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Rule the Waves: top-notch superyachts

Some of the most beautifully crafted models on the luxury yacht market

Quality not Quantity

The Ferretti 960's length is critical, whether you’re a boating aficionado or not; because of its 23.98-metre hull length (29.2 metres overall), the 960 belongs to the CE design category so it can be managed as a pleasure boat without requiring the (costly) presence of a professional captain.

The 960 can be managed as a pleasure boat without requiring the (costly) presence of a professional captain

Currently, Ferretti Yachts in the 61-80 metre category are most popular by far but the team hopes that the 960 will redress this imbalance. The 960’s design and waterlines were inspired by its predecessor the 881 and the ambitious project was undertaken by Studio Zuccon International Project (which designs Ferretti Yachts’s entire range), Advanced Yacht Technology & Design and Ferretti Group’s own team of engineers, architects and designers.

The brand’s first planing yacht takes advantage of having the master cabin on the main deck by accommodating four double guest cabins on the lower deck, all almost identical in size (no more having to choose a favourite family member or friend). It’s important not to be woken in an unpleasant fashion when on one’s superyacht so the Ferretti team has ensured the master cabin has “flawless noiselessness” – a series of multi-layer soundproofing bulwarks divide it from the galley – and great care has been devoted to soundproofing on the lower deck too.

Ferretti Group CEO Ferruccio Rossi declared that this boat has the “perfect use of space and volume” and one such instance is the brilliant flooding garage idea, which leads to a more expansive ‘relaxation’ area on the top deck. When the garage door is opened, the central part of the swimming platform can be lowered to flood part of the garage and the tender (up to 4.5 metres) can easily slide into the water with no need for a davit (which usually takes up space on the top deck). So outdoor areas up on the top deck become even larger spaces for entertaining, sunbathing and general leisure time.

The “cruising machine”, as Ferretti Group Product Management Officer Antonio Campagnuolo dubs it, can be fitted with three different sets of engines; the most powerful version of the 960 can reach a peak of 31 knots and enjoy a cruising speed of 27 knots. For more sensitive seafarers, the ARG (Anti Rolling Gyro) system is standard, to ensure maximum onboard comfort, and if you’re prone to sea sickness, underway stabilising fins are an optional extra for even smoother navigation.

Ferretti Yachts is part of the Ferretti Group brand portfolio (along with Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Mochi Craft, CRN and Ferretti Custom Line), which sells “emotions, dreams and passion” most convincingly; I defy you to go for a spin in one of these yachts and not want to have one of your own.

Style, Performance & Integrity

So far it has been rather smooth-sailing for Fairline. While more compact in size, its 48-foot boats are still bound to blow their competition out of the water; they are all powered by Volvo Penta IPS which has been matched to a dynamic hull, specifically designed to ensure they’re of the highest quality and precision.

The first of the trio is the Targa 48 Open. This two-cabin, double en-suite yacht has been purposefully built with the intention of creating a spacious inner and outer social area; seafarers can have a comfortable experience no matter what the weather. The lower deck houses a mid-master and a forward double, dinette and optional sofa bed or third cabin.  

Sailing closely behind the Targa 48 is the Squadron 48. While equalling the Targa in size, this model offers a flybridge with its sleek stainless doors welcoming guests to the saloon section and an optional BBQ package comprising a sink, griddle, fridge and icemaker for those looking to make themselves very much at home while on board. Accommodation-wise, there are three cabins once again with one doubling up as an alternative dinette option below deck. On deck, you’ll find a sunbed conversion for those sun-worshippers among you, as well as a flybridge and submersible bathing platform.

 The Squadron 48 offers a flybridge with its sleek stainless doors welcoming guests to the saloon section

Last but certainly not least is the Targa 48 Gran Turismo. Like its two siblings, the boat has three cabins and plenty of seating space but also features a glazed electric hardtop roof, giving the craft a smooth and stylish finish. Whoever said size matters? 

A Quest for Quality

With so many models on the market, it has become an incredibly daunting task for first-time yacht owners to decide which one might be the best option to satisfy their own requirements. There are countless factors to take into account, from size and performance to style and comfort.

While we couldn’t possibly go as far as to match every single one of your criteria, we feel it’s safe to say that you can’t go wrong with your seaworthy Prestige yacht. The company propelled itself onto the yachting scene more than 20 years ago with a range of motor yachts which were taken to by clients like ducks to water. Today the company boasts 2,500 of these vessels, ranging from 35 to 60 feet, as well as cruise waters around the world, and it recently began launching larger models, proving that while size is not a determining factor of quality, it is undeniably a marker of success.

You can’t go wrong with your seaworthy Prestige yacht

There are three distinct model lines: Flybridge, Express, and Sport Top, plus the Prestige 720, an exciting chapter for the group. Its grander scale has enabled an extra-large swim platform and generous flybridge (never before possible) as well as extra comfort below deck with a saloon living area and a private suite for the forward owner’s cabin. This has all been set within a light and beautifully furnished interior, courtesy of the Garroni Design team. With more larger models in the pipeline, Prestige has become a big fish in a very big pond.