A true bluewater cruiser

The project of the Italia 15.98 reintroduces the tradition of most famous oceanic fast cruisers, updated according to the latest knowledges of hydrodynamics and hull design. A “true Bluewater” yacht is the concept that better describes the Italia 15.98, realized for a long distance cruising, combining performance, comfort and timeless style, ensuring an easy sailing also in rough conditions. The main purpose of the whole project of the Italia Yachts design team headed by Matteo Polli, in cooperation with the designer Tommaso Spadolini, is to obtain a complete and
all-round boat, with fast cruiser’s performance and an oceanic behavior at sea.
The result is a sailing yacht by which enjoing long periods savoring all the delights that a sailing cruise can offer.

Innovation within tradition

In recent years, many of the projects appeared on the market have been characterized by several design concepts, looking to fashion aesthetic solutions that often limit or eliminate the qualities needed for long and safe sailing experiences. Taking up the tradition of some 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.

About construction quality

Each construction element used to build an Italia Yachts unit meets the highest quality standards and is developed internally with one goal: to give the customer a real sailboat, solid, powerful, safe and durable, able to ensure a truly unique sailing experience. Italia 15.98 is made in Italy in the new production plant based in San Giorgio di Nogaro (Udine) by long experience workers; any step of the construction process, the materials used and the care dedicated to the assembly of the parts, show the extraordinary hidden quality in each Italia Yachts exemplary.

Sandwich construction
The hull and deck are built in sandwich with biaxial and unidirectional fiberglass and vinylester resin. The PVC core has different densities. Carbon reinforcements are placed in high load areas

Main structural frame
The structural frame is designed to constitute a closed structural ring, able to distribute in an optimal manner efforts on the hull and deck and to withstand the large loads from the keel, mast and rigging

Carbon structural reinforcements
The structure provides an extensive use of structural reinforcements, both longitudinal as transversal, made of unidirectional carbon fiber and composite

Bow structural arrangement
In the bow part there are carbon reinforced structural framings laminated directly to the hull. This structural arrangement has the aim of supporting the slamming loads occuring when sailing in severe weather conditions

Engine and systems room
The inspection, as well as from the opening stairs, is guaranteed by two 150 cm tall doors with easy access to engine and systems. The engine is turned with the inverter towards the bow, with advantages in the distribution of the weights

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.

Structure and bulkheads

In the central part of the boat ​​the structure consists of a grid of galvanized steel stringers and floors, to ensure a high resistance to concentrated loads and allow 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.

Structural bulkheads
Structural bulkheads are laminated to hull and deck

Watertight bulkheads
A watertight bulkhead separate the anchor department, sail locker and the interior of the boat for safety

Structural furniture
Many of the wardrobes and shelfs are designed as part of the structure of the boat, with the result of reducing weight and increasing rigidity

Tanks are located under the floors in central position

Systems room entrance
The large systems room has an easy access throug a 150 cm height door

Openable transom
The openable transom, covered in teak, can be opened electrically for an easy access to the sea


The hull and deck are built in sandwich with biaxial and unidirectional fiberglass and vinylester resin. The PVC core has different densities. Carbon reinforcements are placed in high load areas. The central part of the hull is full laminated, to improve the resistance to concentrated loads. The main reinforcement grid is made of galvanized high strength steel and it supports loads of keel, shrouds and mast, making extremely secure the integrity of the entire craft. Longitudinal and trasversal carbon reinforcements are laminated to the hull. All the bulkheads, where possible, are laminated to hull and deck, ensuring to Italia 15.98 to be a very stiff boat.

Keel and rudder

Italia 15.98 is proposed with various versions of the keel,
in order to satisfy the different ways to use the boat. The standard version, for those who want maximum performance
or have any draft limitations, provides a 2.90 m T-shaped keel, with Weldox 700 steel blade and a lead torpedo. There are two L-shaped keel options for shallow draft. The rudder has a standard high aspect ratio and it is 2.50 meters deep. The steering system includes two pedestals with completely separate and independent circuits to improve the safety
during navigation.

Sail plan

With a 19/20 rig and three spreaders 20 degrees angled, the sail plan represents a careful compromise between performance, stability and ease of 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 enhances the boom length (J=6.40 m), which, together with the forestay-mast joint position, offers a generous foretriangle to ensure optimum power in rough seas and to arm big Code Zero or generous downwind sails; in addition the sail plan was designed to arm a “real” staysail that is equipped with the proper surface and the right proportions to be really efficient.

