Wider cuts first steel for its full-custom Moonflower 72 project in Venice
Wider cuts first steel for its full-custom superyacht Moonflower 72
It is the first full-custom new-build project following the recapitalisation of the brand under Marcello Maggi and W-Fin Sarl, the holding company that owns 100% of Wider's capital. In addition to the Wider headquarters in Ancona and imminent start of operations at a new facility in Fano, the Porto Marghera site has been chosen for its prime location.
"Venice, a world icon for its artistic beauty and its lagoon, but at the same time with a rich maritime and shipbuilding tradition, has always fascinated me,” says Marcello Maggi. “We chose the production terminal in Porto Marghera precisely because this district contains all the characteristics we were looking for: on the one hand suitable spaces and strong skills matured over decades of activity in metal working; on the other hand the cultural and artistic allure of Venice. All sealed by our experience in yacht building. We have all the elements to be sure of building a highly technological product”.
Moonflower’s crisp, uncluttered design without fussy or superfluous detailing is a hallmark of Nauta Design. Balanced proportions, seamless outdoor/indoor connections and the extensive use of glass add visual lightness and grace. A highlight of the design is the patented ‘The Island’ feature, an expandable aft deck/beach club with folding bulwark terraces that embraces three sides of the transom
The Moonflower 72 will be equipped with Wider latest generation of hybrid propulsion system comprising just two variable-speed generators supplied by MAN Energy Solutions of 1,860kW each and a sodium nickel battery bank of approximately 1MW from FZSoNick.
Moreover, considerable attention has been paid to the recovery of energy dispersed in the form of heat from the electrical propulsion system, as well as optimising the operation of the onboard amenities to increase efficiency.
Moonflower 72 is scheduled for delivery in 2025.