O’Ptasia is an 85-meter long superyacht made of steel and aluminium. Built by the Greek Golden Yachts yard, she was designed by Giorgio and Stefano Vafiadis. Thanks to 300 thousand liters of fuel the range is of more than ten-thousand nautical miles at 12.4 knots
by Maria Roberta Morso – photo by Giovanni Malgarini
GOLDEN YACHTS’ ACTIVITY DIFFERS FROM THAT OF MOST INTERNATIONAL SHIPYARDS. It builds yachts for the specific purpose of adding them to the extensive fleet of luxury charter vessels managed by its associate, Atalanta Golden Yachts.
Golden Yachts began operating in 1996, providing consultancy and supervising the construction of the O’Pari yacht built by Intermarine, followed by the refit of O’Reaand the 82-metre O’Mega. Over the years, it has consolidated its work in the luxury yacht refitting and construction sector. Today, the Golden Yachts fleet comprises an enviable number of units measuring between the 39.5 metres of O’Pati, a high-performance planning yacht made entirely of aluminium, to the 85 metres of O’Ptasia, launched last year, which we are looking at today. The fleet’s flagship, currently under construction and due to be launched in 2020, is a megayacht known as GY95, with 95 representing the length in meters.
O’Ptasia is the eleventh yacht to be designed by Studio Vafiadis for Golden Yachts, one of the companies in Paris Dragnis’s holding company. Dragnis, a Greek entrepreneur respectfully known as ‘Captain’ because of his background in merchant shipping, is a shipping magnate in the traditional sense, that is to say he owns afleet of cargo ships and has transformed his passion for yachting into a business. Vafiadis has become his go-to designer.
«A friendship has developed between myself and the owner over the years», says Giorgio Vafiadis. «…and while, on the one hand, this is extremely gratifying, on the other we feel weighed down by an additional responsibility». Stefano Vafiadis, who is following in his father’s footsteps, also worked on this project. «The owner asked us to create a classical and elegant yacht able to challenge time and fashions. A large and comfortable yacht, with very generous volumes for hosting up to twenty-two guests in great luxury and comfort», explains Vafiadis.
O’Ptasia, as is the case with other units belonging to the same company, will also beused as a private yacht and so, despite being designed to meet the needs of a broad selection of charter clients, her style is based on the personal tastes of the owner, who loves luxurious yet understated atmospheres.
The project objectives include cutting noise levels to a minimum and doing away with vibrations. When travelling by day, but above all by night, the owner does not want himself or his guests to have to put up with annoying rumblings and vibrations from the on-board machinery. This objectivehas been achieved thanks to the careful soundproofing of the technical rooms and the inclusion of extra layers of soundproofing material in the internal bulkheads.
O’Ptasiawas built in a record 28 months, despite the numerous problems associated with the construction of such a big yacht in a country like Greece, which does not have a great number of suppliers able to guarantee the quality demanded by luxury yachting. Much of the technical equipment and some of the components come from Dutch, German, Italian and US suppliers and the painting was entrusted to a firm with proven international experience. Italian suppliers were used for the interiors, making the fittings in Italy, where they were supervised and approved, before being dismantled and reassembled in Greece on the O’Ptasia.
As requested by the owner, the external lines are classical, streamlined and dynamic. Despite her majestic size, O’Ptasiavaunts an enviable slimness and harmony considering that she is a five-deck yacht with displacement of 1,840 tonnes and a gross tonnage of 2350.
In order to highlight the contiguity between the luxurious interiors and the spacious outdoor areas, the designers minimised the partition elements and installed large glazed surfaces. The style of the interiors could be described as classical-contemporary, with a chromatic contrast between polished ebony and ivory carpets tempered by fabrics and coverings in warm, restful colours. Steeland mother-of-pearl inserts enhance the furnishings with their linear design, emphasized by lights set around the edges of the ceiling, in wall panels and under units.
Each deck has large sitting and relaxation areas. The stern section of the lower deck has a large, bright beach club linked to the main lounge, which opens onto the bathing platform and can be equipped with sun loungers and parasols. Next to the beach club, a Turkish bath, sauna and massage room are available to help guests relax and unwind.
The main deck has a cockpit with comfortable seating, while the upper deck has a large dining area with table for sixteen diners beneath the protruding bridge deck. The gym is next to the swimming pool on the bridge deck: there’s is nothing better than taking a plunge after a workout! As well as being fitted with comfortable sofas, the ultra-panoramic sun deck also has an additional dining area and a bar.
In addition to separate stairs for the guests and crew, the decks are connected by a guest lift and a service lift and the crew can circulate on each deck without disturbing the guests. Large pantries on each deck make it easier to transport food from the main kitchen on the lower deck and serve it in the various dining areas.
The yacht is equipped with a centralized audio-video system, with a central server full of movies, videos and music, accessible from all areas of the yacht. There is also an automation system for controlling audio-video equipment, lights, curtains and dual-control air conditioning.
PROJECT Nhellas (naval architecture) • Giorgio & Stefano Vafiadis (Exterior Design) • Giorgio & Stefano Vafiadis (Interior design & decor)
HULL Length 85 m • Waterline length 73.70 m • Beam 13.80 m • Draft 3.60 m • Building material steel/aluminium • Full load displacement 1840 t • Gross Tonnage 2350 GT • Berths 22 • Crew max 32 • Fuel tank volume 300,000 l • Maximum speed 19.8 knots • cruising speed 16 knots • Range at 12.4 knots 10,541 nm
MAIN PROPULSION 2 Caterpillar 3516C, 3.386cv, 2.525k W • GENERATORS 2 x Caterpillar C18 360kW + an emergency one • PROPELLER Shaffran • STABILISERS 2 x Naiad Active Roll & Zero speed • TENDER Limo Tender custom 9.75m, Chris Craft Launch 27 8.15m, Novurania 6m, Avon di 4.40 m, Zodiac da 4.20 m
CERTIFICATION Bureau Veritas
41 Athinas Avenue
GR-16671 Vouliagmeni Athens, Grecia
+30 2117300600 / +30 210 8910500
For Charter: www.atalantagoldenyachts.com
(O’Ptasia 85M, like a great Goddess – Barchemagazine.com – Agosto 2019)