In the project of the Italia 15.98 revives the tradition of the great fast cruiser oceanic updated according to the latest knowledge in the field of hydrodynamics and the study on the hulls. The main purpose of the whole project is to obtain a complete and all round boat, with fast cruiser’s performance but behavior at sea of an ocean-going vessel. All encased in classic and original forms at the same time, the result of a thorough study on the concepts and forms that have immortalized the most beautiful boats produced in history. A sailboat sincere and trustworthy, in the manner as in the embodiment where you can live long periods tasting all the joys that the sailing cruise will offer.
Sailing is one of the oldest human activities existing; the whole development of our civilization is related to sailing. The greatest epic poems tell of storms and gods related to the sea and the wind. When the man stopped sailing for living, he started to do it for pleasure. But the rules, nature, emotions, are always the same. And the navigation requires the same principles: respect for the elements, safety, comfort. Because sailing, even for pleasure, is always a serious matter.
In recent years many of the boats offered on the market have been developed in a scenic and “sedentary” perspective, following fashion aesthetic details that limit or eliminate the qualities needed for long voyages. The Italian boatyard Italia Yachts was founded in 2010 with the aim of achieving real sailboats. Taking up the tradition of the most famous Italian manufacturers who have written the history of yachting, as Sangermani, Costaguta, D’Este, the Italia Yachts boats join the style and Made in Italy taste to the quality and characteristics of the boats for real sailing. Everything on board of the Italia Yachts is designed and made for a complete and prolonged life on board without sacrifices, both in navigation and in the bays.
When navigating in deep water, the boat is your home and your refuge, a microcosm autonomous and independent to be entrusted with the safety and serenity of all of its “inhabitants “. For this you have to pretend that it is first of all made with awareness and competence of people who share the same passion, and therefore know in detail all the needs and requirements of those who love to sail. This does not mean just physical strength of the hull and components, but also conduct safe and comfortable, because the greatest danger at sea comes right out of your fatigue. A boat that communicates safety, which pampers its crew without tiring, will always keep the best of your ability, so you can decide the route without constraints due to the constraints that the boat itself imposes. In the project of the Italia 15.98 revives the tradition of the great fast cruiser oceanic updated according to the latest knowledge in the field of hydrodynamics and the study on the hulls. The main purpose of the whole project is to obtain a complete boat and all round, with fast cruiser’s performance but behavior at sea of an ocean-going vessel. All encased in classic and original forms at the same time, the result of a thorough study on the concepts and forms that have immortalized the most beautiful boats produced in history. A sailboat sincere and trustworthy, in the manner as in the embodiment where you can live long periods tasting all the joys that the sailing cruise will offer.
The basic concepts have already been written on the models 10.98 and 13.98, boats of great success enjoyed by audiences and critics. But with 15.98 Italia Yachts is a definite step forward, trusting to Tommaso Spadolini the study of exterior styling, along with the layout and design of the interior. The long and complex work on the proportions has resulted in a graceful and sleek line with a strong character, in accordance with the family feeling of the yard, while offering a version of the interior which includes a large master stateroom aft. This has led to hours of study to the smallest details, with complex 3D simulations of every detail. The result is a boat with seaworthy and elegant forms, with dynamic elements, such as the particular design of the deck and hull windows, which highlight the performance of fast cruiser, along with many signs, such as the pronounced sheerline, the high and 3.5 degrees angled bow, the classic transom, which clearly show the Blue Water purpose.
Italia 15.98 was born to let you live well on board while sailing, and the whole project is designed in this way. Development of the excellent hull that characterizes the smaller sisters Italia 13.98, Italia 15.98 earns the internal hull volume and livability 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. With a powerful and safe behavior, soft and delicate too, aboard Italia 15.98 you will rediscover the beauty of the beat, pace queen sailing and being at the helm for hours become one of the greatest pleasures of your cruise.
