Allied Marine-Ferretti Group Superyacht Division Created

Allied Marine Ferretti Group Superyacht Division Ferretti Custom Line 100

Allied Marine is expanding its activities for both charter and sales. To the latter point, the company is reviving a megayacht-specific sales arm. It’s now known as the Allied Marine-Ferretti Group Superyacht Division.

Allied Marine has long focused on brokerage sales, from its founding in 1945. In 2008, the Ferretti Group acquired the company, then known as Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group. The brokerage house marketed, sold, and serviced new and used yachts in a variety of LOAs. For megayachts, it established a division called the Platinum Yacht Collection. Understandably, megayachts from the Ferretti Group’s Custom Line and CRN were among its offerings. In recent years, however, the Platinum Yacht Collection branding fell out of use. Despite this, Allied Marine, as the parent company became known again, still sold brokerage megayachts.

The Platinum Yacht Collection is being re-created as the Allied Marine-Ferretti Group Superyacht Division. It comes following the hiring of Bruce Schattenburg. Schattenburg is a 30-year veteran of the yachting industry. He’s worked for a number of leading brokerage houses, handling sales and charter. He’s also a founding member of the U.S. Superyacht Association and on the board of directors of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association. “After admiring Bruce’s charter and sales acumen for the last 25 years, the opportunity finally presented itself for us to work together,” Jon Burkard, president of Allied Marine, says. “We are really excited to get somebody of his quality, ethics, and background to join our team.”

Schattenburg is serving a dual role for Allied Marine. The first is heading the Allied Marine-Ferretti Group Superyacht Division. The division is taking a focus similar to its predecessor, specializing in sales of new and brokerage megayachts of 100 feet and larger. Like in the past, the Allied Marine-Ferretti Group Superyacht Division is promoting Ferretti Group brands CRN and Ferretti Custom Line (the Ferretti Custom Line 100 is pictured). Other Group brands are in the mix, too, since some of them have begun building megayachts. For example, the Allied Marine-Ferretti Group Superyacht Division surely will market the Riva 122 Mythos, plus models from Ferretti Yachts and Pershing.

Schattenburg’s second role is director of luxury yacht charter. He plans to bolster promotions for yachting vacations. He’s especially keen on raising awareness in Asia and Latin America.

Megayacht News Onboard: Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 26 Crescendo

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Leave it to the Italians to use classical music as the inspiration for the name of a new megayacht model. Ferretti Custom Line calls its newest Navetta semi-displacement megayacht the Navetta 26 Crescendo, with “Crescendo” meant to evoke concepts of gradually increasing intensity. While it may strike some of you as being silly, it actually makes sense when you consider what the Navetta 26 Crescendo really represents. In Italian, “crescendo” is “crescere,” meaning to grow. So, at 86 feet (26 meters), the Custom Line Navetta 26 Crescendo may be the smallest of the semi-displacement Navetta series, but she represents a climactic moment for buyers stepping up into the megayacht market for the first time.

Navetta 26 Living

The Navetta 26 Crescendo also represents a high point for her builder. Ferretti Custom Line decided to redesign the entire Navetta lineup, incorporating more volume and enjoyment of the views while staying true to the focus on leisurely cruising. You’ll find larger ports, like the ones here on the main deck, plus the ever-popular wall of glass aft, with a sliding door that can remain open. The beam of nearly 23 feet is made to feel more elbowroom-friendly, even with full walkaround side decks.

Navetta 26 Dinning Area

As is usual practice for Custom Line, buyers can choose the woods and soft goods they want. For this Navetta 26 Crescendo, there’s bleached oak underfoot and honey-toned elm on furnishings, plus leather panels interspersed with lacquered sections on the walls. To preserve a sense of space, the saloon and dining area are open to each other.

Navetta 26 Dinette-Galley

While not visible in this photo, the galley, on the main deck, has a door to the side deck. With Americans comprising a large number of buyers for Ferretti Custom Line, it’s key that the galley remains steps from the dining area and not squeezed below decks.

Navetta 26 Upper Dinette

Here’s where the revamping of the Navetta series really shows. The 26 Crescendo has an extended enclosed upper deck, allowing for the inclusion of this intimate dining/relaxing area immediately abaft the helm.

Navetta 26 Owner Room

Few 85-footers have main-deck masters, but the Navetta 26 Crescendo does. Note the desk at left in the photo. The builder envisions some owners using it as a breakfast area as well, since a table pulls out and is accompanied by two chairs. We think most buyers will opt for the shaded alfresco seating on the aft deck, though, typically a popular spot while at anchor.

Navetta 26 VIP Room

Ferretti Custom Line also offers flexibility in the guest accommodations. Choose between layout A, with two VIPs like the one shown and two twins, and layout B, which has a full-beam VIP, a double, and a twin.

Navetta 26 SunPad

Yet another example of how Ferretti Custom Line rethought the Navetta series is this sundeck, the uppermost level. Previous Navettas really remained fully focused on leisurely cruising and mostly indoor living, with the upper deck being the highest level, too.

Navetta 26 Side 2

Re-inventing a “small” megayacht isn’t an easy task, but Ferretti Custom Line has given buyers a few features they’re sure to appreciate in this model. And with a reported top speed of 14 knots and cruise of 12 knots, powered by twin MAN V8s, there’s the familiar focus on taking your time getting to your destination. Even if you opt for the twin MAN V10s, which boost the top end to a reported 16 knots and cruise to a reported 13½ knots, you’ll feel anything but hurried. Combine it all with twin Mitsubishi ARG stabilizers, proven to damp roll well, and Custom Line buyers might just sing the praises of the Navetta 26 Crescendo.

