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The Alfamarine shipyard has been always recognised as a brand of excellence for the construction and repair of motor yachts. Being an enthusiast of race boats, in 1976 Marcello Fazioli starts the company by building the first prototype of the well-known Bronte 40': a new tradition of fast cruisers, technologically and stylistically ahead of the others, had begun. Supported by renowned designers and engineers such as Renato Sonny Levi, Franco Harrauer and the Studio Bacigalupo, the shipyard has always been building boats that could fulfil the need of each customer, keeping in mind the on-board safety, comfort and performance. That's why Alfamarine yachts have been often rewarded by the international yachting: the "2005 European Prize" won by the Alfamarine 78' during the "Cannes Yachting Festival" is a clear example of this. The on-going search for cutting-edge technologies has always been evident: it is not without reason that the Alfamarine yachts have been the first to install the Arneson surface transmission, a revolution in terms of speed and efficiency at sea. The Alfamarine 65' offers a prime example of this: 18 meters of length, 30 tons of weight, 3300 total engine horsepower and 60 knots of top speed are not common features among other fast cruisers. Another significant step for the company was the building of the Alfamarine 140', a 43 meters ship with MCA class certification that effectively set the shipyard on the road to the mega-yacht world.
The experience gained through the construction of new yachts has allowed the Alfamarine to increase and strengthen the winterising and refitting activity of any type of boat up to 27 meters of length. Owning specialized facilities ranging from the 25 meters-long pressurized paint spraying booths to the internal mechanical workshop, the Alfamarine service has handled not only the ordinary maintenance of engines and systems but also more complex refitting and renovation jobs. In the last years, the company has enlarged its internal spaces and started cooperation with other shipyards in the Mediterranean Sea to ensure a durable assistance to its customers.
Alfamarine 47' is advanced technology together with extraordinary liveability. Maximum speed 55 knots. Possibility of installing Arneson surface propellers. Hull with 21° aft V, which helps keep on course even in rough seas. Longitudinal spray rail elongated up to the bow for increased directionality.
The ability to put together sportsmanlike qualities with functionality also reflects in the fine details. Wide broadside between-decks without steps which facilitate access to the bow area. Ample platform astern to house the tender. Two peaks with room for the fenders, bollards and mooring lines.
Alfamarine '47 also stands out for the roominess and refinement of the interiors. Two comfortable double cabins, one aft and one fore, with separate bathrooms. Ample dinette. Fine wood panelling. Possibility of having crew cabin added upon request.
Alfamarine 50 is the emotion of pure speed, surrounded by comfort. Here are the winning characteristics. Maximum speed 45 knots. Hull with edge spray rail and very deep aft V, which facilitates keeping on course even in rough seas. Longitudinal spray rail elongated up to the bow for increased directionality.
Each and every detail stems from an extremely rational design. The fore clapper is stainless steel. The broadside between-decks are wide and without steps. The aft platform can easily house a tender. In the fore-peak, besides the chain well there is also room for storing all the fenders. The cockpit awning may also be used during navigation.
The large interior space, the refinement of the wood paneling, the high quality furnishing go to make up the other strong points. Alfamarine 50 offers two comfortable cabins with separate bathrooms astern. The dinette is ample and the kitchen has a tip-top table and two electric burners.
Alfamarine 58 comes from 30 years of technological experience in high speed boats. The monohedric hull with deep “V” up to the stern guarantees optimum sea-holding and a maximum speed of over 50 knots.
The Arneson Drive transmission and the accurate choice of propellers facilitate the intermediate speeds and manoeuvrability in port. The stem platform houses a tender of up to 3.50 m.; the telescopic gangway, thanks to the couplings fitted, facilitates launching. The awning can be used during navigation even in rough sea conditions.
The hull, designed for high speeds, does not hamper the height of the interior spaces. Each and every detail has been for space and for comfort.: the dining table which extends to seat 10, cocktail cabinet which can hold a TV upon request. The Master cabin has a large closet, the bathroom has a revolving box shower.
Alfamarine 60' offers the pleasure of top level sportsmanship. High speed which can get up to 60 knots united with extreme care in details. The monohedric hull with deep “V" up to the stern guarantees optimum sea-holding even at high speeds. The Arneson transmission and the appropriate choice of propellers facilitate the intermediate speeds and manoeuvrability in intermediate speeds and manoeuvrability in port.
The stem garage can house a tender of up to 3.50 m, with electric launching system. The gangway and the bathing ladder are hideaway. Besides having a comfy sofa the ample cockpit also has a multipurpose cupboard which can be equipped with various accessories (BBQ, ice maker, etc.) upon request. The bridge which is higher than the cockpit, allows for perfect visibility. The awning , made of a special fabric, can be used during navigation even in rough sea conditions.
The hull, designed for high speed navigation, does not interfere with head room. As on deck, everything inside is designed for maximum space: the dining table can be extended to seat 10 and the hideaway TV are just two of the many solutions available. The Master cabin is a real and comfortable suite: a large double door closet, a bathroom with separate shower.
