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.