A team of student architects engaged in the Master’s in Yacht Design at the Milan Polytechnic has created a revolutionary 70-foot sailing cabin cruiser that stands out for its futuristic look, sporty soul and “green” vocation.
Nautical design is always evolving and sometimes the best ideas are born right in the universities where the future masters of this art are trained which incorporates style, ergonomics, marine quality and hi-tech materials. This is the case, for example, of a group of students from the 21st Master’s in Yacht Design at the Milan Polytechnic who recently presented the rather innovative project of a 70-foot sailing cabin cruiser.
In spite of the name, Eve II, which refers to the primordial times of the human being in a biblical key, the yacht has a rather futuristic style in the shapes and in the choice of fittings. While equally avant-garde is the choice of eco-sustainable materials. The hull and structures of Eve II, for example, are made of basalt and balsa fiber, and thanks to the use of Elium®, a thermoplastic resin produced by Arkema, the composite becomes recyclable. Cork then replaces teak on deck in one of the few truly sustainable alternatives. The hull is completed by the double wheelhouse and a high-performance telescopic keel which allows a maximum draft of 4.2 meters to be reached, guaranteeing all the advantages of a retractable keel without however interfering with the interior spaces.
Racing deck and interior like a spaceship
The deck plan, conceived for regattas, team building projects and advertising/marketing campaigns, is all devoted to ergonomics, dynamism and versatility, with the cockpit seats in the center flanking the large window overlooking the dinette below deck, 4 winches (two on each side), the large sail area of 260 m² and the fixed mainsheet point with the “captive winch”.
The interiors for 6 people, strongly inspired by automotive design but which in reality look like those of a spaceship, all revolve around the chart table which stands out in the center of the dinette. Forward is the full-beam owner’s cabin, while the two aft cabins, each with its own bathroom, are just as spacious and can accommodate two people each. The crew cabin is accessed from the forward hatch before the anchor locker.
Make way for “eco” materials and “green” propulsion
The whole is completed by the strength of the natural light that pervades the whole space thanks to the windows in the double entrance, all around the deckhouse and the large windows in the owner’s cabin. Artificial lighting, on the other hand, is entirely entrusted to LED strips hidden in the furniture which highlight the innovative layout and red details. Strictly natural and sustainable materials instead characterize all the fittings: linen, hemp, kapok and even nettle are found in the cushions, mattresses and seats. As for propulsion, Eve II features two Torqeedo Deep Blue 50 Saildrive engines that allow exceptional maneuverability.
The team of designers that created the Eve II Windiva is made up of the Turkish engineer Dilara Kalkavan, the Italian designer Aurora Fernè, the Lebanese architect Mario El Hajj and, finally, the Italian designer Mattia Boccolini.
Technical data: length 19.90 m, beam 5.90 m, draft 2.70 – 4.20 m, displacement 23.60 t, ballast 8.25 t, fuel capacity 600 l, water capacity 1,000 l.