The aft cabin version
Various versions of the keel are offered, in order to satisfy the different ways to use the boat around the world: the standard version, for those who want maximum performance or for those who have no draft problems provides a T-shaped keel dipped to 2.90 meters, with Weldox 700 steel fin that supports a lead torpedo. Wanting to reduce the draft: there are two L-shaped keel options with a hi efficiency blade ending in a massive bulb to guarantee the final righting moment of the project. The rudder has a standard high aspect ratio spade, 2.50 meters deep. The steering system includes two pedestals with completely separate and independent circuits, a redundant system that greatly increases the safety avoiding the need for emergency tiller.
In addition to the various draft keels, the team is studying also a pivoting keel for very shallow water.
With a 19/20 rig and three 20 degrees swept spreaders, the sail plan is a careful compromise between performance, stability and easy handling, even downwind typical of the long ocean crossings. The naval architecture suffers no limit dictated by the interior. In fact, the backward position of the mast greatly promotes the development of the J (6.40 meters) which, together with the up attack of the forestay, offers an important fore triangle, great to get more power in heavy sea and to sail with a big Code 0 or generous reach sails; In addition, the sail plan was designed to drive also a “real” staysail, that is equipped with the proper surface and the right proportions to be really efficient.
Materials and techniques
The hull and deck are made of sandwich with biaxial and unidirectional glass fabrics impregnated with vinylester resin. The lamination is vacuum infused. The core is PVC closed cell foam of different densities. Carbon reinforcements in the areas of particular load. The central band of the hull is made of massive fiberglass to improve the resistance to concentrated loads and to avoid delamination. The junction between the hull and the deck is via structural adhesives and provides a complete banding in the inner perimeter.
In the central area the structure consists of a grid of galvanized steel stringers and floors, to ensure a high resistance to concentrated loads and allow for a greater capacity of the fuel and water tanks, all seats in the lower and central zone. On this structure, insist loads of keel, mast and chainplates. In other areas the structure continues with stringers and floors made of fiberglass, reinforced with unidirectional carbon tops, integrated into the steel grid with large areas of overlap. All bulkheads are laminated to hull and deck. There is a watertight bulkhead between the anchor and the sail locker/crew cabin. As an option, a crashbox in the bow can be fitted and can be made a completely watertight bulkhead aft.
Plant and equipment
All equipment and systems provide use of the highest quality components available on the market. For example, the running rigging on deck is completely in Dyneema® technical fibers while the electrical system 24 volts includes Mastervolt CanBus elements. Among the standard features most relevant are the large diameter winches, rod rigging, deck equipment carefully designed to be maneuvered with ease even under load, 8 hatches and 14 portholes, cockpit table in teak and steel, sprayhood with recessed accommodation, two refrigerators of 140 liters each, hot water heater 50 liter, 220 v with battery charger 80 Ah.
Large volumes dedicated to the engine room in all versions of the interior. The inspection, as well as from the opening stairs, is guaranteed by two ca 150 cm tall doors giving access to a free area, where to reach engine and systems well in all their parts. The engine is turned with the inverter towards the bow, to ensure a more ahead position possible, with advantages in the distribution of the weights and in most distance of the propeller away from the helm. Great attention to the possibility of dismantling equipment and tanks without the need for destructive interventions.
The structural frame
Bulkheads are laminated to hull and deck
Tanks are located under the floors in central position
Many of the furniture have a structural function
Standard version - Preliminary render
Separate sail and anchor lockers
Flat and clear surface
Three distinct areas - standard version
Separation of the cockpit - aft cabin version
The deck offers organization and features typical of maxi yachts. In practice, it is like an 80-foot layout in a smaller scale. This allows, for example, to have three separate cockpit areas, wide and equipment free side decks, and number of areas for sunbathing. All this is emphasized by the flat and wide toerail, where there are concentrated many fittings and the entire lifeline.
