77-Meter CRN Megayacht for Middle East Client

CRN 77mt rendering

The second-largest megayacht in CRN’s history is in development. The shipyard has signed a letter of intent to build a 252’6” (77-meter) project for a Middle East client. The yacht will also be used in that region.

The largest CRN to date is the 262’5” (80-meter) Chopi Chopi. She was just delivered last year. The new project will outrank Azteca, which was initially known as Clarena II and delivered in 2011. The new yacht is larger by about 23 feet (7 meters).

To be clear, CRN still builds mid-range megayachts starting at about 131 feet (40 meters). However, a few years ago, it set its sights on the upper end of the megayacht spectrum, too. Lamberto Tacoli, chairman and CEO of CRN, says this new 77-meter megayacht is “ambitious” and “a new challenge in such a strategic market as that of the Middle East.”

Scarce details are available about the 77-meter, other than that she’ll have a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, tradition for CRN builds. Styling and naval architecture are from Studio Zuccon International Project and CRN Engineering. Laura Sessa is handling interior design.

CRN’s 2 New Megayacht Designs: Conero and Super Conero


While CRN’s history dates back 50 years, it wasn’t until the 1970s that the shipyard really began focusing exclusively on large yachts and megayachts. Toward the end of that decade, CRN introduced its first large-yacht series, called Super Conero. (On a related side note, Conero is a tourist area in the Marche region of Italy, which is where CRN’s home base of Ancona is situated.) CRN is paying homage to those early efforts with two new designs termed Conero (above) and Super Conero (below, both the flared-bow and vertical-bow images).


While the original Super Conero yachts were “just” 75’5” (23 meters), the two new designs are larger. Conero’s LOA is 131 feet (40 meters), while Super Conero comes in at 144 feet (44 meters). Each of the two steel-hulled megayacht models was developed by CRN’s in-house team, with design by Studio Zuccon International Project, and are quite traditional in appearance. They’re being positioned as entry-level models in the builder’s lineup, though they incorporate at least some features found on the larger deliveries. To that latter point, Super Conero has a float-in tender bay that’s part of the overall permanent beach club, akin to the arrangement found on J’ade.


Otherwise both Conero and Super Conero have several similarities. Both hulls are fitted with bulbous bows and are intended for transatlantic range. (No data on nautical miles nor engine packages have been released, however.) The two yachts will be built to RINA classification and meet MCA requirements, with displacement coming beneath the 500-gross-ton threshold. Super Conero and Conero further employ large panes of glass along the main and upper decks to maximize the views and natural light. They each also have a balcony off the master suite that can be used to enjoy the sights equally while cruising or at anchor. Their beams are complementary, too: 27’6” (8.4 meters) for Conero and 28’2” (8.6 meters) for Super Conero.

Interior arrangements are being left up to buyers to decide.

For further details directly from CRN on either Conero or Super Conero, fill out our contact form.

Megayacht News Onboard: CRN’s J’ade

CRN J'ade 1

You know you’re in for something different aboard a megayacht when you’re greeted by a bar with an aquarium as its base.

That’s one of the items giving J’ade (pronounced “jade”), recently delivered by CRN, her strong identity. The 191-footer (58.2-meter) lives up being a fully custom yacht by incorporating some visually arresting elements. Simultaneously, J’ade lives up to CRN’s desire to compete more regularly against other builders targeting large-megayacht buyers.

CRN J'ade floating garage

Let’s start with the latter concept. Builders and designers competing in the upper end of the megayacht marketplace are increasingly embracing inventive ideas, which extend to engineering. CRN’s chairman and CEO, Lamberto Tacoli, explains that for some time, the yard wanted to incorporate a floodable tender bay into one of its builds. The in-house engineering team studied stability and devised a solution, which CRN’s management presented to the owner of J’ade. A three-piece hatch (one top and two bottom components) open to let a 27-foot Riva Iseo not only float out, but also float in, without using a davit. (On a side note, J’ade changed hands partly through construction, and the current owner’s selection of a 27-foot Riva, a larger tender, necessitated some creative re-sculpting of the bay.) A crewmember can drive the boat straight into the bay, which is cushioned around its perimeter. Once the tender is secured, J’ade’s floodable bay empties within a reported three minutes.

CRN J'ade floating garage beach club

What further makes this arrangement novel is that aboard most megayachts, the tender bay is considered a technical area or even a workspace and therefore completely separate from guest areas. Certainly, some beach clubs are formed from tender garages when the toys are offloaded, but once the toys are gone, the furnishings that are set up in the teak-lined space give no hint as to the stowage purpose. Aboard other megayachs, the bay and beach club are in independent spaces. Aboard J’ade, they share the same space permanently, as you can see here. What you can’t see are how the transom folds down to enhance the spaciousness, nor how a bar, television, and day head are all within the beach club. At night, underwater lights in the bay add further appeal.

CRN J'ade spa

Speaking of appeal, J’ade is also equipped with a Turkish bath, located on the upper deck, near the gym. If there’s any question as to how J’ade got her name, take a hint from the colored mosaic tiles in the bath, selected with the assistance of Studio Zuccon International Project. The same ones adorn a day head near here, and the color is picked up by accessories throughout the yacht.

CRN J'ade upper salon

Formal meals, after-dinner drinks, and conversations are made all the more enjoyable in the full-beam (33’5”, or 10.2-meter) upper-deck saloon. Take particular note of the wall of windows adjacent to the dining table; each window is nearly full height. Canaletto walnut is used for soles and wall paneling, both here and throughout the rest of the guest spaces aboard J’ade, with rosewood additionally used as an accent.

