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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.