The wait is over. A few more days and then it will be official. A special moment in a unique context. The season of boat shows in Italy opens with a bang. And more precisely in Venice, where the new flagship of the Ferretti Yachts range will be unveiled at the boat show scheduled from 29 May to 6 June. Not just any model. This is the largest unit ever built in over 50 years of activity by the Romagna shipyard. Officially launched in mid-March from the Cattolica shipyard, the Ferretti Yachts 1000 represents a first for several reasons.
With a length of 100 feet, the breath-taking new Ferretti Yachts flagship takes the company into uncharted territory. Majestic, versatile and suitable for all markets, Ferretti Yachts 1000 has reshaped spaces and changed the whole approach to life on board. It features unprecedented design solutions and a choice of two different moods for the interiors. Owners and their guests can enjoy complete privacy and make the most of the exterior thanks to an extremely innovative and practical aft beach area and a spacious flybridge that is connected directly to the forward section. The new vessel stems from the partnership between Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee (led by engineer Piero Ferrari) and Engineering Department, with exterior design work by architect Filippo Salvetti and a new interior design concept by Ideaeitalia.
Ferretti Yachts 1000 is the shipyard’s first 100% wide-body vessel. The exteriors espouse the same design outlook seen in the other recent models in the range. It has a sporty outline, with lateral glass structures aft and amidships. Teak plays a prominent role, appearing not only on the aft beach area but also on the curves of the hatch, the walkways, the stairs leading to the flybridge, and the external helm station. In addition, Ferretti Yachts 1000 is the company’s first ever vessel to feature substantial use of carbon: all of the superstructure, including the hard top, will be made of the material. “Ferretti Yachts 1000 is the brand’s flagship and it heralds a new style based on even more simple and clean-cut forms. They give the yacht a strong, spontaneous and graceful appearance with an extremely fresh and vibrant silhouette. The new concept for on-board flows that has been introduced here is set to become an iconic part of all of the large vessels in the range. Designed with the future in mind, this new creation takes things to the next level for faithful Ferretti Yachts customers,” said Filippo Salvetti about the new flagship.
The elegant, modern interior design stays true to the nautical traditions that are an inherent part of the Ferretti Yachts DNA. The indoor spaces are highly versatile thanks to a modular layout that gives owners plenty of scope to put their own personal stamp on the on-board experience. It really feels like home. Lots of natural light pours through the large floor-to-ceiling glazed windows, which bring out the best of the surroundings and emphasise the close connection with the sea. The free-standing furniture adds a sense of lightness, while a degree of timeless style is established by the curves of the geometric detailing. Wood is the predominant material in the interior design scheme and a number of different types have been masterfully combined.
Ferretti Yachts 1000 presents a revamped stern concept with 40 m2 of living space, which is on a par with super yacht sizes. It is an authentic beach club with direct links between the swimming platform and the cockpit, creating an open wellness area. Situated right next to the sea, it opens up all sorts of adventurous opportunities for owners, who can use the unprecedented outdoor entertainment zone however they like. A ground-breaking concept makes it easy to climb up when the swimming platform is under water. There are three steps on each side that open up as the platform lowers, extending the cockpit stairs. Ferretti Group has patented the design, which was entirely developed by the Engineering Department. On the starboard side there is independent access to the garage, which can accommodate a Williams Dieseljet 445 tender, a personal watercraft and even 2 Seabob. A glass and steel railing runs around the aft side of the large cockpit, which contains two comfortable sofas and a central table that can be transformed into a coffee table or a dining table. The area can be complemented with free-standing items. It enhances the experience at anchor, as there are no architectural features that block direct contact with the surroundings.
With the standard layout, there are five cabins in the guest area: an owner’s suite on the main deck and four large double cabins that are all the same size on the lower deck. It is possible to have separate beds in the two forward cabins. Owners can happily stay in their own little private apartment with a full range of facilities, including a sizeable full-beam bathroom adorned with a perfect blend of marble and wood. It is a beautiful piece of exceptional workmanship. The rooms on the lower deck have been cleverly, rationally designed and the materials are exquisitely balanced.
Ferretti Yachts 1000, with twin MTU 16V 2000 M86 engines delivering 2638 mhp (optional), reaches a top speed of 28 knots and a cruising speed of 24 knots (preliminary data).