The upper deck is split evenly between interior and exterior space. It includes the bridge, a sky lounge only slightly smaller than the main saloon, and over 50 square metres of outdoor deck area. Lastly, the sun deck is great for drinking in the views, hanging out with friends and family, and just enjoying the seafaring life. There is a sunning area, a pool with hydromassage and a cocktail area that more than suffices for casual suppers also.
The three interior decks are linked by an artistic stairs with a stunning stone backdrop. It also incorporates an oversize replica of a narwhal tusk in deference to the yacht’s name. It is, of course, the relatively small but meticulous details such as this, that make this boat great. Just four months on from her launch, in fact, Narvalo won the Best Interior category of the Design and Leadership Awards, one of the most prestigious plaudits in the sector. The Awards are presented by the International Superyacht Society which has been the umbrella association for mega and superyacht operators and professionals worldwide for 25 years.
The jury is made up of ISS members who are all extremely experienced as they either work in the sector or are designers, owners or managers of super and megayacht yards.