Perini’s spec­tac­u­lar new ketch

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Perini Navi re­vealed their lat­est su­pery­acht launch at the Monaco Yacht Show in Septem­ber, where she won the show’s best in­te­rior award. The 70m ketch Sy­baris, built for a New York lawyer and soft­ware en­tre­pre­neur, is the largest pri­vate yacht ever built in Italy and the sixth largest in the world and ev­ery im­mac­u­late de­tail of her ex­tra­or­di­nary in­te­rior is im­pres­sive.

De­signed by Perini’s in-house team lead by Franco Ro­ma­nia with ex­per­tise from naval ar­chi­tect Philippe Briand, Sy­baris’s huge rigs and sailplan dwarfed nearby yachts even in Monaco har­bour. She has a 72m car­bon Ron­dal main­mast and a 62m mizzen that set a to­tal of 3,000m2 of sail (the gi­ant reacher alone is 1,092m2). Sail­han­dling uses cap­tive winches ca­pa­ble of han­dling 40-tonne loads and are cal­i­brated by the au­to­mated sys­tems that Fabio Perini orig­i­nally in­vented and con­tin­ues to in­no­vate.

The size and scale of the sail­ing and deck hard­ware is im­pres­sive, and Sy­baris’s in­te­rior is just as im­pos­ing.

The styling is the work of PH De­sign, a Mi­ami-based com­pany with which the owner has worked be­fore on his homes and apart­ments. This is the com­pany’s first ex­pe­ri­ence with yacht in­te­rior de­sign in­tro­duc­ing a novel look and theme that has slightly Jules Verne un­der­tones, from the deep sea win­dows and dog fas­ten­ings to 12 trea­sure chest/steamer trunks – tech­ni­cally, cre­den­zas – in deep brown al­li­ga­tor skin. These are sus­pended on ti­ta­nium straps each side of the sa­loon.

PH De­sign spe­cialises in cus­tom fur­ni­ture and the bleached oak join­ery as ex­e­cuted by Perini is su­perb. The main deck sa­loon area is com­pletely open, with no sep­a­rat­ing bulk­heads and only punc­tu­ated by a float­ing stair­case be­tween two pieces of struc­tural glass that leads to the fly­bridge. The main din­ing ta­ble is a 1.7 tonne piece of mar­ble. Be­low, there are six guest cab­ins and crew quar­ters for­ward. Philippe Briand ad­mits that the struc­tural en­gi­neer­ing to sup­port this 30m space was a chal­lenge.

One of the fea­tures is the ex­ten­sive use of ti­ta­nium (“more than the av­er­age space pro­gramme,” quipped one ob­server in Monaco). Ti­ta­nium has been used for a fit­tings and fea­tures from a cir­cu­lar ta­ble in the ex­te­rior cock­pit to deck­head de­tails and beau­ti­fully milled hand­holds, stan­chions and rails. Perini re­port­edly had to seek out spe­cial­ists from the F1 world to work on these de­tails.

The bridge is all elec­tronic – Sy­baris is fully ECDIS equipped and Perini’s first pa­per­less ves­sel. www.perini­

Above: Sump­tu­ous lux­ury in­te­ri­ors by PH De­sign

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