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Cognoscenti of sophistication and style, Italian artisans infuse beauty and craftsmanship throughout all genres of creativity, including one of their leading categories—boatbuilding. Italy, which is the world’s most prolific producer of yachts, has indeed built some of the most spectacular pleasure craft to ever grace the open seas. Here—we present 10 of the Most Incredible Superyachts Ever Built in Italy, all of which capture the culture’s flair for dashing design. Bellissima!
—Compiled by Viju Mathew
1. Cacos V
The Admiral shipyard made a bold statement with Cacos V, its first launch since it was acquired in 2011 by the Italian Sea Group, owner of the better-known builder Tecnomar. Delivered in July of 2013 as the first example of Admiral’s 131-foot Impero 40 semicustom line, Cacos V sports an aggressive-looking, military-like exterior. The design was a collaboration between Admiral’s style department and the Italian naval architect Luca Dini, who has become known for striking designs that maximize a yacht’s interior space and enhance its performance.
The Impero 40, an all-aluminum semi-displacement yacht, features a wave-cutting vertical bow and external bulwarks with almost no inward slant. The design contributes to the yacht’s exceptionally stable ride and gives the Impero 40 more interior space than any yacht its size.
The design also includes advanced insulation that enabled the Impero 40 to receive the best noise and vibration ratings ever awarded by the Registro Italiano Navale, Italy’s yacht classification and certification agency. When the vessel is cruising at 16 knots, the noise level in the master cabin is just 49 decibels, which is quieter than a normal conversation, and the vibrations are roughly one 10th the average level for boats traveling at that speed.
The Impero 40’s voluminous interior allows for multiple layout options. Cacos V sleeps 11 passengers in five cabins, each of which has a different design. It also accommodates a crew of eight. The lower deck on Cacos Vincludes two twin and two VIP cabins, but the VIP cabins can be configured as a single full-beam suite or a cinema. At roughly 400 square feet, the Impero 40’s full-beam master suite is unusually large for a boat this size. It features two large windows, an oversize bed, and two bathrooms separated by an enormous shower.
The aft portion of the bridge deck has full-beam sliding doors that provide plenty of natural light. This space serves as a lounge on Cacos V, though it can be designed as a gym or spa. The roughly 750-square-foot main saloon houses a large seating area and the main dining area, both flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows. The interior design of Cacos V includes soft black-leather floors, light-gray leather ceilings, Macassar-ebony furniture, and black glass tables.
The bridge deck and sundeck are both furnished with alfresco dining tables. On the sundeck, an aft sun pad spans the entire width of the space. Another sun pad is located beside the hot tub. Yet another large padded lounge area is located on the main deck toward the bow. The starting price for an Impero 40 is about $20 million.
2. Ocean Victory.
When delivered in 2014, Fincantieri Yachts’ 459-foot Ocean Victory was the largest yacht ever built in an Italian shipyard and is currently ranked ninth in the world (on most lists). Designed by Monaco’s naval architect Espen Oeino and the late interior specialist Alberto Pinto, the monumental mariner features six swimming pools; an undersea observation room; a 3,229-square-foot spa facility; a heli-deck and internal heli-hanger (with lifting platform); and a litany of luxurious amenities that permeate all seven decks. Its owner is believed to be the Russian business baron Viktor Rashnikov.
Another dreamboat by the builders at Fincantieri Yachts, the 439-foot Serene’s level of sophistication causes a stir wherever it is seen. Dressed in the timeless tones of nautical blue and white, the seven-deck delight features almost 29,000 square feet of luxury living space (designed by Pascale Reymond) and 12 guest cabins. Also housed within the steel-hulled stunner (designed by naval architect Espen Oeino) are two heli-deck platforms, a heli-hanger, a theater, a vast internal saltwater pool, a jet-stream swimming pool, multiple hot tubs, a 36-foot tender, and a submarine (rated to a depth of approximately 300 feet).
Powered by diesel and electric hybrid propulsion, the blue bullet can reach a maximum speed of 20 knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles. Delivered in 2011, Serene is currently available for charter.
4. Chopi Chopi
At 262 feet and with a gross tonnage of approximately 2,300, the six-deck, full-displacement Chopi Chopi is 51-year-old CRN’s largest build, and the largest ever from Italy’s Ferretti Group, which owns CRN. Many of the other numbers associated with the yacht also are big: It has a range of 6,000 nautical miles; it sleeps 12 guests, who are tended to by a crew of 31; its highest ceilings are nearly 8 feet tall; and it has three 103-inch TVs. Chopi Chopi was designed to host large parties and to accommodate the extended family of the owner, who has his own private deck; an outdoor portion of the owner’s deck can serve as a touch-and-go helipad.
The top three decks include outdoor sitting and dining areas forward and aft. The sundeck features a large hot tub, a grill, a wet bar, and a walk-around sun pad. A door at the yacht’s stern folds down to serve as the swim deck for the beach club, which has a gym, a shower, a massage room, a sauna, and a Turkish bath.
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8. Columbus 40 S Hybrid
Most yacht owners like the idea of eco-friendly design, but in practice few are willing to sacrifice comfort or performance in the name of cutting fuel consumption. The Columbus 40 S Hybrid—a versatile 131-foot model from Italy’s Columbus Yachts—may quell any such concerns with a space-saving design and a range of possible speed-and-efficiency combinations.
A subsidiary of the 47-year-old, family-owned Palumbo Group of Naples, Columbus Yachts launched the first example of the 40 S Hybrid in 2013. The aluminum vessel uses a hybrid propulsion system that combines two 1,920 hp main engines with two 80 hp electric motors and three diesel generators. Its relatively low carbon-dioxide emissions at low speeds, along with design elements such as sustainably sourced interior woods, have helped make it one of the first motor yachts designated by the Italian classification society RINA as Green Star Plus Platinum, a rating based on overall environmental impact.
With a top speed of 22 knots, the 40 S Hybrid also earns high marks for performance. The yacht cruises comfortably at 15 knots, a rate at which it consumes about 58 gallons of fuel per hour. But at 8 knots—when the boat can rely wholly on the exceptionally quiet electric motors and diesel generators—consumption is cut down to 15 gallons per hour.
While it diminishes fuel consumption, the 40 S Hybrid maximizes the amount of usable space for guests. Hybrid propulsion systems are typically bigger and heavier and have more moving parts than conventional motors, presenting an engineering challenge for designers. Columbus addressed the problem by making it possible to monitor the boat’s inner workings from the bridge, thus eliminating the need for a full-time crew member—and the space he or she would require—in the engine room.
With this gain in space, the inaugural example of the 40 S Hybrid sleeps as many as 10 guests in five staterooms, including an owner’s suite with a king-size bed, two sinks, and a spacious glass-walled shower. (The vessel also accommodates as many as seven crew members.) The Milan-based Hot Lab Yacht and Design conceived the interior in collaboration with Columbus Yachts’ interior-design team, outfitting it with marble surfaces, stainless-steel fixtures, oak floors, and a custom dining-room table that seats up to 10.
Buyers of the yachts, which have a starting price of about $22.5 million, can choose from a variety of hull colors, including a sleek metallic silver. Columbus says it can also customize both the propulsion system and the yacht’s interior, ensuring that owners obtain their ideal boat without making sacrifices.
10. Maltese Falcon
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