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Superyacht Mangusta Oceano’s Namasté: Living in Direct Contact With the Sea

Mangusta introduces Oceano’s Namasté -- a yacht built for great onboard livability, impressive long range, and maximum comfort.

Mangusta is internationally known for exceptional style, innovation, and performance. And those characteristics continue to shine in their new metal production -a transcendent offering providing efficiency and comfort in a new and different range of speed.

Namasté is a vessel of the tri-decker, long-range line, the Mangusta Oceano. This model stands out for her great onboard livability, impressive long range, and maximum comfort –the result of the perfect harmony and understanding between designer Alberto Mancini and Overmarine Group’s Technical Departments.

At 43 meters and 451 gross tons, she is a high-volume vessel for her size, with a layout that includes a captain’s cabin behind the wheelhouse, a forward tender garage, a full automatic electric hydraulic side ladder, an infinity pool, an extendible balcony in the owner’s cabin and a dedicated beach club —standard enough features for Mega Yachts, but unusual on a yacht under 150 feet (45 meters). In a sense, on Namasté, you have the feeling of being aboard a much larger yacht.

Upon its U.S. debut, on the occasion of the recently-held Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, she earned the “Best of the Show.” After the several awards won in Europe by this model, this new one comes on a very important market like the American one, which is indeed showing great appreciation for Mangusta’s products and values.

Living in direct contact with the sea

Open-style boats provide total immersion in the marine environment, from feeling the wind in your hair to being just a few steps from the water at anchor. Namasté does. This is much more difficult to achieve on a tri-deck displacement yacht, creating a challenge for both the designer and the shipyard.

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The study of natural and artificial light was an essential part of Mancini’s approach. By using glass, both transparent and mirrored, to bounce light around the interior and reduce visual barriers to the outside world, Mangusta has succeeded in reducing the divide between the interior and exterior spaces so that guests always feel close to the water.

At bow there is what is perhaps the most characteristic feature on the entire yacht, a design element indeed, but what is also a lifestyle choice in keeping with the very best of Mangusta tradition. The area is marked by an infinity pool, the only one of its kind --at least on a yacht of this size-- which comprises two sunbathing “islands” and a waterfall at extreme bow. It’s a glass-bottomed wading pool that creates rippling, azure patterns in the owner’s bathroom on the main deck below. Mirrored partitions between the bathroom and the full-beam stateroom ricochet the natural light around the interior, especially when the fold-down balcony is open.

Another highly distinctive element is featured astern. Most beach clubs are windowless spaces designed for use at anchor with the swim platform deployed. But Namasté’s beach club is a real one, not just a convertible garage that normally fits tender and water toys. It’s also welcoming underway thanks to strip glazing in the transom that lets in sunlight. And when the transom door is lowered, the glass panels provide underwater views for guests relaxing in sun loungers.

This is possible having moved the tender garage forward a nice piece of engineering designed by the Overmarine Technical department. A steel-and-glass coffee table on the main deck aft, positioned above a skylight in the deck, provides further natural illumination for the beach club below. In fact, skylights connect all the deck levels.

Characterising Design

Alberto Mancini designed the entire yacht, including the interiors. He proposes a contemporary design with furnishings featuring soft, sinuous shapes, and contrasts of “hot and cold” materials. Painstaking care has been taken over the design of the lighting too, which features a combination of direct and indirect light which is high impact, both aesthetically and emotionally. The aim was to increase the perception of space without creating any visual disturbances -a real game of atmospheres.

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The main deck houses the salon, with the dining-room and adjacent galley, the lobby with the stairway leading to both the lower and upper levels and, of course, the full beam master suite.nOn crossing the threshold into the main salon, the feeling one gets is that of being suspended over the sea: the floor to ceiling glazing lets huge amounts of light into the various different environments, offering a breathtaking view and increased perception of space. The result is an uninterrupted dialogue with the great outdoors.

When the sliding glass windows are open the boundaries disappear completely, also thanks to the open gunwale. The ceilings have been clad in raw silk and Alcantara, the walls in natural bleached oak and the flooring has been laid in planed oak. The lounge area is fitted out with sofas with light lines and proportions, where the rationality of the volumes is accompanied by soft shapes and curves. A low black crystal cabinet with leather and steel inserts separates the dining area. Here, the wall is an example of the verticality and upward moving lines that are found in all the different environments. The verticality and fluidity of the lines are accentuated by the indirect LED lighting system. Every furnishing, every decoration work together toward some greater whole, and the greater whole results in a unique environment where nothing is brash or shouting for attention and where the overriding feeling that results seems the one of serenity.

The ship can also be accessed using an accommodation ladder, which overlooks the lobby from where those aboard can go through to the salon, Owner area and upper and lower decks. The glass and steel suspended staircase is a highly characterizing feature of the lobby: pure vertical and horizontal lines, that are further highlighted by three elements in polished steel that create a sculpture. The detail of the wall panel with a tapestry evoking a library mounted onto rear lit plexiglass is extremely beautiful.

By walking down a corridor lined with wardrobes made of vertical planks and mirrors, those aboard can access the Owner suite, where the night area and head converse by means of sliding mirror doors, thus creating a unique environment in which the transparency of the ceiling in the head welcomes the refraction of the water in the swimming pool on the overlying sunbridge. In order to enhance the continuity of the various different environments, a circular pattern, created using a range of different materials featuring the same shades of dark colour, connects the ceiling, flooring, bedhead and shower. Eramosa marble has been used in the latter, for example, which was planned in order to mimic the flooring and leather bedhead. The rest of the flooring in the cabin features an extremely fine ivory carpet made of bamboo.

Continuity is also featured outdoors: a balcony that can be opened allows the Owner to do away with any and all visual and structural boundaries in order to enjoy direct contact with the sea.

On the opposite side of the lobby lies the galley in white lacquered wood with steel inserts. A service staircase connects it to the upper deck and also the lower one, where the crew area consisting in three twin cabins is located. Here, the materials used are the same as those on the rest of the yacht: natural varnished oak and ceilings in cream leather which have been lacquered. Only highly technical materials which are resistant to wear and tear have been used.

Through a door located at bow, those aboard can access the side garage housing the tender, which has been custom-made to a design by Mancini in keeping with the style of the rest of the ship. The upper deck houses the wheelhouse in leather and Alcantara, based on shades of black and grey. The black leather seats feature red, racing style outlines, and the console with its glass top and built in red LED lights strongly evokes the automotive world. Astern, there is a large salon which can be turned into a cinema room, furnished with a curved panoramic TV, and three large sofas which can be pushed together to create a large, single daybed --perfect for Owner and his family.

On the lower deck there are four guest cabins, two double and two twin, all with ensuite heads. On the designer’s suggestion, each cabin features a different style, inspired by exotic and Mediterranean holiday resorts, with combinations of colors, materials and decorations in the same theme. Each cabin can easily be identified from the name of the holiday location hot-pressed on the leather cladding the door to enter the cabin.

Technical Innovations

In terms of technology, this model is hard to beat, thanks to her world-class construction quality and impressive performance stats which, with her twin MTU 12V 2000 M72 engines, include an 11-knot cruising speed and nearly 5,000 nautical mile range. She also boasts highly economical fuel consumption due to a CFD-optimized, tank-tested hull profile while the use of the latest vibration and noise dampening materials mean minimal intrusion is made into guest’s experience.

Built in steel and aluminum, with a bulbous bow and bilge keels, she is a unique vessel in terms of her aesthetics as well as her functionality. Classed by ABS and designed to allow commercial registration, Namasté is a pedigree yacht designed to highest standards.

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By Miami Living, Images courtesy of Mangusta


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