• Rosetti Superyachts has gone the extra mile with their new 52M Supply Vessel in order to satisfy the growing trend in superyachts to close the gap between those onboard with the outside natural world.

  • Partnering with Phi Design Lab, the 171-foot yacht achieves 4,500 nautical miles at 10 knots, with twin MTUs—not to mention, the design focuses on biomimicry, the process of imitating features, systems, and models of nature.

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Across the superyacht sector these days, the rallying cry is “connect the customer to the sea.” In fact, nearly every builder and designer is incorporating bigger windows, balconies, and more. They all want owners and guests to better enjoy being on the water. Rosetti Superyachts is no different. But, being a new player, plus a division of a commercial shipyard, it’s also striving for differentiation. The Rosetti 52M Supply Vessel is a good example. Rugged looks combine with unexpected features, some literally borrowed from the natural world.

Rosetti 52M Supply Vessel

An iconic design feature of the 52M Supply Vessel is its crisscrossed leaf pattern, which you'll find is used in multiple areas within the interior and exterior of the yacht.

“We are a forward-looking shipyard, and we love to work with different architects to offer different approaches to the same category of yachts,” says Fulvio Dodich, the yard’s chairman and CEO. The category of yachts in this case is what it terms supply vessels. Available in a variety of lengths, they can be shadow boats or adventurous primary yachts. Either way, they’re meant for long range. The Rosetti 52M Supply Vessel, measuring nearly 171 feet, should achieve 4,500 nautical miles at 10 knots, with twin MTUs.

As for working with a different architect, Rosetti partnered with Phi Design Lab, a fellow Italian firm. It’s run by Giovanni Griggo, who previously worked for the famed Nuvolari Lenard design studio as well as the Maiora shipyard. “I was looking to provide added value with design elements that make this project a unique proposal,” Griggo explains. He did so through biomimicry, the process of imitating features, systems, and models of nature. Specifically, Griggio says, he drew inspiration from “the organic structures of leaves.”

With plenty of outdoor space and larger windows on the interior, owners and guests are able to get closer to the ocean than ever before.

That design is most evident in the seemingly random, crisscrossed pattern flanking the open lounging deck space. It’s not just an aesthetic element, though. Thanks to it, the Rosetti 52M Supply Vessel provides guests with a better view to both sides. In fact, they can be stretched out on sun chairs and not have to stand up to check out their anchorage. The same pattern repeats below and just aft, in the beach club. The design appears on both the forward and aft walls.

Phi Design Lab’s different thinking extends to other areas onboard. The just-mentioned beach club, for instance, does double duty as a tender garage. It’s a departure from what other designers and builders are doing, which is dedicating separate spaces to each. Since half the fun of the Rosetti 52M Supply Vessel is heading to a destination, however, neither the designer nor the builder perceived a problem. Plus, few superyachts make the beach clubs usable while they’re underway. In addition, the few minutes it will take the crew to offload the toys should be worth it. The beach club, spanning the 31-foot beam, becomes 861 square feet of relaxation space with the two side hatches open. It becomes light and bright, too, due to the glass-bottomed pool right above it.

The biomimetic structure also enriches the interiors: a steel framework divides the living area from the saloon, where an asymmetric approach has been created.

While the Rosetti 52M Supply Vessel awaits an owner’s input for the interior, naturally Phi Design Lab has suggestions. In another break with convention, the saloon features an asymmetrical layout. Sofas sit to starboard, while a chaise lounge spans the entire length of the port side. Sitting flush against the full-height windows, it makes you wonder why no one has ever thought of doing this before. It’s easy to imagine owners and guests spending the afternoon here, watching dolphins try to race them as the yacht cruises along at 12 knots.

One more suggested item inside of special note: the sculpture separating the saloon and dining area. Made of stainless steel, it recalls the crisscrossed leaf pattern that makes the Rosetti 52M Supply Vessel so unforgettable in appearance.

Dodich considers the Rosetti 52M Supply Vessel not just a different design, but “a new trend.” Perhaps he’s onto something.

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Written by: Diane Byrne
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.