Grabau International is delighted to announce the new listing of the 2014 Italia Yachts 15.98 ‘MIND THE GAP’.
Unique available brokerage example of the award-winning Italia 15.98, the only built with 4-cabin, 2-heads layout, complete with B&G instrument pack, full optioned, lightly used, ready to sail.
FURTHER BROKER’S COMMENTS: MIND THE GAP was launched in 2014. Highlights of her specification include: • Teak deck, cockpit flooring and seating • Hull epoxy primer • 2.90m draft T-keel • Jefa steering with composite twin helm wheels • German mainsheet system • Stackpack and lazyjacks • B&G instrument package with Zeus plotter • 3x B&G 20×20 H5000 Displays at the mast • VHF with DSC and AIS • 4-cabin, 2-heads interior layout • Traditional filled-grain teak interior joinery • Electric winch • Water maker • Generator • AGM batteries (with one extra battery) • Electric stern platform • Spray hood • Dishwasher
Designed to cover long distances. In the design of Italia 15.98 the tradition of the great ocean going fast cruisers is reborn and updated to the latest hydrodynamics. “True Bluewater” best describes Italia 15.98, conceived to cruise long distances, combining performance, comfort and timeless style, with the guarantee of safe arrival even under the harshest conditions.
Italia 15.98 is a project by Matteo Polli, Italia Yachts chief designer, in collaboration with the yacht designer Tommaso Spadolini. It is a complete all-round boat with the performance you would expect from a fast cruiser. Seagoing boat behaviour, yet classic and original lines.
Italia 15.98 is design to let you live well on board while sailing. Development of the excellent hull that characterizes the smaller sister Italia 13.98, Italia 15.98 earns the internal hull volume and livebility on deck without substantially increasing the wet surface.
The hull has flared sections with knee high and deep deadrise at the bow. The shape allows a variable stern waterline length, limited with low wind, stretches dynamically with increasing speed. Very cared are the aspects related to comfort at sea, with careful study on the longitudinal trim and symmetry of the volumes while heeled as well as in the concentration of the weights as much as possible to limit the tendency to pitch.
About construction quality. The hull and deck are made of sandwich with biaxial and unidirectional glass fabrics impregnated with vinylester resin. In the central part of the boat the structure consists of a grid of galvanized steel stringers and floors, to ensure a high resistance to concentrated loads. The structural frame is designed to constitute a closed structural ring, able to distribute in an optimal manner efforts on the hull and deck and to withstand the large loads from the keel, mast and rigging.
From supercars and pointy shoes to novel pasta shapes, Italian design is lauded the world over. But it can lack practicality – there’s no room for the kids in a Ferrari, Gucci heels are terrible off-road and linguine simply translates to sauce on your shirt. This new Italia Yachts model is as true to this generalisation as it is to its patriotic name.
Conclusion: This is a sexy design that sails as beautifully as she looks and is soundly built. But, by trying to offer something for everyone, Italia Yachts has introduced a problem whereby, in the Italian way, aesthetics have won over practicality. Cockpit benches are totally inadequate for protection and, in an effort to be simple, the cockpit layout is too complicated for a typical cruising couple.
So the question is: how important is an aft cabin? If only Italia had made the coamings higher, the best of both worlds might still be available. But like driving an Alfa or wearing a sharp Italian suit, this yacht is more about how it makes you feel.
The 15.98 is designed to encourage yachtsmen to spend more time at the wheel when sailing offshore. If you are searching for a yacht with looks and performance that can take you long distance and don’t mind sacrificing a bit of cockpit comfort, she’s extremely hard to beat.
Toby Hodges, Yachting World
Bella. Sarà anche soggettivo, ma guardando la nuova ammiraglia del cantiere veneziano è il primo aggettivo che ci viene in mente. La proporzione delle linee, il sapiente mix di antico e moderno, i tanti chiaroscuri che arricchiscono la tuga… E poi quei segni caratteristici, come i tre oblò o il disegno della poppa, che individuano e accentuano il tanto ricercato family feeling. È impressionante come, in così poco tempo, questo attivo cantiere italiano sia riuscito a creare una linea immediatamente riconoscibile. In effetti guardando il 15.98 è subito chiaro che ci troviamo di fronte a un Italia Yachts. Ma sono altrettanto evidenti i passi da gigante in termini di proporzioni e dettagli raffinati, che danno alla nuova ammiraglia un carattere forte e personale, differenziandola dal resto della gamma. Carattere che deve molto all’apporto del noto designer Tommaso Spadolini, anni di esperienza nel mondo dei megayacht ma anche grande passione per le barche a vela. Carattere che si riscontra anche nel progetto in generale: il 15.98 è sensibilmente “più barca” rispetto alle sorelle minori.
Italia Yachts 15.98 – Mind The Gap – Asking Euro 580,000 VAT paid – full details here
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