In the wake of the 2021 recapitalisation by Marcello Maggi and the holding company W-Fin Sarl, the Marche-based shipyard Wider has unveiled its latest developments aimed at consolidating its status in the nautical scene (opening: Widercat 92).
Thanks to major financial investments, Wider has launched a new era through a radical rebranding, the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility in Fano, a dedicated superyacht hub in Venice, and much more. One year after the recapitalisation, Wider has surpassed all the targets it set itself in September 2021.
The yard’s history started with the Wider 42 and then moved on to hybrid superyachts, such as the 50m M/Y Cecilia. Now the team wants to relaunch the brand image with a new logo, a new identity and a new website.
New facilities in Fano
In January 2022 Wider announced plans for a new facility in Fano. The facility, which will be built on an 11,000 square metre site, will be seafront and built in the area between the fishing boats in the historic port and the tourist harbour, with a wide quay almost 100 metres long.
Mainly dedicated to the construction of the Wider series catamarans, the Fano yard includes an innovation centre where ideas, new technologies and eco-friendly initiatives will come to life using sustainable materials such as wood and glass, thus minimising the impact on the surrounding environment.
Moonflower’s keel laid in Venice
The shipyard is also proud to announce the laying of the keel of the first project in the brand new hub dedicated to superyachts and full custom projects in Venice: Moonflower 72.
Radical in both design and concept, Moonflower 72 is the first hybrid superyacht signed by the new Wider generation. Featuring exteriors by the renowned Nauta Design studio, the construction of the yacht is well underway and is expected to be completed in 2025. Moonflower 72 is only the first full-custom yacht to be built at the Venice site.
The WiderCat 92, the first in a range of catamarans designed by Luca Dini and the Wider Style Centre, has already sold five units. The first hull will be completed in 2023 and will remain in Europe to debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2023, two others are being delivered to the United States also thanks to Wider’s partnership with MarineMax, its exclusive dealer for North America.
The hulls and decks of WiderCat 92 are currently being rolled and will be assembled and joined in November 2022, before work begins on the lower deck (installations and fittings). The models for the two superstructures have also been completed, with mould construction to begin shortly.
Serial hybrid propulsion system
Wider was the first to introduce ‘Serial Hybrid Propulsion’ in the cruising superyacht segment. This solution offers a remarkable ‘eco’ cruising range and all the advantages of a complete hybrid system for the yacht, including ‘hotel’ functions that can run for many hours without generators, all night and the next day, thus eliminating noise, vibrations and fumes.
Wider’s technology is green, as it is based on a power management software package specifically developed and patented for the marine environment. Always flexible, Wider’s engineering has designed the technology so that it can easily integrate further developments and be easily installed on both catamarans and superyachts.
(Wider, new investments and image makeover – barchemagazine.com – October 2022)