Nerea Yacht: Italian Brand Brings a Fresh Approach to Day Boats

Nerea Yacht’s NY24 is a novel design—including a unique three-tiered stern area, with full access to the water and rear protection in rough seas—in the heavily populated day-boat category.
NY24 has a planing V hull with 18.5-degree deadrise(Credit: Nerea Yacht/IdeaeItalia Architecture)

Day boats tend to fall into one of two categories: either a center-console design with large outboard engines, a big cockpit, and a tiny cabin, or a sleek cruiser, often with an open transom area down to the water. Nerea Yacht, a new Italian builder, has launched a third design that will debut later this month at the Düsseldorf boat show (boot Düsseldorf).

The NY24 promises to be the first in a line of smartly designed vessels that strike a nice balance among chic, modern, and traditional. The 24-foot boat is powered by a single 300 hp Volvo Penta Duoprop, which provides a great grip on the water when the boat hits its top-end speed of 32 knots. The sterndrive also let the designers create a unique three-tiered stern area, with full access to the water and protection at the rear in rough seas. The NY24 has a nicely protected cockpit for use in northern waters, though the dark, stylish windshield is low enough for full exposure to the elements on sunny days. Owners can outfit the cockpit with a refrigerator, stove, and sink, as well as a dinette that converts to a large sunbed.

NY24 includes a deck with lowering dining table/sunbathing area(Credit: Nerea Yacht/IdeaeItalia Architecture)

Designers Alessio Battistini and Davide Bernardini of IdeaeITALIA also moved the helm area forward to maximize cockpit space, yet it’s far enough back for a decent-size cuddy cabin forward for naps or even an occasional overnighter. The sofas along the inside walls connect to become a double bed.

dramatic curve of the hull is what catches our eye and gives the impression of motion(Credit: Nerea Yacht/IdeaeItalia Architecture)

The proportions make the boat feel much larger than its 24-foot length. The NY24’s look, frankly, is more northern European than Italian, but the brand’s founder, Dario Messina, used the best-quality materials (including planked teak on the foredeck) and stylish design cues to make sure its heritage is unmistakable. The profile has a nice aft curved section that is unique for a boat this size, while the designers also incorporated a wedged-shaped window forward that not only looks cool, but lights up the interior.

Nerea makes its debut with the NY24(Credit: Nerea Yacht/IdeaeItalia Architecture)

The builders used Oltremareria to finish the exterior. It’s a water-based, eco-friendly material that is fully recyclable, but as tough as any other polyester or epoxy exterior surfaces, without their environmental liabilities. The new design should do well as an alternative to other high-end runabouts from Riva, Chris-Craft, Princess, or other small Italian brands like Evo, not to mention being an attractive superyacht tender.

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double-sliding doors lead below to the cabin(Credit: Nerea Yacht/IdeaeItalia Architecture)
NY24 can be outfitted with a stove, sink and refrigerator drawers(Credit: Nerea Yacht/IdeaeItalia Architecture)
Stepped design at the stern(Credit: Nerea Yacht/IdeaeItalia Architecture)
NY24 includes a large U-shaped couch and audio/video system(Credit: Nerea Yacht/IdeaeItalia Architecture)
For overnight trips, the couch can transform into a double bed(Credit: Nerea Yacht/IdeaeItalia Architecture)
At the helm of the Nerea NY24(Credit: Nerea Yacht)
Nerea founder Dario Messina poses with his new creation(Credit: Nerea Yacht)