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Ferretti Evolution

Ferretti Evolution

The Ferretti shipyard is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, and the Ferretti Yachts 780 Tai He Ban Edition is ready to party at the Singapore Yacht Show. This fantastic flybridge yacht is offering a modern and rewarding yachting experience.

A collaborative effort between the Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee chaired by Piero Ferrari, its Engineering Department, and the Studio Zuccon International Project, the Ferretti Yachts 780 THB has been described as “a dream come true” in terms of comfort, style, seaworthiness and safety.

The Ferretti 780 had its worldwide debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival last year, but the ‘Tai He Ban’ version has only just be launched, and will be presented to the Asian market at the Singapore Yacht Show in April 2018.

Many of the successful features from Ferretti models launched over the last three years (Ferretti Yachts 550, 700, 450 and 850) can be found in this boat, but she has inherited so much more – most importantly the new elements that have been added that continues the Ferretti philosophy of always developing cutting-edge solutions to make yachting more enjoyable.

Beach Club
One of this yacht’s most important innovations can be found all the way aft – a real Beach Club, offering loads of space and comfort, thanks to the new tailgate operating system. Above the large swimming platform (where a tender can be stored upon request), the two sections that form the tailgate can be lowered together or separately. These contain two large sun pads, which, once the tailgate is fully opened, transform the space into a relaxing area close to the water. Ample storage spaces have been built into the sides of the companionway leading up to the cockpit, and these can be used to store a SeaBob, ropes and other technical materials.

Outdoor Areas
The large flybridge from aft and amidships, features beautiful free-standing outdoor furnishings that have been developed in collaboration with the Italian company Roda. Meanwhile, forward and to starboard, the helm station is equipped with a small table and two facing sofas that can be converted into sun pads. The outer bow area is a large private lounge, fitted with a C-shaped sofa and a vast central sunpad with lockers located beneath it.

Inviting Interiors
Beyond the glass door of the cockpit is the entry to the main deck lounge. Located on a single level, it features Mardegan parquet flooring in brushed oak. Located on one level the living area has a large C-shaped sofa, a coffee table with a Calacatta marble top, and two armchairs – all by Minotti. Beyond the lounge is a dining area that seats up to eight guests, with its large table and chairs by Poltrona Frau. The forward section of the deck is reserved for a bar area featuring wood furniture and marble walls.

The raised pilot-house features a system of multiple touchscreen displays that integrate the craft’s navigation systems with the controls for the technical instrumentation and power train. A door on the starboard side provides easy access to the exterior walkway, and the port side bulwark has a separate companionway that allows owner and guests to proceed to their accommodation independently.

Below deck there are two cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom, decorated in Florim Calcatta Gold marble. The bow cabin is a VIP guest suite, and on the starboard side is a twin-bed guest cabin. The entertainment room enjoys magnificent natural light thanks to double glazed windows with integrated flush portholes, over which Zimmer-Rohde curtains can be rolled down.

Furnished with a sofa and pull-out bed made with leather by Mastrotto and fabrics by Camengo, the sofa features decorative branded cushions by Misia Soleil, Mastrotto and Gentili Mosconi. The two square-shaped coffee tables are by Minotti. The galley occupies the starboard side and features the latest in modern Italian equipment and design.

Far aft, and separated from the guest areas by the engine room, is the crew area, which can be accessed from the cockpit. Designed with comfort in mind, it is among the most spacious for this market segment. It includes a cabin for the captain and a second, with two bunk beds, for the crew. Each cabin has its own separate bathroom. In the standard version, there is a storage area in place of the captain’s cabin. A watertight door leads directly to the engine room, which is also accessible via the cockpit hatch.

The first Ferretti Yachts 780 THB is equipped with an optional engine assembly consisting of twin MAN engines providing 1550hp and giving the yacht a cruising speed of 27 knots and a top speed of 31 knots (preliminary data). To ensure maximum comfort even when at anchor, this new 78-footer is also equipped with Seakeeper stabilisers.


Ferretti Yachts 850: Seductive Luxury

Ferretti Yachts 850: Seductive Luxury

Rugged and seductive, the Ferretti Yachts 850 dazzles with its strikingly clean and dynamic profile. Its clear-cut angles give a powerful and bold look and when this is combined with sophisticated design and extraordinary comfort, it makes for an outstanding masterpiece on the water.

The design and layout of the exteriors and interiors are the joint effort between the Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee and Studio Zuccon International Project – the Group’s Engineering Department, which handles both the naval and interior design. This combination of technical expertise and Italian design is what sets this shipyard apart from others.

Full-height windows provide a magnificent view from the main saloon


Two trapezoidal hull windows with integrated portholes, which are sleek and extra wide, making the most of the natural light and providing magnificent views from the inside of the yacht. The main deck continues the overall experience, thanks to a single full-height window, which cuts through the entire super structure along with a large front and side dome at the raised helm station.

The Cockpit

The cockpit can be accessed from both sides and is furnished with a striking, multi-purpose sofa, thanks to its collapsible backrest, which can be used both as a chaise longue and to seat diners around the large outdoor table. On the starboard side towards the bow, fitted under the staircase leading to the flybridge, there are various storage compartments and an icemaker, as well as the mooring controls. Just like larger yacht, access to the engine room is via a portside door.

Main Deck

The glazed sliding door leads into a 10m long open plan space with a lounge and a dining area. All the furniture and fittings redefine the architectural and design ‘language’ of yachting. The décor, chosen by the Group’s Engineering Department working side by side with international trend research experts, represents a break with conventional standards of onboard furnishings. The result is a living style that is in line with the latest trends in residential architecture, characterised by opulent minimalism.

