MOTOR YACHTS: ITALY
Azimut’s Grande Tri deck is one of the most exciting world premieres of 2021 and is displaying at both the Cannes Yachting Festival (September 7-12) and the Monaco Yacht Show (September 22-25). With an overall length of 38.2m or 125ft 5in, the Tri deck is 10ft 7in longer than the yard’s previous flagship, the Grande 35 Metri. Hull one was delivered to its owner at the Monaco Grand Prix in May, while the second hull hit the water in June. Designed by Alberto Mancini, the sub-300GT superyacht is the builder’s first tri-deck, featuring lower, main, upper, and sun decks, as well as the option of five or six guest cabins. Interiors are by Achille Salvagni, while Pierluigi Ausonio worked with Azimut-Benetti on naval architecture.
The standout feature is the sea view terrace, an extra 320sqft deck at the stern that sits aft of and a few steps above the private patio on the main deck. The terrace features a huge, aft-facing C-shaped sofa and sits above most of the beach club, which is served by a day head and wet bar.
Like the Grande S10, which Mancini also designed, the sea view terrace (or aft main deck) provides privacy for a covered patio with a dining table positioned by the entrance to the interior.
Other outdoor areas include the aft upper deck, which features the main outdoor dining area with a square table and corner sofas, while forward on the same deck is the foredeck lounge with a circular whirlpool tub. Up top, the open sun deck features a large sunbathing area aft with freestanding furniture, a central lounge with facing sofas and tables, and a forward bar and barbecue.
Salvagni has created a relaxed interior that includes a main-deck lounge with no formal dining area, while forward are the galley and master suite. The upper deck features the upper saloon, which can be converted to an indoor dining area, as well as the option of a captain’s cabin or guest cabin. The lower deck has two VIP suites aft and two guest cabins forward, plus four cabins for six crew.
Mancini has also designed two of Azimut’s other world premieres at Cannes, the 53 (Review, Issue 60) and 68 from the Flybridge range, which follow the 78 he designed that premiered at Cannes in 2019.
The 53 had an online presentation in March and the first unit into Asia recently arrived in Hong Kong through Marine Italia, which also represents Azimut in Macau, Guangdong province, Taiwan, and Singapore.
With a typically sleek profile, the 53 has an overall length of 55ft and a 16ft-plus beam. The flybridge has a three-sided seating area aft and an adjustable table, twin-seat helm to port and wet bar to starboard, plus a large sunbathing area forward. The foredeck has a sofa and adjustable triple sunpad.
The aft cockpit has only one stairway to the swim platform, to starboard, which frees up room for a large L-shaped sofa to port. The split-level interior starts with an aft galley before two steps up a 25cm rise lead to the saloon and helm station to starboard.
Volvo’s IPS propulsion system reduces the size of the engine room and increases space for the lower-deck accommodation, which comprises a master midships, twin to starboard and VIP forward, while the lobby has space for a washer-dryer plus storage. With twin 725hp IPS950 engines, the 53 has a top speed up to 31 knots and a cruising speed up to 27.
The 68 is the newest addition to the Flybridge Collection and features interiors and exterior furniture by Salvagni plus naval architecture by Ausonio. It offers three different saloon layouts on the main deck: with a forward galley either open or closed or an open aft galley.
Below deck, four cabins and three bathrooms accommodate up to eight guests, while the yacht has a top speed of 32 knots with twin Volvo IPS 1350 pods. For more details on the 68, see Yachts earlier in this issue.
Benetti’s world premieres this autumn include the Motopanfilo 37M, at Cannes, after which hull one will be delivered to its owner. Inspired by the 1960s navette, Francesco Struglia collaborated with Benetti for the exterior, while Lazzarini Pickering Architects handled the interiors of the four-deck yacht distinguished by a cosy ‘sheltered nook’ on the observation deck.