The large cockpit, completely lined with teak, is divided into three distinct areas. The front part, just after the companion way entrance, is dedicated to the guests, and completely free from gear. The benches, 2.30 meters long and 58 cm wide, also perfect for sunbathing, are served by a large table with folding doors, made of steel and teak and protected by a sprayhood supplied as standard and, on request, by a dedicated bimini. Under the benches there are two lockers dedicated to current use equipment. In the aft cabin version, the guest cockpit is divided into two parts by a rise which guarantees internal heights while providing additional seating. The maneuvering area is concentrated around the steering, with good space for the crew but with ergonomics that allows even the only helmsman to control the whole boat using the four winches. In line with the wheels, the cockpit floor is lowered to allow a protective coaming over 60 cm high. Aft of the steering it is developped a rich, flat surface clear of equipment, that can be fully allocated to sunbathing area, in direct connection with the sea by lowering the openable sundeck platform. This has a nice curved surface and is far enough from the sea not to hit the waves of passing boats. Under the floor of the cockpit is a large storage compartment accessible by two doors, to store equipment and facilities bulkier, while on the sides, there are two practical rooms completely dedicated to the liferafts.
The maneuvering area
The maneuvering area is concentrated around the steering, with good space for the crew but with ergonomics that allows even the only helmsman to control the whole boat using the four winches. In line with the wheels, the cockpit floor is lowered to allow a protective coaming over 60 cm high.
Deck and coachroof design
The design of the coachroof, which features heavily throughout the boat, is the most obvious sign of the yard. The particular shape of the portholes is further emphasized by the play of different levels that give movement to the whole profile, while the grille to the rear provides a touch of exclusivity, while allowing to hide more portholes and the various vents. The roof is arranged to hide the accommodation of the sprayhood and all the lines, which run recessed up to the rear winches. The central part can be fitted to sunbathing, while on the edges genoa rails are mounted, with adjustments to the cockpit, which in this position allow optimal upwind angles. The numerous hatches are all flush. On the sidewalk, the total lack of equipment and the separation of the chainplates, with upper shrouds attached alongside and low diagonal leaning against the deck, allows the passage towards the bow safely and comfortably. The anchoring system provides a standard windlass 1.500 w serving Delta anchor housed on a sturdy steel bow roller. The slightly angled bow benefits the anchoring operation. Alternatively, the construction is already designed to accommodate a bowsprit as well as a pivoting system that allow to hide the whole anchor arm. The recessed furler drum and retractable moorings cleats emphasize the tidiness and cleanliness of the whole area.
The folding and removable teak coated bathing platform
The folding and removable teak coated bathing platform
Two separated lockers for anchor and sails
Two separated lockers for anchor and sails
Aft of the steering it is developped a rich, flat surface clear of equipment, that can be fully allocated to sunbathing area, in direct connection with the sea by lowering the openable sundeck platform. This has a nice curved surface and is far enough from the sea not to hit the waves of passing boats. Under the floor of the cockpit is a large storage compartment accessible by two doors, to store equipment and facilities bulkier, while on the sides, there are two practical rooms completely dedicated to the liferafts.
The anchoring system provides a standard windlass 1.500 w serving Delta anchor housed on a sturdy steel bow roller. The slightly angled bow benefits the anchoring operation. Alternatively, the construction is already designed to accommodate a bowsprit as well as a pivoting system that allow to hide the whole anchor arm. The recessed furler drum and retractable moorings cleats emphasize the tidiness and cleanliness of the whole area.
The interior of Italia 15.98 represent a little miracle of distribution of space. Despite the binding scheme with large aft cockpit, the Studio Spadolini managed to get twelve different solutions, with some versions of the stern area centered on the large cabin. The different layouts ranging from two to five cabins, with the possibility of a crew quarter in the front complete with sink and wc. This allows you to meet any need, while maintaining a well-defined structural scheme. The style, clean and linear, is based on coated surfaces in natural teak extra quality, supplied as standard, alternating with white lacquered parts in order to ensure optimum brightness while maintaining a warm and friendly atmosphere. The detailed elements include the use of steel polished, while some areas are enhanced with soft leather. The numerous handholders and the spaces between the furniture, never excessive, together with the total absence of sharp edges, allow to move in total safety even in navigation with high heeling angles. In addition to the twelve different layouts, the tailor-made soul of the construction allows customization to meet both in terms of furniture and for the choice of materials and finishes.
