Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Over 300GT of customisation for a masterpiece of comfort, conviviality and on-board privacy.
• The new flagship is the first to feature a spacious beach club of nearly 30m2 at water level and an innovative semi-floodable side garage
• A meticulous study of spaces has maximized the liveability of the fully-customisable interiors
• The new Custom Line flagship offers unrivalled noise isolation, thanks to the use of innovative solutions such as the floating floor installed on the main deck
• Navetta 42 has a transatlantic range of 3,000 nautical miles, with a cruising speed of 10 knots and a top speed above 16 knots
Custom Line has reached a major landmark in its storied history with a new model of boundless beauty: the magnificent Custom Line Navetta 42, the shipyard's biggest yacht ever. Following its official premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2018, the new flagship has been one of the stars of the Monaco Yacht Show 2018.
The fruit of a two-year collaborative effort by the Product Strategy Committee headed by Engineer Piero Ferrari, the Group's Engineering Department and Studio Zuccon International Project, the new super-yacht epitomizes a sailing philosophy based on superior design, sophisticated elegance and extraordinary performance. The new flagship, the brand's first above 300 GT, combines the qualities of seaworthiness, comfort, safety and customisation - all part of Custom Line's DNA since the beginning - into a product that is truly revolutionary in terms of style, design and spaces, and whose range places it at the top of its class. The yacht's colours, finishes and materials, as well as its many free-standing solutions and interior furnishings, were chosen in collaboration with Studio Luca Bombassei, a renowned Italian architecture and design firm, and are yet another testament to the endless possibilities for personalisation offered by Custom Line.
With a length of 41.8 metres (137’2’’ ft.) and a beam of 8.1 metres (26’7’’ ft.), Custom Line Navetta 42 features a semi-displacement hull with a bulbous bow that ensures maximum efficiency in any sea condition, reprising the solutions already adopted on its smaller precursors, the Navetta 33 and Navetta 37. Throughout its 4 spacious decks, the new flagship presents a fully-customisable internal layout conceived to exploit the ship's generous volumes to the fullest and to offer maximum liveability in all areas, with impressive lengths and heights above 2m in the interior spaces. The result is better organisation of on-board flows, total privacy for the owner and his guests, and great freedom of movement for the captain and crew.
The solid profile of Custom Line Navetta 42 exudes the unmistakable elegance which characterises all Navetta models: an impeccable blend of linear and essential architectural solutions that conveys a sense of strength and character on the water.
Internally, Custom Line Navetta 42 blends exquisite chromatic harmonies with a selection of refined materials and surfaces. Walnut and dark oak are the dominant essences of the interiors, and combine seamlessly with the lacquered surfaces of the ceilings, the bronze-coloured brushed steel of the handles and handrails, and the mirror-finish steel used for the doors.
In perfect chromatic harmony with the dark woods, the main colour tones range from grey to beige, with teal details that recur in the sundeck’s unusual chairs, in the upper deck's carpets and cushions, and even in the formal dining table on the main deck.
Navetta Custom Line 42 is a striking example of that “family feeling” which made the brand famous worldwide: it welcomes guests into a modern and stylishly eclectic ambiance, enriched by a contemporary vibe that reverberates in the elegant yet functional furnishings, with their innovative and essential design.
Aside from the unquestionable elegance, the new Custom Line flagship also impresses for its engineering innovations. Navetta 42, for example, offers unrivalled noise isolation thanks to a special flexible joint in the transmission lines that absorbs vibrations from the axis line. The goal of minimising phonic impact was fully achieved through targeted mathematical analyses for each and every noise source and its location on board. Cutting-edge damping solutions were also employed, using glued panels that increase comfort by reducing noise and vibrations. Furthermore, just like on Navetta 37, the main deck is fitted with a state-of-the-art floating floor: a technique whereby the floor surface is separated from the fibreglass base by a layer of sound-absorbing materials, to reduce the transmission of noise and vibrations from the engine room to the living areas, while also softening any footfall.
Finally, as it exceeds 300 GT, the new Custom Line flagship must meet certain regulatory requirements such as those pertaining to stability in the event of a breach. Should the hull become damaged, Custom Line Navetta 42 features a system of automated waterproof doors that close upon specific commands by the captain, in order to isolate the forward compartment from the aft one, thus ensuring safe navigation.
The spacious main deck cockpit, fitted with an electric canopy, is completely customisable with free-standing pieces, so the owner may create the kind of environment that best suits his taste. The electric glass door of the salon opens onto an indoor living area approximately 11 metres long, which includes a comfortable sitting area as well as a formal dining room with a 6-person table. For greater privacy, the ample side windows in the salon are equipped with electric blinds, which can be controlled remotely via iPad.
The main deck's dining area is framed on both sides by two sliding windows that shower the interior with plenty of natural light, highlighting the space's colours and materials: a panoramic balcony comes standard on the starboard side, while the port-side bulwark has a fixed window in the standard layout but can be fitted with another balcony on request. On the first unit, both the upper deck and main deck were equipped with a custom K-Array audio system, featuring innovative loudspeakers with an essential design.
Past the dining area, on the starboard side, is the guest area which also includes a day head. This is also the location of the lift, which on request can go from the lower deck all the way to the sundeck, offering a solution that is extremely competitive on the market - on the first unit, for example, the lift reaches the upper deck.
The port side, entirely dedicated to the crew and separated from the guest area, gives access to the galley, the bridge (located on the upper deck) and the crew quarters.
Proceeding forward, we reach the exclusive owner's suite, with a surface of 50m2, that opens onto a studio space by the entrance followed by a sitting area. The main space features a storage bed that helps optimize the use of space, and a master bathroom in marble with two separate toilet rooms. The “His and Hers” design approach is also evident in the two ample walk-in closets located on the port-side bulwark. To create an even more soothing sense of softness and warmth inside the suite, the flooring on the first unit features a special combination of materials, with a built-in carpet installed onto the parquet hardwood.