The saloon features modern-style glazed surfaces, gently curved ceilings and extensive use of warm wood and light colours for the floors, while the owner’s suite is forward on the main deck. On the lower deck, the four guest cabins follow the gentle curve of the hull, while Lazzarini Pickering’s ubiquitous ‘rib structure’ is again on display.
Benetti’s FB274 Zazou makes her public debut at the Monaco Yacht Show after her spectacular launch in April. The fully custom 65m superyacht features an exterior by Giorgio Cassetta and a hull in Carinthia blue, while Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design handled the interior and some exterior areas.
The megayacht has six guest suites, while features include a huge sun deck, gym, 5m swimming pool, an outdoor cinema and another cinema on the main deck. Zazou is powered by two 1,850hp Caterpillar 3512C engines for a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots, plus a range of 5,000nm at 12 knots.
Ferretti Group’s five new models for 2021 are all on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival, although the Ferretti Yachts 1000 (Review, Issue 61) had its official world premiere at the Venice Boat Show in June. However, Cannes is the biggest show the brand’s new flagship has appeared at and a new hull will be arriving in Taiwan in early 2022.
The 1000 is the largest boat Ferretti Yachts has built and it is first to feature extensive use of carbon fibre in the superstructure and hard top. Following on from the 670, 720, and 500, it’s the brand’s fourth model with an exterior by Filippo Salvetti and the second – following the 500 – with interiors by IdeaeItalia, which offers either a soft Classic styling or a bolder Contemporary option.
Highlights include the almost-600sqft flybridge, where the helm station has two electrically adjustable Poltrona Frau pilot seats and two co-pilot seats. The hardtop can be configured with a fixed glass insert, one that opens or a system of adjustable glass slats that can move aft to provide a large opening. Flybridge walkways lead to the spacious bow area, which is furnished with sofas and dinettes that can be transformed into a generous sun pad.
On the main deck, the cockpit offers facing sofas and an infinity view aft, while the interior features large full-height windows and the option of sliding doors by the dining area. The owner’s suite forward makes the most of the widebody design and features a spacious walk in wardrobe with sofa, a TV hidden behind the mirrored wall and an afull-beam bathroom accessed by two smoked glass doors.
Four large guest cabins on the lower deck all have en-suite bathrooms and a mirror TV, while the crew area in the bow has five berths.
The Wally WHY200 is one of this year’s most-anticipated new models. The first Wally Hybrid Yacht (WHY) boasts an impressive volume of 200GT despite a sub-24m load line length.
Designed to combine the comfort and space of a displacement yacht with the speed and performance of a semi-displacement, the WHY200 has been developed by the Wally design team led by Luca Bassani, Ferretti Group, Laurent Giles Naval Architects and A. Vallicelli & C for interior design.
It’s the brand’s first full wide-body design and offers more than 2,150sqft of indoor living space and 1,550sqft of exterior space, which Ferretti Group says is up to 50 per cent more than traditional yachts of its length. Fold-out wings expand the beach club area, while two concealed garages stow numerous water toys and a big tender.
Distinctive features include a spectacular 15ft-high glazed bow that houses a 400sqft master suite with 270-degree views overlooking the sea, while the VIP and two guest cabins are on the lower deck. The upper deck has an extended structural top with no supporting pillars, as well as a glass-and-carbon dome, a distinctive Wally feature.
Pershing is unveiling its 6X at Cannes before displaying it at the Genoa International Boat Show (September 16-21). Designed by Fulvio De Simoni and Ferretti Group, the sleek 62-footer has a beam of 16ft and is expected to have a top speed of 48 knots and a cruising speed of 42 with a pair of 1,550mhp MAN V12 engines.
The newcomer joins the builder’s ‘Generation X’ range, which already features the 5X, 7X, 8X and 9X. New features on the 6X include the styling of the big aft sun pad, the carbon-and-teak table in the cockpit, the chaise longue with a reclining backrest, and rectangular portholes that look like windows.
