The UP40 is a modular yacht concept that can be the base for a motor yacht, crossover yacht, or a sport explorer.

Italian yacht designer Fulvio de Simoni developed the design of the UP40 in close cooperation with the yard’s engineering team. The owner can choose the superstructure of the yacht. Design of a typical motor yacht, a crossover, or the design of a sports explorer yacht. The concept of the fixed platform benefits from faster deliveries and lower engineering costs but still with customization options.

The platform is designed to reach a top speed of 14 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots. The operating range is over 5,000 nautical miles at the economical speed of 10 knots.

The shipyard Antonini Navi will start the construction of the first hull in September 2020.

“For Antonini Navi’s first project we decided to apply a construction method to steel superyachts previously used mainly for smaller fiberglass boats: we created a modular platform designed down to the tiniest detail, enabling us to start building the hull and choose the type and concept at a later stage, even half way through the construction process.

This means that owners can personalize their superyacht when construction is already underway, and not only the interiors but also, and most importantly, the functional type. The result? Maximum flexibility of choice but shorter delivery times, because the hull design and construction have already been completed,” said Antonini Navi partner and sales manager Aldo Manna, adding that “it’s a complex choice requiring proven capability on the part of the engineering department, total synergy with a designer of exceptional experience and huge talent and, lastly, major investments in research and design, all of which Gruppo Antonini has in abundance.”