Thursday, September 19, 2019
Ferretti Yachts 720: inhabiting the sea with style.
Inaugurating a new way of living on the sea, the yacht makes its debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2019.
Like a home, your home, with all the comforts of a yacht of timeless elegance, to inhabit the sea with style and a sense of wellbeing never experienced before. Ferretti Yachts 720, ready to debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival, raises the bar on the navigation experience thanks to incredible spaces, plentiful stowage areas and out-of-the-ordinary ceiling heights.
Created in tandem by Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee and Engineering Department, the 720 is the second project with exterior design by architect Filippo Salvetti in collaboration with Ferretti Group, while the interior design was handled by the Group’s in-house architects and designers.
Coinciding with the other yachts in the range, Ferretti Yachts 720 comes with the same highly popular aerodynamic design revolving around taut, finely poised forms that help to make the deckhouse lines extremely clean.
With a length of 73.4 feet (22.3 m) and a beam of 18.6 feet (5.7 m), the 720 offers a number of functional and styling solutions that are highly innovative for a vessel of its size, underscoring the constant evolution of the brand, which at the same time preserves its distinctive character that is recognisable on all the shipyard’s models.
Aft, a strong point of this new model immediately appears. At the centre of the swim platform, a large door swings open to reveal a comfortable settee, and the shade of a canopy creates a convivial area at sea level that has no equal on the market. This area can be further expanded by making use of the electro-hydraulically controlled swim platform that reveals further steps down to the transom, making it possible to house a tender up to 3.95 metres long or a three-seat jet ski. In the standard version, in place of the settee, it is possible to have a convenient storage space for two Seabobs.
In keeping with the innovation process implemented on the recent models, the external forward area stands out for its ample, interchangeable living spaces that make it possible to have an area that can be transformed from a large sun pad into a comfortable dining space with central table. To the sides of the sun pads, the cup-holders and storage compartments are framed by four retractable courtesy lights, and carbon poles support a bimini top that can cover the entire area. Lockers and storage areas are located beneath the sun pads.
The spacious 31m² flybridge, made of carbon fibre and composite material, is fitted with a second helm station in the forward-starboard area, framed by a massive sea-facing sun pad. Amidships, a central dinette is served by the bar area with kitchenette, refrigerator, sink and storage spaces, located aft, where various free-standing furniture options may also be selected. Upon request, it is possible to install a davit for a Williams tender up to 3.25 m or a jet ski. In its standard version, the yacht comes with a central roll-bar and retractable bimini top, while the optional hard top configuration is available in 3 different versions: fixed window, built-in bimini, or adjustable louvres.
In the cockpit, the cleanness of the lines is already revealed with the mooring hidden from view; an aft sofa faces a table for 8. The convivial zone can be further expanded by adding another sofa or a small bar unit on the right-hand side adjacent to the glass door leading to the full-beam lounge. This door, for the first time aboard a Ferretti Yachts model, can be opened laterally and moved to be concealed entirely in the starboard bulwark. The lounge is a 27m² open space, with ceiling heights that exceed 2 metres, divided into 3 zones: the living area with two large facing sofas with ample storage is separated from the raised dining area, which offers a remarkable amount of comfort for a yacht of this size; the open space layout affords enough room for a transverse table for 8 – ample and lightweight, that leaves plenty of space for movement, conveying the idea of home-like comfort – alongside a large sideboard that is not only functional but is also an important architectural element. Forward, behind the dining area, is the galley, conceived as an open, minimalist space, which features a cooking top facing a hidden sink. An electric door leading to the port-side walkway facilitates better flow management and enables service to be provided more smoothly. Starboard, on the opposite side to the galley, is the helm station, arranged on two levels with four displays with a maximum size of 16” and an electric window positioned next to the pilot seat.
