420 NAUTICAL MILES
MAXIMUM CRUISING RANGE AT 21 KNOTS
A word with designer Francesco Paszkowski
Yachting: The 120 takes a different approach than many other Ferretti Group projects. Why? FP: The design for the new Custom Line 120 introduces new stylistic elements focused on breaking down barriers between the exterior and the interior. Yachting: In particular? FP: The unusual ceiling opening system for the aft windows further emphasizes the desire to bring the exterior and interior together. It also transforms the aft section of the living area, which is usually not heavily used, into a space that can be enjoyed whether the doors are closed or open. with a pantry and prep area opening to the salon. There’s a door to the side deck, and stairs down to the crew quarters. Miele cooktops and an oven, plus a full-size fridge backed by undercounter drawers, should stow enough provisions for a week or more of cruising. ¶ The pilothouse has a centerline helm seat, a chart table to port, and an L-shaped settee with a table aft and to starboard. Steps here lead up to the flybridge as well as down to the galley. ¶ Outdoor enjoyment dominates on the flybridge. A batwing hardtop with a sunroof covers the forward half, and high bulwarks with panoramic-size windows surround the space, allowing views from the protected Minotti chaise longues and settees. Aft, sun pads border a Teuco spa, and misters are fitted for hot Bahamas days. ¶ Teak-planked side decks lead from the bridge forward to another getaway space: the raised foredeck with sun pads, tables, settees and, at anchor, umbrellas for shade. Under the foredeck, and out of sight to all but the crew, is another tender garage with its own crane. Counting the transom garage, this yacht has spaces to stow three tenders out of sight. ¶ The afterdeck has more Minotti loose furniture in a cocktail arrangement, and here, Custom Line and Paszkowski incorporated the builder’s Dual Mode Transom. The door to the transom garage hinges two ways: Swinging up, it provides launching and retrieval of the Williams tender, while hinged down, it reveals a teak beach club that extends into the hull, creating an oversize swim platform. ¶ The owner’s representative and yacht broker, Jason Wood, attests to the high quality of the construction, having stayed at the Ferretti Group yard in La Spezia, Italy, during the build. “To keep Vista Blue — and other Custom Line 120s — light but very strong, the yard uses resin infusion and carbon fiber for a perfect blend,” he says. ¶ Built to RINA and MCA standards, the 120 has floating soles and supplementary thermal insulation in bulkheads and overheads to ensure a quiet and vibration-free ride. ¶ The Custom Line 120 is a clever amalgam of space, style, luxury and performance that should appeal to owners looking to make the mega-yacht move.