Riding the Waves of Elegance: A Deeper Dive into Evo Yachts V8
In the heart of Blu Emme’s Naples shipyard, a beacon of cutting-edge design emerges—the Evo Yachts V8. A year after the sensational Evo R6 Open, this 78ft motoryacht, crafted by the visionary Valerio Rivellini, not only captivates with its razor-sharp aesthetics but introduces a wave of pioneering features that redefine luxury on the open seas.
Our journey began in La Spezia, where the unfolding aft bulwarks unveiled hidden treasures—a tender stowage on the port side and a substantial crane on the starboard, ready to suspend a parasol for moments of shaded luxury. The hydraulic bathing platform astern beckoned for effortless boarding, seamlessly extending the cockpit for unparalleled relaxation.
Venturing forward, the bow revealed a secluded haven, while a surprise rooftop, featuring a small electronic helm station, offered panoramic views on sun-drenched days. Rivellini humorously dubbed it a “rooftop,” emphasizing its exclusivity for fair weather.
A Symphony of Comfort and Innovation: Exploring the Evo V8's Interior
Stepping inside, the saloon greeted us with an attractive and comfortable space, complemented by vertical windows providing superb visibility and a breath of fresh air when opened. Noteworthy was the smart glass on the aft window, transforming into a cinema screen for an unparalleled viewing experience.
The customizable layout of our review showcased an agreeable VIP cabin, a cozy twin, and a spectacular midships owner’s suite boasting an aft-facing lounge—a nod to the innovative designs of Bluegame’s BGX models, as acknowledged by Rivellini.
Despite a €4 million price tag, the Evo V8 faced scrutiny during our review for finishing details, promptly addressed by the shipyard. The yacht features four helm stations, emphasizing a cruising concept at the intersection of sailing and motor yachts.
Notable are the wing helm stations equipped with sailboat-style carbon wheels, emphasizing the sailing influence. The hull, while not as high-powered as its name suggests, impressed with a top speed of 21 knots, powered by Twin 1,000hp Volvo D13 IPS 1350 engines.
Our sea trial left us with a blend of awe and critique, akin to our experience with the Evo R6. The Evo V8 boasts captivating concepts with outstanding ideas, yet grapples with refinement in certain aspects. Blu Emme’s courage in endorsing a young designer’s vision and navigating risks in the competitive market is commendable.