Last week, Wider Yachts laid the keel of its fully custom 72m Moonflower Project in an exclusive ceremony in Porto Marghera, Venice, the location of the builder’s new facility.
Designed by Nauta Design, Moonflower 72 is set to be delivered to her owner in 2025. She features an innovative expandable aft deck/ beach club named ‘The Island’ that boasts folding bulwark terraces and extensive use of glass throughout.
Innovative Hybrid Propulsion System
The Moonflower 72 will be equipped with Wider Yachts 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. The Wider shipyard revealed that much attention had been paid to the recovery of energy dispersed in the form of heat from the electrical propulsion system, as well as optimizing the operation of the onboard amenities to increase efficiency.
Venice, a World Icon for Beauty
At the event in Venice, Marcello Maggi, President of Wider Yachts, offered his insight into the new build and its iconic 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. 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.”
About Wider Yachts
Wider Yachts is renowned in the industry for its avant-garde yacht designs and innovative features. It is credited with introducing hybrid propulsion in the large yacht world. Founded in 2010 and based in Ancona, one of Italy’s prime ship-building areas. Wider Yachts specializes in designing and building with forward-thinking technology and onboard electronics. In 2019, Wider Yachts was acquired by Marcello Maggi’s Nautical Hybrid Tech, the Zepter Group, and Hopafi Holding Srl.
Photo credits: Studio GDS di Giovanni De Sandre.