She sports two carbon masts towering 72 and 62 metres above her deck on which she can spread almost 6,000 square metres of sail. The aptly-named Sybaris is aluminium-hulled carbon-rigged beauty and the latest creation from Perini Navi.
Officially unveiled to the world on Saturday, May 7, at the Picchiotti yard at La Spezia, Sybaris takes her moniker from one of the largest settlements in Magna Graecia which, according to the Trecciani Italian Encyclopaedia of Science, Letters, and Arts, was renowned for “the richness, sumptuousness and luxuriousness of its customs”. Her American owner Bill Duker chose that particular name to express his desire to live every day to the fullest.
She is the product of the seamlessly synergic relationship between the Perini Navi Group’s Perini Navi yard in Yildiz, Turkey, which built the hull, the staff at its Viareggio headquarters who designed Sybaris with Philippe Briand, and the Picchiotti yard in La Spezia where she was fitted out. Duker himself describes the resulting yacht as a “masterpiece”.
Her interiors are magnificently linear with large wonderfully uncluttered spaces designed by PH Design of Miami, a studio founded and headed by Peter Hawrylewicz who worked with Ken Lieber in his first foray into the world of yachting despite having known and worked with Bill Duker for quite some time. But Sybaris is more than just a very big yacht. She’s a genuine stand-alone technological platform on which the famous Rig Load Monitoring System is combined with Perini Navi’s in-house captive winches and an innovative system of three variable-speed generators coupled with lithium polymer batteries to store excess power.
That system optimises the production and management of power resulting in a 25% drop in CO2 emissions. In addition to her full-beam owner’s suite on the lower deck, Sybaris boasts five guest staterooms and also, on the main deck, a huge saloon. There is also an equally flying bridge. With all that space and luxury, Sybaris looks set to be one of the stars of the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show.