Custom Line is among the megayacht builders scheduling projects for worldwide premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival. In fact, it has two yachts taking a bow there, one of which is the Custom Line 120. If you’re heading to the show, here’s a closer look at this flying-bridge yacht with the soul of a coupe.
First, the five-stateroom megayacht has the soul of a coupe because of her performance. Twin MTU 12V 2000 M96L diesel engines promise a top speed around 25 knots. Even dialed back, they still push her to a reported cruising speed of 21 knots. For those of you coming from sport boats, this spirit should speak to you. Understandably, swifter boats tend to sacrifice a bit when it comes to distance cruising. But, you can still go plenty far aboard the Custom Line 120. The builder says that at 11 knots, she still sees about 1,100 nautical miles.
The performance promises come from a new hull design, created in house. The Ferretti Group Strategic Product Committee as well as the Group’s engineering division looked to raceboats for inspiration. They did so not just for speed, but for handling and light weight. In fact, the Custom Line 120 incorporates carbon fiber in the superstructure. This additionally provided aesthetic benefits. Carbon fiber allows the forward portion of the flying bridge to essentially hover in place. There’s no need for extra supports back aft.
This keeps a sleeker look to the megayacht, penned by Francesco Paszkowski Design. The Custom Line 120 is the first project between the shipyard and studio. Creative solutions, many from residential architecture, result throughout the yacht. For example, the saloon’s central lounge area is raised, to provide better views outside. Yet another example, all air conditioning, lighting, and audio equipment remain concealed in support columns.
More noteworthy, though, the Custom Line 120 has a truly creative solution to turning the saloon into an indoor-outdoor area. Traditionally, megayachts have sliding glass doors between the saloon and aft deck. Two glass panels do slide open aboard this yacht. But, they tilt up, too—further stowing overhead. Even when in normal position, they look cool, due to raking at a 45-degree angle. Aeronautical specialist company Mecaer Aviation Group assisted the design and build teams in developing the doors. As a result, the Custom Line 120 turns the two areas into an 861-square-foot (80-square-meter), teak-laid lounge.
We’ll have full photos of the Custom Line 120 after her premiere.