A year after the keel was laid at Wider’s Superyacht Hub in Porto Marghera, Venice, the Wider team has announced the successful joining of the steel hull and aluminum hull of 236ft (72m) Project Moonflower 72. The fully custom project is being completed by the team with designs by Nauta Design.
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The project was originally sold in 2022, with delivery on track for 2025 as machinery outfitting is in progress with the main engines to be installed later this summer and the compartmentalization of the yacht interior spaces progressing.
Maggi comments, “The construction of Moonflower 72 is well underway at our Superyacht Hub dedicated exclusively to full-custom projects. We specifically chose Venice due to its strategic position and the professionalism of the various workers involved. In addition, the harmony between Wider and Nauta Design means that the work is continuing in full compliance with the production plan.”
Coming equipped with Wider’s latest generation hybrid propulsion system comprising two variable-speed generators by MAN Energy Solutions of 1,860 kw each, “in combination with a sodium nickel battery bank of approximately 1 MW/h from FZSoNick, give the chance to produce energy always at the lowest point of consumption, reducing the CO2 emission of about 20%. The endothermic engines are HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) and Methanol ready in order to follow the WIDER net zero way.”
On the design details, Mario Pedol, Co-Founder of Nauta Design shares, “Moonflower’s design is modern yet timeless and based on the balanced combination of style and comfort with pure, elegant lines and a harmonious connection between exterior and interior, making for a very close relationship with nature and the surrounding marine environment. We are happy and proud to contribute with Wider to this amazing superyacht which we are very much looking forward to seeing in the water!”
Moonflower 72 marks the first full-custom new-build project at the shipyard following the recapitalization of Wider led by Marcello Magi, head of W-Fin Sarl, the holding company that now owns Wider.