Italian yacht builder Wider has announced that construction of its flagship Wider 165 is underway. The 50-metre yacht, the largest project built by the yard to date, is scheduled to launch in 2016.

Using the Wider 150’ as a starting point, yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni, in collaboration with Tilli Antonelli and the Wider design team, created a 50-meter aluminium superyacht with significant interior volume and exterior living space and a connection to the water.

The project started as a 150-footer, but its owner wanted to store a submersible onboard, hence more space was needed. “We didn’t want to compromise on space, so we decided to build him a bigger boat. That’s why the 165’ came up,” Antonelli explains.

Along with its submersible bay, the new Wider 165’ accommodates a touch-and-go helipad and offers what is know as the “Wider Beach”, a spacious transom swim-and-sunbathing deck, which is completed with an indoor swimming pool. This area also converts to a garage that can accommodate a Wider 32’. A floating launching system facilitates entry/exit manoeuvres for the crew launching the tender.

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The Wider 165 features a diesel/electric propulsion system

The Wider 165 features a diesel/electric propulsion system that will be supplied by Emerson Industrial Automation. This system has made it possible to replace the traditional engine room with a power generator room and a technical room with a LiPo battery pack located into the bow; the economy in space allows the creation of a larger, more comfortable guest cabins. The overall propulsion system is completely modular: the yacht can cruise using only the battery packs, in ZEM mode (Zero Emission Mode). With up to four diesel generators online, it will be able to operate at a higher range of speeds while maintaining limited specific consumptions.

In addition, the Wider 165’ is equipped with an AziPod propulsion system that affords significant advantages compared to a conventional shaftline system, including reduced vibrations, smooth handling, and minimal draft.

The Wider 165, a RINA class vessel, will be capable of reaching 15 knots maximum speed, and 13 knots when cruising. The yacht will accommodate 10 guests and provide accommodation for eight crewmembers and captain.

Details of the interiors are still in its preliminary stage, however, Antonelli comments: “Our new flagship will represent the finest marriage of aesthetics, innovation and cutting-edge technology that the yachting world has seen so far.”

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