Inside the luxury yacht support vessel Nebula

Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon shared the first images of its support vessel nebula Exclusively with BOAT International. Kate Lardy Take a look around…

With the delivery of the third yacht support vessel of 68.2 meters in length nebulaLast May, Astilleros Armon showed that the third time is indeed magic. This says a lot considering that the first Spanish shipyard hull, Hodoris the winner of the World Superyacht Award. nebula The interior design and finishing takes the catamaran concept to new heights, while providing a fully enclosed hangar for an Airbus H145 helicopter.

Credit: Guillaume Blisson

nebulaThis helicopter hangar is the largest ever found on any private ship

Credit: Guillaume Blisson

This last requirement was the biggest challenge for exterior designer, Kirsten Schwalgien of Kirsten Schwalgien Yacht Design: how to integrate the 14.5 by 12 meter case. “The whole project started with incorporating this. We developed different versions and then eventually thought it would work better if you keep the case as a box, and don’t try to hide it too much,” says Schwalgin.

It’s the largest hangar on any private ship and allows the twin-engine rotor to glide without folding its five blades, ensuring it’s always ready. Furthermore, a massive helicopter platform provides cover for tenders on the main deck below, a custom 12-meter catamaran (designed by Schwalgien and built by Compass), two RIBs and four jet skis.

Credit: Guillaume Blisson

Credit: Guillaume Blisson

With toy-carrying duties in mind, Schwalgin turned her attention to the cabin interior, which hosts 12 crew cabins, eight staff rooms and a cabin for VIP guests. As a designer for both exterior and interior design, she had an all-encompassing vision. She continued the gray two-tone “techno” look inside, punctuated by touches of orange using fluorescent Perspex acrylic and materials in which the color appears naturally, such as Corten steel and Jurassic stone with Nerinya fossils. “This is a boat designed for the crew so we can take a smaller, sharper and slightly more exotic approach,” she says.

“The brief was to make sure the crew really felt at home,” continues Shualgin, who also made sure the shadow ship’s crew felt equal with those working on the mother ship.

Credit: Guillaume Blisson

Credit: Guillaume Blisson

Given the two prominent spaces on board the ship, the sundeck and upper deck lounge, one could argue that their facilities are superior to the mother ship. Under a mixture of sun and shade, the upper deck includes a lounge with sofas, a yoga area and an outdoor gym with the latest gear fitted under the arch. It also operates as an outdoor cinema. “It provides a whole host of things you might want to do when you want to relax in your spare time,” says Shualgin.

Credit: Guillaume Blisson

Credit: Guillaume Blisson

The design of the upper deck lounge, which has a front view from the breakfast bar and a custom sofa, takes into account the needs of the crew. It has a sound-insulated phone booth for one to three people to come back to for private conversations or to study. There are also two glass-fronted meeting rooms surrounding the main hall, both bright with natural light from the front windows.

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Credit: Guillaume Blisson

Credit: Guillaume Blisson

The hull shape and marine architecture were developed by Incat Crowther, and its fast and efficient hull shape has proven itself well in commercial service. “Instead of having a steel chassis and an aluminum superstructure with four motors in order to get 21 knots of speed, we have an all-aluminum catamaran platform, and with two motors, we are doing the same speed as our competitor in the monohull platform,” says Juan Ricardo Garcia, Commercial Director at Armon .

Credit: Guillaume Blisson

Credit: Guillaume Blisson

nebula It is the largest shadow ship produced by Astilleros Armón, with a beam 1.5m wider than the previous two hulls to accommodate the base helicopter hangar. Moreover, they have been designed keeping in mind a level of crew that is rarely, if ever, seen on even the largest luxury superyachts.

What we have been asked has not been done before. But what the customer wants is what we give them, and our people and their skills have proven more than we can do,” Garcia says.

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