Cannes, 12th September 2007 – Ferretti Group proudly presents itself on the stage of the first, eagerly-awaited event of the 2007-2008 nautical season withseven world previews. Its stand, set out over a total surface area of 1,100 square metres, displays 38 yachts and involves the work over 400 people, both employees and those in side-line businesses. It is the most tangible proof of the huge success the Group enjoys, confirmed year after year.
This appointment comes at the end of the 2006-2007 nautical year, a particularly important one for the Group. The orders collected during the year exceeded 1 billion Euros, an increase of over 25% in the Group’s total backlog compared with the previous year. Production value was close to 1 billion Euros, registering a two figure rise, and overall profitability also increased by two figures. Investments were considerable, too, exceeding 130 million Euros in the last three-year period, for developing new products and increasing production capacity. The expectations for the year which has just begun are excellent, and the contribution of the 7 world previews presented today in Cannes will be decisive: Ferretti 510 and 881 RPH, Pershing 72', SportRiva 56', Mochi Craft Dolphin 64' Fly, Custom Line Navetta 26 and CRN 43.
After English fund Candover acquired the majority stake of the company from Permira (which still holds a share of approx. 10%) in January 2007, and the stake held by Chairman Norberto Ferretti together with the Management team was increased to 40%, the process of strengthening Ferretti Group continued. NewCEO, Vincenzo Cannatelli, joined, as did other top managers with long international experience, ready to support the Group in its ambitious growth plan on those markets considered to be most strategic outside Europe.
“I am especially proud to be able to open the 2007-2008 nautical year” –commented Vincenzo Cannatelli – “to share, with our dealers, strategic suppliers, many partners and the international press, the results Ferretti Group has achieved indeed, but most importantly, to share its vision of a future which holds even greater success and satisfaction. An ambitious plan for growth and development, based on key factors, such as international expansion, technological excellence and beginning the development of our Service, the latter strategic in satisfying our clients’ increasingly more evolved demands.”
“As Chairman and Founder of this Group – declared Norberto Ferretti –it is exciting to see our presence in Cannes every year with a number of world previews and such high quality in the yachts displayed. Our aim to steadily consolidate our leading position in the luxury segment continues, with increasingly more exclusive, innovative products, able to anticipate, and in some cases, generate sectorial trends “.
Ferretti Group, leader within the sphere of luxury motoryachts, has a unique portfolio of the most exclusive brands in the nautical world: Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Apreamare, Mochi Craft, Custom Line and CRN. Founded by Norberto Ferretti in 1968, the Group is in the vanguard of the nautical sector, thanks to constant product and process innovation and continuous research in the field of technology. Luxury yachts are designed by a team of over 100 specialised engineers (Advanced Yacht Technology) and built in 22 production units by over 3,000 employees. The Group is currently present in 95 countries, and has three representative branches situated in Europe, the United States and Asia. It also boasts an international network of dealers, formed of over 75 carefully selected distributors, guaranteeing clients the very best assistance in marinas all over the world.
7 WORLD PREMIERES
Seven new models are being presented at Cannes, further enriching the Ferretti Group’s already large fleet:
Ferretti Yachts: Ferretti 510 and Ferretti 881 RPH
Pershing: Pershing 72’
Riva: SportRiva 56’
Mochi Craft: Dolphin 64’ Fly
Custom Line: Navetta 26
CRN: CRN 43
The distinctive features of each model have been outlined below.
The new, revolutionary Ferretti 510, the result of the working relationship between Studio Zuccon International Project and AYT - Ferretti Group Engineering Division, was designed with the ambitious mission of redefining the standards of the 50 foot fly-bridge segment, and win over a younger, more dynamic target clientele.
Compact in size, just 16 metres long by almost 5 metres wide, the 510 makes it possible to experience great Italian luxury and cruise while indulging in a level of comfort previously unknown to this market segment. Her full beam master cabin, featuring a chaise longue and large open-view window, is a true suite at sea level. The up-and-over window in the stern makes it possible to create an open space in the living area, comprising the salon, cockpit, galley/bar and dining area. Lastly, the sky lounge has no roll bar, but features a spoiler, giving this yacht a dynamic, yet very elegant, line.
