On the heels of its 2021 recapitalization under Marcello Maggi and holding company W-Fin Sarl, the Marche, Italy-based yacht builder Wider has unveiled its latest developments, which include a new logo and brand image; a new shipyard in Fano; a semicustom, hybrid-powered catamaran called the WiderCat 92; and a 72-meter hybrid-powered custom steel motoryacht called Moonflower, designed by Nauta and under construction in a new superyacht hub in Venice.
A NEW IMAGE
Since its founding in 2010, Wider has been known for its innovation, from its first appearance in the industry with the Wider 42, to well-received hybrid superyacht projects such as the 50-meter Cecilia. With its recapitalization comes a new brand image meant to showcase the builder’s mixture of luxury, beauty, advanced technology and environmental consciousness.
A NEW SHIPYARD IN FANO
In January 2022, Wider announced plans for a new shipyard in Fano, which is in development. Set to be constructed across a space of 11,000 square meters, the facility will be sea-facing and located in the area between the town’s historic port and the tourist marina. It will have a quay spanning almost 100 meters in length.
Primarily focused on constructing Wider’s new series catamarans, the Fano facility includes an innovation center that will showcase new technologies and eco-friendly initiatives incorporating sustainable materials such as wood and glass, minimizing the impact on the surrounding environment.
MOONFLOWER 72 KEEL LAID AT NEW VENICE SUPERYACHT HUB
The shipyard has also announced the keel laying of the first project at its new hub dedicated to superyacht and full-custom projects in Venice: Moonflower 72. Advanced in both its design and concept, Moonflower 72 is the first hybrid superyacht signed by the revitalized Wider. Featuring exteriors by Nauta Design, the yacht’s construction is well underway with completion set for 2025. Moonflower 72 is the first full-custom yacht to be completed at the Venice site.
The first of a branded catamaran range, the Luca Dini and Wider Centro Stile-designed WiderCat 92 has already sold five units, the company says. The first hull will be completed in 2023 and will remain in Europe to debut at Cannes Yachting Festival 2023, with two others set to be delivered in the United States through Wider’s partnership with MarineMax, its exclusive dealer in the U.S.
The hulls and decks of the WiderCat 92 are currently being laminated and will be assembled and joined in November, before work on the lower deck (systems and furnishings) will begin. The models of the two superstructures have also been completed, with the construction of the molds also set to begin shortly.
WIDER SERIAL HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Wider was the first to introduce a serial hybrid propulsion system in the leisure superyacht segment. According to the company, the technology has been redefining the standards of yachting. It is now offering what it calls its “Premium” option for full contact with the sea without leaving a trace of your passage. Wider defines premium as “luxuriating in total freedom and absolute peace of mind.” Serial hybrid propulsion offers an “eco” cruising range and all the benefits of a full serial hybrid system in a yacht, including hotel functions that can run for many hours without generators, all night and into the next day, thus eliminating noise, vibration and fumes.
Wider’s technology is ecological, as it builds on a power management software package specifically developed and patented for the marine environment. Wider’s engineering department has conceived the technology so that it can easily integrate further developments and to be installed with ease on both catamaran and superyachts.
For more information: wider-yachts.com