Italian motoryacht builder Wider has announced that Project Genesi (Wider 150) touched water on Wednesday 21 October. The launch of the 46m yacht took place in a private event attended by shipyard staff and technicians close to its Super Yacht Division headquarters in Ancona.
This is a significant milestone in the company’s history. The launch was scheduled to take place only after every other yard-based operation had been successfully completed including the gleaming white painted hull and superstructure, and the cabinetry fitted.
“The extra time in the main shed allowed us to push ahead with the interior… it is now 90% complete. I have launched dozens of yachts in my career but have never done so with this level of completion to the interior outfitting… this will save us time in the final commissioning,” comments Juan Balaguer, Wider COO.
Wider have been working in very close collaboration with all of its technical suppliers, for this project. Industrial giant Emerson Automation concluded eight weeks of tests on the diesel electric system prior to the launch. Its specialist technicians will return for the sea trials working alongside VETH Propulsion, suppliers of the propeller pods, Visedo, suppliers of the electric motors and EST Technologies, suppliers of the lithium polymer battery banks that lie at the heart of the vessel’s efficient power system.
“It is enormously satisfying to see Genesi in the water for the first time” says Tilli Antonelli, Wider founder and CEO. “But now we have the important task of checking that everything is working to the same high standards that we have set ourselves in every other aspect of the construction process. We believe that this can be done in 8-10 weeks but will not rush anything if it means compromising on the quality of the finished yacht…We will make sure that she is 110% finished before unveiling her in full to the market.”
Once every test has been concluded and the yacht has reached the technical and operational excellence that is expected from her, she will be presented to the public in a series of events that will be announced in the near future.
Constructed entirely in aluminium, the elegant profile of the Wider 150 Project Genesi was created by yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni in collaboration with Wider founder and CEO Tilli Antonelli and the in-house design team.
Wider 150 boasts more than 350m² of external areas. Other key features include:
- Beach Club measuring 90m²
- A large sun deck fitted with a full bar, barbecue and spa, makes the ideal spot to entertain guests or sunbathe while enjoying 360° views
- In front of the wheelhouse, is a concealed foredeck lounge, hidden beneath a watertight hatch on the coachroof; the hatch raises to reveal a spacious entertaining area, complete with sofas and flat-screen TV – perfect as an additional and very private relaxation space for cocktails, movies or even alfresco dining
Diesel electric propulsion
Project Genesi is powered by a diesel-electric propulsion system combined with Azimuthal pods. Four inline variable speed diesel generators, combined with the state-of-the-art Wider Power Management System (WPMS) and the latest battery technology, serve the hotel and propulsion requirements of the vessel. This system, the company claims, reduces consumption while at the same time facilitating unprecedented range.
The traditional engine room has been replaced by two separate units; the Power Generator Room in the bow and a Technical Room with LiPo (Lithium polymer) battery pack in the stern. This leaves the heart of the vessel free for larger, more comfortable guest cabins located in the most stable part of the yacht.
The overall propulsion system is completely modular, so Project Genesi can cruise using only the battery packs, in ZEM (Zero Emission Mode), or with up to four inline diesel generators. This means it can cruise at a higher range of speeds while continuing to enjoy limited specific fuel consumption.
All onboard energy sources are controlled by the WPMS, which is a smart and fully integrated system that controls the power supplied by the shore connection, the gen-set and the battery packs, distributing it between the hotel requirements, the propulsion system and the recharging of batteries, as required.
Wider says a range of 3,000nm is expected at a cruising speed of 13ks increasing to 4,200nm at the economical speed of 11ks. The yacht has a maximum speed of 15ks and can also run at 5ks when solely using batteries in Zero Emission Mode.