Tilli Antonelli’s next big adventure...

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Tilli Antonelli’s next big adventure...

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The former Pershing CEO announced at a press conference in Milan yesterday the formation of his new company Wider and revealed renderings of its first model the Wider 42 day-cruiser. He is being assisted by several of his old contacts, colleagues and suppliers; indeed he's production facility is the old 1990-2004 Pershing plant.

JULY 2010

The Wider range has been designed by Fulvio de Simone, who worked with Tilli Antonelli from the earliest days at Pershing. The Wider 42’s ultra-efficient hull form was developed by accomplished offshore powerboat designer Mark Wilson, whose son won the World Championships three times, once in class P2 and twice in class P1. With twin 370hp Yanmar diesels, installed offset race-boat style to get the engines' weight closer to the centreline and hence a lower centre of gravity, plus Arneson drives, the stand-spec Wider 42 will be good for 45-plus knots; and a 350nm range at a fast 40-knot cruise.
Smaller and larger Wider models, probably a Wider 35 and 50, are already on the drawing-board.
A key feature of all the Wider models will be the push-out cockpit extensions, which Antonelli claims more than double cockpit floor areas. Interestingly these extensions also deliver outriggers that increase stability and so boost comfort. The Wider 42 has 15m² cockpit and an ‘open’ space 6m (20ft) wide. Then there’s a cabin forward and centre console helm-position and personal watercraft dock at the stern.
The prototype Wider 42 is already under construction. The lamination work – vacuum-infused (SCRIMP) carbon/vinylester hybrid – was handled by ACT, which has worked with Pershing for many years.
We underand the project volumes are to be yet 'select'. As for positioning, the Widers are aimed at the premium/Riva end of the market,
Attilio ‘Tilli’ Antonelli left the company he founded and has managed since it became part of the Ferretti Group a dozen years ago in April ‘10. His resignation followed an acquisition offer for Pershing SpA that he supported being turned down by the Ferretti Group board.
Three key former Pershing staff – Paolo Favilla, Vincenzo Sulpizi and Laura Vanessa Carboni – have joined Antonelli at Wider.
Wider is based in Castelvecchio di Monteporzio (PU), Marche, Italy, and the 10,000m² yard, of which 4,600m² is covered, was from 1990 to ‘04 the home of Pershing.

For more, www.wider-y.it

© Phil Draper