Ferretti Custom Line Delivers Its 12th Navetta 33 Crescendo Megayacht

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Late April saw the delivery of the 12th megayacht in the Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 33 Crescendo semi-custom series.

The megayacht, whose name is being withheld, bears the same three-deck profile, fold-down balconies, and main-deck master arrangement as the previous Navetta 33 Crescendo launches. There are still a few differences, though, such as an expanded sundeck and, perhaps most enjoyable, an indoor-outdoor upper-deck dining area. Thanks to sliding glass doors, which are additionally circular in shape, the dining area, aft on this deck, transforms into a casual alfresco space.

The 12th Navetta 33 Crescendo won’t disappoint guests elsewhere, of course. Onboard is a marble- and mosaic-tile-lined Turkish bath, connected to a gym on the lower deck. Three guest cabins, one of which has twins that push together to form a double berth, are also below decks, decorated in the same contemporary style as other spaces aboard the megayacht.

For a better idea of what the Navetta 33 Crescendo offers, here’s a video on one of the megayachts in the series, christened Ziacanaia.

 

Ferretti Custom Line 124 Hull #4 Headed to Turkey, a First

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The fourth hull in the Ferretti Custom Line 124 megayacht series is making history for the Italian builder. That’s because the owner is from Turkey and will use his yacht there.

Complete with fold-down balconies on each side, this newest Ferretti Custom Line 124 launched last week. As the model name indicates, the megayacht measures 124 feet (37.8 meters). Studio Zuccon International Project and the Ferretti Group’s own Advanced Yacht Technology & Design (AYTD) collaborated on the design, as they’ve done on the three previous launches in the series.

Of course, since each Ferretti Custom Line 124 is open to owner input, this owner requested several custom touches. One is an all-white paint job; previous 124s have had dark-painted hulls. Another custom request is a sound system that should impress the eight guests who can stay aboard. Specifically, it’s a Seamphony sound system, which allows users to incorporate a variety of Apple products, including iPhones and iPads. Speakers mounted throughout each of the megayacht’s alfresco spaces are linked to the system, and Wi-Fi lets the owner or guests select a song whether inside or outside. The Wi-Fi also lets them call up the chartplotter display on their devices, should they be curious as to where the megayacht is presently positioned. As you might expect, lighting and air conditioning can also be controlled via the Apple devices. The owner and guests can further use them to request the crew’s assistance, snacks or drinks, etc.

Decor-wise, the new Ferretti Custom Line 124 follows popular trends by employing parquet soles (bleached oak) in many areas. The owner also requested the walls throughout the megayacht feature a mixture of Canaletto walnut, cream-tone lacquered panels, and earthy tones of leather. A leather wall is particularly striking in the owner’s suite, laser-cut with leaf patterns. Elsewhere, loose furnishings and wood tables, ranging from ebony to teak, invite the owner and guests to gather and relax, whether for dining or socializing. The 24’1” (7.35-meter) beam should feel extra comfortable when the above-mentioned balconies off the saloon are lowered. Sunning spaces from the bow to the sundeck are comfortably appointed as well.

Also promising to be comfortable, at least compared to some other megayachts’ arrangements, is the galley. As we’ve pointed out in a few previous articles about Italian-built and/or European-owned megayachts, a few new launches and designs relocate the galley to the lower deck. This Ferretti Custom Line 124 does not follow suit, thankfully. In fact, not only did the owner want it to remain on the main deck, he requested a bit more space. The crew still have a crew-only galley and dinette below decks, in proximity to the captain’s cabin, two crew cabins with bunks, and a hostess’ cabin. Each cabin further has a private head, a nice touch.

Based on previous launches, the Ferretti Custom Line 124 should see a cruise speed of 23½ knots and a top end of 27 knots, powered by twin MTUs.

Delivery for this Ferretti Custom Line 124 megayacht is set for the end of next month.

Latest Ferretti Custom Line 124 Launches

May 9 marked the launch of the third Ferretti Custom Line 124.

The 124 is the largest megayacht made by Ferretti Custom Line. The other megayacht models offered are the 97, 100, and 112 Next, all being semi-displacement designs, plus the Navetta 26 Crescendo and Navetta 33 Crescendo, these being displacement designs. Interesting enough, the new 124 hit the water the day after a Navetta 26 launched and about six weeks after a 112 Next did the same.

The name of the new Ferretti Custom Line 124 hasn’t been revealed, though she’s the third built to date. Like her predecessors, she bears naval architecture by Studio Zuccon International Project and two Ferretti Group companies, AYT (Advanced Yacht Technology) and Centro Stile. Her beam is 24 feet (7.35 meters), which benefits the main-deck master suite and the large saloon. Four guest staterooms below decks, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a handful of sunning/seating areas are other features. Ferretti Custom Line lets owners request different arrangements, too, plus different hull colors. The new 124 has a grey hull; the first launch (pictured), by comparison, had a blue one.

Remaining unchanged is the power package, twin MTUs that should permit a 27-knot maximum speed. Every Custom Line yacht also comes with Mitsubishi ARG stabilizers, damping roll at anchor and underway.