The interiors are in line with the latest trends in residential architecture

The Ferretti 850 features full-height glazed surfaces, light and pleated curtains, and freestanding furniture are typical elements of this ultra-contemporary metropolitan concept. The interior shows design features created by the famous Italian house of Minotti.

This new partnership has led to a spellbinding layering of influences and styles, and a yacht interior that is the perfect balance between the classic and the contemporary. The lounge features an L-shaped sofa, a coffee table and a TV area, as well as a dining area with a striking round table.

The lacquered surfaces and quality fabrics give a distinctive style to every area and Minotti’s flamed oak in a colour reminiscent of tobacco combines perfectly with satin finish brass frames. The warm colours of the woods are matched by several pieces of Minotti designer furniture, which are enriched by granite-colour, polished lacquer doors.

Eight Thonet chairs in black leather complete the dining table, and both the coffee and dining tables reference the colour schemes of the furnishings, with bronze and granite trim.

The dining area and cocktail bar as well as the galley are fitted out with high-end Ernestomeda kitchen ware

The galley is located forward beyond the lobby and the helm station and is completely separate from the guest area. Fitted out with high-end Ernestomeda kitchen equipment has a convenient dinette and the stairs nearby lead to the crew cabins.

As an alternative layout, the galley can be situated on the port side with a cocktail bar facing the lounge. This solution enhances the convivial atmosphere onboard and enables a lounge area to be set up forward of the helm station.

A spacious master suite designed in collaboration with the Italian design house of Minotti

Lower Deck

Keeping with the style of the main deck, the flamed oak wood, satin finish brass trim and lacquered ceiling, the central king-size bed in the master en suite features leather upholstered headboard and borders matching the bedside tables, features a study area along the bulwark with a stylish Minotti unit. The TV screen is installed on the wall opposite the bed and a large wardrobe and several spacious storage compartments provide abundant storage.

The lower deck houses two spacious VIP double cabins, one amidships on the port side and the other forward. There is a fourth cabin on the starboard side, fitted with twin beds. The décor of all the cabins matches the style of the master suite. Every cabin has en-suite bathroom and separate shower.

The crew quarters are located in the extreme bow and include two cabins with bunk beds and private bathroom.

The spacious flybridge is the perfect place to entertain

Flybridge And External Forward Area

The Vulcan Grey hard top is installed over the sundeck, extending towards the stern and bow, where it is also fitted with a rigid tinted glazing. The spacious and panoramic flybridge can be furnished with freestanding furniture, including a chaise lounge and sectional sofas depending on the client’s choice.

Towards the bow is the spacious helm station, featuring a comfortable sofa with seating for the co-pilot. Also towards the bow but on the starboard side is the cocktail bar with several storage compartments and worktops. There is a second outdoor lounge area on the deck-house for relaxing in utmost privacy. This area features a large central sun pad, a dinette with seating for two and a folding table, most importantly it offer privacy.

For more information, please visit www.ferrettigroup.com.

*** This article is a republished version. Flip to page 132 of Yacht Style, Issue 41 to read the full story.

Words Suzy Rayment | Images courtesy of Ferretti Yachts

Aditus Connects Crypto-Affluents with Phuket RendezVous 2018

Official Partner of the PHUKET RENDEZVOUS and a leading company in the cryptocurrency industry, ADITUS has launched its Token Sale at aditus.net. Along with its companion app, Aditus’ tokens provides mutual access whilst bridging the current market gap to both crypto-affluents and luxury merchants.

Aditus Connects Crypto-Affluents with Phuket RendezVous 2018

“Crypto-affluents” is a term coined by Julian Peh, co-founder of Aditus, the latest company to join the emerging breed of companies creating market applications to bridge gaps in the market. Named from the Latin word for “access”, Aditus created to be the world’s first luxury access platform bridging luxury merchants and crypto-affluents on a revolutionary decentralised network.

“We have noticed increasing numbers of such crypto-affluents at our luxury events. However, in our conversations with them, we have received feedback that while many crypto-affluents desire goods and services offered by luxury merchants, they still lack access to it, and often feel excluded. At the same time, luxury merchants (our long-time partners and clients) similarly have limited means of reaching out to crypto-affluents, despite going through a period of slowing growth and are eager for new business.” – Julian Peh, a co-founder of Aditus

Founded by veteran entrepreneurs with over 50 years’ experience in the luxury and technology sphere, Aditus is also backed by prominent crypto-pioneers and former C-level executives from renowned luxury brands, giving some indication as to how this start-up is uniquely poised to leverage both luxury merchants and a database of fiat-millionaires into the Aditus network. It is also a world first for a cryptocurrency start-up to present at such a prestigious arena.

Aditus is among cryptocurrency and blockchain pioneers to bridge and facilitate cryptocurrency luxury transactions.

Come Meet these Premium Yacht Brands at Phuket RendezVous 2018

With over 7000 high net worth visitors expected at this exclusive event, Phuket RendezVous 2018 is a showcase of premium lifestyle and premium banking brands:

Catch Princess P62, one of six Princess yachts on display

The all-new Princess P62 captures all the meticulous details, latest technology and the benefits the model has to offer, always staying true to the brand’s design and performance ethos. Princess P62 is tailor-made to include all the features that are normally seen only on much larger craft. Her flybridge inspires relaxation with a large dining area, a sunpad aft and a circular forward seating area that can be converted into an additional sunpad.

Catch Nine Simpson Marine yachts including this beauty from Monte Carlo

A fast-rising star among Italian shipyards, Monte Carlo Yachts are recognised internationally for their iconic style, spaciousness and performance, in which a few of the award-winning models had sparked a worldwide debate and curiosity. Step onboard the Monte Carlo Yachts 70 and be charmed by the customised interiors, featuring the highly-coveted Hermes tapestries, Poltrona Frau furniture and noble décor by Nuvolari Lenard, Italian superstar duo of superyacht designers.

