2018 Ferretti Yachts 960

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År:
2018
Längd:
29m
Motor/bränseltyp:
Dubbla / diesel
Belägen i:
CA, USA
Skrovmaterial:
Glasfiber/GRP
YW#:
78049-3143041
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Traditional Values and a Refreshing New Attitude

-By Capt. Richard Thiel, Power & Motoryacht

"Ferretti engineers certainly started off right by establishing clear design goals for the 960 from the beginning. The most basic one was to create a yacht small enough to be classed by the European Union authority (known as CE) as a pleasure boat, meaning a crew would not be mandated, yet offer features that would allow it to compete with vessels over 100 feet. These include a master stateroom forward on the main deck, four guest cabins of nearly identical size, and expansive outdoor areas both up top and aft that are entirely devoted to relaxation and leisure.

What a garage: The aft door features a series of sunpads, which turn it into a chaise lounge with a lovely view of the water. Press a button to open this door, then press another to lower the swim platform to half depth, creating a bathing platform with easy access to the water. Since the platform module includes the aft garage bulkhead, water enters as it lowers, until the garage is partially flooded. Press another button, and the swim platform lowers to full depth and the garage sole/tender cradle tilts sufficiently to allow the tender, a Williams 455 jet RIB on our boat, to float off easily, assisted by a winching system. When the tender has been retrieved and stowed, the swim platform and garage door are back in place, and the vessel gets under way, gravity causes the water to empty automatically via four flapper valves—no pumps required.

When this was explained at the press conference, I was less than thrilled at the thought of water entering an interior compartment of the boat, no matter how well engineered it may be. My fears eased however when it was explained to me that the hull actually stops at the aft engine bulkhead, which is watertight; the garage is an entirely separate, self-contained module. A manual hydraulic pump is included to elevate the swim platform to the sunning position should the primary electrical system fail.

Later, after one of the engineers onboard the 960 put the garage through all of its various paces, I was completely won over. This is the coolest garage and tender system I’ve ever seen on a boat under 100 feet. But then, that’s the whole motivation behind the 960: to include features normally found only on a boat 10 or 15 feet longer.

The garage is clearly the star of this show, but the 960 sports plenty of other appealing, if not so revolutionary, features. At more than 29 feet long, the bridgedeck has proportions that are what you’d expect on a much larger boat. The principal tender stowage is, of course, in the garage, but PWC stowage and an attending davit can be fitted without intruding on the sun-lounge area. Those not so focused on acquiring a tan will opt for a spot at the ten-person sofa, which is shaded by the standard hardtop. A separate service area here includes a wet bar and electric grill, while a Jacuzzi tub is an option. All the way forward there’s plenty of seating for those who want to keep the captain company at his portside station.

The saloon is just 6½ feet shorter than the bridge and includes a separate forward dining area with an impressive Bonaldo glass-top table (extendable to accommodate 12). This area and indeed the entire saloon are bathed in light thanks to sole-to-overhead windows that also provide lovely water views, especially amidships where the gunwales have been cut down, although not enough to compromise security. The principal saloon furniture consists of facing lounges, creating what Ferretti calls “a lobby area.” A fully equipped bar resides in the aft port corner, easily accessible from the nearly 15-foot-long cockpit.

The galley is forward, along the port side, and in true big-yacht fashion, is directly connected to the crew’s quarters, which are down and fully forward, so that the owner and guests need not be disturbed during food prep. Besides direct access to the dining area and saloon, the galley also opens onto the port side deck, a convenience for both guests and crew.

On the starboard side directly opposite, a companionway provides access first to the pilothouse, and farther forward, to the large master stateroom, which has been acoustically insulated from the galley by a series of multi-layer composite bulkheads.

The four guest cabins on the lower deck are accessed from a lobby that is also reached from the starboard side. While virtually identical in size the cabins have two layouts: The two forward offer single berths that can slide together to form doubles, while the two aft offer conventional queen-size beds. Here too, multi-layer bulkheads have been employed to reduce transference of sound.

Three variations of the MTU 16V 2000 are offered, with 2,218, 2,435, and 2,638 metric horsepower. Our boat was equipped with the last, which Ferretti expects to be the overwhelming favorite. With nine people and 890 gallons of fuel aboard, I recorded a one-way top speed of 31.7 knots at 2450 rpm, exceeding the builder’s prediction by 0.7 knots. On two more practical notes, 1800 rpm yielded 21.6 knots while burning just under 131 gallons per hour and 2000 rpm produced 25.6 knots with a fuel burn of just over 165 gallons per hour. Sound levels were impressively low: at 2000 rpm, 66 decibels in the pilothouse, 75 decibels in the saloon, and just 66 decibels in the master, thanks in part no doubt to those acoustical bulkheads.

Despite following seas running to 4 feet and occasional squalls, the passage from Santa Margherita to La Spezia provided no real challenge to the 960. Even with swells on the aft starboard quarter the autopilot never had to tax itself, and when it wasn’t raining, the windshield remained dry even as the wind shifted. All in all, a solid performance from a proven hullform.

While fresh and innovative, the 960 retains all of the qualities that have made Ferretti successful, including top-notch engineering, excellent build quality, and admirable performance. And just as the engineers and designers intended, it has the look, feel, and amenities of a much larger boat." 

 

The Ferretti Yachts 960 is the largest planing pleasure boat ever built by Ferretti Group. The flagship of the brand results from the collaboration between Studio Zuccon International Project and the research center of the Group. With its 29.20 meters of length overall and 23.97 meters of hull length it can be managed as a pleasure boat, even without a professional captain. Ferretti Yachts 960 features an unparalleled livability. It is the first yacht of the brand with the owner cabin located on the main deck and four VIP cabins on the lower deck each equipped , with its own en-suite facility, enormous glazing for natural light and portholes for ventilation. The vessel offers numerous solutions and attributes which usually are reserved for vessels over 100’ including 3 crew cabins of which 1 is exclusively for the captain as well as a separate access to the crew quarters directly from the galley. The flybridge at the stern area are entirely devoted to leisure. The garage door is fitted with cushions, while the bathing platform can be immersed in the water to allow for the launching of the tender in just a matter of minutes from the floodable garage without the need of a davit: a system which has set the benchmark in the industry for a never before seen solution on a vessel of this size…until now.





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