Ferretti Yachts’ new 800...

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Ferretti Yachts’ new 800...

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Two-tone paint job and shark-gill styling give her a distinctive profile and there are quite a few treats inside too.

MAY 2010

Ferretti Yachts’ new 800 model was given its official launch over the weekend at the annual Ferretti Group event for dealers, their clients and the media and held at Marina Cattolica on Italy’s East Coast, roughly half way between Rimini and Pesaro. As billed, in the flesh she’s rather special, not only in terms of her exterior styling but also as regards her layout.
Externally everything hangs on the glazing treatment, which extends from those picture windows to the new signature ‘shark gills’ and spear that run forward across the superstructure; the other model in the range to have the new look is the year-old Ferretti 740. And the two-tone colour scheme complements it all – white-cream and metallic bronze. This isn’t the first production yacht to combine gelcoats and metallics, but this treatment looks great!
This is a big-volume yacht for the LOA and max beam. You can see that in the freeboard first and then in the proportional superstructure. It all translates to plenty of space and excellent headroom.
Internally the Ferretti 800 certainly offers something of an alternative to the conventional flybridge motoryacht arrangements in this size category. Gianni Zuccon’s Rome-based studio, which works closely with AYT, the Ferretti Group’s centralized design and engineering team, has come up with a complete rethink as to what happens forward of the main saloon. The bridge is there, of course, but instead of being tucked up close to the windscreen, it sits in an elevated position over to port and some way back from the windscreen. It’s virtually an open-plan raised pilothouse, although there is no access from the bridge area up onto the fly. Consequently the area around the bridge benefits from a massive amount of headroom. To starboard of there is a comfortable seating area for two with a table between and forward of the bridge console there’s a bar area with a drop-down screen that opens the area up to a galley forward and down a couple of steps. And forward of there stairs descend down to a pair of twin bunk crew cabins and the laundry area.
According to Gianni Zuccon the idea follows what many of us are now doing with our kitchens at home and the Americans have been doing with their country kitchen galleys for years. Today the fashion is not to have kitchens out of sight that just prepare food. These days kitchens are probably the most important rooms in our houses. They tend to be the most sociable spaces; cooking is a social activity.
Positioning the crew forward is all about giving owners and guest some distance from the crew and vice versa. The only downside to the arrangement is the crew access is still back through the boat and the side-deck doors.
Down below the cabin arrangements are typical Ferretti. The mast cabin is aft and occupies the full beam. The en suite shower-room is to starboard and the main bedroom to port. Both spaces open up when required by a pair of synch’d double sliding doors and both areas get the full benefit of those massive hull windows.
The middle of the lower deck is used for two further guest cabins; both have there own windows. One cabin is flexible; it can be configured as a double or as a twin. The other one provides cross-over bunks and shares its en suite as a day-head.
Up front finds the VIP cabin; its en suite is off to the portside, which is a little unusual.
The flybridge is very big for the size of the yacht, but then they always are with Ferrettis, which deliver maximum volume by pushing the superstructure as far forward as possible and Ferretti aft-deck overhangs are always right back to the transom line. Indeed the unsupported overhang of the 800 is huge – quite a cantilever considering above is the boat deck.
AYT is also rather proud of this model’s performance. Andrea Frabetti, Ferretti Group director responsible for AYT, says the group’s hulls have come along way in terms of efficiency and that fact coupled with weight reductions mean considerable impact of economy. Indeed Frabetti stresses that comparisons with other yachts of the same size should not so much consider the usual litres per hour figures, but rather litres per mile.
The Ferretti 800’s range is in excess of 300nm

For more, www.ferretti-yachts.com

© Phil Draper