Azimut Yachts will be present as well…

The Azimut Grande 95 yacht conceptualised by Stefano Righini

The Azimut Grande 95 yacht conceptualised by Stefano Righini

Showcasing exquisite hull exteriors and cabin interiors conceptualised by Stefano Righini and interior designed by Salvagni Architetti is modern travel on the high seas in the grand old traditions.

Meet a Global leading Yacht Builder: Ferretti Yachts

With an impressive portfolio of prestigious brands including Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, Custom Line and their own Ferretti Yachts, is it little wonder that Ferretti Group has been confirmed as a world leader in yachting? The Forlì headquartered shipbuilding conglomerate has just been confirmed as the world leader in yachting based on the ranking of the 20 top yacht builders over 24-metre in The Global Order Book 2018, published by Boat International. This latest accolade comes with recent Best of Best and Most Premium Yacht Brand awards, consolidating its strong position in Asia, and signalling to overseas markets, that Ferretti Group is undeniably the leading brand of luxury yachts. And now, you can see them at Phuket RendezVous! Additionally, keep a look out for Leopard Catamarans and Zeelander Yachts.

Learn about the Exciting Lifestyles offered via Northrop and Johnson’s Yacht Charters

Explore 10 unique things you can do when onboard Northrop and Johnson Yacht charter and enter another interesting and thought-provoking world. Unlock ’new’ and exciting charter destinations in the southern region of the Mergui Archipelago where there are over 900 largely uninhabited islands. Explore the diverse precincts of each of the island; stop at one of the various dining areas to enjoy the best food and beverage experiences, access the fishermen’s huts and small sea gypsy villages as well as the uninhabited, unspoiled and pristine island leading to the green jungle, sandy beaches and sand spits. Discover a remnant of the past, the beautiful landscapes, the spectacular rock formations and the gorgeous underwater reefs.

Discover premium Real Estate at Phuket RendezVous

Coldwell Banker is the oldest and most established residential real estate franchise system. In fact, in many ways it was the original real estate start-up. Founded in 1906 by young entrepreneurs Colbert Coldwell and Benjamin Banker, Coldwell Banker changed the way people bought and sold homes across America, ultimately becoming one of the most trusted real estate brands in the world.

Coldwell Banker Thailand launched in 2015 and is run by a multinational management team that have gained experience in some of the top real estate development companies and agencies around the world. We are a high-end to luxury focused, full service real estate solutions provider based in the heart of Bangkok’s CBD.

Phuket being the hub of South East Asia, has developed over the past 20 years into a world-class destination with an 8% increase of visitors per year for the last 10 years.

There has never been a better time to invest in this tropical island paradise and The Emerald Development Group has a variety of options on offer from the basic buy to rent property with guaranteed yearly rental to owning multiple units that we will manage to insure excellent yield.

Royal Phuket Marina is a distinguished world-class destination combining luxury waterfront living with a state-of-the-art marina. Asia’s most sophisticated high-tech yachting haven, Royal Phuket Marina is the proud holder of the prestigious 5 Gold Anchor Award bestowed by the British Yacht Harbour Association.

Royal Phuket Marina is also the holder of CNBC’s well-known Best International Design award, as well as Cityscape’s Best Waterfront Development in Asia 2010 award.

For more information about Phuket Rendezvous 2018, Please visit www.thephuketrendezvous.com.

YACHT STYLE 36 Superyacht Issue

With the brand new YACHT STYLE Issue 36, the team behind the quarterly yachting magazine countdown the top 100 superyachts in the Asia-Pacific. It was no easy feat for them, considering that there was a list of 140 to choose from.

Joining this interesting read is a look at the history and milestones of Princess Yachts, a British shipyard with a long and illustrious history. The new issue also explores the vision that the British boating industry has and how it plans to connect to the global boating community.

The European journey continues with the round-up of leading Dutch shipyards that are changing the game in the yachting industry. In the scenic Mediterranean, YACHT STYLE looks at new marina destinations and how developers are catering to the needs of owners.

Of course, the issue would not be complete without highlighting the sea trials and reviews of new yacht models that are available in Asia. The team checks out the ever-so-elegant Sanlorenzo SL78, the spacious Ferretti Yachts 450 and the Leopard 43 Powercat. The final piece of the puzzle are the exciting pieces on the Volvo Ocean Race and the America’s Cup before Fukuoka.

Looking to the future, YACHT STYLE will be celebrating the Top 100 personalities in Asian boating. With a chance to find out more about the major players in the yachting industry to explore the Indonesian archipelago has to offer.

Ferretti Yachts 450: Official Cannes Debut

You can always trust Ferretti Yachts to present us with stylish and spacious yachts that stay true to the brand’s DNA. With the Cannes Yachting Festival kicking off next week, Ferretti is planning to display its new Ferretti Yachts 450 for all to see. While they had held a private viewing in Portopiccolo Sistiana back in July, this showcase will give many a chance to see what the new flybridge yacht has to offer.Ferretti-Yachts-450-interior

Measuring 45-feet, the creation is a perfect blend of sporty and sleek that spans out over three decks. While the construction was a collaborative effort of Ferretti’s Product Strategy Committee and the Engineering Department, the exterior and interior design was left to Studio Zuccon International Project. Using a combination of woods, lacquered surfaces and fabrics, Ferretti Yachts 450 will be a design that features bright interiors and refined elegance.Ferretti-Yachts-450-interior-2

The two-stateroom yacht boasts a top speed of 30 to 31.5 knots, depending on the engine used. Owners can choose between either two or three cabins, to cater to their specific needs. The Italian yacht manufacturer has an international reputation for constantly looking for innovative and cutting edge technological solutions to improve its designs.

