Nuvolari Lenard’s new mega-yacht has huge sails for sustainable sailing – Robb Report
If a mega-yacht and a sailboat had a baby, this might be a radically new concept from Nuvolari Lenard. The 328-foot epic, dubbed Vento, promises to combine the best parts of both ships for an efficient and eco-friendly cruise.
Nicknamed the “megasailer”, the concept was recently unveiled at the Venice Boat Show. The Venetian Studio says the ship is designed to have the least impact on the ecosystem and combines modern luxury amenities with true sailing power.
“Nothing prevents us from thinking of a really green large yacht,” said engineer Carlo Nuvolari in a statement. It is not difficult to achieve major results, you just have to stop being a traditionalist and take a risk, get back to basics: building a sailboat that really uses the sails and is really efficient.
Vento has an aggressive profile, inverted bow and long waterline for greater stability and performance when cruising. The sleek aluminum hull helps reduce drag, and the sloping stern has less impact on displacement to further improve efficiency. The masts and superstructure, meanwhile, are made from advanced composite. In short, the vessel is long but relatively light, which makes it well suited for fuel-efficient navigation.
The studio partnered with Omer Wing-Sail’s aerodynamics expert Ilan Gonen to design the ship’s sail plan. The single wing sail, which looks more like an airplane wing than the undulating white sails typically associated with sailboats, would offer far greater efficiency than a traditional rig. This is because it requires less sail area and therefore adds less weight for the same amount of power. (If you had watched this year’s America’s Cup, you would have seen the new technology in action.)
The retractable keel will allow to go from a draft of 18 feet to 30 feet while the carbon masts will measure 210 feet and support a total sail area of just under 23,000 square feet to really get the most out of it. gusty at sea. In fact, Vento literally means “wind” in Italian and pays homage to the ship’s main source of clean, green energy.
Nuvolari Lenard says he is also in talks with a builder to outfit Vento with a hybrid / electric propulsion system with variable speed generators and variable pitch propellers. According to the studio, this means that sailors will be able to sail as much as possible while polluting as little as possible.
On board, Vento sports offers “spacious and very well distributed interiors”. The ship has six double cabins for guests, including four VIPs and one “super VIP”, as well as a spacious master suite located forward of the main deck with its own private terrace. Elsewhere, the studio says the outdoor spaces are ‘huge and varied’, with a flybridge, spa, beach club and other extras that make Vento closer to a mega-yacht than any sailboat you do. might have seen in the America’s Cup.
The founders of the studio, Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard, want to work to protect the environment with their creations. Last year, the studio unveiled a 14-seat hybrid water taxi, thunder, built to preserve the historic city of Venice and its canals through the use of green technology. We can’t wait to see what the duo come up with next.