Fassmer unveils Thunderball-inspired OPY80 superyacht

German yard Fassmer has revealed its latest design, the OPY80, which is inspired by Disco Volante from the James Bond movie Thunderball

Here at MBY we have been known to describe superyachts in terms of their suitability for Bond villains, however it’s not very often you hear the vessel’s designers echo that sentiment.

But that is the case with the latest design from the Fassmer shipyard, who have described the OPY80 as “a bit Disco Volante-esque”.

Those well versed in James Bond lore will know that this is Emilio Largo’s floating lair from the 1961 book Thunderball and the 1965 film of the same name.

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And the OPY80 certainly has the spectacular features to back up such an outlandish claim, with a tender garage that can launch or retrieve a RIB while the mothership is moving – perfect for a quick getaway.

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Or should you need to make your escape by air instead, the OPY80 can refuel and store a helicopter in its amidships hangar.

There’s plenty of room left over for luxury living, with an opulently decked-out owner’s cabin situated to the fore of the main-deck.

Vital statistics include the twin Wärtsilä engine set-up that generates 8,000kW of power and can deliver a top speed of 22 knots from this beamy 13m wide hull.

This may all seem like wishful thinking, but Fassmer has previous in this market, with its OPV80 design already a key part of the Chilean coastguard’s patrol fleet.

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