Top 10 Superyacht Launches in Asia 2015

With the Singapore Yacht Show well underway, we take a look back at some of the best superyacht launches from last year. With the spending power in the region growing each year, several big names in the yachting industry have strengthened their presence in the East. With Asian shipyards going from strength to strength and Asian clients becoming more knowledgable and more adventurous, YACHT STYLE has put together a unique selection with an eye on the Asian market.

Rather than simply the largest or the newest, we have compiled a list designed to inspire and show the many facets of the yachting world. We present 10 superyachts – vessels generally 24m and above – from 2015 built in Asia, built for Asian clients and those that are deserving this discerning market’s attention. 2015 was a year that saw some extremely innovative projects and 2016 looks like it will be no different, as owners look to challenge the norms of design and efficiency; thus YACHT STYLE highlights 10 of the most boundary-pushing projects. Of course, innovation isn’t possible without imagination and inspiration, so we also look at five unique superyacht concepts from design studios around the world that would hold appeal for the Asian market.

King Baby

LOA: 42.7m
Year: 2015
Builder: IAG Yachts
Exterior Design: Evan K Marshall
Interior Design: Evan K Marshall
Naval Architect: Sergio Cutolo
Built for an American client, King Baby (pictured top) is the Zhuhai shipyard’s largest launch to date and the first of its new NobleStar 140 series. A superyacht with a decided rock ’n’ roll edge, she is well suited to entertaining, with adaptable outdoor social spaces. Large windows and high ceilings ensure that the comfortable, contemporary interior is always full of light.

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LOA: 26.5m
Year: 2015
Builder: Ferretti
Debuted and sold at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, the F870 Tai He Ban special edition is Ferretti’s answer to the preferences of the Asian market. The yacht’s interiors have been designed to host business meetings, receptions and informal events, drawing inspiration from Bejing’s famed Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City. The F870 refreshingly abandons traditional layout formulas, replacing a full-beam master stateroom a ‘playroom’ for karaoke, cards and private socialising replacing a full-beam master stateroom.

Moon SandMoon-Sand-Feadship-YachtStyle

LOA: 44.2m
Year: 2015
Builder: Feadship
Exterior Design: De Voogt Design
Interior Design: Bannenberg & Rowell
Naval Architect: De Voogt Naval Architects
With tidy design solutions and sophisticated engineering, the beautifully refined Moon Sand is what happens when Feadship combines forces with clients who are as passionate and exacting as it is. A labour of love with experienced Asian clients, this is a yacht that packs in a lot of design innovation for its size. The contraflow swimming pool on the aft deck, for example, is a Feadship first, with the team engineering a system that lowers the deck and fills the pool in 20 minutes. When it came to the interior concept, the clients worked
closely with Bannenberg & Rowell to create elegant spaces suited to socialising and full
of bespoke pieces.

Sea EagleSea-Eagle-Royal-Huisman-YachtStyle

LOA: 43.3m
Year: 2015
Builder: Royal Huisman
Interior Design: Rhoades Young
Naval Architect: Germán Frers
Sea Eagle signals Royal Huisman’s first ever delivery to the Asian market. Designed and engineered for Taiwanese businessman and philanthropist Dr Samuel Yin, this sloop effortlessly balances performance and style. Destined to take her owner around the world, participating in the occasional superyacht regatta along the way, Sea Eagle will be as at home lazily cruising in South East Asian waters as she will be racing head to head against sailing veterans in the Caribbean.

MCY 105

LOA: 32m
Year: 2015
Builder: Monte Carlo Yachts
Exterior Design: Nuvolari & Lenard
Interior Design: Nuvolari & Lenard
Naval Architecture: Monte Carlo Yachts
The cover star of YACHT STYLE Issue 33, MCY 105 is the new flagship for French-Italian shipyard Monte Carlo Yachts. Built for a hands-on Hong Kong owner and revealed at a private event in Venice in July 2015, this chiseled yacht is all the more impressive for her condensed six-month build time. MCY’s advanced construction methods enable it to offer highly customised projects in significantly less time than it would take most yards to deliver a production project of this magnitude. And crucially, this yacht feels anything but rushed: sporty, spacious and stylish, she is a credit to MCY’s fresh approach to yacht building.


LOA: 42.8m
Year: 2015
Builder: Sanlorenzo
Exterior Design: Francesco Paszkowski Design
Purchased at 2015’s Monaco Yacht Show (reportedly by an Asian client), Moka marks a new direction for Sanlorenzo as the first explorer from its 460Exp range. While her lines are that of a classic expedition yacht, Moka still has all the style you would expect from an Italian shipyard. The shallow draft will make sure that few places are off-limits and she will be able to cruise for long periods with low fuel consumption. Inside, contemporary cool style seamlessly blends with comfort, creating welcoming spaces that anyone would happily watch the world go by from.

Sea ‘N Sea

LOA: 30.48m
Year: 2015
Builder: Ocean Alexander
Exterior Design: Evan K Marshall
Interior Design: Evan K Marshall
Naval Architect: Ocean Alexander
One of two OA100 models to be delivered in 2015 by Taiwanese builder Ocean Alexander, Sea ’N Sea was sold to her owner at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and is another example of the evolution of the highly customised production yacht. By bringing in designer Evan Marshall, typically known for his larger custom projects, the yard has created a pocket-sized superyacht that takes the yard’s aesthetic to the next level while maintaining the OA ‘look’.

