This 4400kW Italian-Stallion Yacht Whisks You to Your Fave Anchorage at Over 100km/h

The 27-metre Canados Gladiator 919 RD is the latest in a new breed of super-fast day boats.

By Howard Walker 22/06/2019

Inhale these statistics for a second. twenty-eight metres. Triple—yes, triple—1491kW MAN diesels. Fifty-two-knots-plus flat out.

This bella macchina is the latest wild creation from the prolific Italian superyacht builder Canados. Badged the Gladiator 919 RD, it’s targeted at the booming, money-no-object, dayboat market where owners want to blast from one sunny anchorage to the next without spending the night aboard.

And blast it will. That trio of MAN V-12s and their combined 4474 kilowatts are connected to rugged Arneson surface drives and designed to cruise the boat all day at 44 knots—even in gnarly five-foot seas. Thankfully, there’s tankage for 7570 litres of fuel on board. You’ll need it.

To prevent the Gladiator rolling around at anchor in those pesky Mediterranean swells and guests turning a Kermit shade of green, the yacht comes standard with zero-speed gyro stabilization.

“With such performance, she will be, bar none, the fastest production luxury super day cruiser on the market,” says the Rome-based yard. “The concept is of a giga centre-console with the thrill of an offshore boat and the comfort and luxury of a superyacht.”


The Gladiator has plenty of sunning spots.
Photo: Courtesy of Canados

Canados could easily have added one more feature to the Gladiator 919’s long list of qualities: mobile tanning studio. Everywhere you look there are places to soak up the rays, or hang out alfresco-style.


The bow has a huge hangout area.
Photo: Courtesy of Canados

Pretty much the entire bow section is designed for lounging, with deep, protected sun pads and a huge, wrap-around seating area. And it can be shaded by removable sail-shaped awnings suspended from carbon-fibre poles.


Aft seating and sunning.
Photo: Courtesy of Canados

Stroll back along the wide, protected side decks to the aft deck and again, sunbathing opportunities are seemingly limitless. The rear pad, for example, suspended above the vast stern platform, offers a huge 9-square metres of tush-cushioning.


The rear sun pad extends over the beach club.
Photo: Courtesy of Canados

The entire cockpit, protected by that curvy hardtop, is equally expansive. Set on one level, it offers almost 65 square metres of space. There are New York apartments with less square footage. Chilling possibilities here include face-to-face sofas, a central dining table, plus side chaise lounges while a well-equipped outdoor galley takes care of lunch and libations.

Even though only the crew is likely to spend the night, the Gladiator 919 is available with three or four cabins, with the master suite spanning the yacht’s full 6-metre beam.


Three or four cabins are housed within this speedy yacht.
Photo: Courtesy of Canados

Canados says it will have the first 919 built by next summer and available for customers to clamber over at the Monaco and Genoa boat shows in September 2020, which is when the yard will talk more about pricing. If you have to ask…

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