Miami, FL. February, 17, 2011 – The Miami Yacht and Brokerage boat show marks another important milestone for the Ferretti Group, the world leader in the designing, building and marketing of luxury motor-yachts, as the Group continues to enhance its presence in the Americas. This is clearly demonstrated by the Ferretti Group’s impressive in-water display at this year’s Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show with a groundbreaking showcase of 22 models, of which 4 are exclusive debuts for the Americas. The Ferretti Group display will be located at Ramp on 22-24 on Collins Avenue directly across from Miami Beach’s historic Fontainebleau hotel.
Setting the standard for excellence in the nautical industry, the Ferretti Group was recently ranked first in the 2011 Global Order Book, which isprepared each year byShowboats International and noted as the most thorough and accurate analysis of the global nautical industry. Listing all yachts under construction from each shipyard around the world measuring 80’ feet and above, the Global Order Book has recognized the Ferretti Group asthe top producer of luxury maxi-yachts worldwide. With its extensive range of yachts in the fly bridge, open, lobster boats, sports fisherman, maxi and mega-yacht segments,the Ferretti Group remains a market leader producing an impressive range of models from 27’ up to 278’ feet in length. The Group was also recently noted for several accomplishments including winning the second edition of the UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) Environmental Award 2011 for the successful production of its Mochi Craft Long Range 23, a first-class example of environmental friendly motor yacht with focus on reduction of consumption, emissions and noise, which is also on display at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage boat show.
This New Year is marked by the debut of several groundbreaking models, which are being unveiled at Miami’s major Yacht & Brokerage Show. Ferretti Yachts has introduced a range of new models including the new Ferretti 800, Ferretti 750 and Ferretti 620, featuring several advancements and modifications for the American market. Elegance, innovation and engineering integrity are a hallmark of Ferretti Yachts and novel features combined with the classical-contemporary design characteristics have launched this new series as a vanguard of yacht design that will surely establish future trends in the fly-bridge segment.
Another notable debut and unique design collaboration is the introduction of the new “Aquariva Gucci”, an exclusive made to order model customized by Gucci’s Creative Director Frida Giannini along with Riva’s exclusive designers of Officina Italiana Design. This new “Made in Italy” icon is the product of a unique partnership between the two of Italy’s most renowned design houses, Riva and Gucci.
For the first time on display at the Miami Boat show, the Group will showcase the new pearl white Pershing 80’ and the new hard top version of the Riva 75’ Venere.
Ferretti Group has several other new models to announce including the new Pershing 92’, the new restyled Pershing 50.1 and Pershing 58’, which were recently launched in Europe as well as the new Pershing 108’ that is planned to launch by February of 2011. Ferretti Custom Line has also announced the first Custom Line 100’, which is planned to make its global debut in the spring of 2011 and will make its American debut at the 2011 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. The new model takes the traditional concept of a fly-bridge motor-yacht to incredible heights and impressive proportions. The new Custom Line is avant-garde in every aspect of design for a conventional motor-yacht.
2011 also marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary sport-fishing brand, Bertram Yacht. Celebrating 50 years of marine excellence, Bertram is noted for its world-renowned high-performance deep-V hulls. Bertram’s passionate owners and enthusiasts will gather for a 50th anniversary kick-off event for the revered sport-fish manufacturer at The Miami Boat Show. The kick-off will be followed by a series of celebratory events including a large-scale 50th Anniversary “Blast to the Past” event, which will take place April 29th - 30th 2011 at the Marriott on Biscayne Bay. The Group has underscored its commitment to further advance and develop the Bertram brand and is currently in the process of investing in the tooling and design for a series of new models, which will be introduced between 2011 and 2012.
Ferretti Group is deeply committed to the development of the North American market and continues to place a strong emphasis on the growth and progress of this region. 2011 is poised to be a dynamic year for the Group, which is increasing its efforts in the U.S to further establish a targeted distribution network and broaden the expansion of the Ferretti Group brands throughout North America. With a strong order book and range of new Ferretti Group products making entry into the U.S., the Group is well positioned to make head way. “We see vast potential in the Americas region for our brands’ continued growth. Ferretti Group is noted as one of the leading luxury yacht manufacturers worldwide. We recognize that it is essential to penetrate these key markets with our leading brands and support these efforts with strong sales and marketing initiatives to broaden our reach” statesFerruccio Rossi, Country Manager for Ferretti Group North America.
