Motorboat & Yachting: Italian yacht maker Ferretti Group received the formal backing of the Ferrari family this week after F Investments bought a 13.2% stake.
By purchasing a 13.2% share in the yacht maker for an undisclosed sum, the luxury car dynasty has strengthened a budding partnership between the two brands.
Last month it was announced that Ferretti would be sponsoring the Ferrari Formula 1 team, with its Riva brand emblazoned on the racing drivers’ helmets.
But the collaboration dates back much further, with Riva and Ferrari launching a 32ft speedboat back in the 1990s.
The news was announced as part of Ferretti’s annual financial results, which showed that the company beat its own predictions to deliver a consolidated production value of €410m for the 2015 financial year.
What’s more, the company’s earnings (EBITDA) reached €7million – the positive figure since 2012 – and a profit of around €5million is forecast for the first quarter of 2016.
CEO Alberto Galassi said: “The year of 2015 has rewarded us with economic and financial results over the expectations and the Group has relaunched itself regaining leadership on several markets.
“This achievement would not have been possible without the introduction of innovative and cutting edge products that are the results of significant investments in research and development and of the design and construction capabilities of Ferretti Group,” he added.
The Ferretti Group plans to launch nine new models before the end of the year, including the Ferretti 450 Fly, Pershing 5X and Riva 100 Corsaro.
Motorboat & Yachting: Ferretti Security and Defence will launch debut model FSD195 this summer from a new division of the Italian yard.
The new range of high-tech naval platforms has been commissioned by the Italian government, and it boast a top speed of 50 knots and a maximum range of 400 miles.
The new 65ft defence boat will be used to protect Italy’s coastline by security patrol.
“It is my pleasure to welcome the advent of an Italian company like Ferretti Group in the Security and Defence sector, which is vitally important for our country.”, said Interior minister Angelino Alfano.
FSD195 is under construction and Ferretti Security and Defence are also going to produce other designs for a range of vessels from 40ft-116ft with the Ferretti design hallmarks, with an elegant profile and smooth flowing lines.
“FSD’s mission is to develop vessels whose performance and efficiency meet the challenging demands faced by those who guarantee the safety of our waters, an issue that has always been associated with all of the operations undertaken by our group.”, said Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group.
The Ferretti Security and Defence 195 is due for launch this summer.
Motorboat & Yachting: Ferretti Group dealers Ventura have released details of the Riva model that they will be bringing to the 2016 London Boat Show.
The Ventura stand at the London Boat Show is always very popular, and the Ferretti Group dealer hopes to continue this trend in 2016 with its latest Riva display.
Heading to the Excel Centre for next month’s ten-day event is a unique Riva Aquariva that has been finished in Bentley blue to match the owner’s luxury car.
Built in 2009, but evoking the classic styling that made Riva a worldwide name in the 1950s and 60s, the Bentley-edition Aquariva is up for sale with an asking price of €395,000 (approx £288,000).
Powered by a pair of 380hp Yanmar 6 LY3/UP engines, Bentley Blue is capable of a top speed of 42 knots.
This display will replace the secret auction for a classic Riva that Ventura has run for the past two years.
A spokesperson for Ventura said: “A new Bentley to match this Aquariva is of course readily available should anyone wish to recreate the set, but there’s unlikely ever to be another boat like this!”
Bentley Blue will go on display at the Excel Centre from January 8-17 on Stand A120. Advance tickets to the London Boat Show are on sale now, with prices starting from £10 per adult.
Motorboat & Yachting: The Ferretti Group has revealed details of its upcoming Pershing 140 superyacht, which will be the first of the range to be built from aluminium.
Due to be launched in 2018, the Pershing 140 will be built from aluminium – the first model in this range to use such a material.
Designed by naval architect Fulvio de Simoni, the new superyacht will be built at the Ferretti Group’s Ancona shipyard – another first for the Pershing brand.
The aluminium hull will provide the basis for a composite superstructure that de Simoni describes as “imposing but not too austere”.
Key features include an owner’s cabin situated to the fore of the main deck and two integrated side wings that help to shelter the cockpit.
As you would expect on a model of this size, the interior design and layout is largely bespoke, with owners invited to discuss their requirements with the Ferretti Group’s engineering department.
The standard layout features four cabins (three doubles, one twin) as well as additional crew cabins.
All three engine options are provided by MTU, with the largest set-up featuring four 2,600hp M94 engines for an estimated top speed of 38 knots.
The Pershing 140 isn’t due to hit the water until 2018, but Ferretti CEO Alberto Galassi is already getting excited: “I can’t wait for this incredible vessel to be built: I want to see it growing month after month.”
Motorboat & Yachting: Ferretti Group has announced that the new Riva 88 Florida will get a unique convertible sunroof system.
Motoryacht designers often try to merge two styles, and Ferretti Group has come up with a novel way of achieving this with the Riva 88 Florida.
The Italian yard will be fitting this new model with a Convertible Top. This patented pantograph sunroof allows the Riva 88 Florida to operate as an Open boat and a Coupe.
In open mode the hardtop is used to cover the seating area in front of the helm, but a pair of hydraulic arms can lift this panel over the saloon, resulting in the all-weather protection of a Coupe.
Sensors mounted near the moving parts ensure that there is no risk of your crew getting their hands pinched in the mechanism.
Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group, was typically effusive, praising the Riva 88 Florida as “an unprecedented craft that turns into reality a new way of enjoying life at sea”.
The clever sunroof is not the only feature to get excited about, however, as the 88 Florida will come with a pair of MTU engines that can deliver a top speed in excess of 40 knots and a cruising range of up to 340 nautical miles.
The exterior styling ties in nicely with Officina Italiana Design‘s recent offerings, as the 88 Florida will sport a Moon Grey hull with black detailing.
Other key features include a 4-metre tender garage, which can swallow up a Williams 385 or a jetski, and four cabins below decks, each with its own en-suite.
Prices and launch dates are yet to be confirmed, but a September launch alongside the recently announced Riva 76 could well be on the cards.
Motorboat & Yachting: The largest model in the Custom Line range will be launched next summer, in the form of the new Navetta 37.
Teased at last month’s Miami Boat Show, the Navetta 37 is described as a ‘maxi yacht’ and certainly has the dimensions to reflect that: 121ft long by 26ft wide.
Boasting a brand new hull with a bulbous bow, the new arrival will have a maximum draft of 7ft, which should keep fuel efficiency in check.
Four engine configurations will be offered, the largest of which is a twin MTU 12V set-up generating a punchy 1,948hp.
Ferretti Group’s designers explain that they wanted to create an imposing look for this go-anywhere superyacht, with the bow rising up to the first superstructure level.
Much like the upcoming Custom Line 108, the Navetta 37 will have Ferretti’s clever dual-mode transom, which allows for an 18ft tender to be launched from the garage and then doubles up as a huge bathing platform.
Accommodation comes in the form of a foredeck master suite, situated above three double cabins and the crew quarters on the lower level.
The upper deck features a panoramic cockpit and the choice of a second tender/jet ski garage or a second Jacuzzi.
Finally, the sun deck comes with freestanding furniture and a Jacuzzi, as well as plenty of lounging space beneath the hard-top bimini shade.
It all sounds highly appealing, but we’ll have to wait until summer 2016 to see the finished Navetta 37 hit the water.