An innovation which was introduced for the first time on this yacht is the pull-out balcony inside the owner’s suite, developed in collaboration with Fratelli Canalicchio, which can be provided on request. An extremely versatile solution, this balcony consists of two main components: a glass window panel that swings upwards to open and a gunwale that slides outwards to create the balcony's floorboard, which aligns seamlessly with the floor of the owner's suite. Two automatic chandeliers double as handrails and serve as a safety element for this enchanting space suspended above the water.
Custom Line Navetta 42 optimally exploits the yacht's generous spaces all the way to the far end of the stern, with a large beach area at water level that provides unforgettable moments of pure enjoyment. Devoid of any technical elements, this spacious area of nearly 30 m2 can be arranged and furnished according to the owner’s wishes, in order to maximise its comfort and liveability. From the beach club, on the port-side, we reach the semi-floodable garage with side opening, which can house a Williams 625 transverse tender. The garage is equipped with a slipway launch system and a hatch that opens upwards.
On the lower deck, the 4 guest cabins are arranged in a perfectly symmetrical layout which, however, was varied on the first unit in order to make room for the lift shaft. The two aft cabins, both with a king-size bed, reprise the design concept seen throughout the rest of the ship: glossy, mirror-polished surfaces that add depth to the spaces, and light-coloured carpeting to enhance the sense of comfort and warmth emanating from the dark oak essences. The forward section features another cabin with king-size bed plus one twin cabin - with the option to have an additional Pullman bed installed - that perfectly embodies the family spirit that characterises the entire Custom Line range. All cabins have spacious dressing areas and en-suite bathrooms that feature a similar design to the owner’s bathroom, with precious marbles and exquisite chromatic harmonies. Every cabin also offers a cutting-edge Mirror TV – with no visible buttons – that looks like an authentic fixed-image painting, and further enhances the stylish yet essential vibe on board.
The upper deck greets its guests with a spacious panoramic salon furnished with chairs and sofas from the latest collection by Minotti, which adorns the interior spaces with its inimitably soft and refined style. Along both bulwarks are two spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows that open, giving access to the side walkways: on the port side is a quaint and private panoramic terrace, while the panoramic area on the starboard side is instead directly connected with the forward area. The living area features a next-generation retractable television hidden in the drop ceiling, whose screen can rotate 180 degrees in order to be viewed also from the outdoor space.
The upper cockpit can be reached from the salon through a glass door that opens completely, creating a single space that seamlessly joins the indoor and outdoor areas. In fact, in addition to sliding electrically, the four glass surfaces also rotate on side hinges to open up the whole area and create a striking spatial continuity. The outdoor area, with light-coloured teak floors that counterbalance the black and grey of the finishes, houses a large 10-person dining table and, all the way aft, a comfortable C-shaped couch. This leisure zone offers a further layer of comfort thanks to its pull-out side awnings on both the port and starboard sides - especially practical in the event of wind or bad weather. On request, an electric canopy can be installed to fully cover the upper cockpit, as was done on the first unit.
Heading forward down the corridor we find a day head on the right, a separate pantry with dumbwaiter on the left and the access point to the crew area, until finally we reach the helm station, which features a captain's cabin and its en-suite bathroom. The integrated bridge, developed together with Teamitalia, is equipped with 5 monitors including 2 touchscreens and an innovative stretched screen display. Other features include a virtual keyboard, to sail in total safety thanks to the fully-integrated instrumentation, and a FAR radar. Here, with anthracite grey leathers that blend harmoniously with the dominant dark-wood mood, the sleek and simple lines that define the space become synonymous with safety and comfort.
The living area on the foredeck is spacious and thoroughly enjoyable, with a total surface of 50 m2 and a large sun pad, with a 2-section canopy and side curtains to ensure maximum privacy. To allow crew members to move about without interfering with guests, the layout includes a practical crew walkway located in front of the bridge. The standard forward garage was expanded upon request on the first unit, and can stow a tender up to 3 metres long or a jet ski.
A supreme expression of seaborne leisure, the sundeck on Custom Line Navetta 42 offers four fully-customisable areas that extend over an 18-metre long space with a total surface of 92 m², covered by a hard-top.
Starting from the stern, there is an open sun pad followed by a covered lounge area featuring beach-style couches and other unique seating elements from the latest collection by Roda – the brand behind all of the exterior’s free-standing furniture. The dining area is a pleasantly informal space which includes a bar unit and a built-in table. Beyond the bar unit is the pool area, located forward, with a dumbwaiter that can, on request, reach all the way to the sun deck, as is the case on the first unit.
The black hard top - a nice colour contrast with the hull's white - is mounted on 4 stainless steel poles that add character to the profile while contouring the shapes on an aesthetic level, while the opaque finishes on the inside enrich the ambiance by highlighting the exclusiveness and sophistication of the interiors.
ENGINE AND TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT
The first unit of Custom Line Navetta 42 installs 2 CAT C32 ACERT V12 engines capable of generating 1470 mhp. The vessel can thus achieve a transatlantic range of approximately 3,000 nautical miles at a fuel-efficient cruising speed of 10 knots (preliminary data), up to a maximum speed of 16 knots. 3 other pairs of engines are available: one standard and two extra:
• two CAT C32 ACERT V12 engines with 1623 mhp (standard)
• two MTU 12V 2000 M86 engines with 1725 mhp (extra)
• two MTU 12V 2000 M72 engines with 1469 mhp (extra)
To ensure maximum comfort while anchored, Navetta 42 is equipped wth 3 m² fin stabilizers by NAIAD Dynamics.