Lagoon 630

LOA: 19.5m
Year: 2015
Builder: Lagoon Motoryachts
Exterior Design: Nauta Design
Interior Design: Nauta Design
Naval Architect: VPLP
With an LOA that is just nipping at superyacht status heels, the Lagoon 630 has been gaining a steady following since its appearance in 2014 and is worthy of a mention. Behind this catamaran is a design and engineering dream team: VPLP, known for developing hyper-fast sailing multihulls like S/Y Comanche, and Nauta Design, the designers of countless sailing and motoryacht projects from 10m to the 180m M/Y Azzam. Offering superyacht style, reliability, stability and low fuel consumption plus real value for money, this is an attractive option for newcomers to the yachting lifestyle who still want something with real pedigree. It is no wonder that brokers have found the Lagoon 630 to be particularly popular with the Asian market in 2015.

Princess 88Princess-88-Princess-Yachts-YachtStyle

LOA: 26.8m
Year: 2015
Builder: Princess Yachts
Exterior Design: Princess Design Studio
Interior Design: Princess Design Studio
This Princess 88, delivered last year, was produced specifically for the Chinese market. Featuring a chic Hermès interior and stove element adaption for a wok. As a concept, the Princess 88 is the ultimate pint-sized superyacht. High attention to detail, efficient hull, top performance, clever use of space, extremely customisable and good value-for-money: all the boxes ticked.


LOA: 32.2m
Year: 2015
Builder: Sanlorenzo
Exterior Design: Nauta Design
Interior Design: Nauta Design
Naval Architect: VPLP
2015 saw Sanlorenzo energise its efforts in Asia. As well as opening a Shanghai showroom, it debuted the SL106 Special Edition at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, designed and built specifically for the greater Chinese market, with Simpson Marine selling it to an Asian buyer later in the year. This yacht keeps in mind that boats are typically used as much for business as pleasure in this region and that clients here take an unobtrusive approach to ownership. Partitions and multifunctional spaces, a round dining table and auspicious fish tank, separate crew passages and extra privacy – this is a yacht that understands its audience.

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Text by Angela Audretsch

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

Flying Flagship: Ferretti Yachts 960

Ferretti have designed and built their largest-ever planing boat, the Ferretti Yachts 960. While Ferretti as a group build bigger boats under their Custom Line and Pershing brands, this is their biggest Ferretti Yacht, and is the new flagship for the brand. At 96ft in length overall, with a beam of 22ft, there’s plenty of room – so much so that it sits somewhat oddly with this otherwise sporty top-performance speedster.

It’s a very quick boat indeed, if you choose the biggest engines on offer: twin MTU 16V M94 2,638hp diesels. Cruise at 27kts and enjoy the maximum speed of 31kts while the stabilizers reduce roll whether under way or at anchor. Even the standard engine offer, the twin MTU 16V M84 2,218hp diesel package gives you a very respectable maximum of 27kts and a cruising speed of 24kts.FERRETTI-960-Sundeck

Passenger accommodation comprises up to four identical double cabins on the lower deck, each ensuite, amidships. Crew berths are forward, accessible directly from the galley above, with two twin-berth cabins for the crew and a single-berth ensuite cabin for the Captain. The owner’s cabin, on the other hand, is on the Main Deck, just forward of the galley. This cabin can also be fitted-out as a “playroom” – a sitting-room with its own TV/HiFi and sofas – as an alternative to the equivalent towards the rear of the lobby-like saloon, just behind the 8-12 seat dining area.

Reaching further stern-wards we come to the cockpit, the true center of activity on the Ferretti Yachts 960. Not only the usual whole-complement banquette, but also another 8-seater dining table set forward amid the plentitude of circulation space for cocktails, once the anchor’s down.FERRETTI-960-Cabin

The two gangways lead forward, to the foredeck; the port gangway providing private access to the galley and the crew quarters. The cockpit also gives access to the starboard rear gangplank, the engine room, the garage and the flybridge.

The flybridge can also be accessed from the forward main deck helm station, itself placed on a mezzanine above the main deck proper. The large sub-cockpit garage and it’s sinking floor are used to store the tender. This leaves space to spare on the flybridge for everyone on the sofas, the sun-deck and in the Jacuzzi, should you wish to have one. The Flybridge of the Ferretti Yachts 960 is sheltered by a hard-top with a sun-roof opening panel. Almost needless to mention: the bar area with the fridge, ice-maker, grill and sink, and the cupboards for handy things like glasses and extra bottles.FERRETTI-960-Pilot-Cabin

On a boat this size, with engines as powerful as these, there’s space and power enough to carry substantial sound-proofing for the cabins and living spaces in the form of multi-layered bulwarks. The crew will also be grateful not to be crammed up against the engine-room, as on many smaller vessels. Some of this capacity is made available for the internal finishings too, with extensive use of glass, oak and leather. The saloon and cabins all feature substantial glazing, full-length in the saloon, and the external views look close enough to touch.

Once upon a time, the cockpit was where you put things. Now we put them under the cockpit, and there is a substantial garage on the Ferretti Yachts 960. The whole stern between the two access stairways lifts up as a gull-winged doorway, and the central part of the swim-platform drops to partially flood the garage, thus enabling the tender to float in and out. A great saving on hoists and hoisting power. The space is large enough for a 4.5m RIB or a jetski and there’s room for diving equipment and other bits and bobs.FERRETTI-960-Garage


LOA: 29.2m (95’ 10”)
Beam: 6.7m (22ft)
Fuel capacity: 9000lt (2378 U.S gals)
Water capacity: 1320lt (349 U.S gals)
Standard Engines: 2 X MTU 16V 2000 2218hp/
1630kW at 2450 rpm
Top Speed: 27.5kts
Cruising Speed: 24kts

Other engine configurations are available.

