Five boats that are true “seaside villas”


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seaside villasDid you know that a boat can now be considered a real seaside villa? We are talking about square meters. Let us take the traditional system of calculation of square meters: length (of the hull, not outboard) times max width of the boat, so as to obtain the usable area of a floor.

Let’s take an example, with a small boat: the Dufour 360 is 10.30 meters long and 3.54 meters wide. Result: 36 theoretical square meters. But the boat is not a rectangle. To roughly calculate the floor area, we take off 20% to adjust for the shape of the boat that narrows at the bow by eliminating bulkheads, etc., which, like the walls of a house, are not useful spaces. Result: one floor of the Dufour 360 has a floor space of 29 square meters.

But every boat has two levels, the upper level (the deck) and the lower level (the interior). Thus, we double the floor area. The result is that the Dufour 360 has theoretical floor space of 58 square meters, like a studio apartment with a kitchenette and bathroom. But the Dufour 360 is much more comfortable, more pleasant than a studio apartment. If you do the math, not even more expensive than a house.

At Milan Yachting Week – The digital Boat Show, our permanent digital boat show, we had fun hunting for boats that are real sea-view houses. Here are five examples: for each we used the hull length (not overall) to calculate the theoretical walkable area.


Dufour 360

(9.99* x 3.54 m)

Today it is also possible to use a boat of only 10 meters as a beach house. The perfect example is the Dufour 360 , which encompasses all the comfort of a much larger sailboat, taking advantage of every inch of space.

Credit to the work of Dufour and the famous Italian Felci Yacht Design team that designed the boat. For example, there is a second galley with sink in the stern, the cockpit is actually an open-air salon covered by a huge bimini, and below deck the maximum width of more than 3.50 meters makes the salon a common area where, even in winter, everyone finds their own space. It is offered with two- or three-cabin solutions (see layout). Theoretical floor area: 57 square meters.

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Hanse 388

(10.99* x 3.90 m)

This boat for the Hanse shipyard represents a leap forward in utilization of usable space. If you step aboard theHanse 388, you’ll quickly realize that space above and below deck is incredibly increased compared to the past, thanks to hull volumes that extend the maximum width all the way to the stern and some ergonomic cleverness.

A few examples, on deck the folding seats for the helmsman, the deck free of ropes and accessories. Below deck, as you can see in the layout to the side in the three-cabin version, ample free space to circulate unimpeded, as on a much larger boat. Theoretical floor area: 69 sq. m.

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Elan Impression 45.1

(13.00* x 4.18 m)

Elan Impression 45.1 was born to be super comfortable, inside and out. A perfect synthesis of outdoor and below-deck comfort and one of the best examples of a 13-meter houseboat.

Credit below deck is due to the adoption of the “deck saloon” solution (raised deckhouse with large windows) that expands interior spaces, with elegant, high-quality finishes, a -inline – full galley, a chart table, and spacious cabins lit by large portholes.

But outside is no less: the wide and long cockpit also has a grill, sink or refrigerator, and a large fractional table that can be converted into two sunbeds. Theoretical floor area: 87 sqm .

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Beneteau Oceanis 46.1

(13.65 x 4.50 m)

Take a close look at the photo from above and the layout of the interior (three-cabin) and you will discover the secret of the extra-large space of the new Beneteau Oceanis 46.1. The innovative redan hull, in addition to providing excellent marine behavior, increases the usable space by increasing the width at the bow and thus provides exceptional interior and exterior volumes.

Look at the master stateroom with the center bed, it feels like being on a small superyacht. Big yacht solutions in the cockpit as well, such as the two sundecks with reclining backrests that can be easily moved forward onto the boat’s cleared deckhouse. Theoretical floor area: 98 sq m.

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Swan 48

(13.88* x 4.59 m)

The new Swan 48, a perfect “blue water” born for long sailings, also fits well with the seaside villa concept. This new generation of yachts from the Finnish shipyard has taken a leap forward, maintaining the build quality, timeless design and sailing performance synonymous with Nautor’s Swan in the world. But at the same time it has spaces once unthinkable in such a boat.

Like the main salon which is a large open space positioned in the middle of the boat available in various configurations. Or on deck, the cockpit with a bow section dedicated to guests and fully protected by a sprayhood as well as a large bimini. Theoretical floor area: 102 square meters.

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* lhull width without appendages.




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