The story of Maxi Dolphin’s first motorboat, the 51 Power


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Born in 2008, Maxi Dolphin 51 Power was the first motor boat from the Italian shipyard Maxi Dolphin, long famous for its luxurious sailing yachts. The project, very elegant, is by designer Roberto Starkel, who was inspired by the most classic motorboats in the history of yachting. But he’s put his own into it, making this open yacht, which is also very suitable as a mega tender. A choice, that of the tender, which will return in 2018 with the boat signed Nauta Design: the Nauta Tender. Also for this project, always motorized, will remain valid the guidelines of luxury and elegance with a modern classic flavor.

An exclusive and refined boat that echoes the classic motor-yachts, as also suggested by the use of teak for the large bow sundeck. If the lines recall tradition, the technology was already at the forefront 10 years ago, with the use of Kevlar and vacuum composite materials. Let’s find out more about how the boat is made.

The boat on deck

In the cockpit, you immediately notice the retro elegance, one that never goes away and expresses great class. The furnishing accessories do not “fill” the surface, but are positioned in such a way as not to ruin the purity of the lines. On an entirely teak floor, two white sofas extend linearly from stern to bow along the two sides of the cockpit. The pilot’s two-seater sofa features a flat-screen TV behind the backrest, while the corners are fitted with cabinets and a wet bar. In the evening, spotlights under the sofas create a special atmosphere throughout the cockpit.

Below-deck screenshot

The classic look of the exteriors corresponds to avant-garde interiors. The partition walls of the cabins are all in exposed Kevlar and many of the furnishings are finished with carbon inserts. Below deck is the living room with starboard dinette and kitchen on the left. In the background, you can see the central door that leads to the only cabin, which is double. Further forward is the bathroom with the shower cabin that is equipped with a special waterfall jet, with two spotlights in the middle, which provide blue light.
Original design in a “modern classic” style for Maxi Dolphin’s first open shower.

Boat data sheet: Maxi Dolphin 51 Power

  • Length overall: 15.42 m
  • Width: 4.26 m
  • Displacement: 10000 kg
  • Beds: 4+2
  • Motorisation: 2×370 cv
  • Water tank: 300 l
  • Fuel tank: 1800 l

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