Back in 2013, Italy’s successful Mercuri brothers founded Blue Emme Yachts. It was the logical step for the entrepreneurs, as they had already been working in the yachting industry, firstly as refitters, before collaborating with major shipyards in the production process.

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The idea for Evo Yachts came 12 months later after a meeting with the Neapolitan yacht designer Valerio Rivellini. Having worked on a number of engineering and industrial design projects away from the yachting industry, Rivellini’s ideas helped shape the first Evo, the now-famous Evo 43 ‘Transformer’.

This yacht, with its extendable aft area and fold-out stern ‘XTension’ was a revelation and a led the way for Evo to create a range of innovative yachts, including the T2, T3, R4, R6 and now, the 23-metre V8.

Multiple helm stations: As well as the two large sailing style wheels on the cockpit, the V8 also has a helm at the bow and a vanishing console on the roof.
EVO V8 specifications
LOA: 23,71m
Beam: 7,17m
Draught: 1,50 m
Displacement: 64t
Engines: Volvo Penta IPS 1350


The Evo V8 is the first yacht in the shipyard’s V-Line. Taking its place as the flagship of the Evo range, this innovative new craft has the space of a superyacht and the usability of a dayboat. Once again, Valerio Rivellini has collaborated with Evo to create a memorable design, one which intrigues from bow to stern.


Just like the ‘classic’ Evos, the V8 also transforms. At anchor, the aft deck’s bulwarks drop down to sea level, creating a vast beach club, which can be decked out with a range of soft furniture.

A lower lounge space is just three steps down from the beach club and features ample seating. A glass door leads to the master cabin – a bright, open space, featuring large windows and a soft pastel colourway. Combining the two spaces creates a 12 metre long suite for the Owner to enjoy, and what better way to wake up, then jumping out of bed and heading a few steps to the beach club.

As the V8s layout is customisable, the first unit features three cabins for seven guests, plus a fourth cabin for the crew of two, and a comfortable day area on the main deck.

Custom layout: The first V8 features a VIP at the bow, a Master Cabin at the stern and a guest cabin with two singles and a folding bed.


The main deck itself begins with the cockpit, however, this is no ordinary lounge area. To port and starboard are two of the V8’s four helms. These large wheels are inspired by sailing yachts and add a unique style to the cockpit design – they also happen to be extremely versatile when manoeuvring.

Head inside the main salon and you’ll find a bright airy lounge with commanding views of the sea. The huge windows are perfect not only for the guests, but also for the captain, as the V8’s main helm station is forward.


From the marina, the V8 looks like a trawler style yacht, however, it is in fact technically a flybridge. The cockpit’s retractable ladder leads up to the roof, which features four sunpads and a helm with joystick control and a mini dashboard. Low line railings add to the low profile look, making the V8 a genuine SUV of the sea.

Sail of the century: If you prefer to enjoy the V8 like a sailing boat, the two carbon wheels at the stern will recreate this unique experience.


Valerio Rivellini and the Evo team have created yet another standout yacht. From its innovative beach club and aft master cabin, to its wonderful sailing-style helm wheels and low profile sun deck, the Evo V8 oozes fine detailing. A 400 nautical mile range courtesy of its twin Volvo Penta IPS 1350 set up seals the deal.