Published: Wednesday, 04 May 2011

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International Shipyards Ancona (ISA), the Italian superyacht builder that specialises in sweeping aft end designs, has developed a new 64 metre platform that re-instates the firm’s commitment to its signature look. The resulting long aft staircases connect all decks to each other, from skydeck to swim platform. “I thought to link these stairs not only to the sea, not only to a stern platform, but to a real beach, as if you were close to Portofino, where access to the sea is always through stairs on the rocks, to arrive to a dock that puts you in direct contact with the sea,” said designer Filippo Rossi.

The use of such large, gently sloping staircases allows guests to spend more time outdoors, rather than traversing decks through indoor areas. The beach area, which folds out from the transom, is very large and offers plenty more space when at anchor. This was designed to be an area where guests would spend most of their daylight hours. Included are a cocktail bar (shaded), wellness area, sunbeds and a wharf that can be used for boarding water toys. The hatch itself is made of glass, and when closed, allows plenty of natural light inside.
Rossi commented on the interiors: “I worked mainly on two elements: the upside down window of the wheel house  and the master that are used also in the inverted trapezoidal openings of the bow cabins on the main deck and the tilted uprights on the sides of the stairs.” Rossi also allowed for the staircases on either side of the yacht to merge at the wheeldeck, to create particular lines.

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