Gamma Yachts builds its most customized Gamma 20 so far, with smart design from Vripack, to renowned opera singer Andrea Bocelli.
Gamma Yachts has announced the delivery of 22.1m M/Y Libertas, the third in its Gamma 20 ‘mini’ super yacht series. With innovative design by Dutch company Vripack, the yacht has impressive guest space for its length as well as excellent fuel efficiency.
Both built and designed in Holland, the yacht combines the precision and technical capabilities of the Dutch with world-class interior furnishings and materials from Italy. Although the traditional threshold for a super yacht starts at 30m in length, Gamma Yachts CEO Guido Bonandrini comments that the degree of customization available to an owner in the Gamma 20 is much closer to that of a super yacht than any other vessel in this size range.
“The main elements of the Gamma 20 that are dictated to a client are the hull and superstructure shape; almost all other aspects can be adapted to the client’s preferences, much like you would expect on a yacht of a larger size. We have seen major variations in each of the vessels delivered so far, in particular to the exterior fly bridge. The owner of M/Y Libertas, celebrated opera singer Andrea Bocelli, took the customization even further than the previous Gamma 20 customers,” says Bonandrini.
For this yacht’s exterior, Bocelli specified a table and sofa to be placed forward the wheelhouse to offer true immersion into the surroundings, especially when underway. There is also a custom-built diving board on the extended fly bridge to jump off the highest point of the yacht, and the hull is painted in an eye-catching metallic electric blue. The decking comes in teak and there is an optional hydraulic swim platform that lowers into the water at the stern.
Making full use of the volume provided by the bow, the Gamma 20 offers a quarter for two crew members plus 170sqm of living space including the lower deck, main deck, fly bridge and walk-around. The addition of a fourth cabin in this yacht increases the accommodation up to nine guests. Furthermore, the windows in the master cabin have been increased to let in more light. Double-glazing insulates the interior, allowing the piano and recording studio equipment to be used in the main salon. For the interior finishes, the owner chose matte oak panelling with natural oak floors. The galley is outfitted with white Parapan and a grey stained oak flooring.
I love the way space has been arranged so that our large extended family can be together, enjoying closeness and intimacy
Andrea Bocelli - Owner
The award-winning designers from Vripack carried out extensive testing and modelling to ensure that the Gamma 20 matches up to the expectations of an owner looking for a super yacht experience in a more compact vessel. Vripack worked on the noise and vibration testing with Dutch firm Van Cappellen Consultancy, which also provided the insulation; and stabilizers from Naiad offer guests equal comfort whether at anchor or docked in a marina. As well as adding additional space for crew accommodation, the bow shape also provides excellent fuel economy for the yacht, which has a range of 1,270nm on 5,500L of fuel.
“The Gamma 20 has more to her than meets the eye. Below the curvaceous shape lies a luxury yacht concept that we approached with our holistic design philosophy. We believe that a great boat functions as a whole instead of a loose combination of separate parts,” says Marnix Hoekstra of Vripack.
“There are a number of striking features that prove the power of such holistic thinking,” continues Bart Bouwhuis, also of Vripack. “For instance, the lack of steps and obstructions: each deck is truly on one level, preventing the risk of tripping. This is combined with fast displacement hull lines that are used specifically for comfort at anchor and at sea. The approach goes as far as the actual structure of the
yacht to minimize the building time by applying our proprietary Smart Kit building technology. This allows the boat to be built faster and the end product is more rigid, which reduces noise and vibration to improve the guests’ experience.”
Thanks to the intelligent design and construction of the Gamma 20, the yacht was constructed and delivered in just 10 months. A larger model of 26m, the Gamma 24, is also available in the series, with accommodation for up to 12 guests. The design is based on the principle features of the Gamma 20.
Andrea Bocelli, who has previously owned several vessels in this size range, comments that the newly delivered Gamma 20 is by far his favourite: “I love the way space has been arranged so that our large extended family can be together, enjoying closeness and intimacy, while at the same time respecting everybody’s privacy. A yacht must meet precise needs and be able to make us feel at ease; it must comply with – and express both architecturally and technically – the same priorities as those living on it. Cosiness, warm materials, safety, low noise levels and comfort: these were my needs, and they have been fully met. I needed a solid, safe and comfortable boat, and I am very happy that I chose the Gamma 20.”