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RMK Marine and Milan-based design studio, Hot Lab, have announced the beginning of the development of a new 50-metre (164-foot) yacht. The project, named Aries, references the zodiac sign and constellation that recalls in its Turkish Translation ‘Koç’, the industrial and services group to which the shipyard belongs, the Koç Holding.
Following the experiences of a few promising, but smaller vessels built over previous years by RMK Marine, the concept stems from the desire to return to the construction of an explorer yacht. The new superyacht, the keel of which was laid earlier this year, will be larger in size, with a more captivating design and loading capacity capable of meeting all the requirements of the most demanding owner.
Özgür Numan, yacht department director of RMK Marine, said, “We wanted to start a new build that will be sporty and attractive, a rugged and elegant explorer. Therefore, we agreed to collaborate with Hot Lab to create a versatile exploring superyacht under 500 gross tonnes. The yacht resembles a previous joint concept by RMK Marine and Hot Lab, the RMK5000, but this vessel will feature a newly developed hull of greater volume and exterior area in the forward section”.
One of Aries’ peculiarities is its ability to store large tenders, an important request of any yacht owner keen to the explore the world on the waves. Thanks to its folding-down bulwarks, the tender deck can be readily converted into a very spacious beach club. Other characteristics of Aries include the range, exceeding 5,000 nautical miles, a steel hull, an aluminium superstructure and the propulsion system, to be configured either with conventional diesel engines, or as mixed diesel-electric, with lower fuel consumption.
The Hot Lab studio will oversee both the interior and exterior designs. Enrico Lumini, partner and head design of Hot Lab, commented, “The collaboration with RMK has been ongoing for several years now, and the relationship with its management has given us the right perspective from which to create a yacht that meets both the needs of the market and the tradition of the shipyard. And so, we set out to create lines that were immediately distinctive and characteristic of the yacht’s profile. Detailing will be as plain as possible; clear and - above all - functional”.
Antonio Romano, partner and marketing and strategy manager of Hot Lab, also said ““Aries is a real explorer, hard and raw, designed for long voyages in the remotest areas of the globe. And while always carrying a large number of tenders and toys, at the same time it is perfectly at home on a relaxing cruise of the French Riviera, hosting numerous guests”.
Romano continued, “Just as SUVs are popular in the automotive world, explorer yachts take the lion's share of the nautical market. While perfect for long, leisurely cruising, at the same time they offer wide open spaces, unthinkable on a conventional motor yacht of similar, or even larger dimensions. They are certainly made for the experienced owner, and I strongly believe that Aries is the perfect combination of style, comfort and safety on board.
The interior and layout of Aries will be fully customised and developed to accommodate to the owner’s taste. The launch date of the 50m superyacht is scheduled for 2023.
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