The sleek newcomers are part of the Dutch yard’s Simply Custom series.
Oceanco’s Simply Custom lineup just added two new members to the family.
The Dutch builder has unveiled the next two superyachts in the hotly anticipated series. First announced at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October of 2023, the Simply Custom range includes 17 262-foot superyachts. Oceanco enlisted the world’s leading yacht designers to put their unique spin on the model, thereby giving owners access to a wider range of styles. The latest pair comes from the drawing board of H2 Yacht Design.
Christened Storm and Portofino, the two newcomers both feature a highly optimized and efficient hull designed by Lateral Naval Architects. (All Simply Custom yachts have the same hull, in fact.) Each vessel also offers an impressive gross tonnage of approximately 2,500 to 2,700 GT. Spread across five decks, the living quarters offer ample space for entertaining and seven guest cabins. (The owner’s stateroom is located on the upper deck, while the six guest suites sit on the main deck.)
Storm and Portofino will be cleaner, greener cruisers, too. Low-emission propulsion is a major focus of the Simply Custom series, with each yacht powered by hybrid diesel-electric systems. “This architecture will be the one common thread across all the designs,” Oceanco’s Paris Baloumis told Robb Report last October. “We’re also designing it so that future propulsion technologies, when they become available, can be retrofitted into the design.”
The two yachts have clear differences, though. Storm is characterized by a sleek, aggressive profile that “combines the elegant, flowing lines of a timeless Bentley coupe with a tapering aft end, giving that sense of speed and elegance from a bygone era,” according to H2 Yacht Design’s founder and creative director Jonny Horsfield.
Portofino, on the other hand, reflects the classic style of its namesake Italian fishing village. Horsfield says the yacht’s timeless design is contrasted by “ruthlessly modern” detailing, such as a flared bow and a dramatically shaped transom. Other hallmarks include a sculpted superstructure, tapered decks, and glass bulwarks.
The transom is another key point of difference between the two designs. Storm has an open transom cascading down to the water, while Portofino has a main deck pool that flows to the beach club below.
“Both designs are flexible enough to accommodate any client preferences,” Horsfield adds.
To that end, the Simply Custom series is designed to simplify (and speed up) the customization process for owners without sacrificing quality. Sounds like a win-win.