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.