After the success of the 78', the best boat among the 60 and the 80 footers in the 2005 World Yacht Trophies in Cannes, its younger sister the Alfamarine 72 is born. The idea which guided the architect, Andrea Bacigalupo, in the design of this new boat was that of allowing the owner a more agile use than that of the 78'. For this reason the kitchen, in a separate area with a connected dinette/lunch area, was situated below deck at mid ship. The main saloon, at the lower deck level, can be completely closed off with the stern door. The guest cabin and the Master cabin are adjacent to the dinette whereas the VIP guest cabin, in order to assure more privacy, has an access stair with an entrance area directly off the main saloon. The entrance area directly off the main saloon. The crew's quarters can be reached from the external cockpit, or from the engine room and can have a second bed upon request. Equipped with Arneson transmission the standard version will have 2 x 1,550 Hp Man motors for a maximum speed of 43 knots. In the meantime other versions have already been studied with Kamewa hydrojets and more powerful motors for speeds of up to 50 knots.
Alfamarine 78 is the evolution of the open, the synthesis of 25 years of motor-yacht building experience in the shipyard. The slender, spirited design, typical of the great Mediterranean opens, captures and stirs you at first sight. The performance is rousing: with the most powerful engines, three 1800 hp Caterpillars with Arneson surface propellers, it can reach maximum speeds of 50 knots and a cruising speed of 45.
For those who prefer “calmer” performance, two other versions are available. Both equipped with Arnesons, with either two Caterpillars of 1800 hp or of 1650 hp.
Many are the innovative solutions adopted. The electric hard-top allows you to totally enjoy the light and the air. The panoramic living room below is perfectly air conditioned and has large windows and is separated from the cockpit by a sliding steel door. The hydraulically operated stern door gives access to the spacious garage which can house a tender of 3.50 m. and an acquascooter.
The kitchen has a crew entrance and the sleeping area is completely separated from the service areas in order to guarantee maximum privacy for guests.
Making the leap from a production boat to a custom megayacht is never going to be easy, no matter whether you are a yard or a client. However, it does make things easier if you happen to be a client ordering his fourth yacht from the same yard. That’s exactly what happened when an Alfamarine owner decided he wanted something really different. In fact, he wanted to build the boat of his dreams. And so began a tale that led Alfamarine to build this 140’ giantess. It wasn’t exactly a fairy-tale all the way though because first the yard had to meet the owner’s requirements and secondly this wasn’t just any old boat. Least of all in terms of size. Forty-two metres is no joke. Add to that the need to guarantee one of the highest cruising speeds in the segment and an all-aluminium build, and you’ll have an idea of the enormity of the job facing the Cantieri di Fiumicino. ”As if that were not enough,” continues Andrea Fazioli, ”the client also wanted the yacht not only to be an ABS Class but be MCA certified as well, which is a very complex process for an aluminium hull.” But to general relief, there was a fairy-tale ending to the story after all. First and foremost, Andrea Bacigalupo was called in to do the naval design, while the yard’s own technical office worked side by side with the owner on the interiors. Together they have produced a megayacht with beautifully elegant exterior lines that give it an understated yet captivating allure. In terms of the interiors, the idea was to keep the colours light. This meant lots of maple throughout and Italian walnut for the flooring. The end result is very pleasant indeed. The Alfamarine 140 is a four-decker. The heart of communal life aboard is, as is traditional, the main deck. The stern section is home to the dining area but it is worth talking for a moment about the way the lounge area was designed. The idea was to create lots of small ”islands” inside a single open plan space. And so there are four distinct areas which differ in terms of furnishings. On one side there’s a C-shaped sofa, a coffee table and two armchairs, while on the other there’s a circular table with six chairs. Then there’s another sofa facing an armchair plus a further area with yet another sofa, two armchairs and two chairs. Still on the main deck, we have the dining area which, depending on the circumstances, can either communicate or be separated off from the rest of the living room thanks to a delicately decorated sliding door. Moving forward we meet a service bathroom to starboard and then a large galley and laundry room to port. The bow section is devoted entirely to the owner. The layout of his apartments is quite conventional also with the bathroom, walk-in closet, lounge area and a second cabin with its own separate bathroom for another family member. The upper deck is almost entirely given over to a real night club. This part of the boat is awash with fibre optics and strobe lights, just as in a normal discotheque. The same deck is also home to the owner’s large office which is equipped with all that is necessary for him to follow his business interests whilst aboard: a high speed internet connection, fax, printers, computers, etc. The rest of the deck offers the skipper’s cabin, bathroom and the bridge. The latter has been fitted out with all of the latest new generation instruments, as is to be expected. The skipper can keep an eye and activate the fire doors from there too. And speaking of which, we should stress the enormous amount of work that the yard has put into complying with the very strict MCA requirements. ”We used a revolutionary product as our insulation material," says Fazioli. ”It’s made from Microtherm which weighs just two kilos per square metre instead of the normal eight, so it not only controls heat loss but also makes an enormous saving on weight.” The sun deck is all about being out in the open air and has lots of sun pad areas plus a Jacuzzi for cooling off in. The lower deck, on the other hand, is home to six staterooms for the children and guests of the owners. The crew quarters is forward on the same deck too, while two 2.775 hp MTUs rumble in the engine room, thrusting the Alfamarine 140 up to a top speed of 22 knots. Once again, it took lots of hard work - in tank testing, this time - to achieve this performance. But like the rest of the 140, the final result was definitely worth the effort.