For more information: www.ferretti-yachts.com

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This story first appeared in Yacht Style Magazine.

Review: Ferretti 650 Yacht

Ferretti, proud owners of several great yacht brands, are particularly proud of their oldest brand, Ferretti itself and their yacht range. This is where their heart lies as boat-builders, and as such they put their heart and soul in to any new member of the range.

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The Ferretti Yachts 650 is another result of the cooperation between Ferretti’s own research, style and product development centre (Advanced Yachts Technology & Design), and Studio Zuccon International Project. Three were sold before the first hull was launched. The first to a buyer from China, the next to a buyer in Lebanon and a hard-top flybridge version is on its way to the US this year.

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The hull sold to the Chinese buyer has already been featured in Yacht Style magazine – the so-called Tai He Dian – and was designed throughout (a testament to the flexibility of the hull and superstructure engineering) to be attractive to buyers from the Far East. Little things like round dining tables and reduced cabin space to provide room for cinema rooms or karaoke facilities as well as quite substantial increases in the public areas all make a difference if your boat is principally going to be used for business entertainment rather than extended cruises with the family.

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Like other contemporary designs, glazing predominates. Interiors are light, bright and stylish and materials and finish colours are generally designed with light in mind. The flybridge offers most of the open space: the foredeck is the usual sloping sunpad, just forward of the internal helm station. This is placed well forward of the centre of the boat on the port side. The flybridge helm station is placed well behind and on starboard, so two very different viewpoints there. The flybridge is compact, and has a rear seating area that mimics the style usually associated with cockpit seating. Substantial enough.

The cockpit itself is more generous, with lots of space for just standing around and passing the drinks from the bar and the galley, both situated just inside the door from the cockpit. Very sociable. There’s even a handy flap on one of the rear windows allowing access to the galley even when the cockpit doors are shut. It’s the little things sometimes that set good design apart from the rest.

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The rest of the saloon comprises the eight-seater saloon, the helm station and the companionway to the two double and one twin cabin, all ensuite. The seating part of the saloon is raised, as is the helm station, so care is needed walking past the bar to the sofas beyond as there are two steps to navigate. As befits a member of the prestigious Ferretti marque, the finishes and craftsmanship are of the highest quality and the entire finish and color scheme have been revisited for this new member of the family.

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Two engine configurations are offered: twin 1015hp or twin 1150hp Caterpillar diesels. Depending on engine choice, your Ferretti Yachts 650 will cruise at 30kts and can get up to 33kts. You will have a range of 300nm, more if you nurse it, with the 3,700L fuel tanks.

Finally, at the end, at the rear end, and in point of fact the stern, there is my favourite toy – the lowerable bathing platform-cum-boat lift adding considerable living space to the yacht and keeping it davit-free. It also creates a super little private and sheltered sun spot.


LOA: 19.67m
Max beam: 5.25m
Draught: 1.50m
Unladen displacement: 34.8tonnes
Laden displacement: 41.2tonnes
Engines: 2 x CAT C18 1015Hp
Propulsion: Line Shaft
Max speed: 30.5kn
Cruising speed: 27kn
Range: 270nm
Fuel capacity: 3.7L
Freshwater capacity: 530 L
Hull shape: Deep V
Hull material: GRP
Cabins: 3 + 1
Maximum no. persons on board: 18
Design: Zuccon International Project lines and interior, Ferretti AYT technical engineering
Builder: Ferretti Yachts

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This article first appeared in Yacht Style

Review: Custom Line 108’

Custom Line, a brand born out of a Ferretti Group project to broaden the range of its 30m yachts, has evolved into two hull lines: Custom Line for planing hulls and Navetta for semi-displacement hulls. Ferretti themselves describe the Custom Line boats as “a super-sporty spirit, an incredibly stylish design, large volumes, refined and customisable interiors, state-of-the-art technologies: a planing maxi yacht like the Custom Line 108’ can proudly boast all this.” Our friends at Yacht Style magazine bring us this review.


Since its inception, design for the Custom Line has been delegated to Studio Zuccon who work in cooperation with Ferretti’s own engineering department. The lines of the Custom Line 108’ – the latest outcome of this cooperation – are dominated by the design of the superstructure and the glazing. The hull windows of the four VIP cabins, in turn, stand out for their original rectangular shape; they are approximately 1.70sqm large, have no fiberglass frame and are completed by a double porthole.

The Custom Line 108’ also stands out for the style of its interiors and the almost fanatical attention to detail within the overt luxury of the finishes which typify the top end of Italian designed and built yachts, exemplified by Ferretti.


The PR machine waxes lyrical about the “refined sophistication [that] shines through the tiniest details”, and for once they don’t exaggerate. This is European elegance at its finest, done with taste, balance and a respect for both sea and the superyacht lifestyle, and on a 108ft platform gives you all this and lots and lots of space.

The Custom Line 108’ comes with two MTU 16V 2000 M94, 2638mhp engines that allow it to reach a maximum speed of 26kts and a top cruising speed of 23kts, ensuring a range of 350nm and 430nm. If you want to cruise at the most economic speed, 12kts, the range extends up to 1000nm, very respectable for a vessel of this size.

A boat this size requires a crew, and three crew cabins are provided in the forepeak of the lower deck, each with its own head. Two double and two twin-berth guest cabins, each en-suite site immediately aft, forward of the engine room, while the rear of the lower deck incorporates a large toy room with space for a 20ft rib and a skidoo and engineering and maintenance space.


