The Ferretti 960
The Ferrretti 960 is yet another outstanding result of the close cooperation between Studio Zuccon International Project, which designs Ferretti Yachts’s entire range, AYTD – Advanced Yacht Technology & Design, and Ferretti Group’s team of engineers, architects and designers. This new yacht preserves the hull design and waterlines of the previous flagship, the Ferretti 881 - one of the most successful models for the brand -, while developing it further, thereby becoming the latter’s legitimate heir.
Thanks to its 29.20-metre overall length and 23.98-metre hull length, the new flagship belongs to the CE design category and can therefore be managed as a pleasure boat, without requiring the presence of a professional captain, while offering impressive habitability and comfort compared to other models in its class. Ferretti 960 makes the most of the layout concepts currently found even on larger models in its class: indeed, the new flagship is Ferretti Yachts’s first planing yacht boasting the master cabin forward, on the main deck, and as many as four guest cabins, all equally sized and with equivalent furnishings and fittings, located on the lower deck. The layout - of which alternative versions will be available so as to meet the needs of the various international markets on which the Group is currently present - also features three crew cabins with reserved access from the galley, a solution normally found on maxi-yachts only, ensuring the outmost privacy for the Owner.
The external profile sets a new trend in the design of large planing hulls: the glazing runs along the entire main deck “cutting” it from stern to the extreme bow and contributing to a much lighter profile while ensuring incredible interior brightness. This choice has a considerable impact on the overall design, resulting in a very sporty look and renovating Ferretti Yachts’s top of the range. The lowered gunwale along both broadsides in the middle of the boat, at the level of the dining area, substantially increases indoor brightness and results in lighter outer lines; the raised helm station, in turn, allows to make the most of main deck interior space and reaching a record deck overall surface in this category. Outdoor areas have been extended too: the very spacious flybridge is now entirely devoted to total relaxation and leisure activities. Underdeck, the four large hull windows at the height of the guest cabins let through plenty of natural light and strengthen the concept of having “perfectly equivalent” cabins.
One of the main innovations on this new flagship is the aft area, which has been carefully designed and reinterpreted creating a brand-new concept of aft area, which is indeed now conceived to be entirely enjoyed for leisure activities, without any detriment, however, to its traditional functions, i.e. storing equipment and launching the tender. The garage door features a series of comfortable sun pads which de facto turn it into a chaise longue with a magnificent sea view. The door pistons have been hidden in the upper part of the door, preserving this area’s aesthetic features at best. The swimming platform is fitted with a convenient mobile section which makes it much easier to launch and haul the tender, the seabob, and any other items stored in the garage. The lift can be lowered to various depths and can therefore also be used as a platform to dive into the water or get back onboard. Once the garage door is opened, the central part of the swimming platform can be lowered to flood part of the garage, so that the tender can easily slide into the water with no need for any davit. The garage is really large: it can store an approximately 4.5 metre-long tender and various equipment, such as diving gear, thanks to several peaks. Access to the engine room is also gained from astern, through a door located under the left steps leading to the swimming platform: when these steps are lifted, a watertight door is disclosed. The cockpit is very large, comparable to those found on much larger yachts, and is furnished with a large C-shaped sofa and a wooden dining table that can seat up to eight people.
Photography by Alberto Cocchi