An expansive 24-metre. This is the Advanced A80
by Emilio Martinelli
photo Carlo Borlenghi
A “very demanding” client is how Mario Pedol describes Marco Tursini, co-founder with Antonella Di Leo, of a yard that has captured international attention in the space of a very few years. Tursini, it seems, really likes to push his collaborators to the limit to guarantee he gets extreme solutions. Which, needless to say, translates into unique results. Not least the Advanced A80.
With waterlines by the great John Reichel and Jim Pugh and interior and exterior styling by Nauta Yachts, the new yacht is the product of a massive push to meld interior and exterior. That push has delivered some unprecedented elements for a 24-metre. The most obvious result, however, is a sense of absolutely seamless continuity between saloon and cockpit. “The flooring is all on one level from the stern to the saloon entrance,” explains Antonella Di Leo, vice-president and marketing director of Advanced Italian Yachts. “That makes for enormous freedom of movement and also ensures moving about aboard is extremely safe.
” Essentially, there are no divisions (i.e. obstacles) between the working cockpit and the guest one, which, aside from the area aft of the steering position, also includes two large sun pads flanking the central walkway leading to the companionway. This is where another very special aspect of the Advanced A80 comes in. “We managed to make use of the area under the cockpit,” says Mario Pedol. “It was a huge challenge and it was not easy reconcile but we worked it out so that we were able to layout some very different interiors.”
The Advanced 80 can actually have the owner’s stateroom either forward or aft “In the first instance.” explains Antonella Di Leo, “the cabin is full-beam and, if the owner wishes, can be divided into two single cabins with private bathroom. There are also two two-berth cabins off the central corridor for guests too. In the version with a double forward, the galley can be either aft along with the crew quarters or amidships, American-style, beside the saloon.”
The saloon epitomises the Advanced A80’s leitmotif of seamlessly melded interior and exterior. As Antonella Di Leo puts it: “It is flooded with light and creates a feeling of harmony and elegance.” Mario Pedol is even more forthright in his description: “It doesn’t even feel like a boat interior. That’s something we also saw with the Advanced A66 but the A80 really pushes it to new heights.” It’s a feeling created by continuous windowing in the deckhouse, portholes along the sides which provide a very real sense of contact with the sea, the interior design and limed teak that helps expand the spaces.
“Light,” concludes Antonella Di Leo, “is a fundamental element because it helps create a feeling of the space and expansiveness that’s palpable throughout. That in itself puts finishing touch to our goal of showcasing Italian excellence with our boats”.