An Engine Room in the Bow?

The Wider 150 is being built with new ideas that may surprise the superyacht set.

Wider 150 motoryacht

The Wider 150 motoryacht is designed with the engine room in the bow.Courtesy Wider

Wider — an Italian yacht builder established in 2010 by Tilli Antonelli, founder and former president of Pershing — has begun construction in Ancona on Hull No. 1 of the Wider 150 superyacht.

The Wider 150’s all-aluminum design is by naval architect Fulvio di Simoni, who has been behind successful Pershing models since the mid-1980s. The heart of the new design is a diesel/electric propulsion system that will be in the yacht’s bow, and that will offer reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions and greater range than yachts with traditional diesel-only propulsion packages. For instance, with all onboard systems running and using only the battery-powered electric engines, the Wider 150 will have a range of about five hours, or 25 miles of cruising.

With the engine compartment in the bow, the aft section of the Wider 150 is devoted fully to guest use. The swim platform is expansive, with aft and opening side terraces, and leads to an indoor swimming pool that also serves as tender stowage when the yacht is under way.

Similar attention to bringing guests “closer to nature” can be found on the upper decks, where large windows are designed to “disappear” as guests look through them.

There is a full-beam master suite on the main deck, and a sliding wall can separate the master into two compartments, in addition to the owner’s office and private terrace. Four additional guest cabins are on the lower deck.

Along with the Wider 150 superyacht, the builder is offering a new Wider 32 tender that is aimed to be an extension of the mothership. While that tender is designed to be stowed aft, other toys can be stowed forward in the bow, whose deck raises for use as a touch-and-go helipad. That space also can convert into a guest terrace for privacy when the yacht is docked stern-to.

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