These initiatives are demonstrated by the recent extension of operations in the Northeast region of the U.S. via Allied Marine, the primary dealer for the Ferretti Group brands in North America. Allied Marine has officially opened its new office in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island to offer an extensive product portfolio and better serve Ferretti Group’s existing and prospective clientele in the area. The Allied Marine Newport Office will actively represent a selection of the Group’s exclusive brands throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut in addition to offering an array of brokerage vessel listings for yachts ranging from 50’ to 120’ft. The Newport Office will operate year round in concert with the Allied Marine Office in Sag Harbor that primarily supports New York and Long Island throughout the summer season. Allied Marine has offices throughout Florida and, with the recent establishment of the Newport and Sag Harbor offices, is well positioned to broaden the reach of Ferretti Group’s premium products across the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. The Group will continue to strengthen the sales network across the North American market through both Allied Marine and affiliated third party dealers.
The Ferretti Group is also considerably strengthening its sales and marketing initiatives in Latin America. Both South and Central America are proving to be areas of growth for the Group both in terms of potential clients in addition to an increase in the size of boats that these markets are seeking. The trend is leaning towards larger vessels, therefore the Group is broadening its dealer network throughout Central and South America and enhancing its sales and marketing efforts in the region. It has created a dedicated “task force” within the Ferretti Group company that is primarily dedicated to Latin America, which focuses on the sales, service and communication activities for this region. The Ferretti Group’s state of the art facility in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida houses its exclusive inventory and will be the hub for Latin America’s activities to support all dealers and customers for both Central and South America.
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Ferretti Group’s presence in Brazil through its valued partnership in cooperation with Marcio Christensen. Brazil has proved to be a solid market for the growth of the Ferretti Group, as it successfully established Ferretti Group Brasil as of April 2010. Located near the heart of Sao Paolo, this full scale production unit was recently completed and already produces up to 60 vessels for the Brazilian market with up to 600 employees with a production range including Ferretti Yachts, Pershing and Bertram in the 46’ to 83’ foot range. The Group is continuing to gain considerable traction and positive results in the neighbouring countries of Mexico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela. With Miami as the centre of Latin America activities, the Group’s strong involvement in this boat show proves to be a marked success.
New Model Descriptions
Gucci, and Riva, in collaboration with Officina Italiana Design, the design company which created the original Aquariva in 2000, are proud to present the exclusive “Aquariva Gucci,” a model customized by Frida Giannini, Creative Director at Gucci. This unique association between two of Italy's most renowned design brands celebrates the era of La Dolce Vita, when joie de vivre, glamour and elegance defined an attitude and a lifestyle. In their respective sectors, Gucci and Riva have similar stories, each with a tradition of excellence in design and craftsmanship which has made them internationally famous.
The distinctive features of this 33 footer include the fibreglass hull painted in Gucci’s own hue of glossy white, while Riva’s mahogany with its masterly varnish finish – twenty coats in all, ten by brushing, ten by spraying – represents the peerless mark of distinction for the cockpit, walking decks and awning cover hatch. Other outstanding features include the allure of the Guccissima print for the waterproof fabric covering seats and sundeck and the beauty of Gucci white cotton for the luxurious bed upholstery. The boat's iconic Gucci signature comes in the green-red-green web detailing along the floating line complementing the unique green crystal windshield .Completing the Gucci customization is a series of exclusive Riva by Gucci accessories. The innovative two-speed electronic gear reveals all the power of the two 380-horsepower Yanmar engines, ensuring an exceptional performance with a maximum speed of 41 knots and a 150-mile range at cruising speed.
Unparalleled functionality and engineering integrity have continues to be highlighted in all of the new models that Ferretti Yachts creates. The new Ferretti 800 is the result of cooperation between architect Gianni Zuccon from Studio Zuccon International Project, AYT – Advanced Yacht Technology, the Group’s naval research and design centre and the team of architects and designers of Ferretti Group’s Centro Stile, Ferretti 800 proves that Ferretti Yachts continues to successfully revamp its range, combining original style with a cutting edge take on space planning and design. Ferretti 800 features well proportioned interior spaces and a layout that is characteristic of larger mega-yachts. These features, combined with a prominent external line and exceptionally well-lit interiors provide nothing short of an elegant and unforgettable experience on the water. A four-cabin layout provides ample accommodations for eight with large master stateroom and two VIP cabins. Sweeping views of the water and a raised helm station provides the perfect vantage point for excellent visibility while navigating so the view ahead is nothing short of open water. Ferretti 800 mounts two MTU M93 1823 mhp or, upon request, two MTU M94 1948 mhp. Whit this last motorization and the hard top version, Ferretti 800 can reach a maximum speed of 32 knots.
