Italia 15.98…perfection in long distance cruising

With the design of  the Italia 15.98,  the tradition of the great ocean going fast cruiser is reborn and updated with the latest hydrodynamics. “True Bluewater” best describes Italia 15.98. Conceived to cruise long distances by combining performance, comfort and timeless style with the guarantee of safe arrival even under the harshest conditions.

Italia 15.98 is the brainchild of  Matteo Polli, Italia Yachts chief designer, in collaboration with the yacht designer Tommaso Spadolini. It is a complete, all-round boat with the performance you would expect from a fast cruiser…seagoing boat behavior yet classic and original lines.

Italia Yachts 15.98 / 54 on the open water

The water lines: performance and comfort

Italia 15.98 is designed to let you live well on board while sailing. Development of the excellent hull that characterizes the smaller sister ship, Italia 13.98, Italia 15.98 earns the internal hull volume and livability on deck without substantially increasing the wet surface.
The hull has flared sections with knee high and deep deadrise at the bow. The shape allows a variable stern waterline length, limited with low wind, stretches dynamically with increasing speed.
Much care was given to the aspects related to comfort at sea, with careful study on the longitudinal trim and symmetry of the volumes while heeled as well as in the concentration of the weights as much as possible to limit the tendency to pitch.

In the design of Italia 15.98, we wanted to combine an Italian style and taste with the typical qualities and characteristics of blue water boats. Everything on board is thought of and conceived as a complete and prolonged life on board, both in open spaces as well as in the refined and spacious interiors.

Tommaso Spadolini – Designer

Construction quality

The hull and deck are made of sandwich with bi-axial and unidirectional glass fabrics impregnated with vinyl ester resin. In the central part of the boat ​​the structure consists of a grid of galvanized steel stringers and floors, to ensure a high resistance to concentrated loads. The structural frame is designed to constitute a closed structural ring, able to distribute in an optimal manner efforts on the hull and deck and to withstand the large loads from the keel, mast and rigging.

Engine and systems room

The inspection, as well as from the opening stairs, is guaranteed by two 150 cm tall doors giving access to a free area, where to reach engine and systems well in all their parts. The engine is turned with the inverter towards the bow, with advantages in the distribution of the weights.

15.98 / 54 engine compartment
Italia Yachts 15.98 / 54 anchored

Sandwich construction

The hull and deck are made of sandwich with bi-axial and unidirectional glass fabrics impregnated with vinyl ester resin. The PVC core has different densities. Carbon reinforcements are placed in high load areas

Main structural frame

The structural frame is designed to constitute a closed structural ring, able to distribute in an optimal manner efforts on the hull and deck and to withstand the large loads from the keel, mast and rigging

Italia Yachts 15.98 / 54 Main structural frame
Italia 15.98 / 54 structure

Structural reinforcements

The structure provides an extensive use of structural reinforcements, both longitudinal as transverse, made of unidirectional carbon fiber and composite. In the bow part there are carbon reinforced structural framing laminated directly to the hull. This structural arrangement has the aim of supporting the slamming loads occurring when sailing in severe weather conditions.

Structure and bulkheads

In the central part of the boat, ​​the structure consists of a grid of galvanized steel stringers and floors to ensure a high resistance to concentrated loads and allow a greater capacity of the fuel and water tanks, all seats in the lower and central zone. On this structure, insist loads of keel, mast and chain-plates. In other areas the structure continues with stringers and floors made ​​of fiberglass, reinforced with unidirectional carbon tops, integrated into the steel grid with large areas of overlap.

Italia Yachts 15.98 / 54 anchored near the shore
15.98 / 54 deck

Structural furniture

Many of the wardrobes and shelves are designed as part of the structure of the boat, resulting in reduced weight and increased rigidity. A watertight bulkhead separate the anchor department, sail locker and the interior of the boat for safety.

Keel and rudder

The Italia 15.98 is offered with various versions of the keel, in order to satisfy the different ways to use the boat. The standard version, for those who want maximum performance or have any draft limitations, provides a 2.90 m T-shaped keel, with Weldox 700 steel blade and a lead torpedo. There are two L-shaped keel options for shallow draft. The rudder has a standard high aspect ratio and it is 2.50 meters deep. The steering system includes two pedestals with completely separate and independent circuits to improve safety during navigation.




