Summer 2014

Achieving equanimity

The etymology of the word equanimity derives from the Latin aequus meaning balanced and animus meaning spirit or internal state. The concept of equanimity – internal balance – is both profound and refined. Oceanco’s newly delivered 91.5-m Equanimity is aptly named; from her exterior to her interior to her inner core, she is perfectly well balanced.

Equanimity (Y709) also has the distinction of being the industry’s first superyacht designed and built to be fully Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) compliant.

Oceanco CEO Marcel Onkenhout says: “Working together with Lloyd’s Register and Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, we designed, developed, engineered and built a magnificent yacht, which will undoubtedly set new standards in the industry.”

The owners look forward to extensive world travel aboard their distinctive luxury vessel. Measuring 91.5 m in length with a 14.5-m beam, her chic clean exterior styling is the combined work of Oceanco and Andrew Winch Designs.

The breathtakingly beautiful interior has also benefitted from the quintessential touch of British designer Andrew Winch. The inherent oriental-inspired themes yield a montage of sumptuous materials such as wenge, gold leaf, bamboo and marbles, creating an opulent and soothing ambiance that complements the owners’ Chinese origins.

Equanimity provides luxury accommodation for 26 guests in a variety of flexibly configured staterooms – a magnificent master suite, three VIPs, three doubles and two twin staterooms. She has ample accommodation for 28 crew to cater to all the owners’ and guests’ desires.

The grandeur of the spa and beach club is complete with sauna, hammam, experiential showers, plunge pool and multi-faceted beauty salon. The spa area leads on to a fully equipped gym and Pilates studio that can be extended through a fold-down platform at sea level, creating an indoor-outdoor wellness area that is unequalled afloat.

Equanimity hosts two Zodiac Fast Rescue Ribs and two 10.5-m custom Hodgdon tenders. Additionally, there is a spectacular 20-sq-m swimming pool with jets.

Providing a new benchmark in superyacht-based aviation, the upper deck boasts a fully certified helipad in accordance with CAP437 regulations as adapted for the PYC.

Equanimity is steel hulled with an aluminium superstructure and is propelled by twin 4,828 hp/3,600 kW MTU 20V 4000 M73L engines, enabling her to achieve top speeds in excess of 20 knots.


Meanwhile, an Italian firm has presented a stunning new-concept yacht for Oceanco, which will be showcased at the upcoming Monaco Yacht show.

The Primadonna coded DP028 is a new 110-m superyacht concept based on the reputable Oceanco hull platform, whose exteriors are designed by the Milan-based Hot Lab yacht & design studio.

Despite the yacht’s generous dimensions, Primadonna’s lines have been designed to express a visual sense of lightness which is also underlined by darkened glazing clearly defining each deck level and giving a lengthening effect rather than heightening the profile.

The interplay of empty and filled spaces optimises the introduction of large windows, often full height, and reduces the visual impact of the significant volumes.

The aesthetic of the stern area is low and sleek; a beach area has been developed around a swimming pool on the aft main deck with a cascade waterfall that spills over the end wall into a whirlpool on the aft lower deck.

This whirlpool can be used all year round as it is surrounded by sliding glass panels.

Guests can access the sea from the pool area by using the symmetrical staircase covered with teak panelling. Under the main deck pool area is the spa area/beach club that opens up on the two sides, enabling guests to enjoy easy access to the sea.

The upper deck and owner’s deck are visually linked by bold external arches that add an imposing graphic effect, while also tricking the eye into believing that two deck levels are in fact one and providing the vast owner’s suite with abundant natural light.

The owner could arrive by helicopter using the touch-and-go pad on the upper deck bow area and walk straight into the lower level of the suite without passing through any guest areas.

Guests can enjoy the relaxing lounge and bar area with panoramic views; adjacent to this lounge bar area is an open gym area and whirlpool.

This elegant and sleek yacht with one owner’s suite with private deck, six VIP cabins and two guest cabins can accommodate up to 18 guests and 40 crew and staff.

Stunning lines and striking volumes already characterise this new Oceanco concept, and she no doubt will make heads turn wherever she cruises.

Established in 2004 by three Italian designers, Michele Dragoni, Enrico Lumini and Antonio Romano, Hot Lab has delivered outstanding and award-winning projects, characterised by supreme elegance, subtly and warmth, accompanied by meticulous attention to detail, quality and innovation.

Each yacht design is conceived, using a combination of carefully hand-drawn sketches and detailed computer renderings, ensuring, down to the very last detail, that the client’s requirements are matched and his dreams fulfilled.

Hot Lab accompanies clients through every stage of the design and development process, including frequent design meetings, visits to the boatyard and liaison with suppliers and subcontractors.

Hot Lab works with private customers and some of the most famous international shipyards such as Oceanco.

A 1:50 scale model of Primadonna will be displayed at Oceanco’s stand QT7 on the T-jetty during the Monaco Yacht Show, which will be held from September 24 to 27 at Port Hercules in Monaco.

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