The streamlined, aggressive design of the external profile is characterised by large windows providing a 360 degree view of the sea and making the living area extremely light and airy. On-board, the well-equipped galley is positioned to the right, whilst to the left there is a large, deep corner sofa, with a table which can seat up to 6 people. After the galley, on the left, is another sofa and the steps leading up to the fly-bridge. Besides the master cabin, the night area features solutions normally used for larger crafts, namely two double cabins, one with a double bed, the other with twin beds.
As far as engines are concerned, Ferretti 510 can be fitted with twin 730 hp or 800 hp MAN engines, both enabling a top speed of over 30 knots.
Ferretti 881 RPH
The new Ferretti 881 RPH (Raised Pilot House), the result of the working relationship between Studio Zuccon International Project and AYT - Ferretti Group Engineering Division, is an alternative to Ferretti 881, to which an upper deck with a pilot house dominating the sea has been added. The philosophy of the interiors is in line with the innovative solutions introduced on the Ferretti Yachts flagship from which Ferretti 881 RPH originates. The result is a design effort to make navigation even more comfortable, while enabling more versatile use of the space on board. The layout of the pilot house on the upper deck has been designed to allow the captain to access the helm station without necessarily walking through the guest zones. This design solution makes Ferretti 881 RPH ideal for high level charter services. On the fly-bridge, a large, L-shaped sofa with an extendable table, and a sundeck towards stern, covering the optional jacuzzi, turn this into an ideal area for sharing unforgettable moments with guests, thanks also to the bar furniture incorporating sink, fridge, hob and grill. Below deck, the master cabin, set across the entire width of the central part of the hull is an out and out suite in terms of space and the light, provided by two large open-view windows set on both sides. Besides the master cabin, the yacht features a cabin with double beds and en-suite bathroom, and a VIP cabin in the bow. As for performance, Ferretti 881 RPH has been fitted with new engines: Twin 2211 hp MTU engines easily meet any expectations, pushing the yacht to a top speed of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 26.
The new Pershing 72’ is a yacht boasting pure innovation, in which the painstaking attention paid to design, high level of technology and a revolutionary interior layout have completely changed the concept of life at sea.
With a radically new hull profile, fruit of the endless creativeness of yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni and continuous consultation with founder and Chairman of Pershing Tilli Antonelli and AYT - Ferretti Group Engineering Division, Pershing 72’ presents herself as a forerunner from every point of view. Advanced technology is paramount on the new Pershing 72’, starting with the exclusive glass partition between cockpit and upper salon, which, sliding away into the floor, makes it possible to transform the interior and exterior into a single environment .The new hard top is like a sunroof, making it possible to completely open or close the cockpit. The revolutionary gangway was created with Besenzoni. The night area, divided into three cabins and three bathrooms, stands out for the sophisticated comfort of the full beam master cabin which is amazingly bright and sunny thanks to two special open-view windows, offering spectacular sea views. The furnishing and finishes, seating and leather ceiling panels were all designed in partnership with prestigious company Poltrona Frau. With twin 1823 hp MTU Common Rail engines combined with an Arneson drive, this model can reach speeds of up to 45 knots, while maintaining a trim guaranteeing perfect comfort, fully satisfying the sporting spirit of the Pershing brand.
SportRiva 56’, a yacht with a "sporty glamour" philosophy featuring Riva’s inimitable style, guaranteed by Mauro Micheli and the designers at Officina Italiana Design.
This yacht is the first in a new line called SportRiva, whose models will be defined by their length. Studied to satisfy the demands of owners who, while not wishing to renounce to the lines of an Open, prefer the convenience of a closed, air-conditioned upper salon, SportRiva is ideal for sailing in countries with a tropical clime.
The extended, aggressive bow gives her a strongly dynamic appearance, whilst a number of highly innovative solutions for the interior and exterior layouts, such as the large living area on the upper deck and elegant central ladder enabling easy access to the fly-bridge make this yacht a true jewel of modern design.
She features top of the range, hand-made finishes, sophisticated quality materials, careful research to ensure total liveability in the various areas, and a new exclusive "Roman Bronze" colour specially studied and produced for SportRiva 56'.
Fitted with twin 900 hp MAN engines, SportRiva 56' guarantees, as always, an exceptional performance, reaching a top speed of 34 knots and a cruising speed of 30, with a 270 mile range at cruising speed.
