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Spotlight: The Moonflower 72

Nauta and Wider have announced the start of construction for the Moonflower 72 project.

This is an innovative superyacht equipped with the latest generation of the Wider hybrid propulsion system. The yacht is a collaborative effort between Nauta Design and Wider, two veterans of the superyacht industry. The project was initiated after Mario Pedol, co-founder of Nauta Design in Milan, and Marcello Maggi, who heads up W-Fin Sarl, met and updated each other on their respective projects and plans for the future. Nauta was in search of a builder for a superyacht project in the 70-metre length overall (LOA) range and Wider was proposed as the builder.

The Moonflower 72 is a modern yet timeless design with onboard liveability and maximum connection with the marine environment. It reflects Nauta's preference for clean, uncluttered design without fussy or superfluous detailing. The exterior styling features predominantly horizontal lines and the extensive use of glass, highlighting the balanced proportions, while the chamfered sheer line amidships adds a dynamic aspect to the displacement hull.

An exterior highlight is “The Island”, a patented feature by Nauta Design, which is an expandable aft deck/beach club with folding bulwark terraces that provides a single walkaround space, allowing guests to move freely from one side of the yacht to the other, either from inside the beach club or from the open aft deck.

The Moonflower 72 will be equipped with the Wider hybrid propulsion system, which comprises two variable-speed generators of 1,860kW each and a sodium nickel battery bank of approximately 1MW. The latest innovations and technologies are being utilised to be in harmony with the sea and the environment. Considerable attention has been paid to the recovery of energy dispersed in the form of heat from the electrical propulsion system, as well as optimising the operation of the onboard amenities to increase efficiency and reduce consumption by using artificial intelligence to automatically learn the habits of the owner, guests and crew.

Marcello Maggi has invested heavily in restructuring the shipyard in anticipation of orders like this one, and thanks to the current management that has been working together for 30 years, Wider is capable of building the Moonflower 72 to the highest quality levels.

With Marcello Maggi's investment in restructuring the shipyard, Wider is poised to build the yacht to the highest quality levels.