En­joy­ing the Ride

An afi­cionado of speed takes the slow road with his cus­tom line navetta 33.

Yachts International - - Contents - By KEnny Wooton

A rac­ing fan takes the slow road with his Cus­tom Line Navetta 33.

For­mula 1 Fer­rari driv­ers se­bas­Tian veT­Tel and Kimi raiKKo­nen

each wear a small, robin’s egg-col­ored sticker on their hel­mets. It reads, sim­ply, “Riva,” as in the iconic Ital­ian boat brand. And it means a great deal more than most ca­sual ob­servers might re­al­ize.

Fer­retti Group CEO Al­berto Galassi is mar­ried to Enzo Fer­rari’s grand­daugh­ter, An­tonella, who also is in­volved in the boat­builder’s de­sign ef­forts. And Enzo Fer­rari’s son, Piero, is deeply en­trenched in Fer­retti Group as a sig­nif­i­cant share­holder and di­rec­tor of the Strate­gic Prod­uct Com­mit­tee.

As you might imag­ine, Galassi is a Fer­rari fan supreme and a pas­sion­ate fan of mo­tor­sports in gen­eral.

“Un­for­tu­nately, yes; I am,” he says with a note of sly irony. “We love For­mula 1. Fer­rari is part of my heart. It’s part of where we come from. It’s part of the fam­ily.”

He’s also been a pas­sion­ate yachts­man and owner since well be­fore he took over Fer­retti Group. When it came time for a new boat, Galassi made an ob­vi­ous choice. Last year, he be­came the owner of hull num­ber one of the re­vamped Cus­tom Line Navetta 33, Telli.

Be­ing a speed maven, he might have opted for one of the sportier Fer­retti Group brands such as Riva or Per­sh­ing, but for the lim­ited days his sched­ule al­lows him to spend on the wa­ter, he prefers a more se­date liv­ery. Un­like For­mula 1 cars, which ac­cel­er­ate and stop like F18s on a car­rier deck, the semi-dis­place­ment Navetta 33 is de­signed for com­fort, safety and range.

The Cus­tom Line fleet has two prod­uct lines: a plan­ing range that in­cludes the 108 and the 120, with a 106 due at the end of this year; and a semi-dis­place­ment range that com­prises the Navetta 28, 33, 37 and 42. As the name im­plies, Cus­tom Line mod­els of­fer own­ers a wide berth when it comes to ameni­ties and ar­range­ments. Ac­cord­ing to a rep­re­sen­ta­tive, about the only el­e­ments of the Navetta 33 that are set in stone are the po­si­tion of the spa pool, the cen­tral staircase and the tech­ni­cal plat­form. The yacht’s fur­ni­ture can be ar­ranged most any way an owner wants.

Galassi chose a five-state­room ar­range­ment for 10 guests. Crew quar­ters ac­com­mo­date six. Telli houses her guests in four VIP state­rooms on the lower deck, which, far from be­ing a claus­tro­pho­bic cav­ern, has broad, tall pan­els of glaz­ing link­ing it vis­ually to the out­doors. Those state­rooms, as with most ar­eas on the boat, are fin­ished in an open, con­tem­po­rary style with shades of cream and white, and with a grainy, milk­choco­late-col­ored wal­nut ve­neer. Con­tem­po­rary paint­ings are hung taste­fully through­out.

While Stu­dio Zuc­con In­ter­na­tional Project styled the yacht’s ex­te­rior, in­te­rior aes­thet­ics are the owner’s choice with ex­e­cu­tion by Fer­retti Group’s in-house teams.

“We wanted to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble bet­ter than the for­mer Navetta 33 Crescendo, which was a good ship,” Galassi says. (He owned a Crescendo be­fore Telli.)

Changes in the lat­est Navetta 33 in­clude greater at­ten­tion to min­i­miz­ing sound and vi­bra­tion through float­ing soles and bulk­head in­su­la­tion; a larger up­per deck; an im­proved sound sys­tem; greater at­ten­tion to light­ing; and a new hull with a bul­bous bow, aimed at bet­ter ef­fi­ciency and sea­keep­ing.

Galassi takes some credit for the up­dates, but he lav­ishes praise on Fer­retti de­sign­ers and crafts­men, and on his wife, who had a strong hand in process.