The main deck, right forward, has the owner’s cabin, absurdly-generous in space: this isn’t a day-boat, it’s for living on. Behind that is the athwartships galley, giving access to the three sets of stairs up to the bridge and the flybridge and down to the guest and crew accommodation, enabling the crew to rapidly and discreetly serve every passenger space on the boat without having to pass through any other guest space.

Right behind the galley is the dining room, seating 10, and opening up behind it the large and comfortable full-width saloon which is not dominated by the large TV situated right at the rear. Big sliding doors open onto a large cockpit, fully-shaded by the flybridge, that seats another 10 people at the table, behind which is a double-sided sofa-lounge that cunningly provides a movable backrest that permits conversion to a huge 15ft-wide sun lounge.

The flybridge can also be accessed from the cockpit in the traditional way and provides yet more dining, seating, lounging and bar space, with still more open deck for just standing around and admiring the view from two floors up. There is also a subsidiary helm position to supplement the fully equipped main bridge.


LOA: 32.95m (108.01ft)
Beam: 7.25m (23.09ft)
Draft: 1.99m (6.06ft)
Displacement: 122.000kg (268,961lbs)
Max Speed: 26kts
Cruising Speed: 23kts
Engines: MTU 16V 2000 M94
Fuel Capacity: 14,700L / 3,883 USG
Water Capacity: 3,000L / 793 USG
Range: 430nm
Hull Material: GRP
Builder: Custom Line/Ferretti Group
Website: www.customline-yacht.com

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This article was originally published on Yacht Style

Review: Ferretti Altura 840 Tai He Ban Special Edition

The much-publicized boom in Asian boating is still just on the horizon, but the major European builders and manufacturers realized some time ago that luxury, social, boating has a different function in this part of the world. In the familiar markets of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, the concept is well understood – owners and friends, or charter guests, take off for a week or more for a spell of sybaritic luxury as far as possible from the madding crowd. In Asia, a boat is most often seen as a business entertainment platform, useful for cocktail receptions, parties, dinners and possibly day-trips, but rarely overnight stays.

This implies a substantially differently genre of boat to those seen moored stern-to in the vieux port at Cannes, or anchored in English Harbour, Antigua. Boats designed specifically for Asia require less outdoor deck space, fewer and less expansive cabins, less galley space, more air-conditioned indoor area, and more space for entertaining.

The people who have taken these new design parameters to heart most enthusiastically are without a doubt the Ferretti Group. Last year they presented Asia with the Ferretti Altura 840 Tai He Ban Special Edition. This year they have taken the re-working of the interior a stage further.


Step on board the Ferretti Yachts 870 Tai He Ban Special Edition from the stern and enjoy the spacious aft deck. Banquette seating, big table, plenty of room. But it’s sizzling here in the tropics, so let’s go straight into the very welcoming air-conditioned interior. Every boat manufacturer likes to tell you about space and light, but here it is not just brochure talk. The saloon of the 870 is a one-piece affair, from the sliding glass doors aft right through to the bridge. It’s a big space, and brilliantly lit by ceiling-to-sofa windows down the full length. If you are hangin’ out here in a secluded anchorage in Double Haven (Hong Kong) or Phang Nga Bay (Thailand), the view is going to be a big part of the onboard experience.

Long sofa seating travels down both sides of the saloon, leading to a proper bar on starboard (applause, please, for a bar in an entertaining area) and straight through into the dining area which is not huge – deliberately – and is separated from the saloon only by a decorative screen feature. And there’s a day head, right there.

The pilot house is ever-so-slightly raised, giving the helmsman an excellent level of visibility, but we are heading down below. Here there are two double cabins, one in the bow and the other to port. Both feature walk-around beds and en suite bathrooms, and in terms of actual measured size, they are almost identical. Which one is the Master and which the Guest is anyone’s guess. There’s also a twin-berth tucked neatly into a remaining corner, with over-and-under bunk beds at right angles to each other. It’s a delightfully quirky arrangement, and definitely a place for the kids, young or old.


The lower deck also features the canapé-sized galley. The description is intentional – this is not a unit designed to turn out 12-course banquets. If you want one of those, you need the 870 ‘standard version’. This is the support base for the bar upstairs, big enough for a fridge full of champagne and a chef turning out the amuse bouches non-stop.

And then, just where you expected to find the full-beam owner’s suite, there is the playroom. Call it a karaoke lounge if you like, call it a cinema, call it a mahjong room. It is designed to be all of the above. The leather paneled walls, along with the striking and thoroughly tasteful Fendi upholstery, exude richness and warmth, making this a very unique sea-going ‘den’. The high end video and AV systems are complemented by the color-pulsed lighting system to make this a perfect party pad. Plus, of course, you can switch off all the fun stuff if you must, and this becomes a meeting room or conference center, or anything else serious that you might have in mind.

Lastly, head all the way upstairs to the flybridge. ‘Top decks’ are popular in Asia. This is where you get best view when cruising the coast on a glorious summer’s day, and where you get the wind-in-the-hair look (just like in the brochure). There’s also plenty of room for lounging up here, as well as storage space for the tender. Best of all, to beat the searing rays of the midday sun, is the retractable sunroof; now you see it, now you don’t.


When it comes to designing for the Asia market, Ferretti seem to try harder than most. We like people that listen: if they don’t, we might as well be writing in the dark. Ferretti are listening to the market, to the owners and prospective owners, to the weather forecast and even to the media! Maybe being owned by Weichai Holdings has something to do with it. The 870 Tai He Ban is a class act; handsomely designed to purpose, and delivered with proper Italian style, quality and panache. It is a boat that deserves to be a real winner in Asia.



