Otam Gipsy Superyacht Wanders into Our Hearts
Generally speaking, the practice of buying the first of something is not advisable. History is full of instances of consumers serving as unpaid, unknowing beta testers of products and services that weren’t quite ready for prime time. This is not to say, however, that companies are incapable getting something right from the get-go. Take the first superyacht from Italian shipyard Otam, for example.
It’s called Gipsy, and is the brainchild of designer Tommaso Spadolini. The high freeboard (a.k.a. distance between the waterline and the main deck) and rakish superstructure help give the illusion of this boat being much bigger than its actual 35 meter (115 foot) length. That’s not to say, however, that this yacht is cramped on the inside; far from it, as Otam’s interior architect Laura Mirabella and her team were able to devote an entire deck (aside from the wheelhouse) for the private owner’s suite, as well as fit four VIP cabins, four crew cabins, and a large single dining area, to name just the highlights. Topside, there’s a centralized bar area, copious seating and lounging area, and a Jacuzzi, while Otam says the efficient semi-displacement hull design allows for a top speed of 20 knots, or a 2,000 nautical mile cruising range at a more sedate 11 knots. Not bad for some beginners.