“The one over the­re is a Pe­ri­ni. I am su­re!”

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Fran­co (Fran­co Ro­ma­ni, De­si­gn De­part­ment Di­rec­tor at Pe­ri­ni Na­vi is fol­lo­wing our con­ver­sa­tion wi­thout spea­king edn.)used to be ta­ken for a sort of an­ti­chri­st for the looks of his hu­ge sai­ling ya­ch­ts whi­ch de­si­gners in the li­kes of Spark­man & Ste­phens or Bru­ce Farr would cry scan­dal, to the four winds and mo­re, they’d say they we­re ca­mou­fla­ged mo­to­rya­ch­ts. Well we we­re in the pro­cess of chan­ging the top end of the sai­ling ya­ch­ts’ world and no one had rea­li­sed this at the ti­me. Ho­we­ver we we­re not alo­ne in this, in fact Phi­lip­pe Briand who is in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly re­no­w­ned for his lo­ve­ly sai­ling ya­ch­ts con­tri­bu­ted to crea­te this sen­se of con­ti­nui­ty by dra­wing up splen­did mo­to­rya­ch­ts. Let’s re­mem­ber we are the so­le shi­pyard in the world to build so mu­ch of eve­ry­thing, mea­ning no­thing is ou­tsour­ced. In a sen­se this ma­kes things ea­sier for us and we find and in­vent new so­lu­tions, mo­di­fy­ing and up­gra­ding things whi­ch we de­ploy in other pro­jec­ts.the­re’s great sy­ner­gy of ideas from whi­ch re­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness de­ri­ves be­co­ming sty­le, si­gna­tu­re if you li­ke. You see, we – the Pe­ri­ni Na­vi team – but fir­st and fo­re­mo­st pre­si­dent lam­ber­to Ta­co­li - real­ly li­ke this criss-cros­sing bet­ween sail and mo­tor pro­pel­led ya­ch­ts. Con­se­quen­tly we’re al­ways say­ing the sai­ling boa­ts need to pos­sess so­me of the things that are per­ti­nent to mo­to­rya­ch­ts, in the sa­me way we con­firm that mo­to­rya­ch­ts should ne­ver ta­ke af­ter ‘pa­la­ces’ but mu­st re­main “boa­ts”. And so your mo­to­rya­ch­ts to re­main “boa­ts” ta­ke a bit af­ter the sai­ling ya­cht world? Yes exac­tly. I’ve no­ti­ced that ya­ch­tsmen are get­ting in­crea­sin­gly ti­red of seeing re­pe­ti­ti­ve de­si­gns that af­ter may­be ju­st 3-5 years be­co­me mo­re than a “dé­jà-vu”. I for in­stan­ce am a real buff for mo­tor­cy­cles and cars too, so when I spot a Por­che I know it can go on for fif­ty years, but if I look at se­ve­ral su­per­cars I am not na­ming, I su­spect that from a pu­re­ly ae­sthe­ti­cal view point they can be­co­me ob­so­le­te in ju­st a cou­ple of years. I’m qui­te su­re that if you we­re to see a Fer­ra­ri from the 50’s or an Aston Mar­tin of the 60’s you’d pro­ba­bly con­si­der them as being ac­tual enou­gh. The se­cret of this ‘lon­ge­vi­ty’ is con­tai­ned in the fol­lo­wing con­cept: If you ma­na­ge to not be­tray that sen­se of in­na­te pu­ri­ty or ‘tho­rou­gh­bred-ness’, you can be ‘ac­tual’ or even con­si­de­red as a ‘fo­re­run­ner’ then re­st as­su­red you won’t age pre­co­ciou­sly be­fo­re your ti­me. Okay, I can agree on that, ho­we­ver the­re’s al­ways the que­stion about ge­ne­ra­tio­nal chan­ge whi­ch de­ter­mi­nes a di­ver­se sen­se of ta­ste. The­re’s no doubt. For exam­ple the for­ty fi­ve year old ge­ne­ra­tion I’m part of ta­kes a lit­tle from what we call clas­sic and a lit­tle from in­no­va­tion. But I, as head of sa­les mu­st sell al­so to the ol­der ge­ne­ra­tion whi­le in­tri­guing the new one. And it is be­cau­se of this rea­son we ha­ve a pro­duc­tion li­ne whi­ch is mo­re stan­dard in so­me way – at the sa­me ti­me we’re mo­ving to­wards a boat whi­ch is loo­king less and less li­ke a ‘a fi­ve sto­rey buil­ding’ and is the­re­fo­re lo­wer. One of our re­tur­ning clien­ts ga­ve us a good rea­son, when one bright mor­ning said half jo­kin­gly: ‘I bought this lo­ve­ly boat from you about fi­ve years ago and still to­day the­re are areas I ha­ve ne­ver sat in yet. To put it ano­ther way I’ve paid for a pie­ce of boat I ha­ve ne­ver used’. This got us to re­con­si­der and to re-eva­lua­te other parts of the ya­cht. For exam­ple the

