Isa Yachts YARA 44 between myth and reality. Speed, range and outdoor living.

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne of the most popular name in Brazil. Yara, in Brazilian mythology means Water Lady. A beautiful young woman,  seen as either a water nymph, siren or mermaid. When she felt a man around, she would start to sing gently to lure him. Once under the spell of the Yara a man would leave anything to live with her underwater forever, which was not necessarily a bad thing, as she was pretty and would cater for all needs of her lover for the rest of his life.

Below, a picture of The Palácio da Alvorada, the official residence of the President of Brazil. In the foreground, the bronze sculptural group As Iaras, by the Italian sculptor Alfredo Ceschiatti. (Photo Credits: Brazil em Pictogramas | Picard)


The concept of YARA 44, a spectacular fast displacement 44mt motor yacht, is the result of a cooperation between Isa Yachts, Omega Architects and Van Oossanen Naval Architects.


THREE ENGINE OPTIONS with maximum speed up to 30 knots in combination with transatlantic range.

All aluminium hull with SHALLOW DRAFT in combination with outstanding sea keeping.

The aft saloon that can be converted from an exterior space into an interior space, by means of a straightforward sliding- and folding glass-door system. It gives us the VERSATILITY to adapt to different weather conditions, with a strong relationship to the outside, either closed or open.

The JACUZZI is placed aft, recessed nearly flush to the deck, to create a space to enjoy with an uninterrupted view aft to the water level.

The S curve (ISA Yachts heritage) creates a wind shielded area on the aft wheelhouse deck. The wind shielding part on the wheelhouse aft deck is transparent and creates OPENNESS to the sides.

The two cut outs in the bulwarks create enhanced visibility of the water level at side. This creates FULL-HEIGHT WINDOWS.

Owner’s suite with EXTENDED VIEW on the water, created by full length lower windows. The lower windows are matched with a characteristic knuckle to continue towards the bow.

Light sundeck that enables a 360 DEGREE PANORAMA.



ISA Yachts management asked Omega Architects to create the lines for a fast yacht adopted to the modern yachting life style. ISA Yachts has a reputation building fast yachts and displacement yachts but sees demand for speed in combination with efficiency and range. This new generation of sport yacht should have an attractive open main deck rather than a closed in formal main deck. The goal is to create 50% more usable space in comparison to a traditional lay-out. More than ever, ISA Yachts asked Omega to focus on the interior – exterior relationship, with full-height windows and opening.
Attention should be given to the characteristic ‘near-vertical’ ISA Yachts bow. Last but not least, the yacht has to be Bahamas-friendly with a maximum draft 0f 7’.



Omega Architects approach every new project studying the heritage of the shipyards and trying to understand the brand, with the aim to maintain the established tradition and at the same time propose new features.
For this project, Omega Architects try to create new elements of exterior design, at the same time maintaining a gentle looking and some of the soft lines in particular, for which ISA Yachts is well known. The result is a sturdy, though elegant yacht design.



A revolutionary challenge came out during the very first meeting: development of 2 projects, a 44m yacht and a 48m yacht, with the same platform. Omega and Van Oossanen Naval Architects managed to “divide” the profile of the 44m, respecting construction bonds, and stretch it until 48m. Superstructure’s lines have been adapted to follow the new shape, and then back and forward again. This link between the 2 projects allows a possible client to choose the length in a second moment, creating an advantage for marketing. Moreover, the 44m could be marketed at a competitive price, not losing the quality on which ISA Yachts puts emphasis, as a result of the recently rationalised production. The 48m will be based on exactly the same hull lines as the 44m, just with rearranged shallow propeller tunnels.

Design-wise, the 44m design is slightly aft leaning, the 48m design is slightly forward leaning, with the result that the “small“ one acts as the naughty one, while the 48m is the big sturdy sister.

Another fixed point, that was clear since the draw of the first line, was the relationship with the sea. These 2 yachts have low bulwarks, 2/3 of the windows are full height, creating versatility in relaxation, openness and panorama views from all over the boats.



On LD: the crew is placed fwd with dedicated galley and dining table. To be noted: this crew compartment is larger compared to most other yachts of these sizes, since both yachts comply with MCA regulations. Regarding the guests area, 2 twins and 2 VIPs cabins are served by a central round stair. On aft, beach club houses a sauna, toilet and a service counter, a concept derived from the Russian traditional “banya”, which consists of 3 rooms; quite similar, in the 44m we have a sauna or steam room, a bathroom and an area to rest and relax with a counter cabinet for drinks. In the 48m, we also have a bar.

On MD: owner has here full beam private suite with double bathrooms. The windows are full height to create a spacious and light full cabin. Amidships, crew has a separated traffic route that allows them to reach galley and WD with dedicated stairs. The dining area has also full height windows that gives a see-through experience: that was achieved lowering the exterior bulwarks. Dining area and the gigantic lounge area on aft are divided by glass doors. This huge exterior space was thought as a whole: we have continuity in ceiling and teak planking. In spite of this, half of the area can be closed with glass sliding doors. And, when the room is closed, air-conditioning is guaranteed, like a big bay window. The lounge area ends with a Jacuzzi placed aft, almost flush with deck to respect the panorama view from inside. The Jacuzzi is a point around which it develops and entire seating arrangement, meant to be for party or relaxed meeting. The water curtains falling from the overhang to the Jacuzzi is an additional feature to this area.

Foredeck is mainly a crew area, with a 6m tender, MOB and jet ski served by a crane. Particular attention was given to visibility on wheelhouse: the division of glass panels and their angle are studied to help the captain during sailing. Captain has his cabin behind the wheelhouse, close to pantry and crew’s stair.
The wheelhouse deck has on aft a cozy sky lounge with bar. The area is connected through glass sliding doors to an external dining table and lounge.

The entire sundeck is thought for giving a panorama view: legs of mast are placed on deck to keep the deck as free as possible. To avoid railings, a glass bulwark protect the area. We have 2 different proposed layouts for the 44m and the 48m: On the 48m, in between the mast’s legs we have a Jacuzzi with sunbeds. A traditional layout follows: 10 persons dining table on SB, counter bar on PS. The forward area is dedicated to seats. On the 44m, a bar with a pop-up TV is integrated in between mast’s legs. On forward we have a spacious lounge area, while the sunbathing part is reserved on aft. This creates a sort of “bar sport” atmosphere where guests can gather for watching a movie or a match, still being outside but in a privacy-guaranteed area.


The naval architecture, as carried out by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, has resulted in a very flexible and efficient platform. To develop a hull form, which is shared by two yachts of different lengths, is a real challenge when the naval architect is not willing to compromise on neither the comfort of the vessel, nor the performance. The flexibility of the Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) concept, on which these 2 yachts are based, was of great value in this process.

The combination of a maximum speed over 24 knots with only the MTU 16V2000 M93 installed, with a trans-oceanic range at 13 to 14 knots, is certainly remarkable in this class of yachts.

Main Data

[divider style=”dashed” top=”20″ bottom=”20″]