Moving on, next to the helm station are the stairways that lead down to the lower deck, which has a 4-cabin layout. Here, too, the ceiling heights exceed 2 metres. Under the stairway, another storage compartment can also become a small laundry where required. Amidships, the owner’s suite, situated on a dedicated level, is a full-beam space of 20m², preceded by a space for relaxation with a large sofa. These then lead to the bed and, behind it, towards the stern, a walk-in closet on the port side and a large bathroom to starboard with two basins and separate head and shower. This layout, already introduced on the brand’s latest models, ensures greater soundproofing against the noise from the engine room, thus significantly enhancing comfort. The two double cabins have two separate beds and share a bathroom that can also serve as a day head. The VIP cabin is situated at the foredeck, with en-suite bathroom and separate shower. The lower deck also houses the crew quarters, with a service area that includes a laundry room and a double cabin with separate bathroom and shower, along with access to the engine room. The crew area is reached from the cockpit, below the stairway that gives access to the flybridge.
STYLE AND DECOR
The shipyard offers owners a choice between two interior design styles that have different furnishing solutions and colour choices. Maintaining the walnut, a first version will have elements characterised in light, neutral lacquered shades. The second, on the other hand, is characterised by dark colours. One of the distinctive elements is the large lounge sideboard, which in the light version is available in walnut with oblique stripes, while the dark version is in glossy ebony. Other materials widely used on the main deck and in the lower deck cabins include leather on the ceilings and the coverings of the beds and headboards, back-painted glass on the surfaces of the furniture and fine fabrics on the sofas. The wall surfaces on both the main deck and the lower deck feature the innovative nanotech material Fenix, with a slightly ribbed pattern. Featuring low light reflectivity, Fenix has an extremely opaque surface that is anti-fingerprint and pleasantly soft to the touch. The ribbed pattern creates plays of light and shadow along the visual path to the passageway to the lounge, up to the descent into the cabins. The owner’s suite, with its generous spaces that reveal a unique private environment, replicates the material and colour play of the main deck, with a minimalist but detailed design that dialogues continuously with the walk-in closet and the large en suite bathroom, with smoked glass inserts. The bathroom design is functional in its forms and in line with the current trends. In general, the style of this new model is based on a successful mixture of different patterns, like the ribbed pattern of the walls, the stripes of the ceiling, the chequering of the headboards, and the oblique stripe motif of the lounge sideboard, that dialogue in deep, natural harmony.
The lighting system was specially developed for this model: a combination of horizontal LED lights built into the ceilings that create an effect of diffused light, combined with independent vertical spotlights equipped with adjustable spots that scenically characterise specific and particular points. This system allows the owner to choose the intensity and the lighting effect on the main deck and in all the spaces of the lower deck. The owner can also add spotlights with the support of the shipyard’s designers to fully personalise the lighting system.
ENGINES AND TECHNOLOGY
The first unit of Ferretti Yachts 720 is equipped with twin MAN V12 engines capable of producing 1400 mhp and reaches a top speed of 32 with a cruising speed of 28 knots (preliminary data). In its standard configuration, the yacht installs twin MAN V8s for 1200 mhp. As always, a stabilisation package is available on request, featuring two Seakeepers to ensure the utmost stability at sea or when docked.
The integrated helm station instrumentation features the LOOP system developed in collaboration with Naviop-Simrad that makes it possible to monitor all the main functions of propulsion, navigation, generator management and air-conditioning. The yacht also features the next generation electro-hydraulic steering system developed in collaboration with XENTA. The many benefits of this system include greater steering comfort, thanks to extremely easy handling of the helm, and maximum efficiency when turning in any sea conditions, even at high speeds. The steering system can be integrated with a joystick package paired with a powerful proportional thruster, which includes the DOCKING and TILLER/CRUISE functions, for an engaging and dynamic sailing experience. With the CRUISE function, you can increase the constant speed or decelerate, while the TILLER function allows you to correct the course as if acting on the rudder. In addition, the forward propeller in the joystick package is brushless, making it more suitable for continuous use, as it has very low overheating and greater resistance over time.
The yacht also comes with the Owner’s Manual in interactive digital form on iPad. From the iPad, the user can access at any time all the information for yacht operation and maintenance and descriptions of the systems and equipment installed on the specific unit. The information can be searched by both content and location on the general plans, but also by textual search. It includes videos of the models available and the user manuals of the individual devices, and allows all or part of the contents to be printed out.