And as an owner, he ap­pre­ci­ates the changes from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. The win­dows-on-the-world theme ex­tends to all three of Telli’s decks. Panes on the main and up­per decks open, should guests de­cide fil­tered, ar­ti­fi­cially cooled air isn’t their thing. Galassi says his fa­vorite space on the boat is in that fresh air.

“I’m mostly a sun guy, so any­where the sun is is where I’d like to be,” Galassi says. “My fa­vorite is the up­per deck be­cause it is very silent and be­cause the win­dows can open so you can have fresh air, even if you close the door.”

For some­one so at­tuned to the shrill wail of For­mula 1 and Mo­toGP en­gines, that love of si­lence might seem para­dox­i­cal, but he ap­pears to rel­ish it, as do many su­per-busy own­ers of large cruis­ing yachts. An­other of his fa­vorite spa­ces is the mas­ter suite.

“I love the mas­ter cabin be­cause it’s com­pletely silent and I love to sleep,” he says.

In ad­di­tion to the up­per deck, Telli has mul­ti­ple places for Galassi to in­dulge his need for sun­shine and fresh air. The fold­ing bal­cony off the main sa­lon is one. The fore­deck with its lounges is an­other. For more in­ti­mate con­tact with the wa­ter and the sun, he might spend time on the sun­deck with its spa pool, or in the beach club.

The lat­est Cus­tom Line mod­els em­ploy a ver­sa­tile stern ar­range­ment that the com­pany calls a Dual Mode Tran­som. When de­ploy­ing the yacht’s ten­der and PWC, the tran­som opens as a door from hinges at the top, the swim plat­form low­ers into the wa­ter, the garage floods and the boats float out. In the other mode, the tran­som folds down flat from the bot­tom to cre­ate a 172-square­foot (16-square-me­ter) teak-sole plat­form.

Ad­di­tional crea­ture com­forts start with the yacht’s hull and equip­ment. In ad­di­tion to her soft­chine hull and bul­bous bow, Telli has ABT-Trac fin sta­bi­liz­ers with zero-speed mode, and Sea­keeper gy­ros. She has Tier III-cer­ti­fied, 1,400-horse­power MAN diesels, which pro­vide a top speed of 15 knots and a cruis­ing speed of 12. At 12 knots, Telli has a range of 1,540 nau­ti­cal miles, ac­cord­ing to Cus­tom Line. More pow­er­ful en­gines from MAN and Cater­pil­lar are avail­able for a mar­ginal in­crease in speed and range.

As much as Galassi loves the yacht, he has a few things he’d change. He says he wishes the spa pool drained quicker, the in­te­grated elec­tron­ics on the bridge had self-up­dat­ing soft­ware, and the TVs were big­ger, es­pe­cially for the Asian mar­ket. It’s prob­a­bly safe to as­sume the Fer­retti Group de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers might lend an ear to the CEO on those points.

For­mula 1 driv­ers put ev­ery­thing they have into reach­ing the fin­ish line as quickly as they can. With his pur­chase of Telli, it’s clear Galassi prefers a more laid-back method of get­ting where he’s go­ing—at least on the wa­ter. For more in­for­ma­tion: cus­tom­line-yacht.com

above: Telli’s main deck sa­lon is bright and open, and re­flects her owner’s love of con­tem­po­rary art.Fac­ing Page: A sun-drenched spa pool oc­cu­pies space on the sun­deck.

LOA: 108ft. 3in. (33m) LWL: 91ft. 10in. (28m) BEAM: 24ft. 8in. (7.52m) DRAFT: 7ft. 2in. (2.18m) CON­STRUC­TION: GRP GROSS TONS: 262 EN­GINES: 2 x 1,400-hp MAN V12 LE446 FUEL: 4,940 gal. (18,700L) WA­TER: 819 gal. (3,100L) SPEED: 15 knots/12 knots (max./cruise) GEN­ER­A­TORS: 2 x 53 kW Kohler 55EFO ZDJ STA­BI­LIZ­ERS: ABT-Trac fins; Sea­keeper gy­ros EX­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN: Stu­dio Zuc­con In­ter­na­tional Project IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN: Fer­retti Group GUESTS: 10 (1 mas­ter and 4 guest state­rooms) CREW: 6 (4 cab­ins) BUILDER: Cus­tom Line

clock­wise from above: Fer­retti Group CEO Al­berto Galassi owns hull num­ber one of the new Navetta 33; The main deck mas­ter pro­vides Galassi quiet refuge; The up­per deck of­fers a cov­ered al­fresco din­ing op­tion.

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