FERRETTI’S LATEST VERSION OF THE 107 FOOT NAVETTA BREAKS FREE OF ITS STURDY, TRAWLER LIKE PAST
BY EVAN MONROE
In the ranks of ultra luxury yacht makers, Ferretti Yachts, head quartered in Forlì, Italy, though a hugely respected builder since its founding in 1968, has insisted, in our humble opinion, upon models that emphasize seagoing ruggedness over pure aesthetics. Over engineered and built to last half a century or more, they were adventures in legacy hull design, if not interior bravura.
That all changed last year with the arrival of the latest Navetta 33 Crescendo.
Designed in tandem with Zuccon International Project and 107 feet long (89.1 feet at the waterline), Ferretti’s new version of a yacht it first floated in 2011 debuting over champagne and hosannas at last September’s Cannes Yachting Festival chucks the compartmentalized interior layout of old for one of astonishing expansiveness, accentuated by abundant natural light through a number of floor to ceiling windows (a relative rarity in yacht construction, typically for safety reasons). Ten guests can be accommodated in five staterooms over four decks, including an owners’ cabin on the main deck that traverses the entire beam of the vessel. Other novel features include the “Superyacht Terrace,” which provides views to the sea from the main deck saloon, and the sundeck, which boasts a spa pool and large sunbathing area. The Dual Mode Transom, meanwhile, drops a swim platform below the waterline for easier swim/scuba access, while also flooding a tender compartment, making small boat launches a snap.
A range of 2,000 nautical miles, while not quite oceanic, is certainly Mediterranean and Caribbean in scope, and hull contours include a somewhat bulbous bow for greater stability and seaworthiness in rough conditions. Top speed, courtesy of twin 1,400 horsepower diesels, is 20 knots, though best efficiency cruise is 6.5 knots.
In what amounts to a sales rush in mega pleasure craft circles, a full five builds of the Navetta have already been purchased, with six more scheduled for completion by the end of the year.
Navetta 33 Crescendo