Autumn 2018

DAR Steals the Show

Oceanco’s new superyacht features a superstructure completely finished in reflective glass, while the interior, the glass yields panoramic floor-to-ceiling views

Oceanco’s latest superyacht DAR made a stunning debut at the recent Monaco Yacht Show, seducing yachting enthusiasts to the 90-m beauty with its unmistakable style.

The award-winning motoryacht – with its modern revolutionary exterior styling by DeBasto Design and sophisticated interior design by Nuvolari Lenard – is unlike any other superyacht afloat today with her groundbreaking design and technological advances.

DAR features a superstructure completely finished in reflective glass. From the interior, the glass yields panoramic floor-to-ceiling views aft, port and starboard. Her design was conceived to maximise opportunities for outdoor living and to have direct contact with the marine environment. While the yacht yields a massive amount of volume, DeBasto has ensured that the profile remains long, sporty and lean without a top-heavy superstructure that characterises so many very large superyachts.

She is the first yacht in the Netherlands to be given the official Lloyd’s Register Integrated Bridge System (IBS) notation and designation.

The entire upper deck is dedicated to owners and as such has been specifically designed without walkaround passages to ensure complete privacy. Alternatively, the owners have access to the outside via private balconies, which flood the interior space with light and offer incredible views. The owners also have access to their own private forward-facing Jacuzzi.

DAR features six large, contemporary staterooms – two VIP cabins and four guestrooms. It can accommodate 14 owners and guests and has quarters for 31 crew. The amenities include a spacious beach club, elevator, spa, swimming pool, sauna, and helipad.

The DAR was dubbed ‘Project Shark’, as the wing stations, when viewed from above, bear a distinct resemblance to a hammerhead shark, while the mast in profile is shaped like a fin, contrasting with the flowing rhythm of the hull below.

“The profile has a unique sense of contrast and homogeneity between the dark glass and the white balconies, providing a constant exchange in shape and lines between the two elements,” says designer Luiz DeBasto. “My initial drawings may have looked like a futuristic concept, yet she is now a very real yacht on account of the execution made possible by the advanced technology of the Oceanco engineering team and by the vision of her experienced owner and his team.”

All the glass was glued to the structure with no use of mechanical fasteners, which requires a very high level of precision. Almost 400 sq m of glass was used on DAR’s superstructure. The glass is made of several layers to control UV rays and temperature.

The interior was designed in concert with the exterior concept. According to Nuvolari Lenard, the owners stipulated no dark timbers, preferring the delicate and sophisticated use of alternative materials and finishes such as fine fabrics, wallpaper, 3D lacquer and lots of upholstery. The interior woods include different shades of sycamore fiddleback, small details in tinted Brazilian carballo wood, and the copious use of maple bleached gray. Other accents include bas-reliefs; metallic surfaces and 3D cut leather panels.

“The main theme is nature, starting from blossom cascades, and moving to feathers, fish, waves and so on,” says Valentina Zannier, chief interior designer and junior partner at Nuvolari Lenard. “It is all nicely integrated in a fluent feeling that would make every guest feel very comfortable in any room, any time of the day. The richness is almost invisible because it’s expressed by the quality of the details and the tasteful combination of complete bespoke finishes.”

DAR is already a big winner at major yachting events. She won the World Yacht Trophy Award for Yacht of the Year at a gala event in Cannes; while she was crowned with both the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show Best Exterior Design and the Finest New Superyacht Awards.

Oceanco specialises in building large custom yachts from 80-140 m in length. Offering a highly personalised service to clients, the company applies innovative design and technology to create one-of-a-kind yachts.

Oceanco is ideally positioned with yacht-building facilities in the Netherlands, which is equipped with a private harbour and a climate-controlled state-of-the-art dry dock for the building and refitting of yachts up to 140 m. Its design, sales and marketing office is located in the superyacht capital of Monaco. 

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