25 November 2016
A great deal of courage, imagination and innovation in the service of the most extreme high tech. This is what lies behind the design of the Evo 43, a fast (37 knots) and unusual day cruiser, creation of the Neapolitan designer Valerio Rivellini, who has given the boat lines that are sculpted and muscular, but at the same time streamlined and minimalist. The straight bow, high topsides and wedge-shaped windshield are distinctive elements, as are the cleats and fender hooks that fold away into the deck. But the most important new aspect lies in the boat’s capacity to transform the spaces in the open to suit the need, or the mood, of the moment: as if by sleight of hand, the beach area can be transformed at the touch of a button. The hydraulically operated bulwarks are able to slide outward in less than 30 seconds. This increases the space by 40% and turns the cockpit into an ample terrace on the water (25 square meters) that can configured in whatever way you wish: as a lounge or sitting room, a sundeck with built-in deck chairs or a diving platform (of adjustable height). This dramatic effect can be achieved even from the quayside: the command for the boat to change shape can be sent from an iPhone. And there is more: the aft platform, integrated into the sundeck, is flexible: it can be used to facilitate boarding or disembarking or as a ladder to climb back on board after a swim. The interiors are essential and chic: a double bed, single bathroom, leather cabinets for clothes, teak decking. It is ideal for the role of a super tender in the service of a mega yacht. But many other alternatives are proposed, including a doubling of the number of beds: the latest, aimed at markets on the other side of the ocean (USA, Mexico, the Caribbean) offers a barbecue and “tropical” air conditioning, as well as pearl white livery instead of black. The most recent version was presented at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in Florida, where the Evo 43 arrived at the climax of a long and glitzy tour of the world: after its debut in Genoa in 2015, the day cruiser has been strutting its stuff all over the place, passing through Cannes, Montecarlo, Saint Tropez, Barcelona and Palma de Majorca. Shows have also been put on in Salerno and on the seafront of Naples, as well as at the Rolex Cup on Capri and among VIPs and filmmakers at the Ischia Global Fest. A star.