Design | Nauta Yachts
"Light as in bright and light as in lightweight" is how Mario Pedol of Nauta Design three years ago presented to the world the concept of a new 80-metre superyacht his studio was working on. That same craft's highly personal design and many novelties proved brilliantly seductive to owners and yards alike. With one proviso, however: they asked the Milanese studio to develop a more compact version. "And that's how the Nauta 63 Metre Light was born: it distils and enhances all of the elements we offered in the 80-metre," recounts Mario Pedol. "Right now we're at a much more advanced phase of the design process with 2D and 3D designs. There are two cornerstones to the project: a great opening up to the outside to offer occupants the opportunity of enjoying sea views and at the same time a very different and more direct relationship between the interior and exterior spaces. We managed to achieve that by eliminating anything that was an obstacle to, or that constricted that relationship, that opportunity to really experience the surrounding natural world. The result is that the interior spaces are surrounded by large glazed surfaces that emphasise that interplay." Unlike most megayachts of the same dimensions, the six-deck Nauta 63 Metre Light has a very impressive ratio of nearly 1:1 between covered and open surface areas. Equally unusual is the position chosen for the owner's suite. "This is one of the features that characterises the whole project," continues Pedol. "We actually chose to locate the owner's suite forward on the upper deck. The cabin is enclosed by a window that affords 270-degree views and also opens onto a large private terrace that doubles as a navigation lounge. However, that decision doesn't prevent us from using the whole of the upper deck entirely for the owner's private quarters if required, even though by doing that, you lose the opportunity of sharing one of the most striking and scenic areas of the yacht with guests. By which, of course, I mean, the aft terrace on the upper deck. However, I should stress that even with this second solution, there are still plenty of communal areas aboard, from the bridge deck to the sundeck and even the absolutely huge space aft on the main deck."
The saloon and dining area are also located on the main deck, as are the four double guest staterooms which lie further forward. Aft, we find another of the Nauta 63 Metre Light's distinguishing features: a pool surrounded by a large sun pad area plus an al fresco lounge. Aside from simply looking stunning, the pool and areas around it provide a wonderful space in which guests can get together to enjoy each other's company, particularly on warm, summer evenings. A staircase leads under the pool to the inside beach club which extends out over the sea via a 30-square-metre platform. The two side garages just before it are very spacious too - large enough, in fact, to comfortably house two nine-metre tenders. The gym nestles between them also.
Stepping down to the lower deck, we find, aside from the engine and service rooms, the pantry, the galley and crew quarters. Importantly, the refuse collection and storage areas are down here too - these refrigerated units are handily located alongside the port hatch used for loading and unloading. That solution was chosen for the simple reason that the whole port side of the Nauta 63 Metre Light is given over to crew movement and guest service requirements. A dumb waiter goes up and down from the galley and pantry to the rest of the decks too. The starboard side is entirely the domain of owner and guests with a staircase and lift linking the lobbies on the lower, main and upper decks. There are stairs only to the final two levels, the bridge deck complete with aft terrace, navigation areas and captain's cabin, and the sundeck. Sporting four Zero-Speed stabilisers and a hull that's going to be tank-tested to the last, the Nauta 63 Metre Light will take another two-and-a-half years to complete. "From the time we get the go-ahead, we'll need a further six to eight months to finish the design work," specifies Mario Pedol, "and then a couple of years from the cutting of the first plates. The time we need to conclude the project will be used to iron out the details with the future owner. Right now we have a arrangement. I would like to be able to keep our own style in the interiors, which are, as always, quite clean and simple. I'd like, for instance, to use wide untreated teak planks for the floors and have pale colours for the furnishings but with dark horizontal surfaces - teak again or ebony. That motif would be picked up in the ceilings and then we'd have soft colours for the upholstery and trims. Nothing aggressive so that we could allow that connection between interior and exterior speak for itself. That direct relationship with the world of the sea that the brightness and lightness of this yacht will allow its occupants to experience."