Mast and rig
The standard version is provided with an aluminum boom and three spreaders mast by John Mast, with discontinuous rod rigging and closed turnbuckles. Upon request, it is available a carbon mast and boom solution. The furling drum recessed below deck is manual with the ability to maneuver through the halyards winch. Electrification is optional. All the running rigging is made with ropes made of Dyneema® cores.

Sail Area
Mainsail + Jib: 176 mq
Mainsail + Gennaker: 320 mq

Deck concept

The deck layout remind the maxy yachts’ one. This allows to have wide areas free from equipment: a separate cockpit area, side decks and large areas for sunbathing. All the equipment is of the highest quality, starting from the oversized winches for jib and mainsail trim. All winches can be electric powered. On the coachroof there are tracks for the jib sheets inclusive of travellers,
and 14 clutches and relative deck organizers are installed on the deck plan. All pushpits and stanchions are made in stainless steel and side gates are installed on both sides of the boat.

Cockpit layout

The large teak cockpit is divided into three areas. The front part is dedicated to the guests, and completely free from equipment.
The benches, 2.30 meters long and 58 cm wide, also perfect for sunbathing, are served by a large table with folding wings,
protected by a sprayhood, supplied as standard. Under the benches there are two deep lockers for equipment. In line with the wheels, the cockpit floor is lowered; the manouvering area is concentrated close to the wheels, with enough space for the crew
but with ergonomics that allows the helmsman to control the whole boat using the four winches. Behind the wheels a flat and clear surface can be fully allocated to sunbathing area, in direct connection with the sea. Under the cockpit floor there is a large storage compartment accessible by three lockers to store equipment and facilities, while on one side there is a liferaft locker.

Deck and coachroof design

The coachroof design well represents the signature of the yard. The peculiar portholes design is further emphasized by the presence of different levels that give movement to the whole profile. The grid on the coaming provides a touch
of exclusivity, hiding other portholes. The coachroof is conceived to allow the storage of the sprayhood and of all the lines, which run recessed up to the winches. Coachroof central area is perfect for sunbathing; on each side there are the jib rails, with adjustments to the cockpit, which allow optimal upwind angles. The numerous hatches are all flush deck. The sidewalk is free from equipment and allows the passage towards the bow safely and comfortably. The anchoring system provides a windlass 1.500 W for an anchor housed on a steel bow roller. The slightly angled bow benefits the anchoring operation. It can be supplied a bowsprit as well as a pivoting system that allow to hide the whole anchor arm. The through deck furler and foldable moorings cleats emphasize the tidiness of the whole area.

Interior design: bow owner cabin versions

Various different layouts are available, some of them with a large aft owner’s cabin. The different layouts range from two to five cabins, including the ones with bow crew cabin complete with sink and wc. The styling, clean and linear, is based on coated surfaces in extra quality natural teak supplied as standard, alternating with white lacquered parts, in order to ensure optimum brightness while maintaining a warm and cousy atmosphere.The detailed elements include the use of polished steel. Numerous handholders and the spaces between the furniture, never too large, 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 shipyard allows customizations of furniture, materials and finishes.

  • Standard version with 3 cabins, 2 heads, aft galley and optional crew cabin

  • Alternative version with 4 cabins and 2 heads

  • Alternative version with 3 cabins, 3 heads, saloon galley and optional crew cabin

Interior design: aft cabin versions

There are different solutions for the aft cabin. The layout with two twin cabins can be completed with one or two heads, depending on the position of the galley. Alternatively, it can be proposed 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 box 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.

  • Aft cabin version with 3 cabins, 2 heads, salooon gallery and optional crew cabin

  • Aft cabin version with 3 cabins, 2 heads, aft gallery and optional crew cabin

  • Aft cabin version with 3 cabins, 2 heads and aft galley

Two different saloon layouts

The saloon, offered in two different solutions, is bright and airy thanks to the many portlights, of which seven are openable. At port side, the sofa and dining table for eight people that can be served by further seats on the opposite side. There are various solutions for the starboard side: when the galley is at stern, organized on both sides along the passage leading to the cabin, there is another 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.

Three bow layouts

Various arrangements are proposed also for the bow. A layout with single owners cabin with side double bed and head divided into two rooms, with separate shower. The second 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 separate entrance from the deck, complete with sink and toilet. The third version, which does not allow the cabin crew, includes a cabin on the extreme bow, with central double bed, and a second cabin with bunk berths, served by a head with separate shower box.

Technical Specifications

Model: Italia 15.98
Builder: 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

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