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Ferretti Yachts began as two brothers selling other yacht lines and then choosing to begin construction of their own line of yachts. Norberto and Alessandro Ferretti started the company in 1968. Today, Ferretti encompasses a number of companies and yacht brands. Ferretti constructs yachts at three different shipyards in Italy: the original shipyard S. Giovanni in Marignano, the headquarters in Forli, and Cattolica, the most advanced facility where up to 16 yachts can be built at one time. Ferretti also has a research and design center in Forli, where ideas are originated with the latest computer technologies. Quality and technological innovation have been the two forces driving Ferretti’s production. The company has consolidated skills in combining high performance with design, ergonomics, form and function. A team of over 60 specialists supervises the progress of a Ferretti yacht, from design to construction. Even though manufacturing techniques are continuously updated, the traditional craftsmanship remains unchanged. The design process is entrusted to the Company’s research office, Ferretti Engineering, where all stages of planning are performed. Ferretti yachts are three-dimensionally modeled and tested long before the vessel actually floats. The meticulous attention to detail, along with a careful study of materials, shows Ferretti shipyards’ penchant for continuous improvement and progress. The same passion for excellence brought Ferretti Yachts to be the first shipbuilder in Europe to receive certification (CE 94/25) for environmental protection against acoustic and atmospheric pollution. In collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the ARG stabilizers (Anti Rolling Gyro) is now integrated into the entire product range, offering the latest advance in yacht stabilization. The Ferretti Engineering Division works in close cooperation, in what could be described as a symbiotic relationship, with Studio Zuccon, an international design firm, which imparts a discreet but ever-present “Italian touch” to all its projects. This is the reason why in 2004 the Italian Industrial Design Association (ADI) selected Ferretti 880 as part of the general index of products nominated for the prestigious Golden Compass award. Ferretti Yachts, a fundamental part of the international Ferretti Group holding, which comprises some of the world's most prestigious yacht brands, is now a large company that is undergoing a process of continuous development and expansion. By 2004 Ferretti Yachts yearly sales had reached 160 million Euro and a 500-strong staff. With headquarters in Forlì, a new shipyard in Cattolica, the original works at San Giovanni in Marignano, and the shipyard at Fano, Ferretti's production capability is extensive.
The 2018 Cannes Yachting Festival is about to kick off next week and the Ferretti group is going to make their presence felt. With 25 vessels expected to be displayed across the group's brands at the show, five of them will be world premieres. We will take a glance at these five new vessels on offer. The Ferretti Group is displaying the Ferretti 670, Riva 110 Dolcevita, Riva 66 Ribelle, Custom Line 120 as well as the Custom Line Navetta 42.
You might have heard about the new upcoming Ferretti 670 but the yard used the 2018 edition of the Boot Dusseldorf in Germany to present the model to the world. This yacht, the first unit for this model was expected to start construction this month. It will be built in composite materials and become the natural successor to the yard's 650 (65-foot) model. You can expect the first unit to be ready by Summer 2018.
The first hull in the new Ferretti 920 series is expected to debut in September. The 93-footer is the second new model from Ferretti to come to market for 2017. The 920 will be the larger of the two models to debut this year with the other being the Ferretti 780. Some options come with the new 920 especially in the area of power. In fact, there are three MTU engine options and because of that one can expect high cruising speeds to be anywhere between 23 to 26-knots dependent on which engine package is utilized of course. The standard engine configuration will be twin 12V 2000 M96L 1948 Mhp engines. Construction is already under way at the Ferretti Yachts Cattolica (Rimini) shipyard in preparation for the official launch in September.
Italian brand Custom Line announced that it has the first hull in the brand new Custom Line 120 series under construction. In fact that first hull is due to be launched in the Summer of 2017. The GRP-made vessel showcases a design externally and internally by Francesco Paszkowski. The craft is being built on a semi-displacement hull expected to help her reach a 25-knot top speed using twin MTU 16V 2000 M94s.
Italian brand Ferretti Yachts launched their first hull in the new 850 series. This yacht will make her debut later this year when she is scheduled to make appearances on both sides of the Atlantic. Of course, Ferretti clients are likely to see her first during private showings but for the public, the first place the 850 will be likely seen in the flesh is at the Cannes Yachting Festival. Following that, the yacht will be transported across the pond to make her North American debut at the popular Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).