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Text and Photography By Guy Nowell

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Top luxury brands for China’s millionaires revealed

China’s super-rich might have cut back on spending by 15% last year, but the country has not lost its appetite for luxury brands.

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According to the Hurun Report Chinese Luxury Consumer Survey 2014, Chinese millionaires prefer to wear Cartier jewelry, Patek Philippe watches and Hermès accessories, while the wardrobes of the wealthy are stocked with Armani outfits for the men and Chanel for the women. Burberry was the children’s clothing brand of choice among the privileged demographic.

When it came to choosing a car, the Rolls Royce Phantom and the Mercedes-Benz S-class are the top choices for executive vehicles, while the Audi Q7 and the Land Rover Range Rover are deemed the best SUVs.

Top sports cars are the BMW M3 and the Porsche 911 Carrera, and the most popular ‘roadster’ is the Mercedes SLK.

Around 40% of the super-rich now own a yacht — a 10% increase since last year. The favorite brand is Ferretti. Meanwhile Gulfstream, the Embraer Legacy 650 and the Dassault Falcon 7x are the most popular business jets.

Chinese millionaires are most likely to drink Royal Salute whisky, Martell or Hennessy Cognac XO, although Macallan is the single malt whisky of choice and Louis XIII is the most popular imported spirit.

Moutai is the Chinese spirit of choice amongst luxury consumers. When it comes to champagne they’ll take a glass of Perrier-Jouët over Moët, and smokers will opt for a Chunghwa cigarette or a Davidoff cigar.

The top choice of private members’ club is the Chang’an Club in Beijing and the preferred luxury hotel brand is the Shangri-La. When flying business or first class, the country’s millionaires chose Air China for domestic trips and Singapore Airlines for international travel.

The Hurun report surveyed 393 mainland Chinese millionaires between June and December 2013 with a wealth of RMB 10 million or more ($1.6 million).

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Superyacht builder Ferretti sold to Chinese company

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China’s Shangong Heavy Industries has bought the Ferretti Group, taking over 75% of the Italian shipmaker’s capital.

Sleekly tailored with gleaming chrome accessories and luxurious saloons, the Ferretti Group designs some of the most exclusive yachts in the nautical world.

Ferretti has 8 yacht brands (Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Mochi Craft, CRN and Ferretti Custom Line) and owns a total of 8 shipyards.
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Success for Hainan Rendez-Vous 2011

Yachts Hainan Rendez Vous

After four thrilling days of exclusive parties, glamourous entertainment and intense networking, the Hainan Rendez-Vous 2011 ended last Monday leaving no doubt about its status as the region’s leading yacht show.

The superyacht show, which also incorporates a business jet exhibit and displays of luxury properties and high-end brands, once again drew crowds of China’s most affluent individuals to Sanya city in the ‘Chinese Riviera’ of Hainan Island.

This year’s edition had twice as many exhibitors as last year’s Hainan Rendez-Vous, and generated several billion RMB worth of transactions.
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Riva, an icon of Italian luxury design

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A crane gingerly lifts a 13-metre Riva into Lake Iseo after the last coat of varnish has dried on its mahogany finish.

The speedboat, an icon of “Made in Italy” luxury design, is going for a final spin before a potential buyer checks it out.

“Tradition and innovation, that’s what drives us,” said Paola Procopio at the shipyard.

Like many symbols of La Dolce Vita, Riva started as a family venture in 1842.
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Ferretti Group unveils Summer Line

The Ferretti Group has unveiled Summer Line, the new telephone service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, established to solve any technical problems Ferretti Group’s clients may have.

The service is provided by Easea Yaching, the Group’s Service Division, developed to bring together the After Sales resources of all Group brands.

The aim is to guarantee owners of all Ferretti Group yachts a better and increased range of services.
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China’s Premiere Luxury Lifestyle Show in Hainan

By most measures, the self-styled “Chinese Riviera” on Hainan Island has a long way to go before catching up to Cannes, St. Tropez or Nice.

But the organizers of Hainan Rendez-Vous at the island’s Sanya resort did their part to boost the area’s image this past weekend, hosting an extravaganza of private jets, vintage and top-end autos, luxury properties and giant yachts.

The first edition of the Hainan Rendez-Vous attracted last week end over 5,600 visitors during the three-day event which featured more than 150 exhibitors.

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Ferretti 560 – The “yachts (r)evolution

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will introduce at the Festival de la Plaisance of Cannes 2009 the new Ferretti 560, which represents the “yachts (r)evolution” conceived to experience a new feeling of life on board.

Through this new model the shipyard aims to consolidate and continue the evolution process of flying bridge range under 63 feet.

This renewal in the last two years involved the launch of new yachts that became “icons” of innovation in design, like Ferretti 470, Ferretti 510 and Ferretti 592.
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The Ferretti Custom Line 124′

The latest offering from the house of Ferretti Custom Line is the luxurious 124’ superyacht, which marks the launch of a wave of renewal in the yard’s history.

The Custom Line 124′ is a tri-deck yacht which can sleep ten guests in four spacious cabins plus a large owners suite as well as space for up to six crew members.

The yacht features a large balcony on the upper deck directly overlooking the sea and a sun pad in the aft as well as special anti-rolling gyros making it a very smooth ride.
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Riva Yachts Brings the new Ego Super to Miami Boat Show

Riva, the Italian world’s leading company of luxury motoryachts will bring its splendid and glamorous yachts to the Miami Boat Show (February 12th to February 16th 2009).

Riva will be showing six models at this year’s show and will be introducing the new 68’ Ego Super to the USA, on display at Ferretti Group booth.

Presenting herself as the ultimate blend of design, comfort, performance and reliability, 68’ Ego Super is the luxurious evolution of the Riva world.
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