ISA - Alexandar V
The Alexandar V, a new 48-metre from ISA, retains the sleek styling of the brand with a warm welcome on the inside
The superyachts from Italian builder International Shipyard Ancona (ISA) are well known among yacht aficionados for being masterpieces of sleek exteriors and elegant lines. Small wonder that many ISA buyers tend to be younger, dynamic, and entrepreneurial in spirit. According to ISA, the proud new owner of Alexandar V is just this type of person. As you look around, it’s not hard to see the appeal of this yacht to just that kind of person.
With the exterior designed by Walter Franchini, you can see several ISA trademarks in place, such as the long staircases that connect the rear platforms with long, graceful lines. Most yachts – even very big ones – have shortened staircases with steeper climbs to save space. ISA tends to go the other direction – longer stair cases with more gentle climbs. These stair cases run aft, connecting the rear sundecks and functioning as a part of the overall flow of the boat.
While some space on the sundecks is lost owing to the greater space given to the stair case, the effect is magnificent. Guests and the owner can easily wander between decks and do it with poise – certainly an important part of being on yacht like this.
Large internal volumes are the name of the game when you are out to impress the luxe yachting crowd, and Alexandar V does not disappoint. Big spaces are filled, but not overwhelmed, with furniture by ISA that both mixes a classic linear elegance, with warm and modern overtones. Meanwhile, the exterior provides a counterpoint that breaks new ground in its own way.
Flying on one hull
The 48-metre Alexandar V features steel hull and aluminum superstructure, built to MCA compliance. But apart from that, perhaps the first thing that the observer will notice is colour: oyster white on the superstructure and desert sand for the hull. While most super and mega yachts have been going with dark hulls for a newer, edgier look, the effect of the white on sand is quite satisfying. It is unique without being overly extravagant – not an easy combination to put together. This yacht will certainly stand out, wherever she goes.
At nearly nine metres, the beam of this 48-metre boat is enough to render large spaces within, while minimising the wetted surface enough to maintain a reasonable degree of efficiency, and therefore range. With nearly 70,000 litres of fuel capacity, Alexandar V can travel up to 2250 nautical miles at her cruising speed of 14 knots. Twin MTU M71 engines serve up 4000 horsepower each.
The sleek design is enhanced by the upper shearline that descends along the rearwards staircase that runs down from the upper sundeck right down to the bathing platform at the rear. This also has the effect of emphasising the rear-facing sundecks, which have been lenthened to provide a much stronger connection to the outdoors for the owner and guests, while also keeping plenty of shaded area available.
The top sundeck has been split into two areas. Towards the bow, there is a dining area located under a very large roll bar with fixed awnings. Guests can dine and relax in the shade while taking in the seascape from a very classy perch. The dining facilites on this end include barbeque, table, large white sofas and armchairs. With no effort, both owner and guest can enjoy a fine dining experience, either at anchor in a secluded bay or proudly moored in any Riviera hot spot.
From the middle of the sundeck to the rear, it’s all given over to the party. There is a large bar table with stools integrated into an enormous Jacuzzi. Just beyond the swimming pool, a large and very comfortable sunbathing area leads towards the outside, with darkened windows allowing some privacy. This is a sundeck truly built for those who enjoy open-air living.
Inside it all
Stepping into Alexandar V is no less a treat than enjoying the sundrenched sundeck. The main deck offers a very warm welcome, as guests wander through large French doors into an area that speaks of elegance and taste. Modernist furnishings decorate the interior, with shades of brown mingling from floor to ceiling. Large swathes of white fabrics and leather sofas meet low coffee tables in dark brown ebony.
The main saloon is punctuated by four columns upholstered in light brown leather with stainless steel inserts. The four columns help provide a dividing structure between the living area and the dining area of the main deck. The centre of the divide is an etched glass panel that bears the profile of Alexandar V.
The dining table, chairs and all the surrounding furniture are in ebony, which provides a beautiful yet slightly urbane contrast.
The owner (or principal charterer) can access the main cabin via a port side passage that leads to the bow. On the starboard side, the main cabin is accessed from a light foyer area, which features polished Navona travertine resin flooring and teak walls – a grand entrance to say the least.
The cabin itself is huge, and entering into it is an experience for the senses. Passing a maple-wood dressing room with leather inserts and ebony flooring, visitors enter a room of dark sophistication. An ebony and leather vanity table stands opposite the owner’s study. A double bed is at the heart of the room, with a leather bed head and two ebony bedside tables with light leather tops. Meanwhile, opposite the bed sits the ebony TV unit with leather inserts that are the same colour as the bed head.
A complete contrast comes from the white carpeting, maple walls and the mirrors above the bedside tables, which lighten and expand the main cabin. The ensuite bathroom is a study in spaciousness. Made entirely in maple and Arco Iris onyx, it is equipped with his and hers washbasins, an extra-large shower in shades of brown Bisazza mosaic on the front entrance wall. But one of the most pleasing touches has to be the private Jacuzzi, which features a marble base and teak top.
On the lower deck, there is plenty of accommodation, with four spectacular guest cabins, with one pair of double-bed rooms and one pair of twin-bed rooms. Crew quarters are nicely tucked away on the lower deck as well.
In keeping with the rest of Alexandar V, the walls and furniture are in maple wood, with teak flooring and doors. Bed heads and beside tables are finished in leather. The bathrooms are finished in a charming mix of onyx and maple, with teak flooring. The showers are fitted with onyx mosaics that mix brown and white.
The lobby on the lower deck is all teak and extends to a luxurious captain’s quarters and a very cozy crew quarters.
Moving to the upper deck, we find a very unusual layout. From the stern cockpit, visitors enter the media room, with both areas featuring identical finishing to the main living area. A large TV unit dominates the media room, which is replete with the latest in high tech entertainment systems.
The VIP cabin is located on the upper deck, and features a large bed set amid ebony tables with light leather inlays. Big windows give this room a light, airy feel. The entrance way is finished with ebony, adding the dark allure which is a hallmark of this boat.
Moving towards the bow on the upper deck, visitors will find the wheelhouse. A red leather sofa lets all who are interested watch the ship underway from the Captain’s viewpoint, but in total comfort of course. Here, visitors will find a control room designed by Team Italia and ISA. The newly styled control features an advanced navigation system (you’ll always know which port on the Riviera you’re in) with an integrated layout that allows the operator to control auxillary control room as well.
A touch screen panel connects the control to status and operation of the ships sub-systems, through a Lloyd’s Register approved central system. From the wheelhouse, both Captain and guests can take in the thrill of being at sea in a ship built with sublime distinction.
ISA 480 Alexandar V – Technical specifications
LOA 48 m
LWL 42 m
Maximum beam 8.9m
Moulded depth 4.5m
Compliance MCA Code of Practice, LY2 unrestricted
Classification Lloyd’s Register of Shipping
Displacement (full load) 500 tns
Draft (full load) 2.55m
Maximum speed 16.7 kts
Cruising speed 15.5 kts
Fuel capacity 69,000 lts
Fresh water capacity 15,000 lts
Range at cruising speed 2250 nm at 14 kts
Main engine type 2X MTU 12V 4000 M71
Main generators 2X Northern Lights 113 kW
Naval architecture ISA
Exterior design Walter Franchini
Interior design Rita Luzzi