A new era at Fer­retti: lux­ury and ra­tio­nal­ity

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - YACHTS -

The yacht­ing au­tumn has opened in grand style for the new look Fer­retti Group. The 24 yachts on show at the very im­por­tant Fes­ti­val In­ter­na­tional de la Plai­sance in Cannes, in the heart of the Côte d’Azur, made up one of most ef­fec­tive dis­plays of the en­tire event. Five of th­ese two dozen ex­quis­ite yachts were new mod­els be­ing shown for the first time world­wide. A good sign be­cause, in spite of the dif­fi­cult eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in Italy and other Euro­pean coun­tries, the sail­ing world is still at­tract­ing cus­tomers, and an ad­ver­tise­ment for Ital­ian prod­ucts like Fer­retti can­not and must not sur­ren­der in the face of dif­fi­cul­ties. It in­stead, on this oc­ca­sion, demon­strated once again that it is still at the fore­front. An “ad­ver­sary to beat”, able to in­no­vate and amaze, and pop­u­lar with cus­tomers of the new gen­er­a­tion, who are in­creas­ingly global, dis­cern­ing and, per­haps, even a lit­tle ec­cen­tric - within cer­tain lim­its. The di­men­sions are no longer ex­ag­ger­ated, but this is no rea­son to over­look the new boats. The Group, guided by the new chair­man Tan Xuguang (We­ichai Group), the founder and hon­orary chair­man Nor­berto Fer­retti and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Fer­ruc­cio Rossi, is ready to lead a “new era” and tackle new chal­lenges and suc­cesses with en­thu­si­asm, even in new mar­kets. Fer­retti Yachts, the lead­ing brand of the group, has pro­duced two new yachts in two dif­fer­ent seg­ments: the 690 and 870 are the two lat­est gen­er­a­tion yachts with fly­bridge. The larger Fer­retti 870 man­ages, how­ever, to con­tain the hull within 24 me­tres. This im­por­tant mile­stone has helped re­duce man­age­ment ex­pen­di­ture to that of a boat rather than the higher cat­e­gory of ships, which en­vis­ages much higher costs for main­te­nance and crew. It’s a well known and al­ways pop­u­lar di­men­sion, but it’s not for this rea­son that it’s not wor­thy of in­no­va­tion. The fo­cus has been put mainly on the new glass sur­faces on the deck. Thanks to a

low­er­ing of the gun­wale, now the view of the sea from the in­side is even more ex­ten­sive and en­chant­ing, even when sit­ting com­fort­ably on the so­fas. While sail­ing and sta­tion­ary, there­fore, vis­i­bil­ity has been im­proved greatly, as has live­abil­ity. On the lower deck the vol­umes on board have been in­creased con­sid­er­ably by mov­ing the guest cab­ins to­wards the stern. In par­tic­u­lar, the mas­ter cabin as well as half the space be­low deck have ben­e­fit­ted. There are three dou­ble cab­ins and a fourth with twin beds. All have pri­vate bath­room and sep­a­rate shower box. The Fer­retti 690 has re­ceived the same treat­ment, with new ex­ter­nal lines that suc­ceed in giv­ing the fly­bridge an even sleeker pro­file. It is now much longer and com­fort­able but, thanks to a clever de­sign and use of tech­nol­ogy, is also less “weighed down” by in­stru­ments and an­ten­nas, which are now re­cessed more ef­fec­tively com­pared to pre­vi­ous mod­els in the same seg­ment. The deep “fam­ily feel­ing” re­mains, but the many de­tails make the ex­pe­ri­ence on board even bet­ter, such as the larger ex­panses of glass both on the main deck and in the cab­ins. Now the mas­ter cabin, the VIP cabin and two guest cab­ins in the bow have large open-view win­dows that are aes­thet­i­cally ap­peal­ing and easy to op­er­ate. Re­main­ing on the topic of large yachts, the new Per­sh­ing 82’ suc­ceeds in of­fer­ing spa­ces of over 80 feet while re­main­ing within 24 me­tres. Even in this case it is “only” a leisure boat, but it stirs emo­tions with its in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance: a top speed of 45 knots, a cruis­ing speed of 40 knots and a range of 300 nau­ti­cal miles, in other words, from Genoa to Ponza in 7 hours with­out re­fu­elling. Among the most in­ter­est­ing de­tails is, with­out doubt, the sun deck, rare in open yachts but very much in de­mand, with re­tractable helm sur­rounded by two com­fort­able chaises longues next to the pilot, and a prac­ti­cal mini­bar nearby. The Dol­phin 64’ Cruiser is in­stead shorter and very dif­fer­ent. This clas­sic “lob­ster boat”, made by Mochi Craft, is in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar, even in the Mediter-

ranean area, due to new stan­dards of com­fort and ease of sail­ing. De­signed by the ar­chi­tect Brunello Acam­pora of Stu­dio Vic­tory De­sign in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Fer­retti Group’s de­sign cen­tre, this yacht rep­re­sents not a break with tra­di­tion but a con­fir­ma­tion of the val­ues that see this class of yachts be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­fort­able and closer to the world of fly­bridge boats, but with an el­e­gance that is im­me­di­ately vis­i­ble. The yacht that closes our re­view of the new craft from the Fer­retti Group may be last but it’s cer­tainly not least in terms of im­por­tance, and may even be first in terms of de­sir­abil­ity: the Riva 63’ Vir­tus, the largest open yacht pro­duced by the ship­yard. It is with­out doubt sporty, with a dis­tinctly Mediter­ranean style, and is able to of­fer the max­i­mum in in­no­va­tive com­fort for its cat­e­gory. It has more space and more equip­ment, in typ­i­cal Riva style, and, thanks to fea­tures partly taken from Ri­vale, of­fers new con­trasts, ma­te­ri­als and gad­gets on a boat that will, once again, be a bench­mark for the sec­tor.

Open­ing. The new Per­sh­ing 82’. Big spa­ces within 24 me­tres. A top speed of 45 knots, a cruis­ing speed of 40 knots and a range of 300 nau­ti­cal miles. Sun-deck with helm and scale car­bon re­tractable. Left. Dol­phin 64’ Cruiser by Mochi Craft. De­signed by the

In aper­tura. Nuovo Per­sh­ing 82’. Spazi grandi en­tro i 24 metri. 45 nodi di ve­loc­ità mas­sima con 40 di crociera, per un’au­tono­mia di 300 miglia nau­tiche. Sun-deck con plan­cia di co­mando e scala in car­bo­nio a scom­parsa. A sin­is­tra. Dol­phin 64’ Cruiser...

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