Dolphin 64’ Fly
New lobster boat, Dolphin 64’ Fly, underlines a vocation for uniqueness strongly desired by Norberto Ferretti, and is the result of the working relationship between Victory Design and AYT - Ferretti Group Engineering Division. With the fly model, Mochi Craft offers owners the opportunity to choose between Dolphin 64’ “Open version”, featuring an additional sundeck, and the “flying bridge version” which offers an extra upper deck for relaxing with friends or family, and organizing lunches or an aperitif in a special atmosphere.
In the traditional style of the Mochi Craft brand, Dolphin 64’ stands out for the harmonious, rounded shape of her hull, her distinctive colouring, the use of fine woods and leathers and the sophisticated design of her bitts. The latter are carefully milled by craftsmen from a single block of steel and feature an engraved dolphin, symbol of the shipyard.
The electro-hydraulically, opening garage is positioned under the flooring of the large cockpit and houses a tender.
Moving towards the bow, the well-equipped galley is located on the left, whilst the steering station on the right features a small armchair.
Below deck, the layout comprises three cabins and three bathrooms. The master suite offers a complete range of comforts and features teak flooring, as indeed so does the rest of the yacht. Guests are also well-catered for, with a large VIP cabin at the bow and another double cabin in the centre of the yacht. A cabin accessed from the cockpit is available for the crew, with bunk-beds, an extra bed if required, and a en-suite bathroom.
Besides aquamarine, the Dolphin 64’ fly is also available in turquoise, coral and beige, in addition to the more classical deep blue and amaranth.
The yacht can be powered in one of two ways, by twin 1100 hp MAN V10 or 1224 hp MAN V12 engines. The latter, optional, alternative pushes her to a cruising speed of 28 knots and a top speed of 32. Lastly, two innovative Mitsubishi ARG Anti Rolling Gyro System stabilisers can also be installed on this model.
Navetta 26, the new, leading model of the fleet’s semi-displacement line-up born out of of the working relationship between Studio Zuccon International Project and AYT - Ferretti Group Engineering Division, has been designed to set new standards of quality for life on-board. She is 26 metres in length and just under 7 m in width, enabling those on-board to cruise in a new dimension of comfort, relaxation and wellbeing. Navetta 26 intercepts the new social and nautical mega trends reflecting the preferences of “mature” owners and responding better to their higher expectations: a wish for silence, space, light and, more generally, relaxation and wellbeing on-board.
Three elements can be seen as veritable breakthroughs: a large open-view window which converts each cabin into a suite on the sea; a sky lounge featuring removable glass walls, which make it possible to create a single open space with the external lounge area and the sunbathing area featuring comfortable sundecks and a Jacuzzi; and the fact that on-board comfort is ensured by the exclusive Anti-Rolling Gyro System, supplied as standard, which allows for a reduction of over 50% in the rolling caused by wave movement both during navigation and when the yacht is moored.
The classical exterior lines take their cue from the celebrated shape of the “Navetta” range, and are perfectly integrated with the interior design, establishing a harmonious set of functional solutions which use the available space effectively, all to the advantage of habitability. The light-coloured elm wood creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere, and furnishings, fabrics and décor can be personalised to the owner’s preference. The lower deck can house three or four guest cabins, depending on the layout decided by the owner.
The standard version of Navetta 26 is equipped with twin MAN V8-900 engines, which drive the yacht to a top speed of 14.5 knots and a cruising speed of 11. Alternatively, the MAN V10-100 model reaches a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of around 13.
CRN 43 is the largest vessel built by the shipyard in composite material. Launched in May of this year, “Emerald Star” is the first hull of the 43-metre displacement line created by CRN technical staff working in collaboration with Studio Zuccon International Project.
A unique megayacht in terms of both the external layout and the masterful arrangement of the interiors, “Emerald Star” features four decks and a bulb-shaped hull. She stands out for her considerable size and extensive open-air zones designed to bring owner and guests into direct contact with the sea.
A gym fitted out with the most advanced Technogym fitness equipment has been created astern the lower deck. Unique to this yacht is the opening of the stern hatch which creates a swimming platform on the surface of the water, accessible from the wellbeing area, designed to enable those on-board to fully-experience their vicinity to the sea. Another distinctive feature of this line is the exclusive master suite balcony, which enables owners to enjoy their own, private view of the ocean.
An ideal home away from home for long voyages, CRN 43 can easily accommodate 10 passengers and 9 crew members, reaching a top speed of 15.5 knots and a cruising speed of 13.