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The Mangusta 165E | A high-speed trendsetter from Overmarine.

The Mangusta 165E | A high-speed trendsetter from Overmarine.

By Jill Bobrow

Art, design and culture are always in the air in Miami, and 165-foot (50.3-meter) Moonraker from Italy’s Mangusta fits right in.

Although Moonraker is the eighth hull in the Mangusta 165 series (the yard has delivered nine hulls in seven years and has a 10th in the works), she gave the impression of being a brand-new model, judging by the enthusiastic reaction to her American debut at the 2015 Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami. Lying diagonally stern-to the dock opposite the Fontainebleau hotel, she garnered curious crowds and fielded a long queue of visitors. This contemporary work of floating art could have been an exhibit in one of the galleries in the city’s design district.

A departure from her predecessors in the series, this 165 carries an E in her moniker. It stands for evo, or evolution. The owner, who previously owned a Norship 120, was “seeking speed, comfort and a bespoke interior,” says Francesco Frediani, commercial director of Mangusta parent company Overmarine. The owner was hands-on in the build, specifying changes to a number of the yacht’s exterior and interior design features.

The Mangusta 165E is a high-speed trendsetter from Overmarine.

With exterior design by Stefano Righini, Moonraker presents a powerful profile. Her maximum speed, 40 knots, makes her the fastest open maxi yacht in her size category. She’s the eighth vessel in the 165 series, but the first in the yard’s E series, which denotes “evolution.”

Stefano Righini and the Overmarine design department helped implement several modifications. For instance, a new side window on the main deck and five skylights over the dining area flood the main deck with natural light and expand views of the outside environment. The foredeck is a veritable Nikki Beach with numerous cushions, a sunbathing area and a Jacuzzi with an awning. On the flybridge, the perimeter was restyled to create a better flow with the deck furniture. The space has a five-seat bar fronted by a crystalline marble mosaic in vertical white and blue stripes. It divides the helm station from a large, integrated lounging area aft that can serve as a dining area for as many as eight guests. The deck also features a grill that Frediani says “makes the yacht look like a race car and renders it more masculine and muscular.”

According to Frediani, the owner saw the first Mangusta 165 in Portofino several years ago, met with the yard and began plotting his own version. It was the owner who suggested changing the stern to have one big window rather than two, and he wanted to extend the stern by 3 feet so a settee could be integrated into the aft section along with a stainless steel handrail.

The Mangusta 165E is currently the fastest open maxi yacht in her size category. Her reported speed is 40 knots, but, Frediani says, “unofficially she reached 44 knots during one of her sea trials.”

Among the important technical innovations, new 4,610-horsepower MTU 16V 4000 M93L engines replace the 3,650-horsepower M90s. A new model of Kamewa water jets called NPs (“new pump”) are installed. The package improves performance and lowers fuel consumption, according to the builder. The electronics are also updated from previous models, and a new, non-carbon dioxide firefighting system is installed.

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Overmarine always intended for the 165 to be a flexible boat with layout options. While Moonraker was configured to suit the owner’s taste, she is also an ideal charter boat. She is visually stunning throughout—clean and contemporary, not cold or impersonal. Charter guests will no doubt be enchanted with the fun factors aboard Moonraker. In addition to four spacious guest cabins, there is generous communal space including a gym, a steam shower/spa and a cinema. A hidden cabinet in the cinema is loaded with moviegoers’ dream candies: Good & Plenty, Junior Mints and malted milk balls.

The interior incorporates 15 lacquered wood veneers, shagreen leather, onyx, glass, mother-of-pearl and 10 kinds of marble including blue tiger eye. According to the builder, there are more than 30 textures and fabrics aboard. The prevalent color theme is a serene gray and luminescent pearl.

The ceiling in the master suite comprises lacquered mother-of-pearl panels with wood inserts. The cabin sole is a gray-painted oak parquet with mother-of-pearl inserts—styling that complements the gray leather wall coverings. The bed’s headboard is a gilded fabric in a white lacquered frame. His-and-her wardrobes have leather paneling and gray back-painted glass, respectively. The spa bathroom is a riot of marble mosaic and mother-of-pearl.

A painting in the VIP stateroom is a Picasso–esque version of “Guernica.” Ash wood in the two guest cabins and VIP stateroom offer variations on the master suite’s themes, and the guest heads are clad in onyx with glass mosaics in the showers. The visual effect of the interior is hard and edgy, just like a contemporary art space in Miami.

The signature piece in the salon is a long, stunning bar with gray leather stools down the port side. Behind the bar is a shelved wall of fine liquors that retracts when not in use. The same goes for the television. A substantial table done in stingray leather opens to reveal a selection of board games.

The salon and dining area, with their leather divans, versatile coffee table and wine cave, are the ultimate in sophisticated chic.

The salon and dining area, with their leather divans, versatile coffee table and wine cave, are the ultimate in sophisticated chic.

Mangusta 165E Moonraker's stylish interior represents the pinnacle of modern art and design.

Mangusta 165E Moonraker's stylish interior represents the pinnacle of modern art and design.

Other amenities in the salon include a humidor and two crystal cupboards that are temperature-controlled wine caves accommodating 100 bottles. The owners chose all the furnishings and artwork. Frediani remarked that even though the owners were deeply involved in the interior design, “there was always an exchange of creative ideas between them and Overmarine’s in-house design department.”

The galley and crew area are accessed from their own stairway. The galley is a generous space with a marble worktop and wood cabinetry. When the owner wants to discuss the day’s menu, there is a stool to accommodate him. My chat with the chef and sous chef made it easy to see they would be a hit with both the owner and charter guests.

For more charter enjoyment, the yacht carries a 21-foot (6.4-meter) Castoldi jet tender, two WaveRunners, two SeaBobs, a slide, water skis, snorkeling equipment, paddle boards and a quartet of BladeFish Sea Scooters.

Moonraker is made-to-order for Miami, where she’ll reside. She’s a stylish, fast boat that will appeal to a stylish, fast crowd.

For more information: 786 440 3434,
For charter: 305 672 0150,

SPECIFICATIONS - Overmarine Mangusta 165E Moonraker

LOA: 163ft. 7in. (49.9m)

BEAM: 30ft. 18in. (9.2m)

DRAFT: 6ft. 23in. (1.9m)


DISPLACEMENT: 285 tons (half load)


ENGINES: 3 x 4,610-hp MTU 16V 4000 M93L with Kamewa water jets

FUEL: 10,567 gal. (40,000L)

WATER: 1,056 gal. (4,000L)

SPEED (max.): 40 knots

SPEED (cruising): 33 knots

RANGE: 691nm @ 33 knots

GENERATORS: 2 x 100 kW Kohler 100EFOZD

CLASSIFICATION: ABS A1, Commercial Yachting Service, E, AMS, MCA Code compliance, (LY2 Ed.2), restricted navigation to 60 miles from a safe haven and BF4


EXTERIOR STYLING: Overmarine Group/Stefano Righini

INTERIOR DESIGN: Overmarine Design Group/owners

GUEST CABINS: 4 cabins for up to 10 people (6 cabins standard)

CREW: 5 cabins for up to 10 crew

BUILDER: Mangusta/Overmarine

YEAR: 2014