The standard version is provided with an aluminum boom and three spreaders mast by John Mast, with discontinuous rod rigging and closed turnbuckles. Upon request, it is available as a carbon mast and boom solution.

The furling drum recessed below deck is manual with the ability to maneuver through the halyards winch.

All the running rigging is made with ropes made of Dyneema® cores

SAIL AREA Mainsail + jib: 176 sm (1895 sq ft)Mainsail + gennaker: 320 sm (3445 sq ft)


Deck concept

The deck layout reminds one of the maxi yachts’ one. This allows  the vessel to have wide areas free from equipment: a separate cockpit area, side decks and large areas for sunbathing. All the equipment is of the highest quality, starting from the over-sized winches for jib and mainsail trim. All winches can be electric powered. On the coach roof there are tracks for the jib sheets inclusive of travelers, and 14 clutches and relative deck organizers are installed on the deck plan. All pushpits and stanchions are made in stainless steel and side gates are installed on both sides of the boat.

A large cockpit

The large teak cockpit is divided into three areas. The front part is reserved for guests and completely free from equipment. The benches, 2.30 meters long and 58 cm wide, also perfect for sunbathing, are served by a large table with folding wings, protected by a sprayhood, supplied as standard. Under the benches there are two deep lockers for equipment.

In line with the wheels, the cockpit floor is lowered; the maneuvering area is concentrated close to the wheels, with enough space for the crew but with ergonomics that allows the helmsman to control the whole boat using the four winches. Behind the wheels a flat and clear surface can be fully allocated to sunbathing area, in direct connection with the sea.

Under the cockpit floor there is a large storage compartment accessible by three lockers to store equipment and facilities, while on one side there is a life raft locker.

Deck and coachroof design

The peculiar porthole design is further emphasized by the presence of different levels that give movement to the whole profile. The grid on the coaming provides a touchof exclusivity. The coachroof is conceived to allow the storage of the sprayhood and of all the lines, which run recessed up to the winches. Coachroof central area is perfect for sunbathing; on each side there are the jib rails, with adjustments to the cockpit, which allow optimal upwind angles.

The numerous hatches are all flush deck. The sidewalk is free from equipment and allows the passage towards the bow safely and comfortably. The anchoring system provides a windlass 1.500 W for an anchor housed on a steel bow roller. The slightly angled bow benefits the anchoring operation. It can be supplied a bowsprit as well as a pivoting system that allow to hide the whole anchor arm. The through deck furler and foldable moorings cleats emphasize the tidiness of the whole area.


Twelve versions to choose from

Various layouts are available, including large aft owner’s cabin versions. Two to five cabin layouts are also available. A bow crew cabin option is offered complete with sink and water closet. The styling ensures optimum brightness while maintaining a warm and cozy atmosphere.

The saloon, offered in two different versions, is bright and airy thanks to the many portlights, of which seven are openable. On the port side of the main cabin, the dining table and sofa seating for eight can be served by further seats on the opposite side.

There are various alternatives on the starboard side: when the galley is at stern, organized on both sides along the passage leading to the cabin, there is another sofa that ends at the bow with the chart table. Alternatively, in this area you can opt for a large galley with a central work area.


Technical Specifications

Naval architecture Matteo Polli / Italia Yachts
Interior design Studio Spadolini / Italia Yachts
Exterior design Studio Spadolini / Italia Yachts
Engineering & structural design Cossutti Yacht Design
Length over all 16.60 m (55 ft)
Max beam 4.85 m (15.4 ft)
Draft 2.90 m (9.5 ft)
Displacement 15.800 Kg (34.800 lbs) ca
Engine 75 Hp / 55 Kw (Optional 110 Hp)
Fuel 600 litres (158,50 U.S. gal)
Water 700 litres (184,82 U.S. gal)
Sail area mainsail + jib 176 sm (1.895 sq ft)
Sail area mainsail + gennaker 320 sm (3.445 sq ft)

Awards and trophies

Italia 15.98 was nominated for the “European Yacht of the Year” award

Italia 15.98 – exteriors

Italia 15.98 – interiors


Brochure – Italia 15.98
Language: English+Italian
File PDF – 2,9 MB

Technical specifications – Italia 15.98
Language: English
File PDF – 97 KB