Among standout zones is the helm station, which includes a dashboard with two 19-inch monitors, carbon-fibre control panels and an electro-hydraulic steering system, all set under a large, opening sunroof. The first unit has three cabins – owner, forward VIP and starboards guest – and three bathrooms with separate showers, with the guest-cabin bathroom acting as the day head.
Riva’s two world premieres at Cannes are the 76’ Perseo Super and the 68’ Diable, also set to display at Genoa. Both models are designed by Mauro Micheli, co-founder of Officina Italiana Design, in collaboration with Ferretti Group.
An upgrade of the 76’ Perseo, the new Super version is part of Riva’s Sportfly range and features over 430sqft of glazed surfaces onthe hull and superstructure, while brand traditions are evident in the use of mahogany and polished stainless steel.
In the cockpit, the dining area can become a spacious sun pad by lowering the table for eight and covering it with cushions. The sun deck features a large central sun pad, while the upper helm is flanked by sofas on both sides.
Sand-coloured oak and light or dark lacquer are used through the interior, while rosewood is an alternative. The standard lower-deck layout features three en-suite guest cabins – a fourth is optional – plus a small lounge and a galley.
The 68’ Diable is among the larger, most powerful models in Riva’s Open range, with the option of twin MAN V12 1,650mhp engines producing a top speed of 40 knots. It features a built-in hardtop with a sunroof featuring a two-way opening mechanism.
The cockpit features two big sun pads, comprising a chaise-longue at the water’s edge and one that can be shaded, along with the dining area, by an automatic bimini system built into the hardtop. The lower deck features a versatile social area with a galley and dinette, plus three en-suite guest cabins.
Sanlorenzo’s new models in 2021 include three world premieres at the Cannes Yachting Festival and the first 62Steel, Cloud 9, making its global debut at the Monaco Yacht Show.
Part of the builder’s Superyacht range, the 62Steel (Review, Issue 61) has an overall length of 61.5m and a beam of 11.9m and was designed by Sanlorenzo. Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini handled the décor and furnishings of Cloud 9.
The beach club is among standout features and is lit by the transparent bottom of the guest swimming pool, which is situated at the aft end of the main deck and has a sliding cover that transforms it into an extended sunbathing area.
The covered beach area on the lower deck spans 1,000sqft and includes relaxation areas, a bar, gym, and hammam. There’s another 430sqft of outdoor space on folding terraces aft and to either side, while two midships garages contain the main 9m tender, service tender and jetski.
The main deck features an almost 1,000sqft saloon with a dining room that seats up to 16. The main deck also features six cabins, although one can double as a massage room.
Reached by a lift, the owner’s deck includes a 2,300sqft master suite, which has two bathrooms, a walk-in dressing room, a study and living area, and a forward-facing bed with views of the pool in the private foredeck. Aft is the 720sqft sky lounge, a space reserved for entertainment and games, while outside is an open-air alfresco dining area.
Unveiled in Cannes, the SL90A and SL120A are new additions to the builder’s fast-expanding planning line. Featuring an exterior design by Zuccon International Project, the SL90A has a length of 27m, a beam of 6.5m and a top speed of 29 knots with twin MAN V12 2,000hp engines.
The yacht’s asymmetric design, featuring just one side deck on the main deck, has created an additional 330sqft of living space, according to the shipyard. The cockpit and saloon together provide 540sqft of space, while new features include a raised pilothouse.
The SL120A is the flagship of the planing line, with a length of 36.9m. The 279GT superyacht has a top speed of 27 knots and a range of 1,800nm at 10 knots. The yacht features an expansive 500sqft beach area with a side terrace, while the main deck offers almost 1,000sqft of living space.
Meanwhile, the 290GT SD118 joins the builder’s semi-displacement line. The tri-deck yacht has a top speed of 19 knots and a range of 2,500nm at 10 knots. The yacht has a convertible 380sqft beach area with extra-wide sliding doors, full-height glazing and an upper deck with only a side deck to port.
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