september 19, 2019 - Otam

Otam 85 GTS: a star is born at 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival


  • Research and development, design and engineering are the result of OTAM’s collaboration with Marine Design & Services
  • Interior design and layout, style and exteriors layout are designed to measure by the French designer Joseph Dirand, working closely with OTAM 
  • Top speed and cruising speed are considerably in excess of the 45 and 35 knots set out in the contract, so once again the shipyard exceeds the Customer’s expectations
  • Second full-beam master-suite positioned in the centre of the #yacht transforms the #yacht in a luxury loft
  • A thrilling World debut achieved at #cannesyachtingfestival 2019

The 85 GTS is the natural evolution of Otam’s ‘one off’ philosophy, which aims at offering the greatest flexibility and no restrictions to Owners who are looking for exclusive solutions that meet their personal needs, and who therefore are looking for ‘true Custom’,” says Gianfranco Zanoni, CEO of OTAM.

The genesis of the 85 GTS goes back to the 2017 edition of the #cannesyachtingfestival,” explains Matteo Belardinelli, Sales & Communication Manager for OTAM. “We were presenting the #otam 80, which raised a lot of interest because of its performance and its second, full-beam master suite in the centre of the #yacht. A number of clients expressed their interest in a ‘different and open or semi-open’ version of that #yacht, which was therefore the starting point for our R&D.”

The design and engineering of this one-off fast cruiser, powered by a pair of 2600 hp MTU engines and Arneson transmission that can reach and exceed 45-knot maximum speed and 35-knot cruising speed, is the result of the collaborative efforts of CEO Gianfranco Zanoni, who is also Production director and tester (as an #otam mechanical engineer), and Umberto Tagliavini, from Marine Design & Services.  

The Paris-based “JDA” Joseph Dirand Architecture firm, represented by Maxime Foster, dealt with all the details of the interior layout and design, according to the wishes of the Customer. Max Riedl, from the German company Cornelsen & Partner, was the Technical Surveyor representing the Owner, with Damien Sauvage from Sauvagepowerboats acting as commissioning supervisor.  

The external layout offers huge convivial and relaxation areas, translating the needs and requests of the Customer who wanted to customise and build this unit as an Open Day Boat for his summer property. “The two central tables”, Joseph Dirand explains, “can be lowered and create two large daybeds sheltered from the sun and wind. The plan has been simplified to allow an easy and unobstructed pathway through the deck”. This 85 semi-open GTS is therefore able to cruise safely and without turbulence, ensuring the greatest comfort aboard even at top speeds above 45 knots. 

The shape of the semi-open hard top is made with advanced composite materials that have been specifically modelled according to the Customer’s specific style. It integrates the engines’ air inlets, protects the areas served by grills for outdoor lunches and dinners and perfectly conceals the mechanism for opening the top, which is also fully customised. “We wanted to emphasize the sleek character of the boat”, continues Dirand, “by stretching the lines of the superstructure as much as possible. Covering the entire deck floor with teak helps us also to bring out this character. All the elements that interfered with this sleek quality were eliminated. We worked on the flexibility of the open/closed duality. The challenge was to offer protected spaces that are airy and bright. Thus, the sunroof, which we wanted to have the widest possible opening, allows to bring more light in while being protected from the wind”.   

With the two large master-suites (each with their own bathroom) in the bow and at the centre of the #yacht with max beam, in addition to the practical galley and the living room/dinette opposite (with another bathroom for the guests), the spaciousness of this yacht’s internal layout can be immediately perceived. The crew's quarters in the bow can be accessed independently from the VIP and Guest areas for high quality of life on board 24h. “We wanted to recall the interior of classic boats and create a wooden shelter with soft spaces to relax. Two cabins, generous for a boat of this size, are organized around a wide, central, living space open to the kitchen and dining areas. As the exterior, the living room table can also be lowered and turned into a big bed”, ends Dirand. 


LOA 25.85 mt; Max beam 6.00 mt; Loaded displacement 67 t; Light displacement 57 t; Fuel tank capacity 8000 lt; Water tank capacity 1000 lt; Greywater holding tank capacity 350 lt; Blackwater holding tank capacity 350 lt; Main Engines no. 2 x MTU M96L 2600 Hp@2450 RPM; Gear Boxes no. 2 x ZF 3070 Rid 2.5:1; Propulsion system 2x  Arneson Drive ASD 15°1L; Cruising speed 38+ knots; Maximum speed 45+ knots; Autonomy @ cruising speed 350 nm; RINA CE category “A” classification.