CRN J'ade main salon

The owner of J’ade had some decidedly different ideas for the main saloon as well. While guests can certainly relax here, the focus is on music, not television. That’s why a Yamaha piano is a big focal piece, forward. The seating area is arranged to let everyone appreciate the entertainment or welcome additional guests entering from the aft deck and into the reception-like bar area—the same bar reference above, fitted with an aquarium.

CRN J'ade owner's suite

Guests can retire for the night in four VIP staterooms, all below decks, while the owners naturally have their suite fully forward on J’ade’s main deck. Balconies have become de rigeur aboard megayachts, especially in a master suite. CRN has incorporated a balcony on essentially every build for the past five years, and the management team does not foresee the trend ending anytime soon. Further incorporated on many megayachts, including J’ade, is an office within the master suite. Work takes place at a crocodile-leather-topped desk and matching chair, though also in the room is a comfortable chair and ottoman, facing a television.

CRN J'ade sun deck spa pool

Hopefully time spent aboard J’ade will be devoted more to leisure than to work, given her creature comforts. The hot tub on the sundeck is sure to be put to good use. It lends a good deal of privacy to anyone soaking or sunning on the adjacent pads, whether J’ade is at the dock or cruising (cruise speed is reportedly 14 knots, thanks to twin MTU engines).

Having set its sights on the 131- to 295-foot (40- to 90-meter) market, CRN is increasingly building yachts toward the upper end. Deliveries like J’ade show it recognizes the difference between simply building big and incorporating features and functions that make the onboard experience all the more enjoyable.

VIDEO: Ferretti 960


The largest yacht to date from Ferretti Yachts, the Ferretti 960 made her formal debut this week in front of journalists, Ferretti Group dealers, and others. She’s more than simply the largest offering in the Italian builder’s lineup of small production yachts and megayachts. She’s designed and engineered for owner-operators who still want to live in the lap of luxury.

It’s rare to find buyers who like to take the helm themselves once a megayacht exceeds the 80-foot range—and at 95’8” (29.20 meters) overall, the Ferretti Yachts 960 is definitely in that category. But, should the mood strike, or should a buyer only want to employ a captain part of the time, the megayacht, with a 78’7” 923.98-meter) hull length, is meant to be manageable.

Much of the Ferretti 960 is based on the Ferretti 881, which was a strong seller for the builder. She shares the same design team, that being Studio Zuccon International Project and Ferretti’s own AYTD (Advanced Yacht Technology & Design). Also like the 881, the Ferretti 960 has various interior arrangements available, giving owners more personalization. The main differences come in the presence of a main-deck master suite, four guest staterooms below decks, longer expanses of continuous ports along the main deck, a larger flying bridge, and, particularly notable, a floodable toy garage.

Performance-wise, the Ferretti 960 should see top speeds in the high 20s to low 30s, depending on the MTU engine package chosen. With standard twin MTU 16V 2000 M84 diesels, the megayacht is expected to max out at 27½ knots. With more powerful 16V M93 diesels, top end should rise to 29 knots; 16V M94s should push it to 31 knots.

This video gives you a good look at the flowing exterior lines and oak-paneled interior of the first Ferretti 960. Scenes of the lovely female model getting her hair done aside, note the good spaces for lounging, dining, and relaxing, whether on the flying bridge (with an opening hard top) or in the capacious saloon. Also note the presence of lower bulwarks to each side, in line with the dining area. The floor-to-ceiling glass here can be kept solid or switched out to sliding doors, an option no doubt many buyers will want.

Ferretti 960 Debuts, Ferretti Yachts’ Biggest to Date


You’ll get a chance to see her in person at the Cannes boat show in September, but for now, here’s the Ferretti 960, the largest megayacht to date from Ferretti Yachts.

Built to RINA classification, the 95’8” (29.2-meter) Ferretti 960 reflects the sportier, even more aggressive, styling that is increasingly characterizing other launches of not just Ferretti Yachts but also the entire Ferretti Group, like Custom Line. Note, too, the lowered bulwark above one of the two large ports in the hull side. That allows more views of the sea from within the Ferretti 960’s dining area. It’s a feature that previously appeared on the Ferretti 870 and 690.

As usual, the Ferretti 960 bears naval architecture and styling by Studio Zuccon International Project and AYTD (Advanced Yacht Technology & Design, the Ferretti Group’s in-house research and design team). Beam is a comfortable 21’10” (6.7 meters), which is perhaps appreciated most in the on-deck master stateroom, a first for Ferretti Yachts. The four equal-size guest staterooms aboard the megayacht should benefit, too, of course.


The feature everyone will end up talking about, though, is the garage, for two reasons. First, the Ferretti 960’s garage door converts to a giant sun lounge. It’s fitted with sunpads, so that when it folds down, it becomes a whole different kind of beach club. Second, the center of the megayacht’s swim platform lowers to allow the tender garage to partially flood and therefore let the tender slide out via a winch. On the Ferretti 960 that launched this week, a Williams Jet tender of nearly 15 feet (4.5 meters) will be aboard. You can have a similar-size tender as well as other toys and gear kept inside.

While some American buyers might prefer handling those toys themselves, being owner-operators, the Ferretti 960 does come with three crew cabins. The crew accommodations have direct access to the galley on the main deck, too, which you typically do not see aboard a megayacht in this size range.

Whether an owner or a captain drives her, the Ferretti 960 is meant for speed the way all other Ferretti Yachts craft are. The megayacht should see a top speed of 27½ knots and a cruise speed of 24 knots with the standard engines, twin MTU 16V 2000 M84 diesels. Optional 12V 2000 M93s should permit a 29-knot maximum speed and 25-knot cruise speed. Not enough for you? Then select the 16V 2000 M94s, for an expected 31-knot top end and 27-knot cruise.

If you can’t make the Cannes show to see the Ferretti 960, the megayacht should arrive on U.S. shores in 2014.