New Ferretti Yachts 650
Fri 28 February 2014
Sensational styling, a radical new hull window arrangement, a lifting stern platform and an optional flybridge hardtop – these are just a selection of the major advances in the new Ferretti Yachts 650, marking the beginning of a new era for Ferretti's sub-70ft model range.
Perhaps the most significant feature of the new 650 is also one of its most practical: a lifting stern platform. Designed and built to Ferretti's famously stringent high standards, the platform lowers into the water a full metre at the press of a button, enabling a tender up to 3.2m long to be effortlessly launched and recovered. It's a beautifully convenient solution to a perennial problem, allowing a large tender to be stowed on the stern platform rather than on the flybridge or in a garage without the need for a crane. That obviously frees up a generous amount of extra space on the flybridge sundeck, and it also means the engines can be sited right at the stern, in Ferretti's preferred configuration, coupled to vdrive gearboxes.
This arrangement, as any Ferretti owner will tell you, is one of Ferretti's trump cards. Because it means that when you're lying in your bed in the owner's suite, there are no engines, generators air-con or any other machinery the other side of the bulkhead behind your head. They are all several metres away, behind several soundproofed bulkheads – four in the case of the 650, dividing the owner's suite from the owner's bathroom, the fuel tank space, the crew cabin and finally the engine room. That's a lot of sound insulation! Peace and quiet comes as standard for the owner of this Ferretti.
The look and feel of the sleeping cabins on planing yachts were transformed when Ferretti pioneered the use of windows in the hull – complete with opening ports. Now they've gone a step further. Those early hull windows were a major engineering accomplishment for this type of a boat. Both the glass itself and the framing had to be very high spec to be capable of withstanding the full impact of an immense weight of water if the boat was ever hit broadside by a large wave. It is testament to Ferretti's exceptional build quality, experience and expertise that they accomplished the task without even compromising their trademark RCD category 'A' classification – a standard which many of their competitors can still only aspire to. Without compromising the views, the daylight, the fresh air or the category 'A' classification, Ferretti has now given those windows a stunning 'one-piece' styling treatment and created a beautiful new signature design feature in the process.
With the tender tucked away on the stern platform, the 650's flybridge is a superbly spacious place to chill out and relax. There's a huge sunbed forward, twin forward facing seats to both port and starboard, a wet bar area, and a huge c-shaped seat around a table at the rear. A flybridge hardtop that covers the whole of the seating area is available as an option, discreetly finished in bronze to blend in with the profile.
One of Ferretti's greatest strengths is of course their interior design. With some of Italy's most talented yacht stylists in their team, the results are always stunning. For the interior of the 650, the colour scheme is a beautifully tasteful combination of silver-grey and ivory with black accents. The dominant finish is an elegant stained wood veneer named 'Silver Oak'. Black surfaces on selected units provide contrast, and copious leather trim in grey and ivory lends an exquisite touch of class to the overall look. The layout of the main deck follows the popular theme devised by Ferretti, with the galley at the aft end convenient for the lounge/dining areas both inside and on the aft deck. If an owner prefers the galley enclosed rather than open plan, that is available as an option. In typical Ferretti fashion the outlook from the saloon seating area is superb, with the windows set at just the right height and unobstructed by any superstructure.
On the lower deck, the midships owner's suite also has terrific views from those superb hull windows on both sides. There's an enormous full beam bathroom with separate shower and bidet, and also a walk-in wardrobe. The double VIP guest suite in the bow and the twin guest suite to starboard both have good size windows with opening ports and their own en suite facilities.
The 650 has a top speed of 33 knots (38 mph) with the larger 1150mhp Caterpillar C18 engines installed, and will cruise at 30 knots for 9 hours on full tanks giving her a range of 270nm. The standard engines are 1015mhp Caterpillar C18s, which give a top speed of 30.5 knots and cruising range of 290nm.
The Ferretti Yachts 650 is expected to debut at the Autumn 2014 boat shows in Cannes and Genoa.
FERRETTI YACHTS 650 – provisional
Length overall 64 ft 6 in
Max beam 17 ft 3 in
Std Engines 2 x Caterpillar C18-1015 L6
Engine power 2 x 1015 mhp
Max speed* 30.5 knots
Cruising speed* 27 knots
Range (cruising speed)* 290 nm
Optional Engines 2 x Caterpillar C18-1150 L6
Engine power 2 x 1150 mhp
Max speed* 33 knots
Cruising speed* 30 knots
Range (cruising speed)* 270 nm
Drive system shafts & v-drive gearboxes
Bow thruster optional
Stern thruster(s) optional
Unladen displacement (std engines) 34.25 ton
Cabins (ex crew) 3
Heads (ex crew) 3
Fuel 814 gal
Watermaker 130L/hr optional
Water 116 gal
Air conditioning optional
Generator(s) 9 kW
Gyroscopic zero-speed stabilisers (ARG) optional
Joystick manoeuvring system (JMS) optional
RCD category ‘A’
Ventura, 17 Queen Street, London W1J 5PH
Tel +44 (0)20 7495 2330
RCD CLASSIFICATIONS: The RCD design and construction regulations require that boats meet specified standards for Structure, Stability, Buoyancy, Openings [in hull, deck and superstructure] and Flooding when carrying a specified Load.
CATEGORY 'A' [OCEAN]: boats are approved for use where conditions may exceed wind force 8, with wave heights over 4m.
This applies to all boats 35ft-80ft produced by the Ferretti Group: Ferretti, Pershing, Mochi, Itama, Bertram and Riva.
CATEGORY 'B' [OFFSHORE]: boats are approved for use in conditions up to wind force 8, with wave heights up to 4m.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Tel 020 7495 2330
*performance is estimated with the following conditions: standard version, 1/3 laden, with full liquid load, clean hull, 25°C air temperature, good weather conditions, 5 persons on board