bow sec­tion, whi­ch on­ce upon a ti­me was de­di­ca­ted to the crew, but in ac­tual fact it of­fers mu­ch mo­re pri­va­cy than the stern end does. Ima­gi­ne you are an­cho­red in a lo­ve­ly po­pu­lar tren­dy spot on one of tho­se mar­vel­lous ya­ch­ts wi­th a swim­ming pool aft in the stern in full view: well you can be su­re that should you de­ci­de to sun ba­the the­re wi­th your guests, you would be sur­roun­ded by do­zens of ten­ders car­ry­ing cu­rious on­loo­kers in a mat­ter of mi­nu­tes. That’s why we’re se­riou­sly con­si­de­ring shif­ting the pool to the bow end, whe­re we can al­so do a lot of other things as well, li­ke a win­ter gar­den and lea­ve the stern free to hou­se toys in and the mil­lion and one other han­dy things the ow­ner wan­ts. This way we ha­ve com­plied to the needs of the ol­der client – who li­kes to ta­ke to the wa­ter, go scu­ba di­ving, uses a ten­der and li­kes to wat­ch his grand chil­dren play and jump in­to the wa­ter and –al­so the mil­le­nials who claim mo­re room for their ki­tes, car­bon fi­bre ca­noes or ka­yaks, jet skis and who are pe­rhaps not wan­ting to be seen at all. On the con­tra­ry. I of­ten think about Lar­ry Pa­ge Goo­gle’s co-foun­der who pos­ses­ses one of the world’s mo­st in­te­re­sting ex­pe­di­tion ya­ch­ts in the world: “Sen­ses”. Well you ne­ver see him in Saint Tro­pez or in Por­to Cer­vo or in Saint Bar­th be­cau­se he might well be jet-skiing in Ala­ska or shoo­ting loads of pic­tu­res at the Ga­la­pa­gos. But mo­st pro­ba­bly he’s ki­te sur­fing in a beau­ti­ful bay in Co­sta Ri­ca whe­re the­re’s no­bo­dy el­se but him. Whi­ch is the sort of use you en­vi­sa­ge for the 45 me­tre Ber­nar­do Zuc­con ini­tial­led for you. Yes in­deed, even if the idea is ba­si­cal­ly a lit­tle dif­fe­rent. We be­gan wi­th a ya­cht that could be bo­th so­me­thing wi­th its own iden­ti­ty as an ex­plo­rer but could al­so dou­ble as sup­port ves­sel to a su­pe­rya­cht. I can claim the out­co­me was an ab­so­lu­te­ly ex­traor­di­na­ry ya­cht but mo­st of all in pro­por­tion to its si­ze: Fi­ve ca­bins, a bea­ch club, two 9 me­tre ten­ders, two jet-skis, wi­th a sa­loon on the main deck whi­ch sports a height of mo­re than th­ree me­tres and can “open up” to rea­ch a sur­fa­ce area of 35 me­tres by 9, a ran­ge of 5,000 nau­ti­cal mi­les and mu­ch mo­re. Ho­we­ver

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