Another model fresh out of the Ferretti shipyard is the introduction of the new Ferretti 750, a vessel perfectly designed for an owner who wants to have extremely spacious interiors, without compromising his/her ability to navigate their own vessel. Ferretti 750, result of cooperation between architect Gianni Zuccon from Studio Zuccon International Project, AYT – Advanced Yacht Technology, the Group’s naval research and design centre and the team of architects and designers of Ferretti Group’s Centro Stile, offers ample space on board, beautifully furnished interiors feature additional windows that are incorporated into several living areas on board allowing for an incredible amount of natural night to shine through. The yacht embodies a classic elegance, but features contemporary stylistic touches with a modern aesthetic. It is a "manifesto" of made in Italy excellence, a master of elegance that cruises the sea. Ferretti 750 mounts two MTU 2000 M92 1381 mhp or, upon request, 2 MTU 2000 M94 1623 mhp. With this last motorization and hard top version, the maximum speed is 33.5 knots.
The new Ferretti 620, result of cooperation between architect Gianni Zuccon from Studio Zuccon International Project, AYT – Advanced Yacht Technology, the Group’s naval research and design centre and the team of architects and designers of Ferretti Group’s Centro Stile, features spacious entertaining areas on both the main deck, with a comfortable salon, the galley positioned astern connected with the exterior cockpit. Its ample interior houses a lower deck with two large guest cabins and a full-beam master cabin that features open view windows, characteristic of larger motor-yachts. Its extended cockpit features a fixed teak table, perfect for outdoor entertaining in the open air. Ferretti 620 offers a wealth of amenities much like its larger counterpart, the Ferretti 800. Its smooth ride and functional features make this owner-operated vessel a pleasure to take out every time it touches the water. Ferretti 620 is fitted with either standard twin MAN V 8-900 engines with a power of 900mhp, or twin MAN V10-1100 with a power of 1100mhp, on request. Ferretti 620 can reach a cruise speed of over 30 knots and a top speed of 33 when fitted with the larger engines.
Pershing introduces a breathtaking take on its impressive 80 ft. model. Be the first to experience the allure of one of the world’s top performance vessels in its pearlescent opulence. A rarity out on the water, Pershing 80’pushes the envelope in terms of top of line performance and aesthetic. The brainchild of yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni, this all new, strikingly sleek model features a fluid design, outstanding performance attributes and advanced on-board technology due to its highly hydrodynamic hulls and powerful, innovative propeller system. With a more streamlined and aggressive exterior than its predecessor, Pershing 80’ is capable of reaching incredible top speeds of up to 50 knots. New innovative design features at the touch of its electro-hydraulic designed systems and hand-crafted Poltrona Frau finishes, beautifully combine to maximize comfort and livability on board.
Riva 75’ Venere
The Riva fly-bridge, yet another model beautiful and graceful model designed by Mauro Micheli and Officina Italiana Design, is the confirmation of the style and elegance typical of Riva yachts. Characterized by its elegantly curved, yet racy lines, the yacht’s profile harmoniously sets sail. Its exquisite profile embodies the elegance of true Riva style in the 75’ feet of beautiful unique design. Exemplary for its application of high quality craftsmanship, the Riva 75’ Venere features a range of innovative solutions to offer the most comfortable experience on board. This marks the first time Riva 75’ Venere is presented inhard top version. A harmoniously designed windscreen, made of grey metal and anthracite-coloured fibre glass screens the sundeck and is positioned in front of the bridge to protect guests from the wind. A refined crystal table in the dinette on the main bridge can seat eight, whilst the fitted galley can be accessed both from the bridge and side passage in order to provide a discrete passage for the crew. Available in the elegant elm as the standard version or black walnut for some added opulence, 75’ Venere comes outfitted with sumptuous natural colored leathers that embellish the interior furnishings.