Marking its first launch of the new year, CRN splashed Latona this morning. The shipyard is giving just limited details about the 164-footer (50-meter), though you’ll be able to see her fully at September’s Monaco Yacht Show.
Latona is what CRN calls a Superconero megayacht, a new series that honors the Italian yard’s past. “Super Conero” was the first large-yacht series in its history, in the late 1970s. You might be surprised, though, by what “large” (or the “Super” part of “Super Conero”) meant. The LOA was 75’5” (23 meters). While it seems small, it was certainly significant for the time. As for “Conero,” that referred to a region near CRN’s home of Ancona.
The current Superconero series results from collaboration between in-house and independent design teams. The Ferretti Group’s own engineering and design departments, including interior design, worked with long-time partner Zuccon International Project. A variety of LOAs are available, with Latona being the first launch.
Latona launched in a private ceremony today. Alberto Galassi, the CEO of the Ferretti Group, characterizes the owner as being “selective and resolute.” As you would expect, the owner had several ideas in mind in approaching CRN. For example, he wanted his megayacht to appear as lean as possible. This visual effect should keep her five-deck height still seeming sleek. Another must-have was a floodable tender garage. You may remember CRN introduced this feature on J’ade, delivered in 2013. Therefore, the crew can essentially drive the tender straight into and out of the garage. In addition, just like J’ade, Latona keeps the garage open to the lounge area of the beach club.
With a 28’2” (8.6-meter) beam, Latona further has a fixed balcony off the master suite as well as another balcony for guests off the saloon. The latter will get use when Latona is at anchor. Though the shipyard hasn’t disclosed décor information, the owner selected woods, marbles, and more with the in-house design department.
Expect sea trials in a few weeks to confirm an 11-knot cruise under Caterpillar power. Range should be 3,800 nautical miles at that speed.