Published: Thursday, 02 February 2017

Originally introduced during the 2016 Cannes Yachting Festival as project 777, Canados 808 Maximus is currently under construction and will be presented to the public in September 2017 during the autumn boat shows. The first unit has been sold and will be based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. She is designed by Rome-based Marco Casali.

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(Photos: Canados - 808 Maximus)

The delivery of the first 808 is scheduled for early July 2017. The stepped hull is currently under construction and will be out of the mold at the beginning of February while the deck and superstructure molds are currently being produced.

The lamination will start mid-February will be made of Kevlar/Aramat. The model will be powered with The first 808 to be launched will be powered with twin V12 MAN 1,900hp coupled with V-Drives that will allow the Maximus to offer a cruising speed of 25+ knots and a 30 knots top speed.

The Maximus will be available with two different flybridge layouts and with two different four-cabin GA. One of these GA offers twoOowner’s suites: one located on the main deck and the other on the lower deck with additional two twin cabins.

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(Aft saloon)

The other available layout will be characterised by a VIP and two guests on the lower deck. As an option, the 808 can be ordered in a five-cabin layout, retaining the main deck Owner’s suite and four guest cabins on the lower deck. The first 808 is being built in the two-owner cabins version.

Casali was requested to incorporate all the amenities and comfort usually found on yachts above 30 metres in a 24,60m yacht with a CE length at 23.1m. The parameters given by Canados’ technical office had the main objective to maintain the sea going the shipyard stresses on.

In order to offer a vast aft deck and a superyacht feeling, the concept of this space has been revisited. The hydraulic gangway will be installed to the centre, allowing for a wider one that will also be adaptable to a wheelchair. Thus, the usual aft sofa that is convertible into an external dining area has been replaced by two lateral molded terraces. The two terraces are partially suspended above the swimming platform offering an increased deck space.

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(Dining area)

Both L-shaped balconies are equipped with a table allowing to be converted in a sun pad. The aft saloon sliding door has been replaced by a revolving glass veranda made of two 180-degree panels. This veranda houses the dining room that can be either part of the interior or the exterior by the movement of the two revolving glass panels.

The Canados 808 Maximus width of 6.25m enabled to create extremely comfortable side passages allowing moving from the aft deck to the foredeck during navigation in full safety. For Owner’s operated boats, the passages are wide enough to place the fender inside without obstructing the way. The generous dimensions will also allow moving around when the two side pantograph doors – one for the galley and one for the wheelhouse – are left open.

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(Owner's suite)

On the aft section, the passageways are equipped with fashion plates with built-in fixed glass windows. The bow is equipped with a generous built-in lounge. This area is protected by the standard micro-perforated shade with four carbon fibre poles with tensioners.

Aft of the sofa are three glass panels recessed in the roof. These panels are skylights flooding the master suite with natural light. To the front of the lounge is a sun-pad and another skylight above the sink of the split-level Owners’ bathroom.

While saloons of all similar sized yachts are equipped with a L-shaped sofa, the Canados 808 Maximus is equipped with two face-to-face sofas, thanks to the relocation of the dining table aft. Thus, the two sofas allow enhanced comfort and social interaction. This configuration offers not only a central passage and symmetry, it also allows installing a 60-inch LCD TV in the fore bulkhead.

Further forward to starboard is the galley accessible from the saloon, from the exterior side passage for easier provisioning and easiness of crew work, and from the wheelhouse equipped with its own corner sofa. A day head is located at the port side passed the lower deck access stairway.

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The master suite is installed two steps down the saloon level on the main deck. The usage of the volume of the roof and raised passageways allowed Casali to create a master suite that offers a 2.2-metre headroom. The signature Canados horizontal portholes offer unobstructed sea view while the skylights will flood the cabin with natural daylight. The master suite will also offer a side sofa and a low sound level.

Three steps down from the cabin, the oversized walk in wardrobe is located in the passage to the bathroom that will also offer the largest volume and shower in the category.

The layout plan has been studied to create separate circulation areas for the crew. The access to the crew cabin is from the aft deck. Thus, when guests are enjoying the foredeck at anchor, the crew can still access their private quarters without interfering. From the crew quarters, a watertight door allows direct access to the engine room.

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(Guest cabin)

The starboard side of the transom is equipped with a 3.4m tender garage that will host either a RIB jet tender or a PWC. In the latter case, the swim platform is equipped with an 800kg capacity tender lift for a tender up to 4m.

Yachts of that size are only available in four cabin versions. Their layout always calls for lower deck master cabin aft, to immediate vicinity of the engine room and its noisier environment.

“As we call it internally, the Canados 808 project was created to merge the famous Canados heritage with new solutions seeking for more volumes and better use of space,” says Casali. “Our main target was to create a very special space for the Owner’s suite, fully independent from guest-quarters and on a higher level than the typical lower deck level. In order to achieve this result we had to stagger the main deck floor into three slightly different levels, which also resulted in a large roof area fully equipped with a sofa and a sun pad. 

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“Overall, I am extremely happy with the result of the overall design that was guided by strict guidelines from Canados. The shipyard remains extremely focused on retaining ease of usage, safety and practicality as main guidelines while still expressing the heritage of the brand.”