Dominator launches two new Ilumen 28M

Dominator proudly presents two uniquely conceived yachts at the Cannes and Monaco Boat Show – MY ZALANKA and MY CADET V. Custom-made and unique to the last detail, these beautiful boats offer mega yacht features in a 28M configuration and embody the philosophy of this bespoke yacht builder, which blends advanced technology and master craftsmanship to produce one-off works of art, comfort, style and sophistication.

A distinct philosophy

What sets Dominator apart from other marques is the ethos behind the creation of each and every one of its beautiful vessels – to produce a unique, bespoke masterpiece designed entirely to the taste and needs of her owner. Dominator achieves this thanks to its ability to bring industry-leading engineering and handcrafted elegance together in one 21st century yacht.

“An Ilumen is not off the rack, but made-to-measure and the product of our on-going commitment to technological research and development,” says Angela Pernsteiner, CEO of Dominator Ilumen. “We collaborate with the best experts in their fields to ensure we are at the cutting edge of engineering and design, so that we can offer yachts that are powerful, thrilling, beautiful and safe beyond what has previously been seen in this segment of the market.”

Apart from the necessary structural and regulatory considerations, the owner of a Dominator Ilumen has no limitations, as the cabin layout, interior design, décor details, propulsion system, performance parameters and personal cruising speed, fixtures and fittings can all be specified individually. The Bespoke Team is available 24/7 to the owners, their families and captains who are welcome at all times to observe the construction and take part in it. The team is eager to make additional efforts and meet the owners anywhere around the world to realize the most demanding ideas from the outset.

Dominator Ilumen is proud to offer owners an upscale high-tech construction in post-cured glass and carbon fiber mixed with epoxy resin to the full use of epoxy filler cycle and the application of the Awlcraft painting cycle that is incomparable to the common gel-coats and polyester fiberglass usually used on yachts this size. This maximises strength, mobility and weight-saving. Above all, every Ilumen has a double bottom with structural fuel tanks, which ensures a low barycentre and enhanced stability, safety and performance. With this new construction method of fiberglass, Dominator Ilumen does not only offer 10 years of warranty to the structure but also an infinite choice of completely bespoke colour choices within this painting system that is known to be used on mega yachts only.

Ilumen Cadet V

A lot of consideration went into the selection of fine woods used to dress this yacht, with tonalities of grey and blue oak, and blue palisander created especially for the client. This attention to detail even extends to the stitching of the sofa and the custom colour and design of the parquet, while it pays off in the harmony of sophistication, comfort and style. A sculpture of renowned Lorenzo Quinn and two beautiful artworks by Stefano Curto featuring thousands of Swarovski crystals take pride of place in the refined interior, where the gorgeous suede by Foglizzo forms part of a different colour scheme in each of the luxurious cabins. The bathrooms feature an accompanying handmade file rouge mosaic by Sicis, while the pearl grey parquet accentuated by darker ‘comento’ edging provides a soft palette for the blue agate recessed on the walls of the master cabin and lower deck lobby. The result is something quite unexpected on a yacht of this size and the interior design is by Luca Catino, a very talented designer in the yacht industry.

Built to the exact same standards but custom-fitted to the owner’s specific requirements, the Ilumen CADET V is a very different, unique yacht built from the same Ilumen 28M concept. The 2 V drive shaftline and the stern section of the hull have been designed to provide the twin propellers with the best wake in order to maximise efficiency and reduce fuel consumption across the speed range. The hull shape, together with the twisted rudders, allows the yacht to manoeuvre easily and without inertia delay even at very low speeds. In short, the Ilumen CADET V is a segment-leading technical marvel at sea.

Luca Catino says about CADET V interior design :”The interior design of CADET V stems from a special meeting with the owner of the boat, in which the project inputs, lines to follow and color preferences have been defined. The main source of inspiration and the resulting style reflect the taste of the owner and the peculiarities of a Nordic design, in which the contrasts and the cleaning of the geometric shapes enhance the spaces. Simple geometries and continuity of sign generate the spaces inside, making the boat unique. The use of primitive forms and their intersection generates elements that we can cyclically find in every environment. The close collaboration with the customer has determined choices ranging from color shades to the functional needs of the boat, where nothing is left to chance. Materials of extreme richness and contrasts ranging from dark blue to gray through warm shades of fabrics, make it a founding feature of interior design. The essences used give the boat a strong and aggressive character, while the choice of fabrics fills the need for warm and enveloping colors. The element that makes this boat unique also derives from the strong passion of the client for art; the studies, proposed since the first meetings, are in fact the synthesis of the integration / fusion of the pieces of art with the geometries and the functionalities of the environments, trying to exalt as much as possible these unique pieces and make them part of the scenography. The result, exalted by works of art, reflects exactly the personality of the owner and gives the boat unique characteristics.”



By Danielle Cutler

Over the summer, Austrian-owned, Italy-based shipyard Dominator launched its fifth Ilumen 28m superyacht, part of the series that made news a year ago with its first breakthrough hull named Kalliente. The 92-foot semi-custom Cadet V sports an efficient semi-displacement hull and a shaft propulsion system, with further technological and interior tweaks taken from suggestions by those familiar with the first few hulls. Yacht designer Alberto Mancini crafted the exterior, as he did all of the Ilumen models; Dominator chief designer Luca Catino created the interior. Cadet V’s owner is a fan of artist Stefano Curto, whose work incorporates thousands of colorful Swarovski crystals, and so several of his pieces are installed on board the yacht, adding distinct personalization to the vessel.

One of the noteworthy features of the Ilumen is its floor-to-ceiling windows on the main deck, which provide 270-degree views and pull in natural light—great for the mesmerizing Curto piece hanging in the main saloon. The yacht accommodates eight guests in four cabins, including an owner’s suite that was extended and maximized for space. Not only is it larger, but its floor-to-ceiling windows and sunroof above the bed also bathe the space in light and views, further adding to its spacious ambience. In addition to the owner’s suite, Cadet V offers up three staterooms—a full-beam master cabin and two VIP cabins—on the lower deck. Crew quarters will carry three crew members, perfect for a yacht of this size.

Cadet V’s owner envisioned the yacht as an on-water extension of his homes, making the space his own. Enter Stefano Curto, whose bold artwork contrasts nicely with the subtle blue and gray interior. Oak, palisander wood, Invisible Light marble, and Agata blue stone provide interesting texture, and custom parquet covers the floors throughout.

For fun, the yacht houses a Williams Jet Tenders SportJet 395, a Sea-Doo Spark, two Seabobs, and a Radinn Wakejet in its tender garage, and the yacht’s beach club gives easy access to the water. Cadet V sports a maximum speed of 21 knots and a cruise speed of 14. Its sister ship Zalanka is also at the show.


Interior Design : Luca Catino

Naval Architecture : Navalhead Naval Architecture

Photo credits : 1-17 @ Jeff Brown - 18-41 @ Luca Catino