Offered in two different solutions, the saloon is bright and airy thanks to the many portlights of which seven are openable. Constant organization of the dinette at port, with sofa and dining table for eight people that can be served by further seats on the opposite side amidships. On the starboard side the arrangement is variable: when the galley is at the stern, organized on both sides along the passage leading to the cabin, then there is an extra long sofa that ends at the bow with the chart table. Alternatively, in this area you can opt for the large galley with central peninsula that serves as a support for work when heeled. In this case, the chart table has a wide space immediately aft, in the traditional position.
A total of three different arrangements are proposed for the area of the bow: single cabin with central double bed and head divided into two rooms, with shower completely separate; scheme with two cabins, one with bunk berths, the other forward with double side berth, both of these versions can have an optional crew accommodation in the extreme bow, with a separate entrance from the deck, complete with sink and toilet concealed. The third version, which does not allow the cabin crew, includes a VIP cabin in the bow extreme, with central double bed, and a second cabin with bunk berths, served by a head with separate shower box.
Standard version with 3 cabins, 2 heads, aft galley and optional crew cabin
Alternative version with 4 cabins, 3 heads and saloon galley
Alternative version with 3 cabins, 3 heads, saloon galley and optional crew cabin
Alternative version with 3 cabins and 3 heads
Alternative version with 4 cabins, 2 heads, aft galley and optional crew cabin
At the stern there are four different solutions. The layout with two twin cabins can vary in the number of heads, one or two, depending on the position in which there is the galley. But the real revolution is the ability to adopt a single large owner’s cabin with a double central bed and two different solutions for the head, with integrated shower box or with a completely separate shower place on the starboard side. This solution, which is typical of center cockpit boats, offers the advantages of a true master stateroom in the most comfortable and quiet place of the boat without distorting the aft cockpit layout. This possibility is particularly appreciated by owners who like to sail in long passages, trying to preserve their habitats.
Aft cabin version with 2 cabins, 2 heads, saloon galley and optional crew cabin
Aft cabin version with 3 cabins, 2 heads, saloon galley and optional crew cabin
Aft cabin version with 2 cabins, 2 heads, aft galley and optional crew cabin
Aft cabin version with 3 cabins, 2 heads and saloon galley
Aft cabin version with 3 cabins, 2 heads and aft galley
Aft cabin version with 3 cabins, 2 heads, aft galley and optional crew cabin
Alternative Aft Cabin
Italia 15.98 was born to live well on board while sailing, and the whole project is designed in this way. The shapes and numbers are tipical of a fast cruiser, though declined in blue water: we obtain a fast and boat, capable of high daily averages. The project data suggest an all round behavior, in which the benefits go together with safety and comfort. With a powerful and safe but soft and delicate wave passage, aboard Itaia 15.98 you will rediscover the beauty of the upwind sailing, the queen time on a sailboat, while the generous size of the fore triangle allows you to mount generous reach sails capable to fly the boat downwind. All while maintaining a true pleasure at the helm.
Model: Italia 15.98
Builder: Adriasail Fano / Italia Yachts Venezia
Design and styling: Italia Yacht Design Team and Studio Spadolini
Naval architecture: Matteo Polli / Italia Yacht Design Team
Engineering project: Maurizio Cossutti Yacht Design
Property and management: Italia Yachts Venezia
Lenght over all: 16.60 m (55 ft)
Hull length: 15.98 m (53 ft)
Waterline length: 14.00 m (46 ft)
Beam max: 4.85 m (15,4 ft)
Standard draft: 2.90 m (9,5 ft)
Shallow draft: 2.60 m (8,5 ft)
Displacement: 15.800 Kg (34.800 lbs ca)
Ballast: 5.700 Kg ca (12.570 lbs ca)
Engine: Diesel 75 Hp / 55 Kw (Optional 110 Hp)
Tanks: Fuel n° 2 + 1 total 600 l ca / Water n° 2 x 350 l - total 700 l ca
CE certification: European Certification CE, craft “A” category
Sail area mainsail + jib: 176 m2 (861 ft2)
Sail area mainsail + gennaker: 320 m2 (3.445 ft2)
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