As we cruised, I had the chance to learn both about the man behind the 78 and what’s, literally, under this yacht’s skin.
“I grew up with boats on the west coast of Sweden but started my working life with cars. And through all of it, I held onto my boy’s dream of building boats,” Numarine CEO Patrik Von Sydow says.
Once he had his fill of the automobile industry, Von Sydow put in his time with several high-profile boatbuilders prior to joining Numarine in 2010. “I’m a product person, fascinated with design, and realize that in order to be successful in this business, you have to be ready to be different and present something that stands out.”
What makes Numarine different starts with its manufacturing facility, one that began with a major investment in infrastructure in both the size of the physical plant and how it builds its boats. “We started big. Our Istanbul-based factory covers some 35,000 square meters — 376,740 square feet — is climate-controlled, and is capable of producing up to 50 boats ranging in size from 55 up to 105 feet in length.”
The builder uses the latest in automated milling machines, resin-infuses the carbon and utilizes aramid-reinforced, vinylester sandwich construction of PVC foam, unidirectional and multiaxial E-glass and lightweight materials. This company is always ready to make the most of the latest technology.
“In our building process, we have reached the 60/40 glass-to-resin ratio; this is for a lighter, stronger vessel with good fuel economy,” Von Sydow tells me, adding, “In addition, we post-cure all of our boats to ensure full structural strength.”
The responsibility for the striking contemporary styling and design of Numarine’s yachts, including this 78, falls upon a trio of marine architects.
“With our design philosophy, we always strive to avoid the ‘sea of sameness,’” Von Sydow comments. And in this particular vessel, Can Yalman, Tommaso Spadolini and Umberto Tagliavini, along with the Turkish craftsmen and artisans employed by Numarine, have achieved their purpose.
“In this market, with these economic conditions, you can’t be greedy anymore. You must deliver a quality product that is also a fair deal. Numarine is in a position to do so,” Von Sydow remarks as we wrap up our time together.
Given the company’s focus on design, naval architecture and engineering, and its ability to deliver exactly what any owner wants, Numarine’s 78 Fly may soon find herself on many boat-buying voyagers’ short lists.
Displ.: 99,208 lb. (full load)
Fuel: 1,100 gal.
Water: 194 gal.
Engines: 2 x 1,150 mhp Caterpillar C18 diesels
Base Price: Upon request
Test Conditions: The sea trial was conducted on Biscayne Bay, Miami, in 16 feet of water with calm seas, 66 percent fuel, full water and four persons aboard. Fuel consumption was measured by Caterpillar’s electronic engine-monitoring system, speed measured by GPS. Sound levels were measured at the helm.
Numarine, +90 533 385 49 88; numarine.com