Gamma Yachts Delivers Gamma 20 To Andrea Bocelli
Published: Friday, 14 November 2014
Gamma Yachts announces the delivery of the 22.1m M/Y Libertas, the third in its Gamma 20 “mini” superyacht series to be completed to date. Designed by Dutch company Vripack, the yacht has an impressive amount of guest space for its length overall as well as excellent fuel efficiency. The owner of M/Y Libertas, is the celebrated opera singer Andrea Bocelli.
Both built and designed in Holland, the yacht combines the precision and technical capabilities of the Dutch with world-class interior furnishings and materials from Italy. Although traditionally, the term “superyacht” is applied to vessels over 30m, the degree of customisation available to an owner of a Gamma 20 is much closer to that of a superyacht than other vessels in this size range. “The main elements of the Gamma 20 that are dictated to a client are the hull and superstructure shape,” says Gamma Yachts CEO Guido Bonandrini. “Almost all other aspects can be adapted to the client’s tastes, much like you would expect on a yacht of a larger size. Particularly to the exterior fly bridge, we have seen major variations in each of the vessels delivered so far.”
Vripack carried out extensive testing to ensure the Gamma 20 matches up to the expectations of an owner looking for a superyacht experience in a more compact vessel. Vripack worked on the noise and vibration testing with Dutch firm Van Cappellan Consultancy, which also provided the insulation. Stabilisers from Naiad offer guests equal comfort whether at anchor or docked in a marina. As well as adding additional space for crew accommodation forward, the bow shape also provides excellent fuel economy for the yacht, which has a range of 1,270nm on 5,500l of fuel.
“There are a number of striking features that prove the power of such holistic thinking,” says Bart Bouwhuis of Vripack. “For instance, the lack of steps and obstructions – each deck is truly on one level, preventing the risk of tripping. This is combined with fast displacement hull lines that are used specifically for comfort at anchor and at sea. The approach goes as far as the actual structure of the yacht to minimise the build time, applying our proprietary Smart Kit building technology. This allows the boat to be built faster as well as for a more rigid end product, which reduces noise and vibration to improve the guests’ experience.”
Andrea Bocelli has owned several vessels in this size range, and says that the Gamma 20 is his favourite. “I love the way space has been arranged so that our large extended family can be together, enjoying closeness and intimacy, while at the same time respecting everybody’s privacy,” says Bocelli. "A yacht must meet precise needs and be able to make us feel at ease. It must comply with – and express both architecturally and technically – the same priorities as those living on it. Coziness, warm materials, safety, low noise levels and comfort – these were my needs, and they have been fully met. I needed a solid, safe and comfortable boat, and I am very happy with my choice in the Gamma 20.”