Okean’s 80 Fly: A transforming superyacht
The new, Brazilian-built Okean 80 Fly pocket-sized superyacht with its fold-out hull and various hydraulically moving sections could be confused for a Transformer. Large sections of the 80ft yacht’s hull fold down at the press of a button to add more than six feet to vessel’s near 20ft beam.
More hydraulic technology levitates a large section of the lower stern deck, turning it into a high-diving board, in-water swim platform, or tender lift. Okean worked with Italian hydraulics experts Opacmare to combine the aptly named “Transformer multi-function platform system” into 80 Fly.
“We really wanted to create a yacht with real flexibility and versatility; one that allows those aboard to feel truly connected to the water,” said Paolo Ferragni, Okean’s lead designer.
The Fly 80 was launched late last year, and made its US debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2021.
The semi-displacement hull has what is known as “Dual Mode” architecture that lets the vessel cruise at 10-12 knots with good fuel efficiency, but climb close to 28 knots at maximum speed. That power is thanks to two 1,550-hp MAN turbodiesels.
There are currently two more Fly 80’s under construction, the one hull in existence is listed for $4.58m. “Interestingly, both owners of these new 80s have requested a fully enclosed pilothouse, rather than an open flybridge,” he says. “It is all about flexibility and versatility. Plus the appeal of air conditioning.”