Force of nature

Vripack and CRN have joined forces in a custom 70-metre superyacht, Project Thunderball.

05 September 2023


A new creation, unique and exceptional, is taking shape at the CRN shipyard in Ancona. Project Thunderball (CRN M/Y 145) is a 70-metre steel and aluminium superyacht, completely bespoke and handcrafted in her design, naval architecture, engineering, and construction.

Project Thunderball combines the build quality and know-how of CRN with the experience of Vripack, which is responsible for the external lines and naval architecture, and the creativity of the Nauta Design studio, which is managing the interior design and outdoor furniture.

Y.CO completed the sale in August 2022 and continues to play a key role as the Owner’s representative and project management team, supporting the owner through the construction stage and technical checks, inspection and acceptance, as well as with the project management, on-site supervision and coordination of external contractors.

This new yacht, with her classic, timeless lines, has a striking sense of style that fully reflects the owner’s vision and requirements for a pleasure ship suited to long, pleasurable, contemplative cruises.


This is a vessel with a traditional elongated bow, a low profile and svelte lines like a sailboat, with curved bilges and a smooth surface. The entire design has been carefully devised for highly efficient cruising and comfortable, convenient manoeuvring.

“Equally cutting-edge naval architecture supports the outside aesthetic, and places this design atop our sizable portfolio of world-travelling ships, which have sailed the ocean since 1961,” said Marnix J Hoekstra, Co-Creative Director, Vripack.

“Our comprehensive approach gave the owner insight into the layouts, functions, and performances at every design meeting, enabling quick, thoughtful and deliberate decision-making.”

The owner is a passionate sailor, so a smaller sailboat will also be delivered to accompany the mother yacht. The superyacht will cruise in the Mediterranean and between Florida and the Bahamas, and used as a base for diving, sailing and fishing.

Project Thunderball spans five decks and is 70 metres long with a beam of 11 metres and a gross tonnage of 1,100, accommodating up to 12 guests and 15 crew.

Project Thunderball’s interior design concept goes beyond time and fashion. It expresses a culture of the sea, a sophisticated collection of details, and a combination of heritage blended with a refined contemporary look, fully reinterpreting them from the latest lifestyle point of view. The marine approach and high-end craftsmanship come together to define a new state-of-the-art in yachting.

Project Thunderball continues the CRN shipyard’s commitment to sustainability through the use of a peak-shaving system to increase energy efficiency and slash fuel consumption.



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